“Quilted by Christmas” by Jodie Bailey, book review
Taryn is one of the favorite teachers at the high school, and she got there all by herself. She put herself through college and came back home to teach. But she still remembers her last day before she headed to college, and the fight she and Justin had in the front yard. He was leaving for basic training and she for college. But she told him if he really loved her, he would stay. He called her manipulative and needy. And that is how it ended, 12 years ago.
Fast forward, Justin is home to take over his father’s business, and is also back in Taryn’s life. He comes to hang Christmas lights on her grandmother’s roof, when she faints and falls. Justin takes Taryn to the hospital to see about Jemma, her grandmother. And so begins the renewal of their relationship. Because Jemma has broken her arm and cannot sew, she requests that Taryn finish the quilt that is for her cousin’s New Year’s wedding.
I enjoyed this story. It was easy to read and showed some of the complexity of relationships. Great Christmas season reading, as the story takes place in December.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Abingdon Press. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Quilted by Christmas
Abingdon Press (October 21, 2014)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A note from the Author: Well, I’m a regular ol’ person. Who just happens to write. A lot. Probably more than I should. I firmly believe that God created me to be a writer. From the time I learned how to string letters together into words I’ve been making up stories. Believe me… I have a very rich imagination. I used to think I was weird; now I know God just put me together that way. I can’t even watch commercials without expanding them into stories in my head. I am humbled and honored all at the same time that God looked down from heaven on me and said, “Jodie, do what you love.” Wow… how awesome is that?
I have always loved to write. I have stories that I wrote when I was in first grade. I used to sit at my grandmother’s yellow electric typewriter for hours, banging out my own little stories. When I was eleven, she bought me a typewriter of my own (It was 1984, okay?) and I would write and write on it. I wrote stories out by hand, and they ran to hundreds of pages. I got my first computer when I was eighteen, and the first thing I did was write a story on it. I wrote for school. I wrote for fun. I wrote for my friends. I’d get them on the phone and make up stories for them. (I earned the nickname “Dreamweaver” for that one. Nobody calls me that anymore, but it still stands as the coolest nickname I ever had.)
ABOUT THE BOOK
Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree—something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle-schoolers she teaches. When Taryn’s grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project—an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?
If you would like to read the first chapter of Quilted by Christmas, go