Great quote: "It's a crazy quilt. Made from scraps gleaned from so many things." She picked up his hand and set it on his army stripes. This is a square with your private's stripes." (Page 229)
Book summary: "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." (Amazon)
My thoughts: Maybelle in Stitches has a lot to love. For example, Maybelle becomes a sort of Rosie the Riveter during the war. She and her gal pals are welders down at the shipyard, doing heavy lifting and dangerous welding. Likewise, the way 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.
Where the book falls short is in the way it is actually written. A vast majority of this book is written in dialogue, which becomes boring and wooden. The parts of the book that could have been exciting or suspenseful (mother's death, spouse MIA in the war, Army telegrams with bad news) are glossed over in favor of pages and pages of bland girl chats.
Maybelle in Stitches is the sixth book in the Quilts of Love Series that I have read and reviewed. Some of the books have stood out more than others. Honestly, this book is not my favorite in the series, but not the worst. The idea of the series, however, is still really appealing to me. Quilts are special because of the history behind them. The fabric might be important (as in this book) or the design might be crucial (as in "Aloha Rose"). Currently, I have two more Quilts of Love books ready for reading! I can't wait to see how those books fit into the series' theme of quilts being a great way to unify people.
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
- Pages: 240
- Year originally published: 2014
- Purchase on Amazon: Maybelle in Stitches (Quilts of Love Series) by Joyce Magnin
- Author: Learn more about Joyce Magnin at: http://joycemagnin.blogspot.com.
- Book Tour: My review is part of a larger collection of reviews of this title. Please visit LitFuse Publicity for more information and reviews.
- You might want to know About the Quilts of Love Series: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.
Quilts of Love Series
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Learn more about this series at the Quilts of Love website.