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Quilted by Christmas

(Quilts of Love #22)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  57 reviews
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 e
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Abingdon Press
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Laurie Carlson
My Take:
5 Stars!
Reading ANY of the Quilts of Love books are like going on a new journey you've been dying to go on for forever! I LOVE these books! Of course, the Christmas books are always my favorites, but then again I'm a sucker for Christmas and all it's magic! (However ALL of these books are the perfect book to pick up no matter what season it is!) None of these books are in any order, so you can pick up any one, two, three or more and have a brand new story and be in heaven as you read!
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, 2014-netgalley

* I was given this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Linda Gill
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book just before Christmas because I needed an uplifting story built on Christian principles and, hopefully, would be a good Christmas read. And it was! "Quilted by Christmas" is a simply told, sweetly depicted story of love, tender care, lost and regained hope, mistakes made and being confused, and trying to walk God's path. It is about God's redemptive love for His children through forgiveness, tender mercy, and the love that only God can give.

"Quilted by Christmas" is a part of t
Carole Jarvis
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I am so glad to have discovered the writing of Jodie Bailey because I loved everything about her newest book, Quilted by Christmas, and believe all who read it will be blessed. While I've enjoyed every book I've read in the Quilts of Love series, some stand out for various reasons, and Quilted by Christmas falls into that category for me. With its character-driven narrative, small-town setting, engaging characters, emotional romance and p
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Quilted By Christmas by Jodie Bailey is more than just a nice warm Christmas story, with a feel-good factor. It is a novel that deals with a whole host of topics - love, guilt, forgiveness - and a novel that will get you thinking, particularly about the love that God has for all His children.
Taryn, the main character is likeable and realistically drawn. She could be any one of us. Earlier, in what she perceived as an act of love, Taryn did something that was to consume her waking hours for the
Vera Godley
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A small mountain town in North Carolina. What a perfect setting for a North Carolina gal to read a book about and it is also a charming Christmas read. Gotta be good! So let’s see…..

High school sweethearts Taryn McKenna and Justin Callahan don’t quite make it to the altar. They go their separate ways – Taryn to college and Justin into the military. Twelve years pass. During that period of time the two have lived full lives. Taryn is a school teacher, loved, respected. Justin has returned from ho
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
A "3.5"I was a goodreads first reads winner of "Quilted by Christmas:Quilts of Love series" this is a nice story. I guess it is a part of a series by Jodie Bailey.Taryn is a 29 year old woman who lives with her grandma Jemma. she has lived with her most of her life. Jemma has been the only person in Taryn's life she could feel loved by and could count on. Around Christmas Jemma injures herself and later has a heart attack. Jemma is a devoted quilter and had been working on a quilt for another re ...more
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this story, and literally, once I started it, I couldn't put down, I just had to find out what was going to happen with Taryn and Justin. This was a lovely holiday romance that kept me thoroughly entertained. Taryn's grandmother, Jemma, was a real character, even though she was in the hospital she had more life in her than most people. I really enjoyed the faith element of this book and how close Taryn was with Jemma, it was a very refreshing read indeed.

I received a complimenta
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
This story made me tear up a bit. I so wanted to find out what ultimately happened between Taryn and Justin. Funny how a fictional story can do that kind of thing to your psyche. This was a beautiful Christmas read.

I received an e-copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Susie Vollmer
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book with many stories and remarkable endings. This is the first Quilts of Love book I accidentally stumbled on.... safe to say my goal now is to read all of them. Love faith based books that carry life long lessons. Being a quilter myself was just an extra added bonus! I know how important the idea of a quilt as a gift is to the piecer and the recipient. The story line was incredible!
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked the plot and intertwining of a quilt with a leaky roof and a truck named Fred. Themes of forgiveness, love for family and the truth always wins out. A great Christmas read. It's in the Quilts of Love series, which I'm working my way through
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not very impressed.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Each of the Quilts of Love novels are perfect for a little romance with a quilt as the setting around which the story itself revolves. Any of them can be read in any order even though they all belong in the series. Quilted by Christmas from Jodie Bailey takes an Irish Chain Quilt and weaves a story of high school romance that is given an opportunity for a second chance. After reading this one, it makes me want to break out my quilting supplies again while my daughters are still single.

Taryn McKe
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey
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 leav
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey is a short and sweet novel that brings the magic of the holiday alive within a family and high school romance returned from the grave. Bailey gives readers the chance to learn the meanings of forgiveness in her novel, takes place in small North Carolina mountain town. The first novel I’ve read in the Quilts of Love series, I will be sure to read more of these darling books because Bailey made a strong impression as a storyteller and writer in Quilted by Chris ...more
Lisa Johnson
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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,
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ncc-books
It has been twelve years. Twelve years since that fateful night when Taryn McKenna pushed Justin Callahan, her high school sweetheart, to take the next step in their relationship. Taryn hasn’t seen him since. Reeling from the breakup and guarding a secret that must never come to light, Taryn went off to school, but soon found herself back home and is now a teacher in fictional Hollings, North Carolina.

Not too long before Christmas, Taryn finds her calm and quiet existence disrupted by Justin’s r
Victor Gentile
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jodie Bailey in her new book, “Quilted By Christmas” Book Twenty-Two in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Taryn McKenna.

