Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Tempest's Course

(Abingdon Press - December 17, 2013)


Lynette Sowell


Lynette Sowell is an award-winning novelist. Her most recent novel, Tempest’s Course, is part of the Quilts of Love line from Abingdon Press. 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 and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland but makes her home in Coppress Cove, Texas, with her husband and a herd of cats who have them well-trained.


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 thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. Tom and Kelly connect - it's almost as if their troubled spirits communicate with one another. Each knows hardship, which comes from totally different sources, but I think that made them more able to relate with one another. So with a great combination of main characters, the connection those characters, and their commiseration to find victory over their struggles, we find that even though experiences may seem to leave their lives in tatters, nothing is too difficult for God to piece back together.

A bit of history, a bit of contemporary, a bit of romance, a bit of all makes for a satisfying read!

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 Tempest's Course, go HERE.

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