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Jodie Bailey's "Quilted by Christmas"


Title:  Quilted by Christmas (Quilts of Love Series)
Author:  Jodie Bailey
Story Length:  211 pages
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Justin Callahan has returned to town after being in the Army for 12 years.  When he left at age 18, he left behind his girlfriend after a huge argument.  He now returns after leaving the military to help his father run the family construction business.  He sees Taryn and begins to wonder if they can rekindle what they once had.  He knows that he has returned a changed man, but will Taryn want anything to do with him after 12 years of absence?
Taryn McKenna has been keeping a secret for 12 years.  Her grandmother is the only one who knows about it.  Taryn loves her grandmother, who raised her after her mother died when she was a young teenager.  They are working on a quilt together for her cousin’s wedding on New Year’s Day, but events happen that threaten its completion on time.
Taryn and Justin grew up together and she has loved him forever, first as a friend and then as something more.  When he left, after saying some hurtful things to her, she was left with a choice as to how to proceed with her future.  She has lived with her decision for 12 years and now Justin has returned.  The truth weighs heavy on her heart, but will she have the strength to tell the truth?  She has learned to rely on God and His strength, so she prays for his guidance.
I really enjoyed this story with its look at real people who have choices to make and might make the right choice for the wrong reasons.  Both main characters have matured in life’s experiences and in their faith as they reconnect 12 years later.  There is hope, love and forgiveness depicted by more than one character in the story.  I just loved the feisty character of Taryn’s grandmother or Jemma.  She loves fiercely and protectively.  She has down what she thinks is best for her granddaughter, but she learns that with age comes wisdom and that perhaps she didn’t make the best choices.  The characters in the story were believable and I could connect with them emotionally, which made the story more enjoyable.
My rating is 4 stars.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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