Quilts of Love | A Grand Design (book review)

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Grand Design by Amber Stockton. (It's her 13th book!!!)  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.

This book review tour was organized by Litfuse.  For more reviews please visit the Litfuse review page.  I was given a copy of A Grand Design in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

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?


My review:

A Grand Design was really a sweet story. I loved getting to know Alyssa... especially as she finally came back to the island to reconnect with her grandmother after 15 years.  I think the author did a wonderful job of getting the reader to feel how anxious Alyssa was over revisiting her past.  It was so sad to me that a series of tragedies really left not only Alyssa, but her grandmother, alone.  I loved Alyssa's encounters with her grandmother's old quilting friends.  I felt like Alyssa was pulling together this mystery... and really wished there had been more of those visits.  I also loved how Alyssa and Scott were so cautious with each other... and as we learned Alyssa's story, I really wanted to learn more about Scott's history.

My one complaint was that I wish A Grand Design was longer.  I would have loved more of the story.  I wanted more details.  More about the demise of the quilting bee group.  More about whether Alyssa's grandmother might reconnect with her old friends.  More about Scott's story (Alyssa looked like Caroline???  Who was Caroline??? What happened there???).  More about Alyssa's mother and why she also never returned to the island.  More about the connection between their family and the movie they kept talking about.  I was just left with so many questions.  And without giving too much away... I really felt like the whole story with Charlie was left unresolved.  What happened there?

About the author:

Amber Stockton is an award-winning author, a national speaker, and a direct-sales brand partner with Nerium International. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. Three of her novels have won annual reader's choice awards.

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