Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey

Second chances - can they happen for this group?
One Irish Chain quilt, one Grandmother's wish to show God's love.

Taryn's beloved Grandmother, Jemma has a heart condition. She is the only person that Taryn's ever felt has really loved her. Jemma can't let that be that way when she passes, so she starts Taryn out on a quilt. A quilt that can connect her to her own value and to how much God loves her!

Justin has come home from the military too. It's been 12 long years since he was Taryn's boyfriend, but that was before. Will working on this quilt together finish off whatever strands of friendship they had left, or will this change their lives in ways that they can't even start to imagine?

This was a wonderful story which is quite nicely written. I'm thrilled to read this newest book in this series.

Carol :)

This week, the

is introducing

Abingdon Press (October 21, 2014)



A note from the Author: Well, I’m a regular ol’ person. Who just happens to write. A lot. Probably more than I should. I firmly believe that God created me to be a writer. From the time I learned how to string letters together into words I’ve been making up stories. Believe me… I have a very rich imagination. I used to think I was weird; now I know God just put me together that way. I can’t even watch commercials without expanding them into stories in my head. I am humbled and honored all at the same time that God looked down from heaven on me and said, “Jodie, do what you love.” Wow… how awesome is that?

I have always loved to write. I have stories that I wrote when I was in first grade. I used to sit at my grandmother’s yellow electric typewriter for hours, banging out my own little stories. When I was eleven, she bought me a typewriter of my own (It was 1984, okay?) and I would write and write on it. I wrote stories out by hand, and they ran to hundreds of pages. I got my first computer when I was eighteen, and the first thing I did was write a story on it. I wrote for school. I wrote for fun. I wrote for my friends. I’d get them on the phone and make up stories for them. (I earned the nickname “Dreamweaver” for that one. Nobody calls me that anymore, but it still stands as the coolest nickname I ever had.)


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Quilted by Christmas, go

Jodie can be reached through the Contact link on her Website.

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