About The Book: New from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series | 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? Purchase a copy and learn more at the Quilts of Love website.
About The Author: Jodie Bailey is Tarheel born and bred. After 15 years as a military spouse, she settled with her family back in North Carolina. She is the author of the military suspense novel “Freefall” and is a contributor to a devotional for military families, “Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home.” While not working on her next novel, she teaches middle‑schoolers to love writing as much as she does. Find out more about Jodie at http://JodieBailey.com.
My Thoughts On The Book: I am a softy when it comes to Christmas and decorating for the holidays. I am a huge lover of quilts and wish I did some. I truly believe that every quilt has a story. I have read all the Quilts of Love books and I proclaim that each one is my favorite, but this one really touched my heart strings. The characters were very real and you just felt you were sucked into the story as soon as you opened the book to the first page. Bailey weaves a wonderful story of love, hurts, forgiveness, and God. If you are a quilter you need to read this book. If you love Christmas and believe in miracles then you too need to read this book. This was a great book to kick off the Christmas warm fuzzies. I loved it.
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I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.