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Posted March 23, 2014
Wonderful, fantastic, captivating, enthralling, well written romantic story free goodreads is a highly recommended story Aloha Rose by Lisa Cox Carter.
Before Laney's adopted mother passed away, she made a promise to find her biological family. The only Laney has from her birth mother is the Hawai'ian quilt she was wrapped in as an infant. Through the quilt, Laney's research brings her to the Big Island to meet her family and the handsome, Kai Barnes, who wants to protect the family. Both Kai and Laney deal with personal issues of loss and the past as fighting the attraction felt for each other. Both Kai and Laney have to pray and Haliau(turning point) leave everything in the hands of God.
Aloha Rose by Lisa Cox Carter is a well written, sensational, emotional, engrossing, highly recommended story.
Posted January 4, 2014
Grab your flip flops and prepare to be swept up in the beauty and majesty of Hawaii’s Big Island. In Aloha Rose (part of Abingdon’s Quilts of Love series), Lisa Carter’s deft descriptions transport readers into Hawaii’s lush beauty, its grand history and unique traditions. Meet Laney Carrigan, who is searching for her birth family and thinks she may have found them--but part of her is afraid to hope. Kai Barnes, though, wants to make sure the pretty land-lubber isn’t here to hurt the people he loves. Besides enjoying the local sights and sounds, you’ll find yourself cheering for Laney and Kai every step of the way, hoping they get what they want most: a family of their own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 2013
"Aloha Rose" is the first Hawaiian book I have read and I have to say that for over majority of the book I enjoyed it!
In the beginning it was hard for me to really "get" the characters. However, as the story continued on the characters fleshed out and I begun to understand them better. I was able to see into their hearts and feel the fear, guilt, loneliness, rejection, and much needed healing that rose to the surface in their actions. I also felt the healing, trust, love, and surrender that did come to these characters as well. How sweet it was to see the true reunion with not only family, but also with their God when they let healing come through their relationship with Him!
The only thing that bothered me was how fast the main characters acted upon the heated attraction between them. I personally like characters to have more interaction with one another as well as get to know each other fairly well before having that first kiss. In "Aloha Rose," I felt that first kiss came way too soon since the characters knew little about each other. It took me a little while to get past that and really dive into the story. It's not that it made the overall story bad or anything; it's just a personal preference to not have the first kiss before the main characters really know each other.
Overall, I really enjoyed the quilting, Hawaiian facts, romance, and family reunions that were weaved into the story! Plus not to mention the beautiful scenery! I would give the overall book a 3.5, but the near ending a 4 star because it was just that amazing!
*I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts expressed are my own.*
Posted November 30, 2013
Aloha Rose is the poignant story of a woman's journey of self-discovery while searching for her birth family. Author Lisa Carter weaves an emotional tale set in the tropical and picturesque Big Island of Hawaii that follows the journey of Laney Carrigan as she seeks to find answers of her true heritage.
Laney has only one clue to help in her quest to search for her birth family, a beautiful Hawaiian Lokelani quilt with a red rose snowflake appliqued on a white background that she was wrapped in as an infant when she was left on her adoptive family's doorstep. Traveling to Hawaii to meet her birth family, Laney meets Kai Barnes, a cowboy and former Army SAR pilot, who was taken in by the family and adopted by Aunt Teah. Kai is weary of Laney's intentions, he thinks that she is a gold digger and he is determined to protect his family. Will Laney's journey to find her true heritage come full circle with new beginnings?
Aloha Rose is an intriguing and multi-layered tale told from different perspectives that deals with many family and life issues: adoption, abandonment, rejection, trust, cancer, PTSD, and Alzheimer's Disease. Both Laney and Kai have emotional baggage from their pasts that keeps them distant. As their attraction grows, the only way their love will grow is if they have faith and hope, and allow God to show them how to let go of their past.
I loved how the author transports the reader to the the richly detailed setting of the Hawaiian islands with its fascinating customs and terminology. With all of the swirling emotional drama and life issues interwoven within the storyline, coupled with the vivid island setting, the reader can't help but get drawn into Laney and Kai's story.
