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.
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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?
Amber Stockton tells a sweet, fun story in A Grand Design and right now, I can think of nothing I didn’t enjoy about it. It’s just fantastic.
Set, for the most part, on Mackinac Island, nearly every scene is picturesque and invites a bit of romance and adventure – which is just what Alyssa Denham needs. Guarded yet personable, Alyssa is one of those people who always require a slight push of encouragement to do something out of the ordinary. So it is with some hesitance that Alyssa embarks on a free trip with Libby, her best friend (who dared her to enter to win the trip in the first place), and expects only to enjoy a few relaxing days in the summer vacation destination of her childhood. Then, the handsome, gentlemanly Scott Whitman captures her attention and of course, everything changes.
As the central characters, Alyssa and Scott are utterly real and likeable. Their relationship and romance develop believably, albeit quickly and not without a few complications. Each character has a piece of the past holding them back, and neither would be able to move forward to overcome their fear and pain without the encouraging secondary characters. Luckily, the flirtatiously entertaining best friends and classy, endearing grandmother are determined and up to the challenge. All in all, these characters complement each other well within the storyline, and their various interactions lead to both humorous and tender moments, all satisfying to read.
As of yet, I have not read any other Quilts of Love novels, so I cannot compare A Grand Design within the series. But I would expect fans of the series will not be disappointed. Easy to read in one sitting, this inspirational contemporary romance is a perfectly enjoyable summer read.
Thanks to LitFuse Publicity Group, I received a copy of A Grand Design and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. To read other opinions, be sure to check out what other reviewers think here.
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.
Connect with Amber at her website, Facebook and Twitter.
About the SeriesQuilts 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.