Quilted By Christmas, Quilts of Love Series #22   -     By: Jodie Bailey
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Abingdon Press / 2014 / Paperback

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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1426773617
ISBN-13: 9781426773617
Availability: In Stock
Series: Quilts of Love

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A grandmother’s last wish is to communicate God’s love through an Irish chain quilt.

Author Bio

Jodie Bailey is Tarheel born and bred. After 15 years as a military spouse, she settled with her family back in North Carolina. She is the author of the military suspense novel Freefall and is a contributor to Edie Melsons devotional for military families, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home. While not working on her next novel, she teaches middle-schoolers to love writing as much as she does (if shes lucky that day and theyre actually listening...). Jodie loves to bake, ride the Harley with her husband, and fish the Outer Banks with their daughter. You can find her on the web at JodieBailey.com.

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  1. Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Poignant and highly entertaining read
    December 2, 2014
    Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am so glad to have discovered the writing of Jodie Bailey because I loved everything about her newest book, Quilted by Christmas, and believe all who read it will be blessed. While I've enjoyed every book I've read in the Quilts of Love series, some stand out for various reasons, and Quilted by Christmas falls into that category for me. With its character-driven narrative, small-town setting, engaging characters, emotional romance and plot, this is a story that pulls at the heartstrings.

    Each book in this series stands alone, with the making of quilts with special meaning being the unifying theme. The quilt in this story is the Irish chain, a long-standing tradition in the McKenna family as mothers make hand-sewn quilts for their children when they marry.

    Quilted by Christmas opens as the small town of Hollings, nestled in a valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, is preparing for Christmas. I've spent many family vacations in these mountains and appreciated the sense of place that Jodie vividly conveyed. And there's a realness in the characters, flaws and all - or maybe because of their flaws. Hurt by her father's uncaring attitude while growing up and made to feel she didn't matter, the 18-year-old Taryn searched for something to fill that void and latched on to Justin, even to the point of trying to manipulate him out of neediness into staying in Hollings. In Marnie's words, "Justin was your addiction and you were always afraid he'd vanish." And the result was that she kept a secret that she shouldn't have, a secret that wasn't hers to keep.

    Now more than a decade later, Justin returns to Hollings in the opening pages and Taryn is faced with the guilt of a past that is no longer hidden. Jemma, Taryn's grandmother, is at the heart of this story and quickly captured my heart. Jemma is feisty, a force to be reckoned with, and she "could pretty much get anything she wanted with a well-pointed stare." And with her loving nature, a servant's heart, and a fierce protectiveness, she reminds me of my own grandmother.

    One of the story's themes is about doing the right thing, even when the reasons are wrong or misguided. Spiritual elements are strong and feel like a natural part of the characters' lives, such as Taryn's crisis of faith where she comes to understand the heart of a truly loving Father.

    I highly recommend Quilted by Christmas and hope many readers discover Jodie Bailey's stories. Jodie is a writer of quality and I would love to see more family relationship stories from her with the same Blue Ridge Mountain setting.

    Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Quilted by Christmas ~ Jodie Bailey
    November 15, 2014
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Book 22 of the Quilted book series and another good read. I really enjoy each of these books as they are not a continued series they are all different stories with all different messages. This one keeps you turning the pages as it has many twist and turns. I love how the quilt is the center of the book and the characters from Taryn, Justin and Jemma are all very loveable and makes you cheer for them. This is a love story and little bit of drama mix.

    I would recommend this book as a good afternoon read, just when you want to get away from it all and relax into another world. This is a story that would be great to read anytime, but where it takes place at Christmas, around the holiday reading it will give you that extra holiday spirit. This would be a great gift for anyone to read.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Litfuse. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A new author for me, I loved her story.
    November 11, 2014
    Cindy Loven
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    You know it is hard to pick a favorite with these great QOL books. Everytime I read a new one I think this is my favorite. I enjoyed this story so much. It is the first book I have read from this author, and I hope it is not the last one. A great story that we could all relate to. The rejection Taryn had felt all her life was paltable and my heart broke for her every time she replayed scenes of her past during the story. I loved Jemma, she is a fireball and I thought it was a cute nickname for a grandmother. Over all this story was a great read and I highly recommend it as a wonderful holiday story.

    4.5 stars from this reviewer.
  4. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Secrets, Forgiveness, Hope and Romance
    November 8, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jodie Bailey in her new book, Quilted By Christmas Book Twenty-Two in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Taryn McKenna.

    From the back cover: Taryn is keeping a secret she never should have kept.

    Taryn McKenna believes shes 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 Taryns 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?

    Twelve years before Taryn and Justin had a great relationship but secrets broke them apart. Now Justin is back in town and Jemma, Taryns grandmother, knows exactly what to do to get them back together again. Quilted By Christmas is all about what happens when we are not open and honest with one another. They cause a great deal of pain and misunderstanding which, of course, gets in the way of the relationship. Ms. Bailey has given us a great deal of story that all works itself out over the creation of the Irish chain quilt. There are moments of great fun and moments of high emotion but through it all there is lots of love. This book will keep you thinking.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  5. Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story of Hope and Forgiveness
    November 6, 2014
    Foster3
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My Thoughts:

    This is a story of second chances, something we all hope we have, especially when our life experiences don't always turn out to be what we had hoped. Every book in this "Quilts of Love Series" has been such a joy to read. Each has its own message, however a common theme shines through all of them ! There is always hope, forgiveness, love, if only we give God a chance to lead us in our trudge through our daily challenges. This book, by Jodie Bailey, was no disappointment. It involves a very special quilt, as do all the books in the series, but is unique in how the author uses it as a focal point .

    The main characters were well developed and full of personality. You could easily picture them in your mind as you read about their fears, challenges, joys and yes, even failures. These characters had a depth to them so that you could become part of them. They came alive! Taryn and Justin had a "relationship" full of complications and unanswered questions. Their personal struggles were described in such detail and so realistically that you wanted to step into the story and give some advice and even a few hugs. Secrets in the past stepped out to haunt Taryn. The feisty nature of Jemma came through loud and clear.

    The plot moves quickly and has just the right number of twists and turns to keep the reader entranced. A hand stitched Irish chain quilt holds the message of healing that Taryn desperately needs, but will she let the present , new, uplifting events heal her past and form her future???? As I moved through the story, I would just think that I had figured out the purpose of the quilt, when a new challenge would appear and change my focus!!

    This is a great read and the strong message shines through. You cannot change the past however you can use it to improve the present and indeed , even the future!! God has an answer for all of us. Will Taryn listen to that small quiet voice????
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