I LOVE this book! LOVE IT!
What a wonderful idea! What a beautiful story. What wonderful interactions between characters and environment and memories of the past!
And Amber’s descriptions of Mackinac Island make me want to hop on a plane today!
This is a wonderful addition to the Quilts of Love line of books and a story that anyone who enjoys a good romance with a few bumps along the way – is sure to enjoy!
I really enjoyed how well Amber wrote about Alyssa’s views on life and love. Too often we read about a jaded character who is completely hopeless and it doesn’t quite ring true when they finally are presented with love but Alyssa is simply someone who has had a rough time of it and she’s not sure what she even wants romance-wise.
I also love how well Amber blends God into the story. She makes Him approachable in a way that people today will find much easier to connect with than the harsh, angry God that so many people want to paint Him as.
Amber’s writing never gets “preachy” – she just shows the reader that God is very much a part of the lives of our characters.
And I, for one, will be seeking out more of Amber Stockton’s books!
A brief synopsis from the Quilts of Love website about A Grand Design:
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?
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