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Litfuse Publicity: A Stitch in Crime (Quilts of Love series) by Cathy Elliott


About the Series:

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:

Thea’s first quilt show is coming apart at the seams!

Thea James has accepted an assignment as co-chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.

Mary-Alice Wentworth, a much-loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick-off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds?

When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary-Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author:

Author and speaker Cathy Elliott nourishes her night-owl habit by creating cozy mysteries and more on her trusty laptop in Anderson, California. Like the protagonist in her new mystery, Cathy is an avid quilter. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antique treasures.  Connect with Cathy on Facebook and her website.

My Opinion:

I wish I could just say that I loved this book and leave it at that but alas I have agreed to give you a longer review than that so I will try to convey with simple words what it is that I loved about this book.  First of all, I loved that it wasn’t an in your face romance with gushy love stuff.  Even though Thea has a boyfriend there is no date nights or passionate kisses, in fact she has a hard time accepting that he likes her and not the pretty mayor of their town.  At this point in my life I’m not up for romance or reading about someone’s romance so this book was the right one at the right time.  The next thing I enjoyed was the whodunit – it really did keep me turning the page to figure out who did the crime and I won’t give spoilers but it was HUGE surprise as to who knocked Mary-Alice over her head and who stole the priceless heirloom quilt!

Unfortunately, while I totally enjoyed this book there were a few things I thought were dull and didn’t add much to the story such as all the details of the clothing that some of the women were troubling themselves over.  Nonetheless, the book was a great mystery and one with a good overall Christian theme, which appeals very much to me as well.  I’ve not read any of Cathy Elliott’s other books before but given the way this one read and flowed I will have to be checking out her other works as I’m sure to find them just as enjoyable, if not more.  If you enjoy a Christian mystery with mayhem but without blood and gore then this book will be one that you’ll want to grab and begin reading right way – and as with all Quilts of Love books it stands alone so you don’t have to read the others one but once you read one you might want to read the rest.

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(c) 2015, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott. Thea’s first quilt show begins to fall apart at the seams. Will she be able to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before another attack happens . . . with far worse results.

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  • A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott
  • Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn
  • Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven

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Litfuse Publicity: Masterpiece Marriage (Quilts of Love series) by Gina Welborn


About Quilts of Love:

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:

He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs.
Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.

Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author:

Gina Welborn is the author of several novels and novellas, including The Heiress’s Courtship. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers; the president of Faith, Hope and Love; and a founding member of InkwellInspirations.com. She lives in Cache, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband and their five children. Visit her online at her website.

 

 

My Opinion:

I will have to admit this was not my favorite Quilts of Love series book, I found it too hard to try to relate to Mary Varrs who seems to be quite liberated in her day and age.  She’s not seeking marriage and so when handsome Zenus arrives on the scene she isn’t prepared for the feelings that come over her – especially since Zenus’ Aunt wants him paired with another woman.  I found Mary to be so wrapped up in building a career for herself that she forgot to look around her to see what God wanted and I honestly found her to whiny for such an independent woman.  Zenus was the same way though, whiny in a way only men can be – he was brooding over losing the woman he loved to another and then ultimately her death.

I will say I still gave this book a 5 star on Goodreads because I enjoyed the setting, late 1800’s always has appealed to me in regards to settings and historical content.  Even though I couldn’t relate to the characters as much I still enjoyed the characters around them that built up the stories especially Zenus’ Aunt who had a level head and sought to be hospitable to those who entered her home and desired to help those who truly need it – of course she asked that they help in return.  Although this wasn’t my favorite Quilts of Love book I still recommend it because, like for me, it opened me up to a new author, I’ve never read Gina Welborn other books, and it does have a quaint charm like other books set in the late 1800’s.

 

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(c) 2015, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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Litfuse Publicity: Swept Away (Quilts of Love Series) by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven


About Quilts of Love:

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:

Sara doesn’t think she wants love. But her grandmother has other plans.

Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned.

Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but his heart is as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between Drew and his new employer’s granddaughter.

Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts researching him online. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever.

Find out more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Authors:

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning author and a professional book reviewer. A stay-at-home mom and home school teacher, Laura lives with her family in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. Cindy Loven is active in the church and writes from her home in Conway, Arkansas, where she lives with her husband and their son.

My Opinion:

This was a great and fast read and I love the teaming of the authors, both who write great books on their own but together it brings a whole new dimension to their story telling.  I do admit the idea of a match making Grandma seems a little far fetched to me, as neither of my Grandma’s ever tried to get involved in my romantic life but I think it would have been nice at the same time.  As I’ve experienced recently, life doesn’t always go in the way you want it to and that is something Sara and Drew both come to realize – while each are sure they don’t want to become romantically involved life and God intervenes and shows them that maybe, just maybe they really do belong together.

As always I make sure to give my readers any warnings that I think they’d want to know about before they begin reading this book, in Chapter 17 a fairly heated physical scene threatens to undermine what they each believe – I will admit I was uncomfortable reading about “she made a moaning sound” and so on.  Overall, I enjoyed this book and the story of Sara and Drew’s blooming love – although I could have done without that scene above the rest of the book was right up my alley and gave me a good way to unwind before I fell off to sleep.

If you’d like to see what other bloggers thought please visit the Litfuse Landing Page.

(c) 2015, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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Litfuse Publicity: Hidden in the Stars (Quilts of Love) by Robin Caroll


About Quilts of Love:

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 quilt holds the secret to a killer still at large—and who his next victim will be.

Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.

Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?

 

To learn more about the series and to purchase visit The Quilts of Love.

 

About the Author:

Robin Caroll is the author of 22 published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of 20-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home in Little Rock, Arkansas. She gives back to the writing community by serving as conference director for ACFW. Her books have been named finalists in such contests as the Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

 

Connect with Robin on Facebook, Twitter and her website.

 

My Opinion:

 

Search my blog and you’ll see that I’ve had great fun reading the books in the Quilts of Love series, and I’m so glad I was able to read Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll.  I’ve not read her books before but after reading this one I’ll be sure to find more of her books because she was able to pull me in from the first chapter – it takes a lot to do that.  I was immediately pulled into the life of Olympic bound gymnast, Sophia Montgomery as she is lying in a hospital bed after an attack on her and her mother in her mother’s house.  Ofter we believe things in our past stay buried in our past and sometimes, they don’t……as is the case with Sophia and her mother and Sophia is left to grapple with the truth as she also struggles in recovering and knowing her career is over.

 

Sophia struggles in letting the Lord lead her and how to overcome the obstacles set before her, thankfully in His way, He provides people to come alongside her to help her in her healing – a long lost grandma, an interpreter and of course a little bit of romance thrown in with a handsome police officer working her case.  Each character has their own faith story, Julian, still reeling from a loss doesn’t want anything to do with the Lord but as he witnesses Sophia’s faith and her trust in God he comes to a realization that he can’t do it all on his own.  I don’t want to give away to much more of the story suffice to say this is a fantastic addition to the quilts of love series since a treasured quilt leads the way for the case to be solved and not just Sophia’s either!

 

You can read what others had to say by visiting the Liftuse Landing Page.

 

 

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll. September’s QOL release is a wonderful combination of mystery, romance, and family love bound together by a quilt and the story it tells.

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Enter to win a “Night on the Town” (a $200 Visa cash card!) and RSVP for the “Fall into Fall” Quilts of Love Facebook party on 10/7.
One winner will receive:

  • A $200 Visa cash card (The perfect accessory for a “night on the town”!)
  • 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 October 7. Winner will be announced at the October 7th author chat party with Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll! RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

 

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Litfuse Publicity: A Grand Design (Quilts of Love) by Amber Stockton


About Quilts of Love:

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.

 

My Opinion:

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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(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

 

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.


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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!

 

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Litfuse Publicity: Rival Hearts (Quilts of Love) by Tara Randel #grow4christ #bookreview


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About the series:

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:

They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost?

Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.

Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

 

You can also purchase a copy of Rival Hearts: Quilts of Love Series on Amazon.

 

 

About the Author:

Tara Randel is the author of five romance novels including Lasting Love, Melody of Love, and This Time Love. A member of ACFW, Tara is also the lead author of the new Annie’s Mysteries series (see AnniesMysteries.com). Tara lives in New Port Richey, Florida.  Connect with Tara on her website and on Facebook.

 

My Opinion:

 

I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about this most recent addition to the Quilts of Love series since it was contemporary and it’s a competition between a female and male co-worker plus I have never read any of Tara Randel’s other books.  However, my hesitancy was quickly put to rest as I got more involved in the characters and the whole competition – I’m not one to advocate for competition – but I think that added a whole new dimension to the book and overall theme and built the suspense, which usually comes in the form of a crime or other climax so a different one was a nice touch and added to the overall feel of the book.  Of course, some of the ending wrap up were sort of easy to figure out part way through – such as how Ben and Molly’s relationship would end up and also Molly’s wanting to be more involved with the women’s shelter – but I won’t give too many spoilers.

 

Overall, this book fits great with the Quilts of Love series and for those who don’t like ‘preachy’ books this one definitely isn’t, although Christian faith is mentioned a couple of times it was no where near what other books in the series include.  Stepping out of your comfort zone is one big outcome of the book and learning to let go of things that aren’t really worth the time and effort.  I personally would have liked to have read more about the characters struggle with their faith and how it made them stronger but I also know that it’s great to have a book that can sometimes be that heart opener that some otherwise may not ever get.  I’ll definitely be looking for other Tara Randel books when I have time for some leisure reading!

 

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(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, Rival Hearts, by Tara Randel. Who doesn’t like a friendly competition, every now and then? You’ll be sure to love this fun tale of unexpected competition between two people forced out of their comfort zone.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Coleman grill, tent, and camp chairs
  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson
  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

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Litfuse Publicity: A Promise in Pieces (Quilts of Love series) by Emily T. Wierenga #grow4christ


About Quilts of Love:

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 baby quilt touches many hearts as it travels from family-to-family and through generations.

After the end of World War II, Clara Kirkpatrick returns from the Women’s Army Corp to deliver a dying soldier’s last wishes: convey his love to his young widow, Mattie, with apologies for the missed life they had planned to share.
Struggling with her own post-war trauma, Clara thinks she’s not prepared to handle the grief of this broken family. Yet upon meeting Mattie, and receiving a baby quilt that will never cuddle the soldier’s baby, Clara vows to honor the sacrifices that family made.

Now a labor and delivery nurse in her rural hometown, Clara wraps each new babe in the gifted quilt and later stitches the child’s name into the cloth. As each new child is welcomed by the quilt, Clara begins to wonder whatever happened to Mattie—and if her own life would ever experience the love of a newborn. Little does she know that she will have the opportunity to re-gift the special quilt—years later and carrying even greater significance than when it was first bestowed.

 

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

 

About the Author:

Emily Wierenga is a former editor, ghostwriter, freelance writer and staff journalist, a monthly columnist for The Christian Courier, and the author of Save My Children (Castle Quay Books, 2008), Chasing Silhouettes (Ampelon Publishing, 2012) and Mom in the Mirror (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Emily resides in Alberta, Canada. This is her first novel.

 

Learn more about Emily at her website.

 

My Opinion:

 

Grab the tissue box and be prepared to be taken on a ride of soaring emotions – I so wanted to hug Noah, Clara’s grandson, who listens attentively to her story of being a nurse in WW2 and her life after she comes home.  My Grandpa was a nurse in WW2 and both he and my Grandma passed away several years ago and I never took the time to listen – I wish I would have now and that is probably why the book hit me so hard.  Even though this is a work of fiction, I’m sure that Emily took much from historical facts and wove them into the story and I feel like I got to see a bit of what my Grandpa experienced – many don’t want to talk about their war experiences, especially the men.  As Clara tells the story of meeting a soldier who was dying, she acknowledges that she felt a bit like it was an adulterous affair as she felt it should have been his wife but alas it was her duty to care for him as he lay dying.  After the war she delivers the letter he wrote on a page from the Bible to his widow and his widow then gives Clara a quilt – one she uses to honor others who have been touched by war.

