But when her high school love, Justin, comes back to town and Jemma lands in the hospital, Taryn has a hard time keeping up her strong front. Suddenly she finds herself in need of security, and the only person around to offer it is the last one she wants to find it in. By surrendering herself to Justin's renewed desire for friendship, Taryn learns that she really is worth loving after all. And by opening herself to the love of those around her, she also learns to accept the One who loved her first and loves her best.
Jodie Bailey consistently creates characters who are multi-faceted and believable, and Taryn, Justin, and Jemma are no exception. Even if we don't carry a secret as big as Taryn's, all of us feel as if we don't measure up in some way. God's unconditional love is big enough to reach all of us, no matter what our past may hold. Justin is the friend (and boyfriend!) we'd all like to have. He's always there, but never pushy; always lightening the mood, but loving with sincerity. And Jemma? Oh, Jemma... Modeled after Jodie's own grandmothers, Jemma is bold and feisty, always telling it how it is. These characters will warm your heart, and their story will keep you reading late into the night. Quilted by Christmas* is a delightful book that will get you in the holiday spirit quicker than Jemma can whip up her famous caramel cake!