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Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal town of Fairhaven to restore the centuries-old Mariner's Compass quilt. But there is one stipulation: she must live and work in Grey House, a former whaling captain's home, where the quilt is stored... Read More

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Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal town of Fairhaven to restore the centuries-old Mariner's Compass quilt. But there is one stipulation: she must live and work in Grey House, a former whaling captain's home, where the quilt is stored. There she meets Tom Silva, the caretaker of Grey House, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky Massachusetts coastline. Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore the quilt, she is buoyed by occasional afternoon visits from Tom and other Fairhaven town members, and is drawn into their lives. And each night, as she reads stories in a daily journal penned by Mary Grey, she learns details about her newfound community members that help her see that their lives are as vivid and interwoven as the quilt pieces she is working to restore. But, when Kelly discovers a truth about Tom s heritage hidden in the journal, she must decide if keeping the past to herself is the only way to ensure the hope of a future with Tom.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Dec 1, 2013
  • UPC: 9781426752766
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Publish Date: Dec 17, 2013
  • Language: English
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 1426752768

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Quilting Secrets by Sally on 1/6/2014

New Bedford, Massachusetts, a historical whaling town is the setting of this romance novel. Gray House, a captain's home with its tiny observation room, which overlooks the city harbor is itself a character, with its creaks and groans and hidden secrets. It's has been empty for some time and Kelly Frost is hired to restore a Mariner's Compass quilt while living in the home.

I especially appreciated finding out how a person would go about restoring a fraying, old quilt. While Kelly works on the quilt, she pieces together the mystery behind how it came to be. She discovers a hidden journal written by Mary Gray, wife of the whaling captain. It reveals long-held secrets from the 1850's.

Kelly is a loner, having been raised in foster homes. However, her experiences were good with Lottie, her final foster mother, who remains someone Kelly can rely upon. Tom has had an opposite childhood experience: a warm, loving family, who live close by. However, he and his father's relationship is stiff as Tom has disappointed his father by never attending college.

A few surprises help to solve any questions. I enjoyed this whispering mystery/romance.

Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Abingdon Press for my copy.

Restoring History by Nancee on 12/21/2013

In this stand-alone novel in the Quilts of Love series, a young textile conservator was hired to restore a generations-old Mariner's Compass quilt that was nearly beyond repair. Kelly Frost was suffering hard times financially so she had bid a substantial amount for the restoration in order to improve her depleted financial status. Her bid to repair the quilt was accepted with the stipulation that while restoring the quilt she would live in the vacant old whaler's mansion where the quilt originated. Moving to the coastal community in Massachusetts had some distinct advantages. Kelly had suffered some substantial losses and pain in her young life, not to mention her professional status as the result of a poor decision on her part.

Tom Silva had been hired to take care of the grounds and outdoor maintenance at Gray House. A medically discharged veteran, Tom had recently recovered from injuries suffered while serving overseas. His presence on the grounds was somewhat comforting to Kelly after she moved into the creaky old mansion with no one else living on the grounds. His own past haunted him, but he found his strength in his relationship with God. Both Kelly and Tom were wary of any kind of attachments, but the companionship they found in each other was a distinct advantage under their respective circumstances.

In Kelly's spare time she explored various rooms in the 3-story mansion, and subsequently discovered a hidden diary that had belonged to Mary Gray, wife of the whaling captain who originally built the house. Hopeful that the diary would reveal something about the quilt and questions about why the house remained vacant for so many years Kelly began reading. The diary entries paralleled events in Kelly's own life, making her acutely aware of her mistakes and her need for change in her life and guidance from God.

Numerous plots are interwoven into the cloth of this story of intrigue, mystery, romance and the quest for balance in the lives of both Kelly and Tom. The setting for Tempest's Course is well described as the harbor of an old whaling town, and the characters throughout this book are well represented. I've read many of the Quilts of Love books and enjoyed them each for their own merits. Lynn Sowell has done a wonderful job of creating a hauntingly fascinating story of a quilt with a mysterious history and the revelation of secrets that an old whaling mansion held.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

Living With Your Mistakes by Maureen on 12/7/2013

Kelly Frost has made a bad mistake in her life, and now she is living with the consequences. She is a textile conservator, and now in desperate need of a job. When a chance to restore, an almost destroyed, 1850's quilt. She has no idea what she is getting into. One of the requirements that she must comply with is living in the old Gray House mansion. Kind of scary, but love the way she handles it.
Also working, but not living at the mansion is Tom Silva, a medically discharged Army veteran. He is coming to terms with his injuries, and the lack of his Dad's approval.
Loved the descriptions of Kelly's work on the old quilt, and the searching for the right fabric, and trying to piece such fragile material. I found this so interesting.
Will Kelly and Tom be able to help one another, one a discarded child, the other from a warm extended family. Each trying to prove their worth.
Will Kelly's past continue to haunt her? Is it a coincidence that they are both at the mansion at the same time? Or does God have a hand in this?
I really enjoy this read, never saw some of the things that happen coming! Enjoy!

I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

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