Thursday, April 3, 2014

Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

"Maybelle in Stitches" by Joyce Magnin is a historical fiction set in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1943 during World War II. Maybelle is a young wife, only married for a weekend before her husband, Holden left to fight in the war. In the meantime, Maybelle lives with her mother, Francine and works at Sun Shipbuilding to do her part in the war effort.

Maybelle soon receives word that Holden is missing in action. Maybelle is understandably distraught and is beside herself with worry. About this same time, Maybelle finds a quilt her mother started for her. A quilt that tells her family's history but is only half finished. Her friend, Doris convinces her to finish the quilt if only to keep her mind off of Holden. The trouble is, Maybelle doesn't know the first thing about sewing! Since Doris' husband is also away at war, they begin a quilting circle of war wives, and soon find that their circle is a healing place for all of them.

I love the books in the Quilts of Love Series and this book was no exception! It was very interesting and had no trouble keeping my attention! I felt like this author really did her research with this book. In the back of the book, Joyce Magnin explains how she learned about Sun Ship and how the character Doris was actually inspired by a real life woman, Jeanette E. Swift.

I thought this book was fascinating and not like most historical fictions I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I rate this book as 5 stars.

I received this book for free from Litfuse to give my honest unbiased opinion.

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