CFBA presets Maybelle In Stitches by Joyce Magnin

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Maybelle In Stitches 

Abingdon Press (March 18, 2014) 



A word from the Author:

I am the author of seven novels. Five adult novels and two middle grade readers. I never wanted to do anything else but write and every day I wake up astonished that I get to do what I always dreamed about. My days are filled with words and images along with the usual family stuff. I have three children, Rebekah who is married to Joshua. They have three of the most adorable boys on the planet, Lemuel, Cedar and Soren. My daughter Emily Kate is a lovely young woman anthropologist and my son Adam is fourteen and a student–he’s a genius who loves frogs and lizards and fish and plants. He amazes me.

I have never eaten a scallop. I love cream soda. Drink way too much coffee. I do not like elevators but I do enjoy needle arts and of course books. I prefer jazz over country (no offense), milk chocolate over dark, but not roller coasters although my life has often resembled a roller coaster ride.

One of my life’s desires is to meet Amy Grant so I can tell her she saved my life.


Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it. At first, it’s just a way to fill the lonely nights while her husband, staff sergeant Holden Kanzinzki, is away fighting in World War II.

Yet when Maybelle discovers that the quilt is made from scraps of material that can be traced back through her family heritage, the project is suddenly much more important. Then word comes that Holden is missing in action, and with little else to do, Maybelle clings to the quilt as much as to the hope that her husband is still alive. As neighborhood friends gather around Maybelle to help her through the unknown days and nights ahead, it is the quilt that becomes a symbol of her unflagging belief that Holden will return—to her, to their home, and to their quilt-covered bed.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Maybelle In Stitches, go HERE.



Maybelle is another book in the Quilts of Love Series from Abingdon Press. In this one, the quilt is an unfinished project in the attic of Maybelle’s attic. She decides to finish the quilt, but wasn’t expecting the surprising historical story this quilt had. And even more when working on this quilt helped Maybelle through very difficult time as she waits and hopes that her husband is still alive.

This is a very heartwarming story, and I love the effect the quilt had on Maybelle. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book an enjoy the cast of characters bringing this story to life. It is well worth it for the entertainment and enjoyment you will find here.  I received this book from CFBA to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

Litfuse Presents……Maybelle In Stitches by Joyce Magnim

Litfuse Presents……

Maybelle In Stitches

by Joyce Magnim


Maybelle In Stitches | A Quilts of Love book.

Maybelle Kazinzki can’t sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house she gets the crazy idea to finish it—somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II.

Her recently departed mother’s quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother’s childhood, her grandmother’s childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden’s stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life. After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle’s faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful- no matter what. And it’ll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.

Learn more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love site.



Another book in the Quilts of Love Series from Abingdon Press, the story of Maybelle in Stitches centers around a special quilt in one of the characters lives. Maybelle finds an old unfinished quilt in the attic and decides to finish it, and during the time she was finishing the quilt found some surprising facts. This historical old quilt has a special meaning and story as Maybelle continues to working on is during a very difficult time in her life. The time she awaits and hopes that her husband is still alive.

I loved heartwarming story, the impact it has on Maybelle’s life was even more heartwarming. As I followed the story, it was like I could feel Maybelle’s feelings right along with her, and I found that very enduring. And I enjoyed getting to know Maybelle and the other characters that brought this story to life between the covers of this book. I highly recommend this book for another wanting a good, clean heartwarming story. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did.

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Group and Abingdon Press to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed here in this review are mine only.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.





Joyce Magnin is the author of the Bright’s Pond novels, including the award-winning The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader and the organizer of the StoryCrafters fiction group. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Griselda Takes Flight Book Review

Griselda Takes Flight
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 4/2011
Binding: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781426711572
Actual Pages: 384

Blurb on the back of the book
Now that her morbidly obese sister, Agnes, is dieting in a nursing home, its Griselda’s turn to fly! But her new found freedom is interrupted when a saucy gold digger drops into town with her sights set on Stella Kincaid’s newly rich brother Walter. The fur really begins to fly when Chief of Police, Mildred Blessing, does some investigating and the truth about Griselda’s flight instructor, Cliff Cardwell, and Gilda Saucer is revealed.

 Joyce Magnin is the author of The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, chosen as one of the “Top 5 Best Christian Fiction Books of 2009” by Library Journal. She’s written several short fiction and personal experience articles. She co-authored the book, Linked to Someone in Pain. She has been published in such magazines as Relief Journal, Parents Express, Sunday Digest, and Highlights for Children. Joyce attended Bryn Mawr College and is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship. She is a frequent workshop leader at various writer’s conferences and women’s church groups. She has three children, Rebekah, Emily, and Adam; one grandson, Lemuel Earnest; one son-in-law, Joshua, and a neurotic parakeet. Joyce leads a small fiction group called StoryCrafters. She enjoys baseball, football, cream soda, and needle arts but not elevators. She currently lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania.


The Bright’s Pond town residents didn’t know what to think when a one man plane landed it their small community. Then another stranger, Gilda rents a house in the small town, with her fiancé in the hospital unconscious because of an accident while treasure hunting. Things like this just didn’t happen here. The biggest happenings at this time of year in this little community would be the pumpkin contest and the Harvest dance. Everyone seems to think the three of these strangers coming to town at the same time must be involved in something illegal with the treasure hunt. The really don’t trust any of them.  And of course this sends Chief Police Mildred on another wild goose chase to solve the mystery.

Then, as if there are not problems enough, Griselda decides she needs to explore more than just Bright’s Pond, and takes an interest in the pilot of the plane and flying. She is so intrigued with it that she is talking flying lessons, but this just doesn’t sit right with her long time friend Zeb.  Can she juggle her time between her jobs at the library, her sister in the nursing home, flying lessons, and of course Zeb, since everyone just takes it for granted that they are an item?

And then there is Stella and Nate trying to raise the largest pumpkin to win the contest! They work faithfully with their pumpkin Bertha Ann. Yes, they even gave the pumpkin a name! Nothing else matters in Nate’s world except Bertha Ann. Well, what do you think, will his hard work pay off when the time comes for the weigh-in?

And the man in the hospital turns out to be Stella’s brother, but they haven’t gotten along in years, ever since he stole her inheritance. She just can’t go see him after what he’s done. And this person that’s supposed to be his fiancé, or as Stella calls her a ‘hussy”? What is with her and why is she so anxious for him to wake up so she can marry him ASAP? Could there be something else going on, a secret lurking? You will have to read the book to find out!

I love the characters in this book. A few others are Cliff the plane pilot, Ivy and her dog Mickey Mantle, Ruth, Studebaker , and others that hang out at the Full Moon Café owned by Zeb. The author created fun, lovable characters that make you laugh, but then you want to cry with them. I would recommend this book to those that like a good fun light read.

I was generously given a free copy of this book from Abingdon Press as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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