Friday, November 14, 2014

Quilted by Christmas Book Review

I have enjoyed the books in the Quilts of Love series that I have read so far so I was excited to get another opportunity to try another one. Quilted by Christmas: Quilts of Love Series by Jodie Bailey was the next to be offered through the publisher.  This one also had the added bonus about being about Christmas.  I really enjoy the books about Christmas because they help get me in the mood for the holiday season.  There are so many other things in normal life that pull us down and we aren't happy about the holidays coming because they are also so stressful but this is a really great holiday story.

In the book, 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 in the town that she grew up.

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. She learned about love of others and the love for herself through the trials with her grandmother.

I enjoyed the book and even had to stay up to finish the book when I got close to the end.  I was laying in bed with a tissue, very past my bedtime, and hoping for a happy ending.  The book has great writing and great characters that you can really relate to.  I loved watching Taryn interact with all of the people in the town where she grew up and see how she acts like she hasn't grown up.  It is interesting to see how she changes through the book and it really makes you relate to her even more.  I hope that you add this book to your list of books to be read!!  I know that you will enjoy this and others in the series.

** I was provided this book from the publisher for my honest review and opinion from LitFuse Publishers.

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