 

I probably would have cried through the whole book – the love that Clara has for her husband is clear as she watches him drive and lead the caravan to the National WW2 Museum – even as a devastating event leads to a detour in their plans for Clara to donate the quilt to the museum – Clara’s love for her family and her memories come clearly through.  I would have liked to read more about Clara’s family after the return from their trip and deal with the effects of the event that turns their trip upside down but at the same time the conclusion seemed a fitting way to do it in regards to the character that was Clara.  I have to say at this point, while I’ve enjoyed the other Quilts of Love series, this one has been my favorite and as I said if you read this one have your tissues or for a bit of flair – your embroidered handkerchief.

 

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(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

 

 

The latest Quilts of Love release, A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga is receiving glowing reviews.



Emily is celebrating the release of her debut novel with a “Women Helping Women” shopping spree giveaway.

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One winner will receive:

  • $200 to spend at Emily’s favorite shops, Noonday Collection & Vibella (Click through to learn more about how these companies exist to make a difference in the lives of women!)
  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson
  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog on May 12th. Then be sure to stop by the Quilts of Love Facebook page on May 29th for the “Quilting Bee” Facebook party with Emily and other Quilts of Love authors. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips & tricks, prizes, and more!

 

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Litfuse Publicity: Maybelle in Stitches (Quilts of Love series) by Joyce Magnin #grow4christ


About the Quilts of Love series:

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:

Maybelle Kazinzki can’t sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house she gets the crazy idea to finish it—somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II.

Her recently departed mother’s quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother’s childhood, her grandmother’s childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden’s stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life. After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle’s faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful—no matter what. And it’ll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.

 

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author:

Joyce Magnin is the author of the Bright’s Pond novels, including the award-winning The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader and the organizer of the StoryCrafters fiction group. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

You can learn more about Joyce Magnin and her books by visiting her website.

 

My Opinion:

I can sympathize with Maybelle, she can’t sew and she’s afraid of that evil machine sitting in the room, I still remember the day my son bumped my sewing table which moved my hand just enough that my thumb became part of my sewing project, then came the squad, the slightly ruined project (thankfully no blood!), and pain.  Sewing instills a lot of fear and trepidation into women, not as much as long ago and more so now – but Maybelle was mortified by her teacher in front of the class and well that is just as bad as sewing your thumb to your project.  Set during World War 2, Maybelle and her friend Doris, whose husbands are fighting overseas are helping out the war effort by working in the local ship making factory as welders.  I didn’t know a lot about the home front during WW2, and some of it was sad like the women who had to leave their children in the care of others so they can earn an income to feed them.  Others were slightly comical like the word bumbershoot, which my children learned awhile ago means umbrella but we rarely or at all hear it used today.

I got pulled into Maybelle’s story right away the book sweeps you up into and it’s a fast read, a great way to unwind after a long day of unpacking, or maybe just a rainy spring day.  The conflict in the book comes from many different angles and I don’t want to give away too many spoilers – but suffice to say Doris receives bad news, Maybelle learns how to move one and live life and well new love blossoms between two unlikely characters.  I found myself laughing, getting mad (like the jealous woman who corners Maybelle after she’s chosen to sponsor a ship) and rejoicing at the the outcomes in the story.  Maybelle struggles with her faith in very realistic ways, questioning why bad things happen to good people and she also experiences anger towards the “war effort” because she just wants her husband home.

I’ve never read Joyce Magnin’s books before and I know after reading Maybelle in Stitches I will be trying to find her other books (she has written seven, two of which are middle grade readers) for both myself and my children because her writing is really good and she pulls you in.  I think the only real thing I found annoying is the constant use of “gee” or “golly” but I assume that these words are commonly used back in that time period sort of like “LOL” or “I know right?” are used today – but maybe it was slightly more annoying since I was reading it versus speaking or typing them.  Regardless, I really enjoyed this story of a time gone by and I even got a little bit of education while reading it – in my book that makes it a winner!