Aloha Rose is the story of Laney and Kai's emotional journey of love, hope, faith, new beginnings, and finding where they belong in the world.
Posted November 27, 2013
I appreciate the author's choice of Hawaii for the setting as it helped this reader better appreciate America's 50th state. Not only are fauna and volcanoes described, but many customs of the land are included. In addition, a liberal use of Hawaii's language allow the reader to better understand the ways of the island.
Scenes showing quilting techniques added interest to the storyline.
This Christian fiction handles adoption, cancer, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease. One of the characters wrestles with abandonment and trust.
Sadly, stilted writing runs throughout the story. Many of the sentences are awkward. For example, on page 90, "With Daniel, for safety's sake, encased in a florescent yellow life vest, Laney and Kai kept him between them." This makes reading difficult.
This is the third novel I've read in the Quilts of Love series. I thoroughly enjoyed the other two. (Each title is written by a different author and is a stand alone novel, connected only by the quilt theme.) I would encourage readers to continue enjoying others in the series.
Discussion Questions are included.
Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Abingdon Press for my copy.
Posted November 25, 2013
Lisa Carter in her new book, “Aloha Rose” Book Twelve in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Laney Carrigan.
From the back cover: Will conflict with one man keep Laney from her dream of a loving family?
When Laney Carrigan sets out to find her birth family, her only clue is the Hawaiian quilt—a red rose snowflake appliquéd on a white background—in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island and battling fears of rejection, Laney begins a painstaking journey toward her true heritage.
Kai Barnes, however, is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family. He thinks Laney is nothing more than a gold digger and blocks every move she makes toward her Hawaiian family. As their conflict escalates, it puts at risk the one thing that Kai and Laney both want most—a family.
It must be difficult to know that you were abandoned as a baby, that your own family didn’t want you. It is a heartbreaking foundation for Laney’s life. Yes, she was raised in a loving family but she has always felt alone. Now her real family has sought her out and she goes to Hawaii to meet them. Of all the family she meets Kai, her foster-brother, is the one she really falls in love with and he with her. The problem is Laney’s foundation is keeping her distant from him while his background is remarkably similar and he is doing the same. If they are ever to have a real romance these two are going to have to heal from their pasts and the only way this will happen is if they allow God to do the work. Laney and Kai are really great characters that we fall in love with and feel as though they are friends that we do not want to leave when the book is finished. I would like to see another story that continues the adventures for them. It is really that good.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted November 25, 2013
Photographs of a Hawaiian baby quilt posted on the Internet brought results in Laney Carrigan's search for her biological family. Laney had been left with her adoptive family on the mainland as an infant, wrapped in the traditional Hawaiian appliqued quilt. Once the connection was made with Laney's biological family she traveled to Maui to meet the family she had never known. With issues of abandonment Laney was hesitant about the meeting. Her Aunti Teah's foster son, Kai Barnes had suspicious concerns about Laney's interest in the family, and made his point clear. Kai's pernicious mindset stemmed from a tour in Afghanistan as a search and rescue specialist suffering from PTSD. Consequently Laney's introduction to her family of origin was a bumpy ride filled with stress and vexation. How would she ever fit in with this mix of family members with whom she has nothing in common aside from Hawaiian roots? Will she and Kai be able to spend time on the same property with any sense of respect or friendliness? With endless questions and concerns Laney decided to give herself a day at a time to see which direction this relationship with her "family" would go, with the return plane ticket kept close if she felt the need to retreat back to the states and her career as a free lance writer.
