Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey

Posted 27 October, 2014 by Paige in Blog Tours, Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Quilted by Christmas

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

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?

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

My Thoughts:

*I received this book for review from the author. This in no way affects my thoughts expressed in this review*

Since I’ve enjoyed reading Quilts of Love books in the past and I love Christmas, I was, needless to say, pretty excited when I heard about Quilted by Christmas.

It is discovered that Taryn’s grandmother, Jemma, has a fatal condition following her heart attack, she wants Taryn to help her finish her last project – an Irish chain quilt. Taryn has been through tough times, and it’s left her feeling like she’s not of much value. Most everyone she loves has left her, and she’s not really ready to put her heart on the line anymore. Through helping with her grandmother’s quilt, though, she just might change her tune.

This book was a quick read for me, and though there were times when it made me shed a few tears, overall it left me with a smile on my face. Author Jodie Bailey did a fantastic job at portraying not only Taryn and Jemma, but the other characters as well. I felt like, while reading this book, it was written in a style that easily allowed me to step into Taryn’s shoes. Though it’s of a standard length, it was a fast read for me because I was so ready to see what happened in the story. I recommend for fans of past Quilts of Love books, and anyone looking for a good read to get into the holiday spirit! Okay, it might just be four days to Halloween, but to me Christmas is a fun time to read about year round!


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