Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rival Hearts by Tara Randel (Litfuse Blog Tour)

About the book: 
They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost?
Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter's Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.
Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

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My thoughts:
We all get into our comfort zones and then have a hard time getting out of them.  Molly had a lot of allergies when she was young so, while her older brother played tons of sports and spent hours outdoors, her parents kept her inside where she was safe from harm.  She translated that into her adult life and never tried anything outdoorsy until the day he boss issued a challenge.  Molly, the editor or a quilting magazine, and Ben, the recently hired editor or a outdoor adventure, are both up for a new position.  The challenge is they each have to do a task for the opposite magazine.  Ben has to make a quilt with a quilting group and Molly has to enter a kayaking competition. 
Ben and Molly get a chance to go outside of their comfort zones, get to know one another and grow and change.  By the end of the story they are both different than how they started due to their own journeys and the friendships they form along the way.  I love this quote from page 186 made by one of Molly's quilting friend. "The moral of the story is about supporting each other.  No one is an island, Molly.  Having people in our lives enriches us.  It is as simple as that."  Meeting new people, being in new situations and getting to know others is what life is all about.  If we allow ourselves to get too comfortable, we stop growing and living.  Through making quilts and getting outdoors and helping women in need, these characters learned about themselves and enriched their own lives.

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

About the Author: 

Tara Randel is the author of five romance novels including Lasting Love, Melody of Love, and This Time Love. A member of ACFW, Tara is also the lead author of the new Annie's Mysteries series (see Tara lives in New Port Richey, Florida.
Connect with Tara: website, Facebook
About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts 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.

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