Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CFBA: A Grand Design by Amber Stockton (Review)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Grand Design: Quilts of Love Series
Love Inspired (July 15, 2014)
Amber Stockton


Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning best-selling author, speaker, and virtual assistant who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Australian shepherd/retriever mix named Roxie. She has sold 14 books and three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards.


When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a romantic getaway for two on Mackinac Island, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops, eateries, 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, part 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?

If you'd like to read the first chapter of A Grand Design , go HERE.

My Review:

I received this book late, so please understand that my review is based upon the part of the book that I've had time to read.

Fifteen years ago, Alyssa Denham stopped taking her annual summer trip to Mackinac Island to see her grandmother, but never told anyone the real reason why. After winning a romantic getaway for two, Alyssa returns to the island, where her grandmother gives her and her best friend, Libby, the task of helping her piece together a friendship quilt she had started years ago. Alyssa also attracts the attention of Scott Whitman, who seems to be playing a role in her quest.

From the opening page, I was captivated by these characters. The relationships between Alyssa and Libby, Alyssa and her grandmother, and Alyssa and Scott provide a wealth of entertainment and conflict to move the story along. Alyssa feels like the awkward ugly duckling next to beautiful Libby who always seems to know just what to say to men. Alyssa and her grandmother were always so close, but both of them have felt the pain of their separation. It's hard to know who feels more awkward--Alyssa or Scott--as they seem to be thrown together more often than not.

All of this is set against the beautiful backdrop of Mackinac Island and the unfolding story of a friendship quilt that was never sewed together. Stockton pulls the reader in immediately and fully. I can't wait to see how this one ends.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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