Mazie and Edward are in love, yet will a mystery in Mazie’s ancestral past prevent their interracial marriage?
Will the story of Harriet Tubman, told through images in the Moses quilt, save or unravel their relationship?
Will they find God–a deeper relationship with Him–in the process?
A Book Review in honor of Black History Month and Harriet Tubman
When a package with The Moses Quilt arrived in my mailbox, I was eager to get my nose into it. I’m a big fan of most anything written by Kathi Macias. She tends to tackle unusual topics in her novels–from sex-trafficking to modern day martyrs, so I knew the Moses Quilt would be more than just about a quilt.
In the novel, family on both sides–Edwards parents and sister, and Mazie’s mom and great-grandmother, are all supportive of Edward and Mazie’s relationship. Only Mazie hangs back, and even she is not sure why. She suspects, however, that with her great-grandmother having been born and raised in the deep south, there may be something very uncomfortable–perhaps insurmountable–in her family history. She is almost afraid to find out. How did her ancestors deal with the issue of slavery? And if something truly awful is uncovered, will Edward want nothing to do with her?
Mazie’s great-grandma, in segments (as her health is failing) tells Mazie and Edward the amazing story of Harriet Tubman using the treasured Moses quilt. They are fascinated, but also wonder if there is a personal connection between them and the mysterious quilt.
I was already in awe of the work of Harriet Tubman–what courage and determination she had! But I learned much more about her, right along with Mazie and Edward. I love to learn new things–and gain some new perspective about life or history, in the midst of good storytelling.
The story characters’ Christian faith was well embedded in their lives and portrayed very naturally, and the references to Harriet Tubman’s faith in Christ was an inspiration to me.
I appreciate the author, Kathi Macias, in her taking me along on this new, interesting and fun ride. I also enjoyed the physical treatment of the book by her publisher, New Hope. I’m sure the ebook is a good read as well (and I love my Kindle), but somehow holding this paperback with it’s lovely colors and inside graphics helped put me in the moment, as if I were also hearing the story from Great-Grandma Mimi and seeing the quilt. I found myself looking back to the cover often as I read, and enjoying the dove-shaped graphics separating the pages. I think this story really benefited from this lovely physical treatment.
Interested in following the path of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad? Click HERE to find a great brochure with a driving tour (or virtual tour), with The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway or go to the Maryland Eastern Shore for the 100th year celebration of her life, March 8-10 2013; Centennial Events in Harriet Tubman’s Homeland.
Enjoy this book trailer for The Moses Quilt and the other books in Kathi’s new quilt fiction series:
© Laurie Winslow Sargent. Laurie edits Finding God Daily, and is multi-book author/contributor and magazine article writer. She blogs for parents at ParentingByFaith.com and for writers at SellYourNonfiction.com. Join her on Twitter as @LaurieSargent. ” I received my copy of The Moses Quilt for review from New Hope Publishers, yet my positive review is based solely on my being blessed by and personally growing from reading this book. If a book doesn’t impact me in some way, I leave it for others to review, so reviews you see by me at Finding God Daily will be for books that I highly recommend.”