Beyond the Storm

Beyond the Storm

by Carolyn Zane


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After a tornado rips through her town, store owner Abigail comes across a piece of fabric from a wedding dress among the devastation. Abigail is moved to start collecting other swatches of fabric she finds – her neighbor’s kitchen curtains, a man’s necktie, a dog’s bed – which she stashes in shopping bags. As she pursues her seemingly absurd quest, horrible realities spark the question, “What kind of a God would allow such tragedy?” As she struggles to reconcile her right to happiness amidst the destruction, Abigail begins piecing together a patchwork quilt from the salvaged fabric in hopes it will bring some peace. But a new relationship with Justin, a contractor, may require too much of her fragile heart. Will her pain and questions of faith give way to the courage to love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426745973
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 05/31/2012
Series: Quilts of Love Series , #1
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Zane is the best selling, award-winning author of more than thirty novels for three publishers: Random House/Waterbrook Press, Multnomah Publishing and Harlequin/Silhouette where her sales numbers consistently finished strong. Her writing has earned numerous awards, including the prestigious Kay Snow Award and a Moondance nod for her screenplay. Carolyn lives with her husband, Matt and their five children and three dogs in the scenic Willamette Valley in Oregon.

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Beyond the Storm 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LostLenoreLL More than 1 year ago
When the people of Rawston woke one morning, they did what they used to do every day. They had works to be done, things to be bought, places to go.... Until a storm came their way and changed their lives forever. This is an inspirational book and although not my usual reading, the plot seemed interesting. I wasn't disappointed. It was an original story, telling the lives of some people before, during and after the storm and is so brilliantly done that I could feel their fear and angst. The description of the storm is very well done and I could feel that I was there with them. I confess that I got a little teary in one part and a little angry myself with that outcome but one of the twists/morals of the book is to think about why certain things happen. God and religion were a permanent presence but not a forced one, these people had faith and had put their lives in the hands of the Lord and whatever the outcome, it would be accepted because it was what God wished for them. Abigal was the only non-believer, questioning things and even blaming God but, in the end, she understands that everything happens for a reason. I'm a non believer but I know that this story will stick with me for a while. It has a powerful message and a way to makes stop and think for a minute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an incredible story line. It was a page turning, unable to put down, inspirational tale, of an event that changes several lives. The charachters are warm and real. A good clean read that you don't have to worry about who may be looking over your shoulder. I laughed and cried through the story and hightly recommend it!
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
Abigal thought she had it all. A great business, her "Doo Drop-In" Hair Salon, friends and a comfy life. She was single, but liked it that way. The town of Rawston was just like thousands of other Midwestern towns. Everything rolling along just the same as it had for many many years. Young folks getting married, the annual "Rawston Quilt-O-Rama" was coming up soon. Yup, everything was status quo. Well soon things would a very big way, when a F5 tornado comes to town and suddenly everything changes. Many people die, others lose everything, but strangely, people start to move closer to God. Despite the horror, the sorrow and pain, people begin to see what things, and people, are really important. As the survivors gather fabric scraps from the debris, a quilt begins to emerge, a quilt built of stories, connections and family. A wonderful christian based story about when bad things happen to good people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago