A Grand Design (Quilts of Love Series)
By Amber Stockton
A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs— if only she can let go of her past.
When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.
As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life…and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart— and bring healing to her entire family?
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Ever since Alyssa Dunham was a child she would go on an annual summer trip to her favorite place in the world, Mackinac Island. After her father passed when she was fifteen years old she never returned to the island, but that wasn’t the sole reason for her absence. Fifteen years later, after unexpectedly winning a trip for two she finally returns to the island along with her best friend Libby. The adventure of a lifetime awaits when Alyssa’s grandmother asks the girls to help her with a project— to collect pieces of a quilt from all over the island and stitch them together. Add to that some one-on-one time with handsome Scott Whitman, driver and newfound friend, and Alyssa soon finds herself on a vacation she won’t soon forget— and one that will definitely change her life forever.
Where to start? I adored this book. It was like one of those rom-coms that put a smile on your face even after it’s done. I finished this book within a couple of hours because I simply couldn’t put it down! This was my first read from the Quilts of Love series and if A Grand Design was any indication of what the rest of the series is like…well let’s just say I can’t wait to get my hands on all of them!
A Grand Design is a refreshingly easy, fun, and uplifting read. It had a great story, wonderful characters, picturesque setting, and effortless writing style. I immediately fell in love with Alyssa and Mackinac Island. There were so many instances where I found myself relating to Alyssa’s situation and thoughts. I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like about this read, hence the five-star rating. For me, A Grand Design was the definition of what an inspirational contemporary novel should be. Romance, adventure, and a bit of drama (*wink*) combined makes this book the perfect summer read.
If you enjoy uplifting reads reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks or Denise Hunter novels, then I definitely recommend you try out A Grand Design. This book had me smiling long after finishing the last page. Again, I really can’t wait to see what other jewels this series holds!
**I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own.
Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Grand Design by Amber Stockton. Who hasn’t struggled to let painful memories go and move into God’s healing? You’ll be sure to love this heartfelt and encouraging tale set on historic Mackinac Island.
Celebrate August’s release by entering to win a Kindle from Quilts of Love and RSVPing for the “Fall into Fall” Facebook author chat party.
One winner will receive:
- A Kindle HDX
- A Grand Design by Amber Stockton
- Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
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