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Posted May 30, 2014
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Cozy mystery fans will love this! Full of all the elements that
Cozy mystery fans will love this! Full of all the elements that make for a good, cozy mystery--creaky old house, mysterious benefactor, romantic interest, hidden diary uncovered, dangerous character lurking about--plus it's clean. A good, quick read for a rainy day or vacation!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2014
Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell is an enjoyable read. Kelly a
Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell is an enjoyable read. Kelly and Tom are both trying to figure out their next steps when they find jobs at Grey House. As their friendship develops, creepy things start happening around the house, and Kelly turns to Tom for help.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I've read several of the books in the Quilts of Love series and have enjoyed them. Tempest's Course was no exception. The contemporary story was very sweet, and I really liked Kelly and Tom. A historical story was woven throughout the book as well, told through a journal that Kelly found in the house. This was a unique touch. I wasn't completely sure how the two stories connected until the very end, but it was a pretty cool way to tell the story. There was a fair amount of mystery surrounding the house as well, which helped to draw me in and keep me wondering what would happen next.
My one complaint was that the book was just a bit too short. I needed a couple more chapters to really do the ending justice. (Also, there was one thing at the very end that was pretty weird for me.) Other than that, though, Tempest's Course was a fun book. Fans of sweet, romantic stories will enjoy this book. [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Abingdon Press through CFBA in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Posted January 6, 2014
New Bedford, Massachusetts, a historical whaling town is the set
New Bedford, Massachusetts, a historical whaling town is the setting of this romance novel. Gray House, a captain's home with its tiny observation room, which overlooks the city harbor is itself a character, with its creaks and groans and hidden secrets. It's has been empty for some time and Kelly Frost is hired to restore a Mariner's Compass quilt while living in the home.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I especially appreciated finding out how a person would go about restoring a fraying, old quilt. While Kelly works on the quilt, she pieces together the mystery behind how it came to be. She discovers a hidden journal written by Mary Gray, wife of the whaling captain. It reveals long-held secrets from the 1850's.
Kelly is a loner, having been raised in foster homes. However, her experiences were good with Lottie, her final foster mother, who remains someone Kelly can rely upon. Tom has had an opposite childhood experience: a warm, loving family, who live close by. However, he and his father's relationship is stiff as Tom has disappointed his father by never attending college.
A few surprises help to solve any questions. I enjoyed this whispering mystery/romance.
Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Abingdon Press for my copy.
Posted December 21, 2013
Restoring History In this stand-alone novel in the Quilts of L
Restoring HistoryWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In this stand-alone novel in the Quilts of Love series, a young textile conservator was hired to restore a generations-old Mariner's Compass quilt that was nearly beyond repair. Kelly Frost was suffering hard times financially so she had bid a substantial amount for the restoration in order to improve her depleted financial status. Her bid to repair the quilt was accepted with the stipulation that while restoring the quilt she would live in the vacant old whaler's mansion where the quilt originated. Moving to the coastal community in Massachusetts had some distinct advantages. Kelly had suffered some substantial losses and pain in her young life, not to mention her professional status as the result of a poor decision on her part.
Tom Silva had been hired to take care of the grounds and outdoor maintenance at Gray House. A medically discharged veteran, Tom had recently recovered from injuries suffered while serving overseas. His presence on the grounds was somewhat comforting to Kelly after she moved into the creaky old mansion with no one else living on the grounds. His own past haunted him, but he found his strength in his relationship with God. Both Kelly and Tom were wary of any kind of attachments, but the companionship they found in each other was a distinct advantage under their respective circumstances.
In Kelly's spare time she explored various rooms in the 3-story mansion, and subsequently discovered a hidden diary that had belonged to Mary Gray, wife of the whaling captain who originally built the house. Hopeful that the diary would reveal something about the quilt and questions about why the house remained vacant for so many years Kelly began reading. The diary entries paralleled events in Kelly's own life, making her acutely aware of her mistakes and her need for change in her life and guidance from God.