Aloha Rose is a multi-layered story with subplots paralleling the main plot. There is a lot of activity and a bit of chaos as the story begins, and I felt a bit like Laney, wondering if I had landed in the right place at the right time. Several characters are introduced into the story, Laney and her adoptive family, and on the island of Maui, her Hawaiian family. Descriptions of the beauty that is Hawaii were well done and educational. The diversity of the island was described in a way that I felt the atmosphere of the island without having been there. Lisa Carter's descriptive talents brought Maui to life. Numerous issues were broached through this book, such as abandonment, adoption, PTSD, Alzheimer's disease, dysfunctional family matters and issues of faith. The author imports numerous emotions throughout the book leading the reader from anguish to humor, hate to love, fear to faith. I enjoyed the story of the quilt, Hawaiian customs and terminology, the relationships that develop throughout, and surprises at the turn of a page. Not entirely believable, but who ever said that fiction has to be realistic? I found this to be an entertaining book!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary 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 November 24, 2013
This was my first book by this author and it was an enjoyable read for me. I have not read many books set in Hawaii so this was nice for me. I could almost see the places the author described as I was reading. Even though this book had many emotional issues involved with it, adoption, PTSD, and alzheimer's the author did a good job touching on those issues and telling how the characters dealt with each of them. This book sucks you in so that you can read it in a weekend. If you like modern books with some romance, emotional issues and a few twists and turns then this is the book for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2013
I couldn't imagine not knowing anything at all about my family. That is just what Laney Carrigan is dealing with after learning that her entire family roots are tied quite literally up in a quilt she was wrapped up in the day she was given to her birth mother. That is the only clue linking her to knowing more about who she is and where she comes from. The beautiful pink and white red rose snowflake appliqued on the quilt will point her to a family that has been waiting for decades to know more about her. This search takes her to the Big Island of Hawaii after discovering a response to a picture she posted on the internet searching for answers. But all isn't quite as welcoming on the island as Laney had hoped.
Upon arriving at the airport she is immediately met with apprehension by Kai Barnes, a man who has been trying to figure out just who Laney Carrigan really is. Seems like all the usual ways of discovering some clues about who someone is are coming up with a solid brick wall. Kai truly believes that Laney is just someone who is looking for money by coming to Hawaii. He doesn't believe that she has any place within his Ohana and will set out to prove to his family just what she is really hiding, if he can only find it.
Lisa Carter is the latest author to take her turn at the Quilts of Love Series, with her novel Aloha Rose. Perfect warm tropical waters and the smell of plumeria fill the readers senses as you begin this mystery into who Laney Carrigan really is and what her link is to family she finds on Hawaii. This is simply perfect to immerse yourself in right in the middle of winter to give yourself a bit of a virtual tropical vacation. My only downside to this novel was the difficulty at the beginning where I felt the author tried to introduce too many characters for the reader to take in. I would have liked to have seen a slower progression to allow the reader to understand where Laney was coming from as well as all the family she is introduced right off the bat upon arriving on the Big Island. With that being said, I give this one a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion. There is a discussion guide included that makes this a great novel to introduce to book clubs and a sneak peek into the upcoming addition to the Quilts of Love Series, Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell.
I received Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Abingdon Press for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is the 12th book in the Quilts of Love Series.
Posted November 23, 2013
I'll admit I had a hard time getting into this book. It took me awhile to get interested. I stuck it out, and was not disappointed.
Lanny Carrigan, feels completely abandoned when she arrives in Hawaii to maybe meet her birth mother's family. Her adopted mother has died and her dad has remarried and now has a new wife and step-son.
She is greeted...or met at the airport by a rather cute, but not very nice Kai Barnes. He is worried she is a gold digger. You begin to wonder if she has made a big mistake coming here.
There are many twists and turns in this story, and the final chapters will really have you on the edge of your seat. We also deal with Alzheimers, which her Grandmother is suffering from. Now having dealt with dementia of a loved one, I know how she ended up in tears, when she was ordered out of the house. What a horrible disease.
We also experience the beauty of this lava built Island, and it made me want to get out of the cold of the North and go there. Guess the best I can recommend is cozy up with a blanket and grab this book...hang on you won't be dissatisfied.
I received this book through the Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted November 22, 2013
Just the type of book to read, to give myself a break from all the mysteries that I read.
