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Posted September 3, 2013
Love Can Conquer All
In this moving novel Kathi Macias gives us more than just an entertaining story but a wonderful history lesson as well. With the help of a beautiful quilt we are told the story of the courageous Harriet Tubman. Will this story play a role in helping Mazie decide if she should marry the handsome young man who has become dear to her heart? Will this story prove to her there is no obstacle love cannot conquer?
Mazie and Edward are two people in love that are from very different backgrounds and cultures. Mazie's ninety six year old great-grand mother lovingly known as Mimi was born in Alabama and has come to live with Mazie and her mother in California. Even though raised in the South amidst all the racial prejudices, Mimi doesn't have a problem with Mazie and Edward's courtship.
Mazie is hesitant about accepting Edward's proposal, Mimi thinks she knows the reason why and she wants to do something to help the couple before she passes away.
When Mimi tells Mazie to go to her old chest and get out the beautiful quilt she has put away she knows she is in for something special. Mimi tells her the quilt is called The Moses Quilt because each square tells a piece of the story of a brave woman who was the Moses of her people; Harriet Tubman. Mimi has a secret that she wants to share with Mazie and Edward but will she live long enough to do so?
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Macias and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was good to be reminded of the sacrifices made by Mrs. Tubman to help her enslaved people. The storyline was very moving and it was brilliant how Ms. Macias wove the two stories together. Thank you Ms. Macias for this heartwarming story, I can't wait to read more of your work.
Posted August 26, 2013
How do I describe this book? Wow!! I was glued to the pages from the very beginning and just couldn't put it down. The author has a talent in bringing her characters to life by giving them so much personality.
I felt so many emotions while reading this story, it gave me goose bumps. It's quite obvious early on that Kathi Macias did her homework. If she would have been my history teacher I would have learned so much more. Macias' writing skills are brilliant.
I'm eager to read the next book in the series.
Posted July 11, 2013
.This heartwarming story features a woman, Mazie Hartford, searching for answers that will help her bridge the racial barriers that separate her from the love of her life. Her great-grandmother, Mimi, takes her on a storytelling journey through an heirloom quilt, featuring the life of Harriet Tumban. Harriet was considered the Moses of her time, and she was credited with rescuing hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad. Will Mazie find the answers she is searching for through these two women of faith? This is also a personal call for the readers to look at their own prejudices and to walk in faith and courage in their everyday lives. This is an excellent read for those searching for answers and seeking to increase their own faith.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2013
Kathi Macias is a master story teller and has obviously spent a great deal of time in research for her story. She could easily be a history teacher or museum curator. Kathi uses a quilt based on the life of Harriet Tubman as the main focus of her story in The Moses Quilt. Mazie and Edward are in love, but she is a young white woman and Edward is a successful young African American lawyer. Mazie is hesitant to accept his marriage proposal and much of the story is spent in examining the thoughts and conversations of many of the characters concerning whether or not the couple will ever marry. Mazie's great-grandmother, Mimi, whom she helps her mother to care for, tells the story of Harriet Tubman to the young couple. Will Mimi's Moses Quilt and story help Mazie to take the plunge or will the couple end their relationship? Will Mimi have time to finish the story of the quilt? Read this beautiful story to find the answers.
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Posted April 18, 2013
This book is neither about Moses of the Bible or the craft of quilting. Rather, this story centers around a deep love between young Maize Hartford and her great grandmother, Mimi, who lives with Maize and her mom in California.
With the help of a quilt Mimi purchased years ago in Alabama, she peels away, layer by layer, the story of Harriet Tubman’s inspiring life. The faith and courage displayed by the historical figure, known as the Moses of her people, impacts Maize’s outlook on her own personal situation.
Maize has dated a man of a different race for two years, but her fear of the problems they may face in a permanent relationship prevent her from taking the next step in a commitment to Edward. When the telling of Harriet’s story is unexpectedly interrupted, it drives Maize and Edward to seek out its conclusion. What they discover will affect their relationship for the rest of their lives.
Award-winning author Kathi Macias has crafted a wonderful novel that crosses racial and generational barriers. The theme that we are all interconnected in some manner is through our ancestry is brought to light. Her realistic characters and their conflicts encourage readers to examine their own beliefs, values, and opinions.
Posted April 3, 2013
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I loved learning about Harriet Tubman, a heroine to all women, through little stories of some of the quilt blocks in the Moses Quilt. Mazie and Edward’s story was not as easily understood until the end.
The prologue’s impression that Mazie was unable to make a commitment to Edward because of racial prejudice didn’t make sense to me because Mazie indicated she truly loved Edward, and she couldn’t figure out herself what caused her hesitation to accept her marriage proposal. I searched for clues in the flashbacks of her childhood time with Mimi, and re-read Mazie’s mother and great-grandmother’s conversations for hints of a family secret. Finally I realized that Mimi knew the quilt would not reveal the secret but lead Mazie to it.
