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Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, Maybelle in Stitches, by Joyce Magnin. Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it.

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{More about Maybelle In Stitches}

Maybelle In Stitches | A Quilts of Love book.

Maybelle Kazinzki can’t sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house she gets the crazy idea to finish it—somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II.

Her recently departed mother’s quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother’s childhood, her grandmother’s childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden’s stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life. After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle’s faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful- no matter what. And it’ll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.

Learn more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love site.

Joyce Magnin

{More About Joyce Magnin}

Joyce Magnin is the author of the Bright’s Pond novels, including the award-winning The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader and the organizer of the StoryCrafters fiction group. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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    Joyce Magnin delivers a fast-paced story about the ladies who built the warships that helped to win World War II. Magnin’s characters are personable and realistic for the time period. And the story itself is historically accurate as well. Not only do readers get a fascinating lesson about a stressful time in our country’s history, but a gentle, faith-based story as well.

    Written by Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews on May 24, 2014 | e
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    WWII is a historical period that I never tire of reading about. Oftentimes, historical novels focus on Europe of even Asia, but the U.S. is generally omitted. At least, that is my experience. This Christian novel takes a lighthearted look at the women left behind when their young husbands went off to war. Maybelle is a woman who appears to be caught in the wrong era. She seems more suited to masculine tasks rather than domestic feministic tasks. It was somewhat amusing to read about her misadventures, and the pathos of a military wife comes through as well. I was grateful that the author chose to include some tragedies in the story, but Maybelle’s story appears to be a fairy tale at times.

    Written by My Devotional Thoughts on May 14, 2014 | e
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    I have been able to review another wonderful book that is a part of the Quilts Of Love Series! This book is no exception to how wonderful the whole series is. Right from the start you are drawn into the story! Maybelle is an exceptional character. The time period is one of my favorite to read about, WWII! I have watched all kinds of movies and read all kinds of books about it and this one comes from a point of view that is much different than most. We see it from the home front. Throughout the whole book I was caught up in laughter, tears and just a boundless amount of emotions. I can only imagine what it was like for all the women who were home waiting for their men to return from the war. I think this is one book you will really enjoy!

    Written by The Minister’s Wife Stmaps and Saves on May 14, 2014 | e
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it took us on a journey through World War II. I found it interesting to see it from the women’s side of it, as they are at home waiting to hear something, anything, from their men. What a difference it was compared to life now of 24 hour news. The women had to be strong all the time as they survived alone with no knowledge of what their men were dealing with.
    I loved how the women all spent time around the quilt talking, sharing and encouraging each other. This makes for a great story, and is also a great reminder of how we should live and encourage others.
    There are some great lessons applied to the story and the characters have great depth to them. It is truly a interesting and well written book. I highly recommend it.

    Written by lost Island of Book Reviews on May 7, 2014 | e


    As I followed the story, it was like I could feel Maybelle’s feelings right along with her, and I found that very enduring. And I enjoyed getting to know Maybelle and the other characters that brought this story to life between the covers of this book. I highly recommend this book for another wanting a good, clean heartwarming story.

    Written by Splashes of Joy on May 6, 2014 | e
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    This is another good addition to the Quilts of Love Series. I like that this book had a bit of history in it. I enjoy reading books where people are able to trace their family roots. I can not imagine what Maybelle went through as her new husband went off to war. She had to be a strong woman to get through that and then to also work as a welder to help out, what a great woman. The author did a good job of drawing me into this book as I do not normally read books from this era but I really enjoyed this one. You go through a lot of different emotions right along Maybelle as you are reading this. You do not have to have read any of the other books in this series to read this, as it is a stand alone book. This was my first book by this author and I was impressed with her writing.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on April 28, 2014 | e
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    This was an empowering book about how women helped the war effort. I loved how Doris helped Maybelle learn how to sew. It reminded me of when my sister taught me how to sew. I could picture the quilt and I loved how it had scraps of clothes from loved ones. There were so many women that felt the same when when their husband’s went off to war. The quilt’s name was perfect! I cried at the end. This is another great addition to this great series. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
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    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on April 26, 2014 | e
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    Like other novels in Abingdon’s Quilts of Love series, Maybelle in Stitches centers on a quilt and the story behind its creation. Set in World War II, there was much to like about this book and its characters. I enjoyed reading about women on the home front who worked in factories and dealt with the uncertainty that came with their men serving overseas in a time when letters were virtually the only means of communication.

