Thursday, April 3, 2014

Maybelle in Stitches Book Review

Here is another Quilts of Love series book called Maybelle in Stitches written by Joyce Magnin that I think you will really enjoy.
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.
Gosh, that was a hard war on everyone from what I have read. The men were tough and the women were even tougher. I am in awe of how many of them lost husbands, boyfriends, brothers and sons and still kept things going at home.

Maybelle and her friends do the best that they can with the circumstances and one of her friends does get bad news but they all pull together and somehow, she does go on with her life. Maybelle loses her mother but even that tragedy seems to make her stronger.

It helps to make her the new woman that she becomes because her own husband will need all of her strength when he comes home. 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.

Happy Reading!