Mazie’s curse was not in having racial prejudice but in fear of the reverse racial ramifications, and acceptance of her ancestry to slave owners. The revelation at the end did resolve issues and make sense of Mazie’s struggles, finally liberating Edward to resolve some unrealized racial issues as well. Eventually all the characters learn that although people and events of our past make us who we are, they do not have to control who we will be.
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Posted March 6, 2013
The Moses Quilt is compelling. It weaves together two stories: the story of Harriet Tubman and a modern-day tale. The main character is Mazie Hartford, a young woman who is struggling to find her way in life. Faced with her own prejudices, Mazie feels torn about entering a biracial marriage. All the while, she is confronted with questions about her family's Southern past.
Mazie’s great-grandmother (Mimi) has moved from Alabama to California to live with Mazie and her mother. Since Mimi is in fragile health, Mazie is her primary caregiver. The 93 year old woman is the key to helping Mazie find truth and guidance. Mimi helps her great-granddaughter thanks to the help of the Moses quilt. Mimi explains how each patch represents a story of courage and freedom from the life of Harriet Tubman and how those lessons apply to us today. As a result, Mazie must face whether she can find courage to overcome her own personal fears and prejudices.
The Moses Quilt not only offers a fascinating story of history, romance, and intrigue, but it also causes readers to consider how Harriet Tubman’s story can influence our their lives. As a long-time admirer of Kathi’s writing, I can tell you that her latest release will not disappoint you. The Moses Quilt is a page turner and a great book to read cozy at home on a winter afternoon.
Posted February 28, 2013
What a fascinating quick read, once I started I had to finish it. The family relationships here are wonderful.
Mazie Hartford lives with her Mom, Lilly, and her Great-Grandmother Mimi. She is in a long term relationship with Edward Clayton, he actually wants to move toward marriage. His family adores Mazie, and hers loves Edward...her 93 year old Great-Grandmother actually lights up in his presence. So what is Mazie's problem?
Mimi knowing that at 93 her time on earth is getting short, has decided to give Mazie a quilt. It is not just any quilt, there is a historical story behind it, and it is called the Moses Quilt. Mimi begins to tell the story of the quilt to Mazie, it is about Harriet Tubman, the Moses to her people.
Hearing the story of each of blocks is so interesting, I loved it. Edward then is asked to join and becomes enthralled in the stories.
Will the quilt help Mazie to make up her mind, let go of whatever it is that is keeping her from marrying this Godly man? Or will the answers they find in the quilt end up driving them apart.
Kathi Macias has done it again, written a captivating story. Don't miss this...enjoy!
I received this book through Christian Speaker Services, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted February 21, 2013
The Moses Quilt is a novel with two story lines. The first is a contemporary love story. It is about the love of a woman for a man and the love of a grandmother for her granddaughter and great-granddaughter. Mimi is the grandmother we all wish we had. She is 93 and her health is beginning to fade. Before she goes to be with Jesus she feels it is her last mission in life to give her precious Moses quilt to her great-granddaughter Maize. Mimi wants Maize to know the story behind the quilt so that it can continue to be passed on to next generations.
The story behind the quilt is the second tale in this book. Through Mimi’s narration we learn about the life of Harriet Tubman. Nothing is left out. We are taken on her journey from her humble roots to the horrific treatment she receives. Throughout her story we are reminded of her passionate desire to be free and to help her people be free.
I loved how Kathi Macias wove these two storylines together. The hope of one spilled over into the other. The Moses Quilt has a different feel than Kathi’s other books, but her compassion for people and their plight once again shines through. This is a perfect read for Black History month. It reminds us exactly how far we have come and at the same time reminds us there is still a ways to go. I would not only recommend it for adults interested in the subject matter, but I think it would be a fabulous read for your teenager.
Posted February 20, 2013
This contemporary novel moves slowly because there is so much historical narrative. Throughout the book Mazie's great-grandmother, Mimi, tells Mazie and her boyfriend, Edward a story about Harrient Tumban who escapes slavery and helps with the Underground Railroad. Only near the end does Macias reveal the fact that Edward is black, although most readers will already think so. So much of the book is about Harriet Tumban, it borders on a biography. I enjoy more dialogue than narrative, which caused the book to go slowly for me. Mazie admittedly loves Edward but won't accept his marriage proposal. What motivates Mimi's intent to tell the story of Harriet Tumban? Macias tackles racial prejudices and does a good job, her characters are realistic, and her settings along America's northwest shoreline are great.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Kathi Macias's book, The Moses Quilt, is not a fast-moving story line, but it's warm and inviting. It's as if you know the characters personally, and wonder yourself what is hindering Mazie from making a commitment to Edward. What is her hesitation? Edward is such a kind, patient man, willing to marry, but continues to wait for Mazie's answer to his marriage proposal.
Mimi, Mazie's great-grandmother was such a delight. Though ailing, she doesn't complain much except maybe for the cold California weather, as she lived most of her life in hot, steamy Alabama.
