Book Review: The Moses Quilt

22 Feb

693586_w185The Moses Quilt is a contemporary novel that bridges racial and generational divides. With a realistic and compassionate look into a twenty-first-century dilemma, multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias introduces readers to a confused and apprehensive young woman, Mazie Hartford. Facing major decisions about the love of her life and her future, she must also wrestle with a nagging question about her family’s past. She finds the answer to her questions in a most unexpected way—her great-grandmother’s Moses quilt. As her great-grandmother begins to explain how each patch represents a story of courage and freedom, Mazie must decide if she has the courage and freedom to overcome her own personal fears and prejudices.

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Kathi-Macias-photo-200x300Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist; her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband.

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My Impressions:

I love that Kathi Macias’ novels always are written with a passion for their subject matter. Whether it is the persecuted church, abused and enslaved women or the homeless, Kathi brings an authenticity and a clarity to the subject that allows her readers to feel the importance of her stories as well as put themselves into the action. In The Moses Quilt, book 1 of the Quilt Series, Kathi explores the heroic figure of Harriet Tubman, but with a bit of a twist. Harriet’s story is shared by a 93 year old, white, Southern woman seeking to impart meaning and relevance into her great-grandaughter’s life. It is this contemporary angle to the story that brings modern circumstances and historical significance to light.

Maizie is a young woman who has a decision to make. Her boyfriend Edward has asked her to marry him repeatedly. But Maizie is reluctant to commit, leading her family, Edward and Edward’s family wondering if their different races is the problem. Maizie doesn’t even know herself. But her great-grandmother, Mimi, is determined, with God’s help, to expose Maizie’s fears and help her to decide where her heart truly lies. Mimi begins to tell Harriet Tubman’s story using a quilt she purchased years before. In her last days, Mimi wants to help Maizie understand not only the past, but the present.

The Moses Quilt is a two part novel, telling both Harriet and Maizie’s stories. The two are intertwined and the story takes on an air of mystery. The full extent of Harriet Tubman’s story was new to me, and I appreciate the research Kathi did and the clever way she told it. Edward and Maizie’s story is also one that many, even in the Christian community, still have trouble with. Old prejudices are hard to overcome. Kathi has handled that subject with grace and love.

All in all, I really liked The Moses Quilt and look forward to reading more in the Quilt Series.

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(I received a copy of The Moses Quilt from Pump Up Your Book in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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2 Responses to “Book Review: The Moses Quilt”

  1. C. C. Gevry February 22, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Thank you for the wonderful review of Kathi’s latest. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. This book was voted the January Fiction Book of the Month by The Book Club Network. I hope your readers check it out.

  2. Carolyn Jefferson February 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    I read the book Moses Quilt and couldn’t put it down.
    Looking forward to reading more of Kathi’s series.

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