Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell (Qulits of Love)

About the book: Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal town of New Bedford to restore a 150-year-old Mariner's Compass quilt, with one stipulation: she must live and work in Gray House where the quilt is stored. Tom Periera, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky coastline, is the caretaker employed by the mysterious absent owner of Gray House.

Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore the quilt, she is drawn out of her self-imposed shell and embraces the family God has given her after her own family failed her. As Kelly reads stories in a journal penned by Mary Gray, she learns there is no transgression beyond God's forgiveness, but the real obstacle is forgiving herself. During her and Tom's journey to grace and love, an unknown force works to keep both of them from discovering a long-buried truth that will change their lives forever.

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About the author: Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of five novels and six novellas for Barbour Publishing with sales topping 250,000. In 2009, Lynette was voted one of the favorite new authors by Heartsong Presents book club readers. Her historical romance, All That Glitters, was a finalist in ACFW's 2010 Carol Awards. 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 on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband and a herd of cats who have them well-trained.

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My thoughts:  This is the third Quilts of Love book that I have had the pleasure of reviewing for Litfuse Blog tours.  Just as with the other two, I thoroughly enjoyed this book!  It has hope, promise. longing for family and love and lasting bonds.
Kelly's work with the damaged quilt she is commissioned to restore is enhanced by her reading of the makers diary and her friendship with the sometimes cantankerous groundskeeper.  Both Kelly and Tom, the groundskeeper, have strong faith, but that doesn't stop them from wondering why some of the obstacles they have encountered in their live were placed in their paths. 
Kelly discovers within Mary Gray's journal a woman who approached marriage with hope and found a life full of loneliness as her husband went to sea as a whaler.  Some of the choices and decisions they both made were questionable, but the pain and heartbreak of them influenced her work on the quilt.
Tom is facing demons from his time in the military and his disabled diagnosis upon discharge.  His feelings of not living up to his parents expectations and his hopes and dreams for the future.
I loved the side note of mystery and the twists towards the end.  It shows how, as much as we want our lives to go smoothly and according to our own plans, we are not in charge of the ultimate path and destiny that lies before us.  Following this story to the conclusion was a pleasure.

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