Thursday, August 21, 2014

CFBA Review: A Grand Design by:Amber Stockton

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Grand Design
Abingdon Press (August 19, 2014)
Amber Stockton


Words from the author:

Hi, I'm Amber, but my friends call me Tiff, short for Tiffany, my first name. I am in my mid-30's, married to the love of my life since July 2007, have a daughter and a son, and live in Colorado. Here, I am content to do what I love—write, speak, and offer virtual assistance.

Thanks to the gentle nudging of a fellow author -- Tracie Peterson -- in 2002, I joined the American Christian Fiction Writers and wouldn't be published today without them. For those of you who are also fiction writers looking for a wonderful support group, check them out! My very first book, Promises, Promises, sold in December 2006 and released in February 2008. I've been going steady ever since.


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Grand Design, go HERE.

My Review:
 I would love to get away to a place such as the island described in the book, it sounds heavenly. Alyssa wins a getaway there so she decides to take her best friend. There is a mystery in the book to find our why Alyssa stop going to the island that she visited frequently as a child. Her grandmother still lives there and that would say that maybe she would visit every once in awhile but she hasn't. So there is a mystery surrounding it all the way around.

 Soon she is invited by her grandmother to help finish a friendship quilt but as she helps with this task, other things come to light and Alyssa learns more about her family than she has ever known. And of course it would not be a complete story without that single thread of romance gently woven in. Scott Whitman, is a handsome guy that works at the hotel. And when he sets his eyes on Alyssa, he decides right then and there she can not get out of his grasp.

 The Quilts of Love series is a great series of books written by some excellent authors. Each addition to the series is written in a way that makes you feel like you are a part of that story and all the stories revolve around quilts in some way. A Grand Design is a sweet story of family and deep harbored pain but with a finishing resilience that is just perfectly added to complete the circle of love. The author makes you feel so bad for the lead character Alyssa and her plight and I felt like just giving the girl a hug.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.

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