    Written by Mocha with Linda on April 26, 2014 | e
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    My thoughts: Yet another heartwarming tale in the Quilts of Love series, as always it was a great,easy read with endearing characters and a good story line. I loved the main character Maybelle,she was charming and I could relate to her in some areas.:) I thought this book was a great reminder of the power of friendship and the love of God for us even when he doesn’t seem to be there.
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on April 25, 2014 | e


    I was super excited to read Maybelle in Stitches as it’s another book in a series of books I’m really loving: The Quilts of Love books. This one, like all the books so far, is different from all the rest and very unique!

    Despite not being very handy with a needle, Maybelle decides to finish her recently deceased mother’s quilt from the attic. This is the basis for story but there is just so much more to it. Along the way there are lots of twists and turns that I certainly did not see coming. I’m not going to lie, I cried a few times while reading this book. Joyce Magnin has a definite talent for inspiring emotion in her readers by crafting amazing characters that all but drag you into the story.

    Written by Electively Paige on April 25, 2014 | e
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    This is the third book in the group of Quilts of Love. I think it is my favorite. I love how important it is for Maybelle to finish the quilt she finds in the attic. I feel her pain as she waits to hear news of her husband and how the neighbors all come together. It is a beautiful story and one I really enjoyed and am sure you will too.

    Written by Kaisy Daisy’s Corner on April 25, 2014 | e
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    Maybelle in Stitches was inspiring. I truly enjoyed reading about Maybelle, as well as Doris, her friend that also lives on her street and works at the Sunship Company. From the history I have been taught, Maybelle in Stitches rings as true as it can while being a fictional story. It is set in time to World War 2 time frame while the men were fighting the war, the women were working in the various factories. Maybelle is a welder working on the hulls of the ships that went to sea. She gets a memo that her husband is MIA. Doris lost her husband to the war.

    I cried, I laughed, and I even got a bit mad. I give Maybelle in Stitches 5 stars. I thought that the author, Joyce did an incredible job keeping to the time period. Even the voices I heard in my head, was the speech pattern for such era.
    I totally thought I synced well with Maybelle as she struggled with making the “crazy quilt” that her mom had never finished. As a sewer, I sometimes feel inadequate to finish things because they are beyond my skill level. But with the help from Doris, and the rest of their circle, she completed the quilt.

    Written by My Mis-Matched World on April 23, 2014 | e
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    One of my favorite movies of all time on television is A League of Their Own? Have you ever seen it? It’s about the women’s baseball team that was formed when all the men were off fighting the war. That movie makes me laugh and I also cry.

    That is exactly what I felt when I read Maybelle in Stitches.

    I immediately fell in love with all the female and male characters in this story. Maybelle, bless her heart, can’t do a lick of anything. She can’t cook, can’t sew, and can barely clean a house. Then you meet some of the other ladies — like Doris. She totally reminds me of “All the Way May” on A League of Their Own. She is a sassy mouth and is not afraid to tell you like it is.

    Written by Jen’s Journey on April 19, 2014 | e
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    Maybelle In Stitches shows how those around us – our circle of friends – our community – help to strengthen us, sustain us, and help restore our faith in humanity and God during the difficult seasons of our lives.

    Another enjoyable installment in the monthly Quilts Of Love Series!

    Written by Create With Joy on April 18, 2014 | e
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    A powerful story of friendship, faith and hope. A truly believable story of the power of faith during World War II. Loved every moment of this book!

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on April 18, 2014 | e
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    Another Excellent installment in this series. This one is set in WWII and is based around a lady welder. Great Story.

