Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Review - A Grand Design


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 this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

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.

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This book is another "Quilts of Love" series book. Each book centers around a quilt and those who love them.

Alyssa is a young woman who has put her heart on hold for fifteen years. Between the death of her father and then a tragic episode inher life, she doesn't trust easily, if at all. On a whim, she enters a contest for a trip to Mackinac Island and wins. The trip is for two so she takes her best friend, Libby. The island is special to Alyssa because she went there every summer with her dad and her grandmother still lives there. She hasn't seen her for fifteen years either.

When she gets to the dock, Scott and Ben are there to pick her and Libby up,and take them to the Grand Hotel. Both of these men become very special to Alyssa and Libby. Scott is the first man that Alyssa has opened up to in years. 

While she's there, her grandmother has a special project for Alyssa and Libby to help her with. Her grandmother used to be a part of a quilting group and she wants to collect blocks from each of the members to make a special quilt. As Alyssa and Libby do the collecting, they learn a lot about the island and her grandmother.

This is a sweet story, however, I would have liked to have an explanation about why the quilt group broke up, more about Scott's family (since the author brought up something major but never went any where with it), and most of all, I thought it was very strange and actually annoying, how many times the author said, "she licked her lips". I found this to be a distraction and wonder why it was in the story so many times?

Despite this, it is a nice romance and an easy read and I give it 3 ,cout of 5 stars. 

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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