Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review: "A Grand Design," by Amber Stockton

About the book:
A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs -- if only she can let go of her past.

When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa's grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.

As the quilt's story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother's life ... and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa's fractured heart -- and bring healing to her entire family?

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

My thoughts:
I have read several books now in the Quilts of Love series, and they are all very different and yet interesting. I was especially excited to read A Grand Design, by Amber Stockton, because it takes place on Mackinac Island, which I have visited several times since I grew up in Michigan. Alyssa and her friend stay in the beautiful Grand Hotel, which was featured prominently in the movie, Somewhere in Time, with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. When Alyssa returns to Mackinac Island after 15 years, we know that something tragic must have happened on her previous visit to prevent her from visiting her grandmother for so long. In addition, her reluctance to let any man get close to her heart all these years also hints at a deep hurt. It’s only when Alyssa finds herself attracted to Scott at Mackinac Island that she finally risks facing the ghosts of her past so she can find happiness in the present. I enjoyed getting to know Alyssa, as well as the humorous camaraderie between her and her man-magnet friend, Libby. It was fun to get to “revisit” Mackinac Island, especially to get to know more about the residents rather than the typical tourist areas. A Grand Design is a sweet romance in a beautiful setting.

About the author:
Amber Stockton is an award-winning author, a national speaker, and a direct-sales brand partner with Nerium International. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. Three of her novels have won annual reader's choice awards.

Connect with Amber: website, Facebook, Twitter

About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

Celebrate August’s release by entering to win a Kindle from Quilts of Love and RSVPing for the "Fall into Fall" Facebook author chat party.

Quilts of Love Kindle HDX Giveaway, Amber Stockton, A Grand Design

One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • A Grand Design by Amber Stockton
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 16th. Winner will be announced at the "Fall into Fall" Facebook party with Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

RSVP today and spread the word -- tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 16th!

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