Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tempest's Course

Author: Lynette Sowell
Publisher: Abingdon Press
December 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4267-5276-6
Genre: Contemporary romance

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.
TEMPEST’S COURSE is the 13th book in Abingdon’s Quilt’s of Love series, but like all the books in this collection, it stands alone. Kelly is a struggling textile’s conservator who has lost her job and her reputation due to an unfortunate affair with a married man. As she moves into Gray House to restore the quilt, she learns the secrets of the house—and that she and the captain’s wife have more in common than she ever imagined.

Tom’s family is Portuguese and Italian. I figured the Italian part as soon as Ms. Sowell introduced his family. The rest came into play later into the story. The journal entries from the captain’s wife were heartbreaking, but it held the key to history that otherwise never would’ve been known.

I was interested to see how this story would play out, how the journal entries tied into the present, and what happens to the quilt. The story telling was stellar, well thought out, but a bit flat. I didn’t connect with the main characters the way I would’ve liked. Discussion questions are included. $12.99. 240 pages. 4 stars. 

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