Truthfully, I guess this is a mystery, but a very light one. Given up at birth, a young lady has finally found her birth family, in beautiful Hawaii no less. But sadly her birth mother has passed away, as has the woman that Alana always felt was her mother, and her hard-nosed father has remarried and doesn't seem to have time for her now. Taking a break from her job as a newspaper reporter, Alana finds that she's not sure if she can return to that part of her life, or should she stay here with her ohana.
Posted November 20, 2013
Aloha Rose Quilts of Love Series by Lisa Carter
Such a beautiful quilt on the cover. Laney Carrigan has just arrived in Hawaii with the hopes of meeting some of her mothers family. She was adopted and had done research to track them down.
She was to meet Teah or Elyse but Kai Barnes, SAR pilot was the one that showed up to take her to the family. He was also adopted and raised by the family.
She only had the one clue-red snowflake on a white background appliqued quilt she was wrapped in as an infant.
They didn't hit it off from the start..Love the descriptive tours. Kai takes her for tours and they get many chances to really talk to one another and we find out they have much in common due to her writings. She can make things happen due to her connections...
She's overwhelmed with all the relatives she meets and it takes her time to get used to their ways, their ceremonies, religion and Spam. She is a freelance writer and she will do research while there on the Big Island as she's combining this as a leisure/business trip.
So much to take in on the trips around the islands, the sights, sounds, nature, flowers, sea and their talks of the war.
She was also there to meet her father and some family members are keeping secrets. Surprises in this book around every corner she takes...
After the accident God speaks to her and now she knows the route she must take...All the Hawaiian words put you in the mood as if you are on the island and there is a dictionary at the back.
Excerpt from Tempest Course the next in the Quilts of Love series is featured at the end.
I received this book from Net Galley via Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.
Posted November 20, 2013
I loved the characters in this book, especially Kai and Laney. Despite their attraction to each other, they both find it difficult to commit due to abandonments in their past. Laney had been given up for adoption by her birth mother, which left her feeling unloved and unwanted despite having wonderful adoptive parents. And Kai, as a child, had witnessed the murder of his mother by his father, and ended up in the foster care system before being taken in by his permanent family. Their insecurities were very realistic and believable, and I was rooting for them to find peace with their pasts and learn to accept love. The depth of these characters takes this book beyond a simple romance to an exploration of personal identity, family dynamics, and overcoming trauma.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2013
A strength of the Quilts of Love series is the uniqueness of each quilt, the meaning behind it, and the love of family it symbolizes. In Aloha Rose, Lisa Carter uses the beautiful Lokelani quilt to guide Laney to her birth family in Hawaii, and blends exotic setting with appealing storyline to create an interesting read overall.
Lisa very effectively conveyed the setting and flavor of Hawaii through such images as erupting volcano, rain forest, rainbow, waterfalls, dancing the hula. I was also drawn to the secondary characters of Laney's family and they way they supported each other - welcoming Laney unreservedly, making a memory book of major events and people for Laney's grandmother who had Alzheimers, Teah passing on a family tradition by teaching Laney to quilt.
Several characters are introduced at the beginning, which was a little confusing, but they quickly become familiar and the narrative really picks up about halfway through, along with a couple of surprise twists that readers will love.
Kai suffers from PTSD, and both he and Laney have emotional issues that they have worked to hide. Teah points out to Laney: "You and Kai are a lot alike. High walls. Self-protective barriers between you and the rest of the world."
The main negative for me was that, while Laney and Kai have great chemistry from the very beginning, their romance was my least favorite part, as I missed seeing their relationship move beyond surface attraction to a deeper level. And I'd like to see less character monologues where they keep mulling over their thoughts. Still, Aloha Rose is a good story overall and I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it. I loved the heartwarming ending and think this is a novel many inspirational romance fans will enjoy.
This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity and Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.
