Friday, November 29, 2013

Book Review: Aloha Rose, by Lisa Carter

Susan Heim on Writing is thrilled to be a stop on the book tour for Aloha Rose, by Lisa Carter. This book is part of the Quilts of Love series published by Abingdon Press. Read on to find out more about this fantastic book and the author, my thoughts on the book, and a Facebook party where you might win a copy of Aloha Rose or even a Kindle Fire HDX!

About the book: When Laney Carrigan sets out to find her birth family, her only clue is the Hawai’ian quilt -- a red rose snowflake appliqué 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 loves. He thinks Laney is nothing more than a gold digger and blocks every move she makes. As their conflict escalates, it puts at risk the one thing that Kai and Laney both want most -- a family.

My thoughts: 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. I highly recommend Aloha Rose, by Lisa Carter.

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Meet the author: Lisa Carter has taught at the university, high school, and middle school levels and currently teaches music at a preschool. She is a member of the ACFW, RWA, and several online writers’ forums and has been published in MomSense and Christian Parenting Today. Lisa and her husband, David, live in North Carolina and have two beautiful daughters.

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I posted about this previously, but I wanted to remind you of this fun event again:

In honor of their new Quilts of Love releases, The Christmas Quilt and Aloha Rose, authors Vannetta Chapman and Lisa Carter are gearing up to ring in the Christmas season with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a "Christmas Bee" Facebook Party on December 10th with fellow Quilts of Love author Lynette Sowell!


One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman
  • Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 30th. Winner will be announced at the "Christmas Bee" Facebook Party on December 10th. Connect with the authors from the Quilts of Love series, Vannetta Chapman, Lisa Carter, and Lynette Sowell, for an evening of book chat, quilt trivia, Christmas traditions and gifts, PLUS get an exclusive look at January's Quilts of Love book!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes, but all opinions are 100% my own.

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