    Written by A Room without Books is Empty on April 18, 2014 | e
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    Maybelle is pretty disheartened by her own lack of skills when it comes to things like sewing, cooking and cleaning, all of the things most women know how to do, and she gave up repeatedly. Her best friend, Doris, was always there to encourage her and nudge her along and I loved that. Everyone needs that kind of friend in their life. Everyone really came together as a group to finish the quilt but it was much more than that. They were all women fighting for the same cause. They all had loved ones at war and each knew the other’s sadness and pain. They were a sounding board for each other, a shoulder to lean on. I love that the book was about the war. I love war torn stories. Reading about the devastation and havoc of war can really speak to a person and touch their heart in a deeper way. I did find it a little slow, however. I kept waiting for the pace to pick up but it never did. The storyline was good and I liked the characters but it failed to really draw me into the story, to hook me. It was set in 1943 and the language and setting was true to that time period. One of the major sayings in the book was “what a gas” or “it’s a gas”. I thought that was great. Anyone that likes sewing or the background of the war efforts (it was mostly about building and repairing war ships) will like this book. If you like a fast paced novel it might not be for you.

    Written by A Book Lover’s Retreat on April 17, 2014 | e
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    History, World War II, Quilting and Shipbuilding. Quite a mix and, on the outside, it seems difficult to write a story combining all these elements. Fear not, Ms. Magnin has captured them well and provided an excellent story. The men are off fighting but the jobs needed to be filled so the women stepped up to the challenge. Maybelle becomes a welder at a shipyard. She has never been a welder in her life however she is up to the challenge. She has never sewn before either but accepts that challenge as well. This is a story about spiritual growth, about stepping out of your comfort zones and of relying heavily upon God.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on April 17, 2014 | e
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  • Maybelle in Stitches is a book that is entertaining along with showcasing what life was like during the period of the Second World War. Magnin also paid tribute to the valuable contribution made by women working in what was once considered “men’s work,” and doing an excellent job. I recommend this book.

    Written by Manifest Blog on April 17, 2014 | e


    This is an interesting historical novel than emphasizes the period – WW II. Remember Burns and Allen on the radio and oleomargarine? The dialog really emphasizes the era. Remember, “None of your beeswax”? This novel would appeal to older (as in elderly) readers as it is full of nostalgia.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on April 17, 2014 | e
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    I can’t imagine being alive during WWII and having a family member off fighting in the war. Movies, books, and first hand stories have all shared in the emotion and feelings that people had at that time. The thought that a “quilt” could bring any type of comfort to a person during these times is what generational hand-me-downs are all about! Quilts, over time, have a way of connecting people together in a way like no other time can.

    I loved the symbolism of the quilt, and the significant role it played in this story. The Quilts of Love series is such an amazing concept, like the quilts themselves. The books are all tied together as a series, with only the “quilts” being the connecting factors. The characters in the different novels may never meet, but the stories that are handed down and the patchwork of the quilt pieces are enough to bring the readers back to each and every new story that unfolds!

    I give this book 4 stars and would definitely recommend it to others!

    Written by Give Me Today on April 17, 2014 | e
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  • I admired her friend Doris’s faith and how she was such an encouragement to Maybelle. I had a hard time staying engaged with the story because of some repetition and a lot of detail of the day-to-day without much happening. I liked learning more of what life was like for the women waiting at home during the war, but who were busy themselves with unusual jobs and stretching rations.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on April 16, 2014 | e


    I enjoyed Joyce Magnin’s addition to the Quilts of Love series, Maybelle in Stitches. Filled with somewhat “quirky” characters that I loved, Joyce paints a vivid picture of the women who stepped up to do their part in the war effort, particularly giving us a glimpse of what it was like for women to work at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock in Chester, Pennsylvania. While the story has a cozy, feel-good style, the realities of loss and often just not knowing about a loved one’s situation are very present within its pages.

    Written by The Power of Words on April 16, 2014 | e
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    Maybelle in Stitches has a lot to love. For example, Maybelle becomes a Rosie the Riveter during the war. She and her gal pals are welders down at the shipyard. Likewise, the ladies band together to support each other while the men are far away fighting is a great storyline. I also enjoyed the popular culture references of the time, such as listening to stories on the radio and enjoying the crooner Frank Sinatra.

    Written by Lavish Bookshelf on April 16, 2014 | e
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    I’ve been sewing for years now, but I still remember some of my bumbling early mistakes. Maybelle makes such an error in a high school home ec class and decides that she “can’t” sew.

