Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Aloha Rose

(Abingdon Press - November 19, 2013)


Lisa Carter


A word from the author:

I am a wife and mother. My husband and I have two daughters and make our home in the beautiful state of North Carolina.

I am a teacher. With a Master’s degree in history, I have taught at the university, high school and middle school levels. After years of church involvement as a soloist, choir member and worship leader, I also teach music.

I am a writer. Delighted by the rhythm and musicality of words, I have been writing since childhood. In 2001, I won the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Story Writing Contest that re-ignited a lifelong love of writing.

I am on a journey of faith. My ultimate desire through my life and my writing is to proclaim the truth of God’s Word, His redeeming love as seen in the life of Jesus Christ and to help others know for themselves this great, awesome God of all comfort and wisdom. He is enough for every need.


When Laney Carrigan sets out to find her birth family, her only clue is the Hawaiian quilt—a red rose snowflake appliqu├ęd 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 thoughts:

Another great offering in the Quilts of Love series.

In Aloha Rose, we venture to our beautiful 50th state, where Laney Carrigan comes to find answers about the quilt she was wrapped in when her mother gives her up. She meets Kai Barnes, who himself has a painful past. The friction between them (both good and bad) ebbs and flows as the secrets in their pasts try to overshadow both their present and future.

I loved the bantering between Laney and Kai - great dialogue is always a winner in my book. Putting in some really great plot twists and the unpredictability of a character whose lucidity comes and goes also adds a greater dimension to this story. Overall this is a great tale of both forgiveness and trust and letting go of the things in the past that are hindering the working of love in your life. This is a book that romance lovers everywhere would enjoy especially if they want to experience a taste of the islands.

My sincerest thanks to CFBA and Abingdon Press for generously providing a copy for review.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Aloha Rose, go HERE.

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