Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tempest Course by Lynette Sowell ~ Litfuse Blog Tour with review

Tempest’s Course
  • Series: Quilts of Love (Book 13)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (December 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426752768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426752766

This book is also available as an ebook.

A Quilts of Love book.
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.

My take on this book:
I always anticipate reading the next Quilt of Love book because the stories revolve around quilts and romance, and they are also good clean reads. With Tempest Course we get the story of Kelly Frost, a textile conservator who needs a job. When she gets the chance to restore a 150 year old quilt that is almost beyond repair she  knows the job is just what she needs even though she has no  idea what she is actually committing herself to. There is a stipulation that she must stay in the Gray House while she completes the job and that's where she meets Tom Pereira the caretaker of Gray House. He is an army veteran who is fighting his own issues. As the story unfolds we not only see the painstaking care in which Kelly takes to restore the quilt we also learn that she and Tom share something in common.

It was easy to see that God was at work in Kelly's life. He sent her what she needed just when she needed it. I really enjoyed the story that developed between her and Tom,but my favorite parts of the story had to be the journal entries of Mary Gray, that easily transported me back in time, and also revealed the story of the quilt, and also ties past to present.I really liked the descriptions of the work that went into restoring the quilt. I really anticipated what would happen between Kelly and Tom,would they find their way past the things that held them back.  Overall a good read that has a bit of  mystery and suspense while also providing a nice romance with easy to like characters. The ending was something that I really was a twist that I didn't see coming and made for a great wrap up of Tempest Course.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of over one dozen titles for Barbour Publishing. 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 in Massachusetts, 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.
She loves reading, cooking, watching movies, and is always up for a Texas road trip.
You can find Lynette at her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/lynettesowellauthor

Lynette Sowell‘s Tempest’s Course is the newest book in the Quilts of Love line, and Lynette is celebrating with a fun giveaway and joining Vannetta Chapman and Lisa Carter for the Quilts of Love “Christmas Bee” Facebook Party on December 10th!
One winner will receive:
A Kindle Fire HDX
Tempest’s Course by Lynette Sowell
The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman
Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter
But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 16th.
Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love Facebook page on December 17th.
But wait! There’s more. RSVP for the “Christmas Bee” Facebook Party on December 10th and connect with the authors from the Quilts of Love series, Vannetta Chapman, Lisa Carter, and Lynette Sowell, for an evening of book chat, quilt trivia, and Christmas traditions and gifts, PLUS get an exclusive look at January’s Quilts of Love book!
So grab your copies of The Christmas Quilt, Aloha Rose, and Tempest’s Course and join Vannetta, Lisa, and Lynette on the evening of December 10th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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