Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell

O.k. I am now *officially* hooked on the "Quilts of Love" books. You can find them ALL here:

I read the first one that came out, and in some ways I had trouble with it from the major storms I have been through. However, I ventured out into another one when Bonnie Calhoun wrote it. That did it. I'm hooked! (That was book #8.) Since then I have read #1, #2, #8, #11, and today is #13! This book is Tempest's Course and it is also very good.

Kelly Frost has really been through a few things. She was raised by foster parents, and she has made her share of mistakes. Her field of work is fascinating to me. She repairs old textiles. Kelly has been called in to work on a Mariner's Compass quilt that has seen much better days. The quilt lives in Grey House, a reasonably sizable house that has been unoccupied for quite a while. Why? Well we aren't sure just yet.

The quilt sure has seen better days. It has quite a story to tell and so does the Grey House. Since Kelly has to live in the house to restore the quilt, she is getting to know Tom who is working on the grounds there. He has some issues from serving our country. Both Tom and Kelly are finding out, some on their own, and some together that they are some strange things about this house, their jobs, and this project.

Shortly after moving in, Kelly found Mary Grey's hidden journal. She was the wife of the whaling captain who owned the house to start with. Mary's life and her secrets have a huge impact on how Kelly feels, and it has impact on others as well. Mary's life, in itself is almost a whole book and I found myself wishing for more of her journal entries. How Mary ties to the quilt is very interesting too.

This is a story of how a quilt served through several lives, all with some nicely inter-woven threads. This book tells of history, love, loss, forgiveness and with the promise and hope of healing. I enjoyed it.

Carol :)

This week, the

is introducing

Abingdon Press (December 17, 2013)



Lynette Sowell is an award-winning novelist. Her most recent novel, Tempest’s Course, is part of the Quilts of Love line from Abingdon Press. When Lynette’s not writing, she divides her time between editing medical reports and chasing down news stories for the Copperas Cove Leader-Press. Lynette was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland but makes her home in Coppress Cove, Texas, with her husband and a herd of cats who have them well-trained.

Lynette can be reached through the Contact link on her Blog 


Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal city of New Bedford to restore a 150-year-old Mariner's Compass quilt. But there is one stipulation: she must live and work in Gray House, a former whaling captain's home, where the quilt is stored. There she meets Army veteran Tom Pereira, the caretaker of Gray House, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky Massachusetts coastline. Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore the quilt, she and Tom grow closer. And as she reads stories in a daily journal penned by Mary Gray, she learns the secrets of the quilt and Mary's own sad tale of regret. Then Tom learns secrets of his own family's past, and both Tom and Kelly learn they are tied to Gray House in ways they never imagined.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Tempest's Course, go HERE.

The book link is: 

No comments: