Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.
About the Book:
A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs—if only she can let go of her past.
When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.
As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?
Learn more about the series and the book at the Quilts of Love website.
About the Author:
Amber Stockton is an award-winning author, a national speaker, and a direct-sales brand partner with Nerium International. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and her website.
I have not read Amber Stockton before but if you do a quick search of my blog you will see I’ve read plenty of the Quilts of Love books and I’ve enjoyed most, if not all of them. I’ve never visited Mackinac Island but the descriptions of the Grand Hotel and the island itself makes me want to take a drive and visit this quaint little island village. I have to say that while I did enjoy the book, it was a bit slow moving in parts and it seemed some of the thoughts Alyssa has are repeated a couple of times. I also felt there were issues that were too neatly wrapped up and solved that could have used some fleshing out – such as the problem as to why Alyssa’s Grandma was no longer in charge of the quilt group she started, hints were dropped but nothing really came of it – this is just one example of the questions the book posed and there were others that were solved but still many more questions arose.
That said, I liked the style of writing, it flowed and kept the pace so that it had me wanting to turn the pages and find out what happens next. Alyssa and her friend Libby have a strange relationship that the one seems very flirtatious and doesn’t act at all like a Christian young woman should and Alyssa is quite modest and not at all a flirt. I liked though how each gave and took from the friendship and the others weakness was the other strengths and so forth, which made it a nice story about friends. I think I may have enjoyed the book even more had it been longer as there was just so many things that needed more explaining that couldn’t be done in the short length of this book. If you enjoy a nice, cozy romance then definitely this is a great book but if you want a book with a lot of depth to it then this isn’t it – definitely a book for unwinding and a quick read on a weekend.
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Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Grand Design by Amber Stockton. Who hasn’t struggled to let painful memories go and move into God’s healing? You’ll be sure to love this heartfelt and encouraging tale set on historic Mackinac Island.
Celebrate August’s release by entering to win a Kindle from Quilts of Love and RSVPing for the “Fall into Fall” Facebook author chat party.
One winner will receive:
- A Kindle HDX
- A Grand Design by Amber Stockton
- Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 16th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog. Plus make sure you RSVP to the October 7th author chat party with Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!