I read this book just before Christmas because I needed an uplifting story built on Christian principles and, hopefully, would be a good Christmas read. And it was! “Quilted by Christmas” is a simply told, sweetly depicted story of love, tender care, lost and regained hope, mistakes made and being confused, and trying to walk God’s path. It is about God’s redemptive love for His children through forgiveness, tender mercy, and the love that only God can give.
“Quilted by Christmas” is a part of the “Quilts of Love – Every Quilt Has a Story” series. This is the first one I have read but will look for others. But I want to find more of Jodie Bailey as she writes so very well.
Tender love between a young woman, Taryn McKenna, and her grandmother, Jemma, who raised Taryn after her mother died is central to the story as is the relationship between a young man, Justin Callahan, and Taryn. The two young people have not seen one another for twelve years, but when they reconnect, they find that what they felt when they were eighteen still had a strong hold on their hearts. They also carry baggage from their earlier relationship and the years in between. Yet, if they are to share any future life, guilt, words spoken in anger, and words never spoken, and much more must be spread out before and between them. Taryn thinks she needs to stand strong and independent, yet finds that these characteristics of hers must be given to God so He can wrap His arms of caring, forgiveness, and love around her. There are pieces of Justin and Jemma’s lives that must also come to the Cross. This sweet story is really about the way God has a perfect plan for each of us when we allow Him to go before us.
I highly recommend this “Quilted by Christmas,” but make sure you allow yourself room to ponder.
Jodie Bailey was a military spouse for fifteen years. After their military life, they settled in North Carolina. She is the author of two “Love Inspired Suspense Series” novels – Freefall and Crossfire, and co-author of Holiday Defenders, a part of that same series, but with three novellas by three authors. Jodie is a contributor to Edie Melson’s devotional for military families, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home. She has a new one coming in the Spring of 2015 called The Dillinger Racing Series. She teaches middle-schoolers to love writing as much as she does. Jodie is married and has a daughter. You can find her on the web at JodieBailey.com, and @jodiebailey (Twitter), and https://www.facebook.com/JodieBaileyAuthor
Seriously Write has an interview with Jodie as well: http://seriouslywrite.blogspot.com/2014/12/when-god-makes-your-hobby-your-job-by.html#comment-form_866783369883695446
- ISBN-13: 9781426773617
- Publisher: Abingdon Press
- Publication date: 10/21/2014
- Pages: 240
ORIGINALLY REVIEWED 12-26-2014