A warm Christmas tale of God's steadfast love:Review of Quilted by Christmas by JODIE BAILEY

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quilted by Christmas: Quilts of Love SeriesQuilted by Christmas: Quilts of Love Series by Jodie Bailey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
★: Didn't Like it
★★: It was Ok
★★★: Liked it
★★★★: Really liked it
★★★★★: It was amazing

Suggested Age:13+ Genre:Christmas Fiction, Christian Fiction

Goodness, these Quilts of Love books are hit or miss for me.  This one fell somewhere in the middle for me.  Now, I do have to say that I really loved Jemma. She was spunky and hilarious but I just didn’t connect with the other characters.  You know, I also just didn’t like that the main character hid something so big from her significant other and he was able to just get over it.   I just thought it was a very rotten thing. I understand why she made such a decision but it doesn’t mean that I think it was okay.  

Overall, the book was okay but Taryn’s deception for me just killed it. I know everyone makes mistakes but I felt that she committed one of the ultimate betrayals.  The book is a quick read that I feel a lot of other folks would enjoy. I personally could not connect with Taryn. I chose to still give the book a three because of Jemma. She was truly the redeeming character of this book. While she also was guilty of her own deception, it was just really hard not to enjoy her spunk.

Note: I have deemed this book as appropriate for teens but in full disclosure, there is an instance of an unwed mother. While I feel that it is not written inappropriately, I do know that some of my reader-friends would not want their teens to read about such a circumstance. I will leave that to reader discretion but I found it to be of a non-issue. The pregnancy was not praised in any way and it was written appropriately. 

baileyJustin Callahan has just returned from a long stint in the military. He’s reacquainted with his highschool sweetheart, Taryn. 

Taryn’s grandmother, Jemma, seems to be playing a little game of matchmaker when she invites Justin over to do some holiday decorating for her.  The only problem is that Taryn has a deep dark secret that she’s kept from Justin for over twelve years.

When Jemma ends up in the hospital, Taryn and Justin begin to spend more and more time together. An old flame is rekindled but for them to move forward together as a couple—Taryn has to come clean about her past.  Will Justin be able to forgive her and more importantly—will Taryn ever forgive herself?
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What do you think?
Would you be able to forgive someone for keeping a secret for so long from you? How would you rebuild your trust and do you think you could still have a relationship with that person? 


Jodie Bailey is the author of Quilted by Christmas, as well as two suspense novels, Freefall and Crossfire and a novella in Holiday Defenders. Her devotions have appeared in Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home and Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler. She is also a contributor to PWOC International’s e100 Bible study for military wives. Her memberships include American Christian Fiction Writers.

When not at the keyboard, Jodie is a former middle school literature teacher and yearbook adviser who is convinced a camping trip to the beach with her family, a good cup of coffee, and a great book can cure all ills. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs.

I received this book free from the publisher through a fantastic program called Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions I have expressed are my own. This giveaway is being sponsored by Litfuse
as part of a blog tour for Quilted by Christmas. To view other reviews and learn more about this tour please visit the Litfuse group by clicking here

One Response to “A warm Christmas tale of God's steadfast love:Review of Quilted by Christmas by JODIE BAILEY ”

  1. Hmmm now I wanna know the secret.. forgiveness would come but on how quickly would depend on the secret.