The Map Quilt is a cozy inspirational mystery, book two of the Buried Treasure series. Hart and Judy Wingate are back, happily married and expecting their first child, when Hart's confrontational supervisor is found dead in the burned wreckage of a barn, Hart's revolutionary battery is missing. Can Hart, with the help of Carranza's son, Pancho Villa, keep his family, and his reputation as an engineer, safe?
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This was one of those stories that I enjoyed but sometimes felt lost. The author is a good story teller and I think her books will continue to get better as she hones her skills. I really like the main characters Judy and Hart. They are a wonderful, loving couple that strive to be the best people they can, yet they are human and struggle with real life things. The storyline with Hart and his mom was excellent and one many, MANY people face. Hart's feelings are not uncommon given the situation. Good story and I look forward to reading more by this author.
In "The Map Quilt" by Lisa Lickell, Hart and Judy Wingate find themselves in the middle of a mystery when a colleague dies in a fire and their revolutionary product goes missing. At the same time, Judy befriends a woman on a quest to recover her land, lost when her ancestors fled slavery persecution. As the Wingate's work to find the lost product, they discover the two mysteries are more closely connected than they ever suspected. I really enjoyed reading this book. I have not read the first in the series and, although the story occasionally referred back to the first, it never made me feel lost or that I was missing something. That being said, I had a hard time realizing they were in their late twenties - perhaps because it wasn't mentioned until the 4th chapter. And also because Hart's name just felt older to me. I can't help but wonder if it would have been easier if I had read the first book when they had their romance. The subject of the underground railroad and map quilts was fascinating and I felt like I learned a lot about that time period. The mystery itself was tense and exciting, I was definitely hooked and needed to know what had happened. About halfway through the book, things had gotten so suspenseful that I gave up even pretending I was going to bed before I finished. ;) I should mention, though, that this isn't a mystery like a Nancy Drew or some such where the characters are actively poking around and investigating. They do that a little but a lot of the mystery is revealed through the course of events rather than detective work. It's definitely a Christian book and those overly sensitive to such things might dislike the Christian overtures. But as a Christian accustomed to the heavy-handed preaching common in many books, I felt Lisa Lickell handled the topic extremely well. The characters faith was naturally incorporated into their lives without making it feel forced or overdone - very realistically portrayed rather than preached. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read. I'm definitely going to have to read the first in the series so I can see how Hart and Judy get together now that I have come to enjoy their characters so much.