- File Size: 2227 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426752733
- Publisher: Abingdon Press (November 19, 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
This book is also available as an ebook.
When Laney Carrigan sets out to find her birth family, her only clue is the Hawaiian quilt a red rose snowflake appliqued on a white background in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island and battling fears of rejection, Laney begins a painstaking journey toward her true heritage. Kai Barnes, however, is determined to protect the people he s come to regard as family. He thinks Laney is nothing more than a gold digger and blocks every move she makes toward her Hawaiian family. As their conflict escalates, it puts at risk the one thing that Kai and Laney both want most a family.
My take on this book:
Each book in the Quilt of Love series is such a unique story that revolves around quilts. With "Aloha Rose" we are taken to the Big Island of Hawaii. Twenty-eight year old Laney Carrigan was adopted when she was only a few months old. She had never really had any desire to know about her real family because she felt like her adoptive family was her real family. It had always been the wish of her adoptive mother Gisela that Laney some day find about her birth parents, When Gisela dies of cancer Laney's adoptive father decides it's time and posted a picture online of the Hawaiian quilt that Laney had been wrapped in when she was found as an infant. In no time at all Laney finds herself on the Big Island of Hawaii meeting the people who had abandoned her! What will Laney discover about her past?
Lisa Carter easily allows me to connect with and understand Laney, she really wasn't interested in finding her biological parents, and when she arrives in Hawaii her feelings were quite realistic. I thought the author did a great job of slowly exposing Laney's true feelings. It was nice to see her grow and change as the story progressed. When she meets Kai Barnes there is instant friction between them, making me wonder where the relationship between them might head. The setting of the story was wonderful, the author really brings Hawaii to life, which made for a wonderful visual treat on a cold day. Overall, "Aloha Rose" deals with several emotional issues that could have dragged down the story but instead enhanced it. The Hawaiian dictionary was quite helpful and the discussion question make this book a great book club selection. I also enjoyed the sneak peek of "Tempest's Course" the next book in the Quilt of Love series.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
About Lisa Carter:
Lisa Carter has a Master's degree in History and has taught at the university, high school and middle school levels. She is a member of the ACFW, RWA and several online writers' forums. In 2001, she won the MOPS storywriting contest which re-ignited a lifelong love of writing. She has been published in MomSense and Christian Parenting Today. She is a Precepts Bible Study teacher and loves to share the Word of God with other believers. Involved with music most of her life as a soloist, former Continental Singer and praise and worship leader, Lisa is currently teaching music at a preschool and enjoying the enthusiasm and joy for life for which preschoolers are famous. She and David have two beautiful daughters.