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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 ...
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.
Posted January 11, 2014
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.
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 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.
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 30, 2013
Kelly Frost is hoping to find the one job that will be enough to pay for her expenses and keep her head above water. When she finds herself in New Bedford at the historic Gray House, she begins the close examination of the vintage Mariner's Compass quilt that is in desperate need of restoration. Kelly is hoping that she will be able to make the bid on the restoration high enough to compensate her for the time and energy she will need to repair this quilt but also low enough not to outbid her chances. Fortunately for her she gets confirmation that she has won the right to this project. The only criteria she didn't plan on was the proprietor wants to quilt to remain in the house while the restoration is completed. They will allow her to move in and use the home for the length of the project.
Now if Kelly can only put her past behind her and continue to work on building her business after her failure with her recent breakup of a curator of a large museum. Turns out while he was romancing her, he failed to let on that he was married. Now placed in a precarious situation, she is in competition with his ex-wife in the very same industry of textile restoration. It seems that sometimes in life, you can't escape your past no matter how much you try to begin again.
Tom Pereira is the groundskeeper for the Gray House and has been asked by the foundation Firstborn Holdings, LLC, to keep an eye on Kelly Frost. Even though she has passed the background, something in her character references if off and causes the owner concern. But Tom has his own demons that are haunting him about his past. He never can seem to measure up to the standards his father had wanted for him. giving up attending college and instead enlisting in the service was Tom's choice, his father felt the choice was the wrong one to make. Now plagued with seizures, Tom only hopes to get through this project and find a way to keep his own head above water. But with the downsizing in the economy, it seems like all his contacts are coming up short. Hopefully his job at Gray House will be enough.
I received Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Abingdon Press for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own. Being a huge lover of quilts and occasionally trying my own hand at quilting, I know that most carry a story locked away in the fibers much like the Mariner's Compass Quilt does that Kelly Frost works on. Toggling back between an old journal she discovers from the quilts owner, she discovers that some secrets carry a great sacrifice and will one day shine the light on what the meaning of redemption really means. This is the 13th book in the Quilts of Love series and one I rate a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I've had the pleasure of reading almost all of them and each is truly their own work of art between the pages of the authors that have written them.
Posted December 26, 2013
I really enjoyed this novel! It was slightly shorter then the average fictional story, but in no way did it take away the depth of the story!
My favorite part of Tempest's Course is Kelly's job as a conservator! It was amazing to see inside her job as she worked to repair the quilt! I felt it really brought the story to life, especially when Kelly discovers the secret diary! It not only helped being the story come to life, but brought a new perspective to Kelly's modern way of live and why she reacts to situations that she does! Plus it also takes a peek into the life of a recovering veteran who has struggles with his father! Very eye-opening!
Also I really enjoyed the overall message and characters! The characters had struggles with their faith and different relationships which paved the way for God's love to work through them both!
Tempest's Course is a great novel with romance, a little bit of suspense, and a great ending twist!
*I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own and was not required to write a positive review!*
Posted December 21, 2013
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 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.
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 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.
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 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?
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!
Posted December 9, 2013
Lynette Sowell in her new book, “Tempest’s Course” Book Thirteen in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Kelly Frost.
From the back cover: Woven with stories from the past, the Mariner’s Compass quilt brings a new direction for Kelly and Tom.
Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal town of Fairhaven to restore the centuries-old Mariner’s Compass quilt. But there is one stipulation: she must live and work in Grey House, a former whaling captain’s home, where the quilt is stored.
There she meets Tom, the caretaker of Grey House, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky Massachusetts coastline. Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore the quilt, she is buoyed by occasional afternoon visits from Tom and other Fairhaven town members, and is drawn into their lives. And each night, as she reads stories in a daily journal penned by Mary Grey, she learns details about her newfound community members that help her see that their lives are as vivid and interwoven as the quilt pieces she is working to restore. But, when Kelly discovers a truth about Tom’s heritage hidden in the journal, she must decide if keeping the past to herself is the only way to ensure the hope of a future with Tom.
Kelly is hired to restore the Mariner’s Compass quilt which is over 150 years old. Dirt, the age of years and singes from a fire have almost reduced this heirloom to the ragbag. You know what that tells me that anything with a lot of love, patience and understanding can be restored to its former glory. Kelly has problems from her past, Tom has problems from his past and they need love, patience and understanding so that, they too, can be restored. Ms. Sowell has given us a very interesting story. Kelly and Tom 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 December 7, 2013
Kelly Frost has made a bad mistake in her life, and now she is living with the consequences. She is a textile conservator, and now in desperate need of a job. When a chance to restore, an almost destroyed, 1850's quilt. She has no idea what she is getting into. One of the requirements that she must comply with is living in the old Gray House mansion. Kind of scary, but love the way she handles it.
Also working, but not living at the mansion is Tom Silva, a medically discharged Army veteran. He is coming to terms with his injuries, and the lack of his Dad's approval.
Loved the descriptions of Kelly's work on the old quilt, and the searching for the right fabric, and trying to piece such fragile material. I found this so interesting.
Will Kelly and Tom be able to help one another, one a discarded child, the other from a warm extended family. Each trying to prove their worth.
Will Kelly's past continue to haunt her? Is it a coincidence that they are both at the mansion at the same time? Or does God have a hand in this?
I really enjoy this read, never saw some of the things that happen coming! Enjoy!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted December 2, 2013
About the Book:
Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal city of New Bedford to restore a more than 150-year-old Mariner's Compass quilt. But there is one stipulation: she must live and work in Gray House, a former whaling captain's home, where the quilt is stored. There she meets Tom Pereira, the caretaker of Gray House, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky Massachusetts coastline.
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.
About the Author:
Lynette Sowell is an award-winning novelist. When Lynette's not writing, she divides her time between editing medical reports and chasing down news stories for her local newspaper. Lynette was born in Massachusetts, raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but makes her home in Texas with her husband and a herd of cats who have them well-trained. She loves to read, travel, watch movies, try new recipes, and is always up for a Texas road trip.
Kelly Frost needed cash and she needed it quick. So much so that she would take any job she could get even if it was for a quilt that she doubted could be restored. So when the opportunity came up in New Bedford for the over a century old Mariner's Compass Quilt, she went ahead and placed a bid for the job. Not really expecting to get it, she waited on the phone to ring because she was in desperate of money.
She wasn't even sure how she was going to afford a place to stay in New Bedford but that was quickly solved when there was a stipulation brought forward in the work agreement for the conservator to stay in the the Gray House, which is the old Historic home that delicately holds the quilt. Somewhat frighteningly she meets the caretaker of the Gray House, Tom. She thought at first that he was nothing short of ridged, but that didn't stop the two of them from developing feelings for each other.
Soon Kelly starts to read about Mary Gray through some of her journal entries and not only does she learn about Mary but she begins to learn more about herself. This book is full of all kinds of action and romance, it is a hit!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.