 

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Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Maybelle in Stitches, by Joyce Magnin. Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it.

Joyce is celebrating the release with a $200 Modcloth giveaway. Enter today for a chance to spruce up your spring wardrobe!

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One winner will receive:

  • A $200 ModCloth.com gift card
  • Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron
  • A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare
  • Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 19th. Winner will be announced on April 21st on the Quilts of Love blog!

 

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Litfuse Publicity: A Sky without Stars (Quilts of Love series) by Linda S. Clare #grow4christ


About the Quilts of Love series:

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:

In 1951, Frankie Chasing Bear is a Lakota caught between cultures. She wants to raise her son Harold to revere his Lakota heritage, but she knows he will need to become as a white man to succeed. After his father’s killed in a barroom brawl, Harold and Frankie move to Arizona, where she begins a Lakota Star pattern quilt for Harold with tribal wisdom sung, sewn and prayed into it.

She distrusts Christians, as her own parents were forced to convert at an Indian School, until she meets BIA agent Nick Vandergriff, a half-Lakota who’s also caught between cultures. Nick must convince Frankie that white men and Christians aren’t all bad as he tries to win her heart in order to put the stars back into her sky.

Learn more about this book, the Quilts of Love series and how to purchase by visiting the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author:

Linda S. Clare is an award-winning coauthor of three books, including Lost Boys and the Moms Who Love Them (with Melody Carlson and Heather Kopp), Revealed: Spiritual Reality in a Makeover World, and Making Peace with a Dangerous God (with Kristen Johnson Ingram). She is also the author of The Fence My Father Built. She has taught college-level creative writing classes for seven years, and edits and mentors writers. She also is a frequent writing conference presenter and church retreat leader. She and her husband of thirty-one years have four grown children, including a set of twins. They live in Eugene, Oregon, with their five wayward cats: Oliver, Xena the Warrior Kitty, Paladine, Melchior, and Mamma Mia!

Learn more about Linda and her books at her website, Linda S. Clare.

My Opinion:

If you search my blog for Quilts of Love you’ll see that I’ve gotten hooked on this series of books, it doesn’t matter what order you read them, you just jump in and with all types of genres from Amish fiction, Historical fiction and more they all have one theme in common – quilts.  I recently finished A Sky without Stars by Linda S. Clare – whom I have never read before – and I thoroughly enjoyed the book, finishing it in one day!  Having part Native American in my heritage I’ve always been fascinated by this culture of life that I’ve never actually experienced first hand so reading this book gave me a brief glimpse and I’m so glad I stepped outside of my usual genres and read this one.  Frankie Chasing Bear was a very interesting character, both weak and strong, she wants her 10 year old son to know and learn and cherish his Lakota heritage and so they move as part of the relocation program the government has set up – and what her husband was pursuing before he was murdered.  This takes place in 1951 so a lot of discrimination is still facing the Native Americans  and so I got a glimpse of the Indian schools that were designed to remove the Native American heritage from those children so they could be “productive citizens”.

I got pulled into the story immediately, the prologue got me hook, line and sinker and kept me turning the pages – the twists in the plot were like a fast paced movie but tame compared to what you’d actually see in a movie.  Frankie meets Nick Parker who is with the Bueaur of Indian Affairs and is himself a half Lakota and half white man – and they are both trying to find where they fit in a world who sees either all Indian or all white – and the Indian part isn’t respected.  Frankie meets others who talk of God but she cannot understand, even if her Grandma was the same way, how an Indian can follow and worship the God of the white man – with all that her people have gone through – but He reaches out to her time and again until…..well I don’t want to give too much of the story away, you’ll have to read it for yourself because it’s a wonderful story of grace, forgiveness and love.  With this book I will be seeking out more of Linda S. Clare’s books at the library because the style of writing kept my attention and I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

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(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Star Without Stars, by Linda S. Clare. Linda is celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX giveaway and joining her fellow Quilts of Love authors, Barbara Cameron and Joyce Magnin, for a Facebook “Spring Fling” party on April 1st.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron
  • A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare
  • Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 1st. Winner will be announced at the “Spring Fling” Facebook Party on April 1st. RSVP today and connect with the authors from the Quilts of Love series, Barbara Cameron, Linda S. Clare, and Joyce Magnin, for an evening of book chat, quilt trivia, prizes, and an exclusive look at the next Quilts of Love book!