    Fortunately, she has Doris. Doris is Maybelle’s best friend, and stands strong for Maybelle during some really hard times. Doris, and some of the ladies they work with at the shipyard, help Maybelle finish a quilt that Maybelle’s mother started before she died.

    One thing this book impressed upon me was how easy we have life today, compared to the women of World War 2. In this everything-at-your-fingertips era, how many of us would be able to bear not knowing what has happened to a missing loved one overseas?

    Written by Greatly Blessed on April 16, 2014 | e
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    Book #16 in the Quilts of Love series was fantastic! With a great plot, super fun characters and a writing style that catches your attention and keeps it throughout the book, Maybelle in Stitches will bring you back to life during WWII.
    While this book is part of a series, its equally a stand alone novel. The series is written by separate authors and you will not get lost reading this book first. In fact, after reading this one, you will be scrambling to read the others. The book is not a fast pasted book but has enough twists and turns to keep you intrigued and loving all the emotions and life experiences that presented themselves in the book. It was a great read that reminded me that God always provides for our needs, even when we don’t realize we need something.

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on April 15, 2014 |e


    I am not usually one for stories set in any war time setting and really hate tragedy. This book has kept me on my seat and really made me feel the feelings of the characters. It has sad times and it has happy times. I love the way the quilt relates in this story, to bring it all together. This is a story of love. It is also a story of Devotion and Faith.


    Written by Faithful Acres Books on April 15, 2014 | e
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    Joyce Magnin has established herself as a talented author with a unique voice in such novels as The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow and the delightful Harriet Beam books. Her addition to the Quilts of Love series is a departure from the type of story I expected from her, but it was a heartwarming read. For someone who had not read a historical fiction book centered around the WWII wives and women left to work in the industries supporting the war effort, this would be a good read. Personally, I thought the characters in Lynn Austin’s A Woman’s Place were better developed and the plot was “meatier.” I didn’t quite understand Magnin’s inclusion of two women boarders at Maybelle’s home, only to have them “disappear” suddenly. Perhaps, we were to understand how everyone’s world kept constantly changing. I felt that Magnin’s story showed how even grief was given a limited time, as everyone had to “move on” and deal with everyday life.
    Maybelle shows that as she deals with her mother’s unexpected death, and so does her friend Doris.

    To readers who are enjoying the Quilts of Love series, you’ll want to read this title, also. If you discover that you are fascinated by that time period and the lives the women and family left behind when the soldiers went off to war, I also recommend you seek out other WWII-centered books such as Lynn Austin’s A Women’s Place.

    Written by Thoughts from Mill Street on April 15, 2014 | e
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    The characters are doing their best to make the most of a very difficult situation. I respect their drive to keep on working and helping, though often their emotions want them to do something different.

    Maybelle reminds me of Rosie the Rivetter with her tom boy personality. I can imagine the laughter of trying to teach her to sew the crazy quilt when she is much better suited to welding.
    Excellent book about the bonds of friendship and the depth of relationship in trying times.

    Written by A Year of Jubilee Reviews on April 14, 2014 | e
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    I loved the story line of the shipyard women workers, but the rest of the reading was slow. The reading seemed repetitive at times about the characters daily lives. But the story line kept me reading and waiting for something interesting to happen which it did occasionally…

    Written by It’s Time To Read Mamaw on April 14, 2014 | e
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    After Maybelle’s mother died, she found a quilt her mother had started. Maybelle couldn’t sew a stitch, but decided she wanted to finish the quilt. She and Doris thought it would be a good way to pass the time.

    The wartime adventures and life style will make you stop and think about all the blessings we have today.

    Written by sunny island breezes on April 14, 2014 | e
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    This is the third book I have read in the Quilts of Love series and I believe that it is my favorite so far. I love the theme of HOPE woven through this novel.

    When Maybelle’s mother passes away, she goes through her things to clear out a room for boarders and finds a quilt that her mother had started. The fabrics of the quilt are familiar to Maybelle — pieces of her father’s shirt, her mother’s apron, her own dress. Through this quilt, Maybelle feels connected to her mom and those who have gone before… and she feels HOPE for the future.

