Friday, October 14, 2022

A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson: Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway!

A Quilt for Christmas JustRead Takeover Blitz

Welcome to the Takeover Blitz for A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


A Quilt for Christmas
Title: A Quilt for Christmas: A Christmas Novella 
Author: Melody Carlson 
Publisher: Revell 
Release Date: September 6, 2022 
Genre: Christian Romance 

Recently widowed Vera Swanson is having a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit in her new town. When asked to make a quilt for an ailing neighbor, she pulls together a diverse circle of quilters, including free spirited Tasha Ellison. The group becomes stitched together through shared stories, trust, and a little romantic weaving. 

Christmas should be celebrated with family. But for Vera Swanson, that's not an option this year. Widowed and recently relocated, she is lonely in her condo-for-one--until little Fiona Albright knocks on her door needing help. With her mother seriously ill and her father out of town, Fiona enlists Vera's help, and when she finds out her new neighbor is a quilter, she has a special request--a Christmas quilt for Mama. 

Vera will have to get a ragtag group of women together in order to fulfill the request. Between free-spirited artist Tasha, chatty empty nester Beverly, retired therapist Eleanor, and herself, Vera has hopes that Christmas for the Albright family will be merry, after all--and she may find herself a new family of friends along the way. 

Bestselling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites you to cuddle up this holiday season with this cozy story of giving, forgiving, and a little bit of romance. 

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Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 250 books with sales of more than 7.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, her novel All Summer Long was made into a Hallmark movie, and the film version of The Happy Camper is soon to be released. She and her husband live in central Oregon.

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My Thoughts

A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson is a charming Christmas novella.  I started reading A Quilt for Christmas, and I did not want to put the book down.  The story has friendly, relatable characters.  I like Melody Carlson’s writing style.  It is engaging and draws the reader into the story.  I really liked the theme of the book.  The various strangers came together to help someone in need.  A little girl wants a special Christmas quilt for her mother.  The various characters work together to create Christmas magic.  They make a difference in a family’s life and in each of their own lives.  The Christmas spirit is at work in this sweet story.  A Quilt for Christmas is about forgiveness, helping others, love, and Christmas.  It is a simple but heartwarming novella.  I look forward to reading Melody Carlson’s latest Christmas book each year.  This Christmas novella is one of my favorites by this author (in the top three).  It is a story that makes you feel good and put you in the mood for Christmas (with plans to help a few neighbors).  A Quilt for Christmas is an uplifting tale with an unwell neighbor, a daughter’s request, an effective flyer, conflicting characters, a rewarding romance, a gratifying gift, and the Christmas spirit.  


“Can you make a quilt for Mama?” Fiona asked eagerly.

“I—uh—I don’t know.”

“She wants one so bad.” Fiona’s eyes brightened with hope. “I can help you make it. We’ll make a quilt for Mama to make her better.”

Vera didn’t know what to say but hoping to distract Fiona from thoughts of death and sickness, she slowly nodded. “I might be able to quilt your mother something.” She imagined a small project . . . something that would distract her from feeling sorry for herself during the holidays. “Maybe a pillow. Or even a small lap quilt.” She held her hands a couple of feet apart. “You know, like this.”

“No, Mama needs a big patchwork quilt,” Fiona insisted. “For her big bed. Can you do it, Mrs. Swanson? Please—please! Mama would be so happy. I promise to help.”

Vera didn’t know what to say.

“And we will give it to her for Christmas,” the precocious child continued.

Vera blinked. A big quilt? By Christmas? Now that would take a miracle.


(1) winner will receive a print copy of A Quilt for Christmas, a $10 Starbucks gift card, and quilted coasters!

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A Quilt for Christmas is available from Amazon*.  Melody Carlson has Second Time Around coming out March 7, 2023.  You can find Melody Carlson's other delightful stories here.  Thank you for dropping by today.  On Monday, I am sharing my thoughts on Flora's Traveling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin.  Do not forget to enter the giveaway.  I hope you have a relaxing weekend.  We all need a chance to unwind. Take care and Happy Reading!


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