 
So grab your copies of Scraps of EvidenceA Sky Without Stars, and Maybelle in Stitches and join Barbara, Linda, and Joyce on the evening of April 1st for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on April 1st!

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Litfuse Publicity: Scraps of Evidence (Quilts of Love series) by Barbara Cameron #grow4christ


About Quilts of Love:

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:

Tess has taken some ribbing from her fellow officer, Logan, for her quilting hobby. He finds it hard to align the brisk professional officer he patrols with during the day with the one who quilts in her off-time. Besides, he’s been trying to get to know her better and he’d like to be seeing her during those couple nights a week she spends with her quilting guild.

Then one afternoon Tess and Logan visit her aunt in the nursing home and she acts agitated when Tess covers her with the story quilt. Aunt Susan seems to be communicating a message to them about Tess’s uncle. There’s a story behind this quilt, they realize, one that may lead them to a serial killer. Will they have a chance to have a future together or will the killer choose Tess for his next victim before they find him?

You can purchase a copy on the Quilts of Love site.

 

About the Author:

Barbara Cameron is the CBD, CBA, and ECPA bestselling author of 24 books including the new Stitches in Times series for Abingdon Press. Barbara has written fiction and non-fiction books for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Harlequin, and other publishers. She sold three films to HBO/Cinemax and is the first winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Barbara’s first two novellas won the 2nd and 3rd place in the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest from the Faith, Love, and Hope chapter of RWA. Both were finalists for the novella category of the Carol Award of the American Christian Writers Award (ACFW).

You can learn more about Barbara and her books at her website.

My Opinion:

I’ve really been enjoying the Quilts of Love series, this series is written by various authors, can be read alone and have some sort of quilt that weaves through the story and in Barbara Cameron’s book, Scraps of Evidence, it helps to solve a serial murder case and rescue Tess’ aunt from a bad situation.  I must admit to being a bit confused when I first started reading as Tess’ aunt’s name on the back cover is Susan but as I was reading it became apparent that her aunt is actually a Kathy – once I got my mind sorted out on this fact it was smooth sailing.  The book is fast paced from the beginning and I liked that as it made for a fun and fast read, one can feel the frantic racing of Tess as she seeks to solve her friend’s murder and the realization as to who the murderer is.

Once I got into the book and as more characterizations came to light it was fairly easy to figure out who the murderer was but Barbara does a great job in trying to throw suspicion on others through out.  Using a quilt to give clues was something I’d never think of and it made for a intriguing process, what if an unsolved murder today has clues wrapped inside a quilt, really thought inspiring.  Of course it’s not all murder and mayhem Tess and her partner Logan become attracted to one another – and while there is kissing and touching they each know that to pursue that would be wrong because they aren’t married, I really appreciated that fact.

If you like a good suspense, romance or even just need a good, decent Christian fiction book to curl up with then check out this and the other Quilts of Love series books.  It’s definitely worth the day it took me to read this one and as I said it’s fast paced so you’ll keep turning the pages (even if you do have to tune out refrains of “MOM”).  The ending seemed a bit rushed but even with that the ending was sweet and made for an enjoyable end to the book.

If you’d like to see what other readers thought about this book visit the Litfuse Landing Page.

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

Barbara Cameron‘s Scraps of Evidence is the newest book in the Quilts of Love line, and Barbara is celebrating with an “intriguing” Kindle HDX giveaway!

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron
  • Tempest’s Course by Lynette Sowell
  • Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 8th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog on March 10th.

 

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