Saturday, December 27, 2014

Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven Quilts of Love Litfuse Blog Tour

About the book: 

Sara doesn't think she wants love. But her grandmother has other plans.
Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don't always go as planned.
Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past---and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but his heart is as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane's grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between Drew and his new employer's granddaughter.
Still, it doesn't take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn't what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts researching him online. What she discovers could change her life---and her heart---forever.

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

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My thoughts:  Sara Jane and Drew are both dealing with their own feelings of survivors guilt from the loss of loved ones, each in his or her own way.  Because of the large amount of pain that has not been dealt with, neither of them has been able to move forward in their personal lives or been able to open up to others.

Sara Jane's grandmother forces the issue with them both due to her stubbornness and her ailing memory.  Drew has been hired as her handyman, but it uncomfortable with the assumption that he will date and marry Sara Jane just because he has been told to.  Sara Jane is worried about her grandmother and embarrassed by her not so subtle matchmaking.

The two find that they have some interests in common, top among them keeping Sari safe and cared for, but there is a big stumbling block for them.  Drew has found comfort in his faith and shares his beliefs freely, while Sara Jane goes to church out of obligation, but feels no connection with God  and lacks faith.  Before they can move ahead and work on connecting with one another, Sara Jane needs to find forgiveness and faith herself to move past her feelings of guilt.

I would have loved to have seen a picture of the quilt, just a sketch of each of the squares that belonged to the song!

About the Authors: 

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning author and a professional book reviewer. A stay-at-home mom and home school teacher, Laura lives with her family in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. Cindy Loven is active in the church and writes from her home in Conway, Arkansas, where she lives with her husband and their son.

About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. TheQuilts 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.