    There are definitely times in life when we all feel hopeless, in this, we can identify with Maybelle. It’s the small reminders of life and love and the future that keep us hoping for a brighter day, a better day ahead. The hope shared in this

    Written by The Life and times of a pwnmom… on April 14, 2014 | e
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    The story manages to give the reader insight into the lives of these women as they experience life without their husbands and go through good times and tragedy together. A strong emphasis on the faithfulness of God no matter what the circumstance is present throughout the narrative. Another major theme is the importance of friendship in our lives.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on April 14, 2014 | e
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    I got pulled into Maybelle’s story right away the book sweeps you up into and it’s a fast read, a great way to unwind after a long day of unpacking, or maybe just a rainy spring day. I’ve never read Joyce Magnin’s books before and I know after reading Maybelle in Stitches I will be trying to find her other books (she has written seven, two of which are middle grade readers) for both myself and my children because her writing is really good and she pulls you in.

    Written by Growing For Christ on April 14, 2014 | e
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    This was an okay book. I like to read about this era in history. I thought that the writing in this story was great. I enjoyed reading about Maybelle and her friends. Sometimes I had to chuckle at their antics. But there was seriousness in this story as well, because it is set during WWII. I couldn’t imagine being home and my husband across the ocean in a war. If you enjoy quilting and the WWII era, this is a great book for you.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

    Written by Melina’s Book Blog on April 13, 2014 | e
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    Maybelle in Stitches is a quick, historical read in the Quilts of Love series. It is set during World War II and shares some really interesting details about life during that time that were new to me — such as the abundance of women working in the ship yards and the practice of renting rooms to help workers stay closer to their jobs and the homeowner earn some much-needed cash. The theme of the crazy quilt and the memories attached to it was an interesting highlight of the story.

    Written by Southern Gal Loves to Read on April 12, 2014 | e
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    What I loved is how Maybelle, one of the main characters transform over the time period in which her husband comes home from the war. Throughout the story there are losses, heartbreaks and tears, but Maybelle and her friends get through each one. It really helped me to learn, discover and appreciate what life was like for families back then and for the hardship families go through now.

    Written by Life Isn’t Always a Fairy Tale on April 12, 2014 | e
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    It is obvious that a lot of research went into the writing of this book. The details regarding the shipyard and the type of work that women were doing throughout World War II was interesting. I enjoyed the camaraderie that developed between these women while putting together a crazy quilt of memories.

    Written by Perspectives By Nancee on April 11, 2014 | e
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    Maybelle in Stitches” has to be one of my favorite books in the quilting series, because one, she is very quirky, reminded a lot of me in not being able to sew, cook, or master really anything home economics and set in the forties.

    With WW2 and a husband away, serving his country as a background, we are treated with Maybelle finding an inner strength that she never knew she had as she face not one but several challenges including a life changing situation, involving her good friend Doris.

    Written by Sunflower Faith on April 11, 2014 | e
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    Maybelle is a beacon of hope of all of us women who are not the domestic type. I like how she still gets in there and tries (with MASSIVE amounts of encouragement and help from her friends) to make something for her husband to have when he returns from the war. When she gets bad news after bad news, she doesn’t go hide and cry but stands firm in her faith that God will get her through.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on April 11, 2014 |e
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    I love the cover for this book, I love old trunks! This book, while fairly predictable, took an interesting look into life on the home front during World War II. The thing I enjoyed the most is how the women went to work, welding no less, and they were serious about ending the war. Even though they were far away they wanted to do their part and help. I enjoyed the details of their work day. The story line is about “Dear John” letters and remaining hopeful that Maybelle’s one love will return home. The sewing process is interesting but was not that part I enjoyed the most. If you have read the other Quilts of Love books or if you enjoy World War II stories you will enjoy this read.

    “I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review.”

    Written by I Hope You Dance on April 11, 2014 | e
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    Sewing the quilt is a bit of therapy for the girls, it helps them hold on to hope and ties them to the past. The quilt also helps form new friendships.

    This is a book that will take you into the past, these girls have spunk and you will find yourself laughing along with them as they weld on the ships, and you’ll feel your heart break when bad news is shared.

