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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Book Reviews - The Quilts of Love series - The Christmas Quilt by Vanetta Chapman and Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter

The "Quilts of Love" series is an amazing group of book that feature quilting and romance at the heart of each story. The two newest books in the series are "The Christmas Quilt" by Vannetta Chapman and "Aloha Rose" by Lisa Carter.

About The Book:

Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam.

Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this story of two Amish ladies, sisters-in-law, who are both expecting their first babies, and their close relationship.  Author Vannetta Chapman does a wonderful job of telling this tale, which is sewn together with a special baby quilt that the girls hope to finish in time for Christmas and in time to welcome a new babe to the family.

Chapman also includes the husbands, the brothers-in-law, in this story as well, as she describes the two men's different views of family and marriage.  One is older and calmer, the other is young and a little fearful of what's to come, but between the two they balance each other out!

Fans of Amish holiday tales will really get a kick out of this novel!  (And if you want to know a little more about the first couple, Annie and Samuel, check out Chapman's book, "A Simple Amish Christmas," for their love story!)

About The Author:

Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award winning member of
Romance Writers of America and holds a B.A. and M.A. in English. She currently teaches in the Texas hill country, where she lives with her husband in the city of
Austin. Visit her on the web at www.VannettaChapman.com.

About The Book:

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:

Hawaiian quilting is unique and beautiful, and this story, "Aloha Rose," is just as unique and beautiful!

Author Lisa Carter brings the story of a young woman looking for her birth family, and in doing so discovers not only her family, but a culture that she comes to respect, and a romance that she wasn't expecting.  I loved Carter's characters in this story and the fast-moving story kept me mesmerized to the very end.

This is a very enjoyable story that fans of inspirational romance and quilting fans will enjoy!

About The Author:

Lisa Carter is the author of Carolina Reckoning and Aloha Rose, and a writer and teacher whose articles have appeared in FamilyFun, Thriving Family, MomSense, and Christian Parenting Today. She is a frequent speaker and vocalist at women’s ministry events and has taught at the collegiate, high school, and middle school levels. Lisa is a member of ACFW, RWA and Sisters in Crime. When she isn't writing,
Lisa enjoys traveling, quilting, and researching her next romantic adventure. She and her husband have two daughters and make their home in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Visit her online at www.LisaCarterAuthor.com.

For more information on the "Quilts of Love" series, check out their website at www.quiltsoflovebooks.com

In honor of their new Quilts of Love releases, The Christmas Quilt and Aloha Rose, authors Vannetta Chapman and Lisa Carter are gearing up to ring in the Christmas season with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a "Christmas Bee" Facebook Party on December 10th with fellow Quilts of Love author Lynette Sowell!


One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman
  • Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 30th. Winner will be announced at the "Christmas Bee" Facebook Party on December 10th. Connect with the authors from the Quilts of Love series, Vannetta Chapman, Lisa Carter, and Lynette Sowell, for an evening of book chat, quilt trivia, Christmas traditions and gifts, PLUS get an exclusive look at January's Quilts of Love book!

So grab your copies of The Christmas Quilt and Aloha Rose and join Vannetta, Lisa, and Lynette on the evening of December 10th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the books, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on December 10th!

My thanks to Abingdon Press for the review copies of these books, and to Litfuse Publicity for including me on the book tour.  I was not compensated for my opinions.

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Lisa Carter said...

Thanks for hosting Aloha Rose—and me. :)

Vannetta Chapman said...

Thank you for your review! So glad you enjoyed Leah and Annie's story!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thank you, Ladies, for stopping by!