Posted November 17, 2013
I think that I have been intrigued by 'adoption' every since I was 6 years old and I received a brother by adoption. Actually, many of my close friends are also adopted, and I find that each of them has a unique story to tell. Although my parents have encouraged my brother, he has never shown interest in finding his birth parents. Not so my friends. Those that have searched for, and found their birth mother especially, have usually, though not always, found another family to love them and have accepted them. And so, when I saw this book, I was excited to read it. Lisa Carter does not disappoint, though the book did....it ended before I was ready for it to! A delightful mixture of nationalities are bonded into a family, making for dynamic relationships. Well written, with a deep point of view, and excellent words to draw the reader right into the novel. In fact, I wonder if Lisa has had either personal experience or writing about a friend, so realistic were the feelings portrayed. This novel is short enough that it can be read over a weekend, providing you ignore other responsibilities, yet long enough to feel like you have found new friends.
Thank you to Amy Lathrop at Litfuse Publicity Group and Abingdon Press for the opportunity to review this book. I received this bookfree in exchange for an honest opinion. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
Posted November 16, 2013
WOW! Yes I know I use that word a lot, but it is a good word to describe how you feel about a book! I have never read this author before and this book just was a great story. I cried, I laughed, I got mad, just like the characters did. I felt like I was part of the story, it drew me in so deep. I wanted to knock some sense into the leading man. But the author straightened him out for me. LOL I did love this book, a great read. I also loved the quilt story. And I had figured out something (no spoilers) that was very important to the story, way before it was revealed. Yes there is a bit of unknown through the story, things that make you wonder. Great read, do not miss this book!! 5 starsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 9, 2013
Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter, is a well written novel certain to capture the reader in the first chapter. From the very first pages the well developed heroine, with her vividly real, raw emotions, Laney Carrigan, comes to life- and is certain to strike a chord with the reader. This story, a novel in the "Quilts of Love Series", Where Every Quilt Has a Story- is not only well written, with authentic local details of the peaceful, tourist setting of Hawaii it is a refreshing piece of modern fiction that focuses on a solid story line leaving out the R- rated language and adult themes that have become so commonplace in most modern fiction and romance novels. Common themes about reuniting with long lost biological family, family secrets and intrigue, relationship as as well as military life and its lifelong impacts, will capture the interest of a varied readership. This book would most likely appeal to those readers who enjoyed Disney movies and fairy tales with beautiful princesses and happy endings as a child. Basically, this novel is like a grown up version of a fairy tale, where truth and honesty prevail- the story is honest and wholesome and the ending is always a happy one. But one major difference is that the main heroine is not naïve or submissive, but strong, intentioned and driven.
One all too common underlying belief, that is found in many romance novels and fairy tales, as well, is also perpetuated in this book: at times this story encourages the common antiquated, yet strongly held theme in society that a woman's self worth and value is based on a man rather than her own self worth. A woman's happiness is usually linked to a man and if she happens to be single, it is always her choice, (at least temporarily- until she comes to her "senses"). There is always a suitor around the corner as a fall-back option to provide the heroine with a life of security, whose own life is on hold, as he patiently waits for her approval and acceptance in marriage. This book is not an exception as the end results in a religious conversion for Laney's suitor, and ends in a fairy tale "tropical wedding fantasy"- a Hawaiian themed wedding complete with ukulele wedding music, and tropical flowers as she lives happily ever after as she finds "her forever home at last with her wonderful, tall, dark and Hawai'ian cowboy". page 231.
For those who appreciate ancestry and family trees, the authentic details of the ancestral quest will be easy to relate to. For those readers whose lives have been personally touched by adoption, Laney's quest will have a personal connection. And lastly, anyone who simply loves the significance of handmade quilts, will appreciate this new edition to the Quilts of Love series. The setting of Hawaii adds an original touch as the authentic details of culture and even clothing will be appreciated. There is true socio-cultural insight, as the author delves into the mind on traditional cultures and their perception of family and honor and morals. Most of all, the gospel message of salvation is integrated into the story line as Kai finds his heart changed and becomes a true believing Christian.. A special added touch is a Hawaiian glossary of words in the back of the book. This book would be a good choice for any reader who enjoys idealistic, fiction with a purpose. As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Abington Press.