    Written by Knits Reads and Reviews on April 10, 2014 | e
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    I have absolutely been loving the books in the Quilts of Love series that I have read and love this latest addition to the series! “Maybelle in Stitches” is a story that had me laughing, anxious and totally immersed in the story and in Maybelle’s life. Set during World War II, I was transported back to this time and how life was for women at home waiting for their loved ones to return to them and dreading receiving bad news. Joyce does an excellent job with recreating this time period in the book and bringing history alive.

    Written by Moments on April 9, 2014 | e
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    I found the storyline of this book very rich and fascinating. I can’t say that I like World War II because it was an absolutely horrid war. However, it is a good setting for a story. I really liked the how the quilt not only tells a present story, but also a past story.

    The past story is a reminder of Maybelle’s mother, as she finds this unfinished quilt in her mother’s closet. It’s also a reminder that she will constantly look at and remember the time, emotions, and thoughts she had while her husband was lost at war.

    Written by When life you gets you down…read a book on April 9, 2014 | e
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    This book is set during WWII and I really liked how it reminded me so much of the old 1940′s movies. There wasn’t endless historical information but just real people living real lives during a difficult time. I liked how the women and, for that matter, everyone was all about supporting our country. It was interesting reading about how Maybelle and her friend, Doris, were welders, too!

    Written by Julie @ More Of Him on April 8, 2014 | e
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    Joyce appealed to not only the romance lover in my heart but to WWII lover as well. I loved the background story she researched about women working in the shipyards as welders for Sun Shipyard which she includes at the conclusion of this novel. It makes it so rich to read how difficult it was waiting for men to come home from the war not knowing if they would ever see them again. Hands down this one rates a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on April 8, 2014 | e
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    From the first page of this book, I was part of this story. My attention was grabbed and held captive until I finished the last page. T

    Written by Quiet Quilter on April 8, 2014 | e
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    The setting of Maybelle In Stitches reminds me a bit of my grandparents, with the threat of WWII looming over the newlyweds and their friends. I loved how the women really stuck together, supporting each other and helping where they could. The Author’s Note at the end of the book was a nice touch as well. Maybelle In Stitches is short enough to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon while sitting in the sunshine, savoring the freedom of the USA.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on April 7, 2014 | e
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    With Maybelle in Stitches, I knew I was getting a book about a woman who’s husband is off at war but I didn’t realize which war.

    It’s very interesting, how Joyce brings the period to life – writing about the everyday little things you might not ordinarily glean from a history book, or even doing deep research of the period.

    The story line of this book is filled with sadness but that’s not really surprising.

    What is surprising is that it’s not depressing. It’s sad but it’s interesting and it pulls you in. You find yourself laughing with Maybelle and you find yourself wanting to reach over and give her a big hug.

    Written by J.C.s BookShelf on April 7, 2014 | e
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    Each generation awaits loved ones’ return. During World War II, women helped in the defense plants to support the needs of those serving our country. This story is in conversational style between Doris and Maybelle as they encourage each other. A bright spot in any day, to be included and loved by those near with understanding. Author Joyce Magnin has brought the 1940s alive with its music and happenings in the war effort with those who wait.

    Written by Lane Hill House on April 7, 2014 | e
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  • I love how this book brought the time around WWII and what was going on for those who stayed behind.

    Written by Book, Books Everywhere on April 7, 2014 | e
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    This Quilts of Love Series is so good and so much fun!
    There really is something for everyone!!!
    And it’s totally okay if you’re not a quilter…you’ll especially love Maybelle.
    In this wonderful tale from Joyce Magnin, we journey back to the 1940′s during WW2.
    Joyce has done an amazing job of capturing the feel and emotion of this time period.
    This story definitely pulls at your heartstrings! There are also many funny moments as well.
    Another great addition to this wonderful series!!!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on April 7, 2014 | e
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    Maybelle In Stitches by Joyce Magnin was a great book to read. I loved this book from the first page right up until the end. I love all books that take place during WWII and this one didn’t let me down.

    Written by The World As I See It on April 7, 2014 | e
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    Another wonderful book in the “Quilts of Love” series! I enjoyed the characters and story line, and I was constantly rooting for news about Holden. It was also fun to read about Maybelle’s growth in sewing and the comfort it gave her. I have always loved quilting and these books bring the process alive. If you enjoy books that have a historical setting, with compelling characters, and the process of making it through the day by day struggle we all face, this book is for you.

