Friday, May 2, 2014

Grave Danger by Katy Lee

About the Book (from the back cover):

When skeletal remains are found on a small Maine island, forensic anthropologist Lydia Muir is sent to investigate. It's Lydia's job to determine whether the homicide happened long ago -- or more recently.  Island sheriff Wesley Grant seems sure the murder didn't happen on his watch.  But when Lydia uncovers the victim's identity, someone goes to great lengths to get Lydia off the island.  Wes Vows to protect her, but is the handsome lawman holding something back?  To help catch a killer, she'll have to trust him -- or become the next victim.

About the Author: 

Katy Lee is an Inspirational Romantic Suspense author writing higher-purpose stories in high-speed worlds. As an author, speaker, children's ministry director, and home-schooling mom, she loves to share tales of love, from the "greatest love story ever told" to those sweet romantic stories of falling in love. Her Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense novel, WARNING SIGNS, has received a 4 1/2 star rating from RT Magazine, making it a fantastic keeper! Katy lives in New England with her husband, three children, and two cats. Keep in touch with Katy at her website,

My Take:

Grave Danger by Katy Lee is a wonderful follow up to her novel Warning Signs.  Both take place on a small Maine island where the people are like family and they look out after one another. 

In this inspirational suspense novel, Katy Lee keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering "whodunnit?".  I thoroughly enjoyed Grave Danger. The electricity between Lydia and Wesley is well countered by her need of recognition and his fear of trusting women.  It is the perfect blend of Romance, Mystery/Suspense and Inspiration.  It's also a quick and easy read... perfect for a trip to the beach or the mountains.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Win a “Women Helping Women” $200 Shopping Spree from @TheQuiltsofLove & @Emily_Wierenga | “A Promise in Pieces” Giveaway!

The latest Quilts of Love release, A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga is receiving glowing reviews.

Emily is celebrating the release of her debut novel with a "Women Helping Women" shopping spree giveaway.


One winner will receive:

  • $200 to spend at Emily's favorite shops, Noonday Collection & Vibella (Click through to learn more about how these companies exist to make a difference in the lives of women!)

  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga

  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson

  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog on May 12th. Then be sure to stop by the Quilts of Love Facebook page on May 29th for the "Quilting Bee" Facebook party with Emily and other Quilts of Love authors. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips & tricks, prizes, and more!

Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Quilts of Love: A Promise in Pieces by Emily T. Wierenga

About the Book: (from back cover)

It's been more than fifty years since Clara cared for injured WWII soldiers in the Women's Army Corps.  Fifty years since she promised to delve a dying soldier's last wish.  And fifty years since that soldier's young widow gave her the baby quilt-- a grief ridden gift that would provide hope to countless newborns in the years to come.

On her way to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Clara decides it's time to share her story.  But when the trip doesn't go as planned, Clara wonders if anyone will learn the great significance of the quilt -- and the promise stitched inside it.

About the Author:

Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, artist, and the author of five books. Her first novel, A Promise in Pieces, is releasing Spring of 2014, and her memoir, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I thought to Look (Baker Books) is releasing July 1, 2014.

My Take:

I have read several of the books in the Quilts of Love series... and by far, this one has been my favorite!!  Only after reading A Promise in Pieces did I realize that it was Emily's debut novel.  This girl can WRITE!

My family and I have a show we used to watch a lot when the kids were much younger.  At the end of one of the videos there is a line that we often use to describe a movie or book or whatever that we really enjoy-- "I laughed, I cried... it moved me Bob."  That's what I felt when I finished A Promise in Pieces.  A good book will get to your heart and soul and this one did... I laughed, I cried... it moved me!  

Whether it was my teachers or the history books or what, I'm not sure, but I always HATED history.  I think because it often has a lot of facts and dates and I'm more of a "How does that make you feel?" kind of person.  I LOVE to read historical fiction, especially when the author has taken the time to dig deep for the details of life in the period they writing about.  Emily has done that.  I felt like I was in the tent when Clara met Gareth... I heard him singing, smelled the blood and smoke and death, and felt the tears she cried as she took down his last words.  

Whether you like quilts, quilting or not... this is an excellent book.  The beauty of the relationships, the hurt and anguish the characters endure and the love and hope that is given and shared in the midst of it all will draw you in and cast a spell that will take you back to World War 2 and the goings-on thereafter.

The story is told by an aging Clara to her grandson Noah, and later her daughter Lula, but most of the book takes place during and after WWII.  The only thing I didn't like that the author did in this book was to break from the story and say the grandson's name or the daughter's name mid-story.  It kind of broke the connection and fluidity that was in process.