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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?
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Quilts of Love
A Promise in Pieces: Quilts of Love Series - eBookEmily WierengaAbingdon Press / 2014 / ePub$8.89 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 29 Reviews
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Heidi MainCary, NCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Page turner, complex plot, deep characters ~ a must readApril 11, 2017Heidi MainCary, NCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Crave a snowstorm? Want to imagine Christmas and the smell a fresh cut Frasier Fir in August? Pick up Jodie Baileys Quilted By Christmas novella!
This novella is a page turner with a complex plot and deep characters as Taryn traverses a serious hospitalization for her beloved grandmother, Jemma, her only relative, and reconnects with her high school sweetheart, Justin. All three have long-kept secrets that, when revealed, change the course of their lives. Author Jodie Bailey evokes emotion from the reader with the depth of her characters and the realism of the setting. The genuine characters, light-hearted humor, and sweet Christmas setting make this a must-read!
Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Poignant and highly entertaining readDecember 2, 2014Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Quilted by Christmas ~ Jodie BaileyNovember 15, 2014debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Book 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
randomambTXAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming Holiday ReadNovember 12, 2014randomambTXAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Quilted by Christmas is such a great novella! While it was at times predictable, the story moved quickly enough for it not to matter too much. Bailey's characters are well developed and realistically flawed, and you'll find yourself rooting for them. The length of the story allows it to be read on a cozy afternoon or evening while listening to Bing Crosby or Harry Connick Jr. croon Christmas songs. Quilted by Christmas is highly recommended for fans of inspirational novels, contemporary romance, holiday novellas, and the Quilts of Love series.
(I received a digital ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.)
Cindy Loven4 Stars Out Of 5A new author for me, I loved her story.November 11, 2014Cindy LovenQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4You 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.