Thinking to encourage Mazie, Mimi began to draw out the stories of the Moses quilt, one quilt block at a time, that were created around the life of Harriet Tubman. I was only aware of Harriet's involvement in the Underground Railroad. You are in for a grand surprise if you've not read more of her life! However, Mimi passes away before the stories are completed. Now what is Mazie to do?
We find her and Edward on a trip back to Alabama to learn about the quilt's ending. What they find took them by complete surprise, as well as me. Will it help Mazie to commit or will it divide their relationship?
This book is a great personal and historical fiction that will intrigue you in many ways. Kathi tackles the tough issues of slavery, freedom and inter-racial marriage, which make for an interesting and educational read. God's hand is in all the circumstances, and each person senses His presence in their personal needs.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author's interview and/or book review on this blog.
Posted January 31, 2013
A Riveting Story!
I quickly fell in love with Mimi. She is a sweet 93 year old lady living with her granddaughter Lilly and her great-granddaughter Mazie. Mimi has a quilt she has kept stored away through the years. The quilt is called the “Moses” quilt. She knows her great-granddaughter Mazie is having a hard time making a commitment to marry Edward, so Mimi feels the time is right to tell Mazie the story behind the “Moses” quilt and why it came to be called that.
I found this book hard to put down because I simply could not wait for Mimi’s next installment of the story of the quilt. This book grabs you and holds you captive until the very end. It was quite an emotional ride.
I absolutely loved this book. I hope everyone gets the opportunity to read it.
Kathi Macias is quite the story teller and I have come to love her books.
Posted January 18, 2013
Every time I read one of Kathi's books, it always lands high in my "wow!" category. The Moses Quilt is right up there with the rest of her "parables with a purpose," as she likes to call her novels.
Mazie Hartford's great-grandmother, Mimi, has a secret and very little time left to reveal it. She asks Mazie to pull a patchwork quilt from her cedar chest. The story she begins to tell first to Mazie and then also to Mazie's amazing friend Edward Clayton about the Moses Quilt will change their lives forever.
Mazie, a white woman, is in love with the well-respected black attorney and he with her, but she has reservations about marrying a black man. Is she prejudiced? She hopes not, but she isn't sure. Why does she have such a problem giving her life without reservation to Edward? He's asked her to marry him several times, and Lord knows he's trying hard not to be impatient.
As the tale unravels about the quilt, Mimi knows she is fast approaching the end of her days on earth. She longs to go to her heavenly home, but it's so important that they know the story of the quilt and Harriet Tubman, the Moses of the slaves during the Civil War. She prays for enough time to finish the tale.
The Moses Quilt will hold you mesmerized until the final page--and I don't know about you, but the answers they find totally caught me by surprise.
Posted December 26, 2012
Young lawyer, Edward Clayton is deeply in love with Mazie Hartford, but frustrated with her hesitation in giving him the answer he longs to hear after repeated proposals of marriage. Unanswered questions regarding her heritage haunt Mazie, and appear to be the reason for her hesitancy in accepting Edward's proposal. Mazie's father died when she was very young, and her memories of him are scant, a few old photos and no information about that branch of her family. Mazie's openminded mother welcomes Edward into their family. Edward even finds favor with Mimi, Mazie's 93-year-old great-grandmother, long-time resident of the Deep South, who grew up prior to the Civil Rights movement when attitudes were different. He had envisioned the elderly woman as possibly a bigot or even a racist. To the contrary, Mimi loves Edward and cannot understand her great-granddaughter's hesitancy to commit to marrying him. Mimi knows that her time on this earth is limited, and decides it is time for Mazie to hear a story from her past. Mimi asks Mazie to remove a well-preserved, but very old quilt from her cedar chest. Mimi wants her great-granddaughter to have the quilt but Mazie first needs to know the story behind it. Could the quilt reveal secrets from her past that could help her overcome her fears of marrying Edward? The story Mimi is about to tell reveals the story of Harriet Tubman, a slave during the 1800s. The quilt is named The Moses Quilt, and each block in the quilt tells a story from Harriet Tubman's life. Harriet was known as the "Moses" of her people, a woman who was pivotal in freeing countless numbers of slaves by way of the underground railroad. The origin of the quilt is Gee's Bend, Alabama, an area well known for generations of quilters, a legend in themselves, who produce quilts that people come from faraway places to see and purchase. As Edward wants to hear the story as well, both he and Mazie listen to installments of the story behind The Moses Quilt. Kathi Macias is a master storyteller, weaving a tale within a tale, of factual acounts regarding the life of Harriet Tubman and the Gee's Bend quilters. This book is incredibly well researched and accurate in detail. Family dynamics are beautifully presented through three generations of women and their relationships and importance to one another. The characters in this book are well developed and believable, unforgettable characters to love and cherish. "The Moses Quilt" affected me on many personal levels, as a quilter, as a grandparent to a biracial grandson, my personal freedom from prejudice in my own life, and on an emotional level that is unforgettable. I highly recommend this sensitive, poignant, well-written, authentic story within a story! I will read this book again and again. I received a PDF copy of "The Moses Quilt" for the purpose of my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.