    Written by Books and such on April 7, 2014 | e
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  • As with the rest of the books I’ve read in the Quilts of Love series, I really enjoyed Maybelle in Stitches. Set during World War II, we follow Maybelle as she struggles through loss and uncertainty. She relies on close friends to help her get through the days. I loved how the quilt not only brings a group of ladies together, but it also helps Maybelle hold on to hope as she waits for some long-awaited news. Every time she tries to give in to her grief, her best friend is there to pick her up. With love sewn into each stitch of the quilt, it serves as a symbol of hope for all of the parties involved. Each one of the characters is real, and the plot is full of rich detail. This is another great addition to the Quilts of Love series!

    Written by This Sweet Life on April 7, 2014 | e


    Maybelle in Stitches is an interesting book in terms of setting. I’ve read WWII books before, but they had never concentrated so much on aspects of home life. AUTHOR went into great detail about roommates, the practical aspects of rationing and how scarce things were.

    I would say Maybelle in Stitches was an okay book. It ended a little abruptly for me and while it was a fun journey, there wasn’t a ton in the way of plot line or emotional struggles. It was very much about setting and waiting for the hubby. The characters didn’t have a ton of depth, but they were nice enough. I just wasn’t able to get that excited about it.

    Written by Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker on April 7, 2014 |e
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    I enjoyed that the setting of the book was during World War II, when the men were off fighting for our country, patriotism was still alive and well, and the women were “doing their part to help the war effort” by welding and working in the ship yards.

    I also enjoyed the characters and their distinctive personalities: Doris-with her “can-do” attitude and Maybelle who is still struggling to find her way in the world. Roger was a doll having to put up with all of the women around him, and the other women in the book helped to add comic relief and a touch of camaraderie when things were tough.

    I enjoyed the friendship of the quilting group and the stories that they shared with one another about their lives, hopes, fears, and dreams.

    Great book–can’t wait to read more by Ms. Magnin!

    Written by Misadventures of the Dynamic Uno on April 5, 2014 | e
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    This is a story about the men and women who serve our country. It is a story of faith, love and family. My family had to go through almost the same event as did Maybelle. My family was informed that my uncle was Missing in Action. It was months later that they were told he was a prisoner of war, and many months later until they were reunited. The author has captured the feelings and what some had to endure.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on April 4, 2014 | e
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    I have never read this author so it was fun reading a new author. I enjoyed the story and it was quite interesting to see the everyday life of the ladies who worked in the ship yards as welderettes. I found the fact that people shared housing during the war very interesting. I don’t know if I had ever heard that before. The story was good, I loved the quilt part of the story, I love crazy quilts, maybe someday I will be brave enough to try one. 3.5 stars from this reviewer.
    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on April 4, 2014 | e
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  • i just love the quilts of love series. though i haven’t liked every single novel in the series. i’ve liked quite a few. this one was no exception.

    Written by the ramblings of miss aimymichelle on April 4, 2014 | e
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  • So many things I’ve read about “The Greatest Generation” come so close to worshiping that generation. This story just seemed more real. Yes, Maybelle and her friends are doing a lot — welding ships, taking care of the home front, writing to their men overseas. Their men are off fighting in Europe (I’m pretty sure they were all in Europe anyway). But Gagnin’s storytelling doesn’t lift them up as being larger than life. They are crying themselves to sleep, they are worried, they are trying to trust in God. But meanwhile, they keep on doing the next thing that has to be done.

    Written by Footprints in the Butter on April 4, 2014 | e


    This book is awesome because it really shows the social aspect of quilting. These ladies are fully supporting one another as they receive one piece of bad news after another. They are all in it together, even though they are strangers at the beginning.

    I highly recommend this book and thought it was a great read. Although there are ups and downs throughout the book, it does have a happy ending.

    Written by The Talbert Report on April 4, 2014 | e
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    Rich detail really brought the story to life, I could just imagine the emotional upheaval that so many of the characters faced as they worried about their loved ones off at war.i also got a sense for the day to day life of the characters and the bond that formed between the characters. I found the few letters that Maybelle and Holden wrote at the beginning of the story to be a joy to read, and I only wish there might have been more of that. I thought the author’s notes at the end of the story shared interesting details about the shipyard and really piqued my interest to read more about it. Great historical detail, a faith based message,and characters who were faced with very real problems makes this another great installment in the Quilt of Love Series.

