By Lynette Sowell
About the book: Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal town of New Bedford to restore a 150-year-old Mariner's Compass quilt, with one stipulation: she must live and work in Gray House where the quilt is stored. Tom Silva, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky coastline, is the caretaker employed by the mysterious absent owner of Gray House.
Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore the quilt, she is drawn out of her self-imposed shell and embraces the family God has given her after her own family failed her. As Kelly reads stories in a journal penned by Mary Gray, she learns there is no transgression beyond God's forgiveness, but the real obstacle is forgiving herself. During her and Tom's journey to grace and love, an unknown force works to keep both of them from discovering a long-buried truth that will change their lives forever.
My Thoughts: I have thoroughly enjoyed ALL of the Quilts of Love books and this one is no exception. As a quilt top is pieced together with love and care, Lynette weaves a tale encompassing the same feelings. She has done her research well!! Intertwining plots come together in a unique and unusual story line. Lynette has used a historical background on which to build the story in a most effective manner. Not only are there many subplots , but there is so much to learn about the historical time when the quilt was created. Full of mystery and intrigue, romance, this tale promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.
The main characters, Kelly and Tom, cause your heart to flutter, as a simple romance turns into a very complicated situation. You feel every confused thought, frustration, fear and worry!! These characters lived withing me for the duration of the read. Using the past history of an unknown stranger, Kelly becomes aware of the need to let God plan her life and wait upon Him. When the truth of Mary Gray's secrets become clear to Kelly, she realizes that her life and family are already intertwined with Tom's, in a way that no one could predict and could make a huge impact on both of their lives. The mystery of the unknown adversary who wants to keep the secret hidden kept me glued to the page until I completed the book.
A five star book!! LOVED it!!
About the Author:
Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of five novels and six novellas for Barbour Publishing with sales topping 250,000. In 2009, Lynette was voted one of the favorite new authors by Heartsong Presents book club readers. Her historical romance, All That Glitters, was a finalist in ACFW's 2010 Carol Awards. When Lynette's not writing, she divides her time between editing medical reports and chasing down news stories for the Copperas Cove Leader-Press. Lynette was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband and a herd of cats who have them well-trained.
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