From the back cover: Taryn is keeping a secret she never should have kept.

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
Nov 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
My thanks to NetGalley and Abingdon Press for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

Ranty spoiler-fest follows, please be warned.

I got 15% of the way into this book. That was when the "Big Secret" was finally revealed to the reader. That's when this reader deleted it off of her Kindle.

It started off in the typical romance way. Young couple in love was torn apart because the female MC had a "Big Secret" and decided to break up with the male MC, rather than ruin his life by telling him the
Sarah Bailey
I’ve been enjoying the Quilts of Love series for some time now and when I saw the Christmas themed one, Quilted by Christmas I knew I had to add this one to my read pile. I’ve never had the chance to read any of Jodie Bailey’s other titles but this one has me definitely wanting to check them out, right away we are introduced to Taryn McKenna who has carried around a secret for years and the townspeople who think she let a good one get away. The book is a good example of why “words will never hur ...more
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seasonal and Timeless

Jodie Bailey sets most of Quilted by Christmas in North Carolina, where testimonies run true, quilting is commonplace, politeness prevails, friends often become kin. In case you've read the teasers or started reading the book, I won't include spoilers in this review, so I'll simply say Quilted by Christmas is such a good love story about Taryn and Justin (from when they were late teenaged lovers, to more than a decade later when they'd grown in chronology, maturity, and self
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
In a growing line of books, in the "Quilts of Love" series, that centers around a quilt theme, "Quilted by Christmas" is out in time for the Christmas season.

Family relations are hard and its harder when they reached out to further generations than we expect, in negative and not positive ways and its a reminder, in subtle ways of the difficulties of the holidays, particularly Christmas time.

Going through "Quilted by Christmas" was emotional wrenching as the lead character, Taryn, finds herself i
Lindsey Silvestrini
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There's nothing like a feel good Christmas quilt story to get you in the holiday spirit! Quilted by Christmas is a great reminder about all the good things in life in times when it seems only bad things happen.

Taryn has some issues stemming from her childhood and past and then the past comes knocking on her door! She basically has a "nobody loves me, everybody hates me" complex and has isolated her heart to protect it from any more damage. When one of the sources of her pain suddenly reappears i
Jalynn Patterson
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Review:

Sometimes after deep heartache, you feel the tears dry and you think maybe I have moved on. Just to find out that years later there is so much emotion, hurt, and pure love that you still hold on to, for that individual. Time doesn't heal all wounds, it just puts a band aid on the situation. Taryn soon realizes this after her first love returns to their town after an extended stay abroad after serving in the Army. But soon her past and her reality will face each other when Justin retur
J.C. Morrows
Quilted By Christmas is one of those books I just LOVE to read at this time of year.

It always makes – those of us who have struggled with a difficult past – feel better to know that we are NOT alone.

It holds a particularly strong attraction for me since I have been right where Taryn was… OH SO MANY TIMES…

There are very few people in this world who had a “perfect” childhood and even less who don’t at leasy know someone who had a rough time as some point in their life – so I believe almost everyon
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
QUILTED BY CHRISTMAS is the first book I've read by Ms Bailey. Taryn deals with a lot of issues, fed by lies, and even though her grandma loves her, she has fed the lies, keeping them alive. The story is well-written, engaging, even though I never fully connected with the characters.

When the quilt planned for Taryn’s cousin is destroyed, Taryn finds another quilt started and unfinished in the attic. Taryn starts it, helped by her ex-boyfriend, Justin, who is getting acquainted with his feminin
Clare O'Beara
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: america-romance
This is a well-written story which looks at two young people separated by eleven years and an argument.

A girl in a small town hoped to marry a boy but they argued when he enlisted in the army. He now returns to find that she is still single and both of them are needed to help older family members.

I liked that the lad was quite normal and decent, not one of the kind who never really leaves the service but wants to run security firms and spy missions like in so many dramatic books. However I did
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read several of books in the Quilts of Love series and I must say this one was one of my favorites! Ms. Bailey is a new to me author, but her writing style certainly captured my attention from the get go! She creates compelling characters that one wouldn't mind spending time with in real life.Taryn is grappling with issues that are all to real. Being abandoned has allowed her to believe that she doesn't really matter. It was so nice to see her character grow and change as the story progre ...more
Rachel DeVaughn
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have read a couple books from the "Quilts of Love" series, and this one was just as good!! All the books have a quilt theme, but are written by different authors with completely different stand alone story lines.

"Quilted by Christmas" is a story about Taryn who lives in North Carolina with her grandmother. She struggles in the book because of her past relationships with an ex boyfriend, her father, and her faith in God. My heart hurt for Taryn and some of the decisions she had to make at a yo
Virginia Williams
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
So nice I can confidently read a book without the worry of running into F bombs and constant expletives used as everything from adjectives to adverbs. Loved the concept of the idea--a quilt by Christmas--a charming legacy to contemplate. This is more of an old-time love story with a time-honored plot that gets to end happily ever after. I became a fan of Justin, but became a little tired of Taryn's constant wringing of hands as she anguished over and ad-nauseum about her "secret" and how to hand ...more
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