    Written by WV Stitcher on April 3, 2014 | e
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    I love the books in the Quilts of Love Series and this book was no exception! It was very interesting and had no trouble keeping my attention! I felt like this author really did her research with this book. In the back of the book, Joyce Magnin explains how she learned about Sun Ship and how the character Doris was actually inspired by a real life woman, Jeanette E. Swift.

    I thought this book was fascinating and not like most historical fictions I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I rate this book as 5 stars.

    Written by Loving Mommahood on April 3, 2014 | e
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    Magnin again uses her particular voice to bring to life America during WWII. With references to rationing, black outs and the catchy mottos of the time, she makes the reader feel just what life during the mid-1940s was like. I found Maybelle’s encounter with a new wringer washer and the musing of border Roger on the possibilities of canned dog food amusing and nostalgic. The story is realistic, and there are tears and losses as well as happy reunions for those in the Greatest Generation.

    A quick read, Maybelle in Stitches is the perfect thing for a trip back to simpler, yet poignant, times.


    Written by By The Book on April 3, 2014 | e
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  • Maybelle in Stitches is a sentimental tale set during WWII, which isn’t my favorite era to read about, though the story here did catch my interest within the first few pages. The plot does play out like a sappy Hallmark Presents television movie; somewhat predictable at times, but enjoyable in the very end.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on April 2, 2014 | e
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    Sometimes, life isn’t fair, but I guess you have to dig down and decide what is important and Maybelle and her friends do exactly that and when Maybelle’s husband does come home from the war, he is met by a new & improved Maybelle who knows exactly what she wants from her future.

    I think if we believe hard enough and trust God, we will get answers, it just might not be the ones that we want or when we expect them, but in the end, he does answer. You just got to be ready to listen and then decide which path you are going to follow. Some are easier than others and sometimes it doesn’t make sense at the time, but from personal experience, I have come to see that it worked out just like it should have all along.

    Written by Mary’s Cup of Tea on April 2, 2014 | e
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    Magnin mingles humor, friendship, love and hope into one tremendous story wrapped around a quilt. I loved the WWII setting and all the aspects that were intertwined in this story. This is one book I had a hard time putting down at times.

    Written by 4 the LOVE of BOOKS on April 2, 2014 | e
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    A good read. I really like the way Joyce writes. Her humorous, expressive way with words is highly entertaining…Reading this book made me want to quilt! ;)…Overall I think this is a great story that depicts the sacrifices and price for freedom.

    Written by ASC Book Reviews on April 2, 2014 | e
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  • Another great read from the series. The story line was great. There was a happy ending. If you haven’t read any of the books, I strongly encourage you to.

    Written by krystlbears Corner on April 2, 2014 | e


    I’m always up for a good book about quilts, but Maybelle in Stitches is so much more! Here we not only learn about a quilt made up of pieces of everyone involved and their loved ones( a crazy quilt) but we also learn that those quilts have a name. It’s Hope. Hope for the future, hope for the present, and that everything will end up all right in the end. We meet Maybelle and follow her through some of the darkest days of her life. Her husband of only a short time is off in the war and she doesn’t know if he’ll make it back alive. And then he goes MIA. Will he come home to her? And of course her mother dies while her husband is off. I loved this book and enjoyed the view of the the women along the Home Front during WWII.

    Written by For Him and My Family on April 1, 2014 | e
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    I was happy to see a new book out from Joyce Magnin, “Maybelle in Stitches.” It was a really easy and relaxing weekend read. This book was a little bit somber but I really enjoyed it.
    Doris is a good friend to Maybelle and I liked their relationship. D

    Written by Glamamamas Goodies on April 1, 2014 | e
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    I enjoyed this book very much, as my Mother is learning to quilt herself. Quilts tell a story of a family and it’s heritage.

    Written by Dixie n Dottie on April 1, 2014 | e
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    It’s a cute series, and this one in particular is a fast inspirational read. For fans of Christian historical fiction.

    Written by Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarianon March 31, 2014 | e