A Quilt For Christmas ~ book spotlight and excerpt

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!

The story of quilts is always one of intrigue and history, hope and emotion. This read will bring all that to you along with the spirit of Christmas.


Title: A Quilt for Christmas: A Christmas Novella

A Quilt for Christmas

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 freespirited 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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Excerpt 1:

So Vera would be alone for Christmas—not that she planned to acknowledge the holiday. Who
was there to celebrate with anyway? After five months in Fairview, she hadn’t made a single friend.
She’d heard that as one got older it grew more difficult to make new friends. Perhaps her loneliness was
proof of that.
A loud knocking at her door brought Vera’s little pity party to a halt. Hurrying to see who was
pounding so urgently—since no one ever called on her here—she suddenly remembered she was still in
her pajamas and robe. She cracked open the door with a cautious hello? but could see no one.
“Please, please, can you help me?” a small voice pleaded from down below.
Vera blinked at the small child who stood on her doorstep. With two messy blond pigtails, bare
feet, and widened blue eyes, the little girl looked somewhat lost and confused. And like Vera, the child
was dressed in sleepwear, except hers was a thin, summery nightgown that looked none too warm.
“Wh-what?” Vera fumbled to unlatch the chain and fully open the door. “Who are you?”
“I’m Fiona,” the girl reached for Vera’s hand and, grasping it tightly, tugged. “We live right
there.” She pointed to the opened door across the hallway. “Mama is sick. Please help me!”
“Oh my!” Leaving her own door wide open, Vera let the child lead her across the hall and into
the condo.

Excerpt 2:

“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 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.


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.

Connect with Melody by visiting melodycarlson.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


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

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight October 12, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on October 19, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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4 thoughts on “A Quilt For Christmas ~ book spotlight and excerpt

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  2. Beatrice LaRocca October 15, 2022 at 9:11 pm Reply

    I love the cover, synopsis and excerpts, A Quilt for Christmas is a must read for me. Thank you for sharing the author’s bio and book details

  3. lindamoffitt02 October 17, 2022 at 11:35 pm Reply

    I Love Sweet Romance Reads. Especially Christmas Stories. Thank You For Sharing This Book & It’s Book Tour With Us.

  4. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) November 20, 2022 at 8:30 pm Reply

    You make me wonder where the romance comes in… a male quilter? sounds like a non-mindful bit of reading fun.

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