Numerous plots are interwoven into the cloth of this story of intrigue, mystery, romance and the quest for balance in the lives of both Kelly and Tom. The setting for Tempest's Course is well described as the harbor of an old whaling town, and the characters throughout this book are well represented. I've read many of the Quilts of Love books and enjoyed them each for their own merits. Lynn Sowell has done a wonderful job of creating a hauntingly fascinating story of a quilt with a mysterious history and the revelation of secrets that an old whaling mansion held.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Posted December 19, 2013
Each stand-alone novel in the Quilts of Love series features a q
Each stand-alone novel in the Quilts of Love series features a quilt with a meaningful story behind it, and Lynette Sowell weaves a haunting story in Tempest's Course by paralleling the life of contemporary textile repairer Kelly with that of Mary Gray, wife of a whaling captain in the 1850s. The way Kelly compares the poor decisions and regrets in her own life with those of the ill-fated Mary is one of this story's strengths.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As with all the books in this series, the featured quilt is a major character - a Mariner's Compass quilt in this instance. Lynette brings much interest to the storyline through Kelly's expertise in the art of textile repair, which is another strength of this story and something that I found fascinating. The Mariner's Compass quilt was covered with old glue, burn marks, literally disintegrating - and it was amazing to literally stand beside Kelly and watch the intricate steps she took to make repairs.
The historical whaling town of New Bedford, Massachusetts is also beautifully drawn - from Gray House, the captain's home with its tiny observation room, to the city harbor. I've always been drawn to New England settings, so this was especially enjoyable for me.
My favorite character was Tom, a wounded Army veteran who struggled in his relationship with his father. "Family reminded you of what you'd done right, and didn't let you forget where you'd gone wrong." Kelly, who feels that she is still paying for the sins of her past, feels safe with Tom and has learned to rely on God: "One thing I've learned is that in the end, God is all I have." And I especially enjoyed the relationship between Kelly and her foster-care mother, Lottie.
The Mariner's Compass was a symbol of hope - both to Mary as she quilted it and to Kelly as she repaired it. Kelly reflects: "Surely God was charting her course on the open seas of life, guiding her on her voyage. The nautical analogy seemed to fit, especially after being buffeted by the storms of life."
Tempest's Course combines romance, suspense, history, and the interworking of family relationships in a story that captured my interest from the very beginning. The story's message comes from the words of the quilt's maker, Mary Gray: "The Lord directs our steps, the Master over the course through our sea of life. We look to His Word as our compass."
This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
Posted December 19, 2013
Kelly Frost is a textile conservator who has lost her job and re
Kelly Frost is a textile conservator who has lost her job and reputation due to an affair with a married man. When her bid is accepted to restore a 150-year old Mariner's Compass quilt, she is required to stay where the quilt is stored at Gray House, a former whaling captain's home in the coastal city of New Bedford, Massachusetts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Army veteran Tom Pereira is the caretaker of Gray House. He has a gruff exterior and rigid manner that hides his wounded heart.
When Kelly and Tom meet, each has past issues that are they dealing with, but as they get to know each other, feelings develop and a relationship begins to blossom. Kelly discovers a journal penned by Mary Gray, the whaling captain's wife, and she learns secrets tied to the quilt and long-buried family secrets about residents of New Bedford that will change both her and Tom's lives forever.
Tempest's Course is an intriguing multi-faceted tale of mystery, romance, and quilt restoration with a historical twist that will keep the readers turning the pages. Author Lynette Sowell weaves a compelling tale that transports the reader to the New England coastal city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, where they follow Kelly and Tom's journey of love and redemption, interwoven with an 1800s historical mystery, and a fascinating quilt restoration project.
The author provides an intriguing storyline that you can't help but get drawn into, from the long-buried secrets that are revealed within the journal entries, to the fascinating details of the Mariner's Compass quilt and its restoration, to Kelly and Tom's journey towards love and healing. The story comes alive and the suspense will captivate the reader's attention until the surprising conclusion. I loved how the past is interwoven with the present time, the level of intrigue and the suspenseful twists and turns kept me engaged and guessing how the story would end.
Tempest's Course has a little bit of everything that a reader could ask for: mystery, suspense, romance, lost love, choices and consequences, reconciliation and redemption, and new beginnings.
Posted December 15, 2013
Kelly Frost is excited to be asked to put in a bid on an antique
Kelly Frost is excited to be asked to put in a bid on an antique quilt that belonged to Firstborn Holdings. LLC. When Kelly gives her bid and it is accepted, she immediately consented to get started on it, luckily she has been invited to live at Gray House, a once beautiful mansion that clearly needs to be loved in order to survive. Tom Silva is the handyman that works at Gray House. Plagued with curiousity as to who the quilt really belonged to, questions about the house, wondering who is behind Firstborn Holdings, will take Kelly and Tom places that they never imagined. Who are all the strange men who seem determined to torment Kelly?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is the first book I have read by Lynette Sowell, and the second book in the Quilts of Love Series. I found each book a pleasant way to lose myself, as I often need to do. I rate this book as a solid 4, not that it wasn't good enough to capture a 5, but the 5s have to be reserved for a real knock me off my feet book!