Thursday, October 11, 2012

Beyond the Storm By Carolyn Zane the 1st Quilts of love book! Giveaway!

After a tornado rips through her town, store owner Abigail comes across a piece of fabric from a wedding dress among the devastation. Abigail is moved to start collecting other swatches of fabric she finds – her neighbor’s kitchen curtains, a man’s necktie, a dog’s bed – which she stashes in shopping bags. As she pursues her seemingly absurd quest, horrible realities spark the question, “What kind of a God would allow such tragedy?”

As she struggles to reconcile her right to happiness amidst the destruction, Abigail begins piecing together a patchwork quilt from the salvaged fabric in hopes it will bring some peace. But a new relationship with Justin, a contractor, may require too much of her fragile heart.  Will her pain and questions of faith give way to the courage to love?

Carolyn Zane is the best selling, award-winning author of more than thirty novels for three publishers: Random House/Waterbrook Press, Multnomah Publishing and Harlequin/Silhouette where her sales numbers consistently finished strong. Her writing has earned numerous awards, including the prestigious Kay Snow Award and a Moondance nod for her screenplay. 

Carolyn lives with her husband, Matt and their 5 children and 3 dogs in the scenic Willamette Valley in Oregon.
 
This is the first book I have read by Carolyn Zane. I really did enjoy it. It is a book about putting the pieces back together.
My favorite part in the whole book was sweet, generous, Aunt Selma telling the quilt story, she told what each piece of the quilt meant to her and where the fabric came from that formed the quilt. It was a moving story to hear her tell it. I really loved the epilogue very much! I am a sucker for a happy ending!
 
Do you like books that help build your faith? Here is your book then!
 
The Quilts of Love Series is 16 books by 16 different authors with a new book coming out every month!

22 comments:

  1. Would like to read this book!
    likesmusic2@consolidated.net

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  2. I think this is such a good idea for a story and it should be very interesting. Thanks for the review Mary. I would love to win it.
    Maxie Anderson ( mac262@me.com )

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  3. Great review. Would like to win this.

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  4. This is a series I would LOVE to get hold of!! Winning a copy of this book would be a great treat!

    Karen Schulz
    aregeetee5162 at yahoo dot com

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  5. I love books that help build my faith. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for introducing me to a new author, (to me), and thanks for your review.

    Blessings!
    Judy

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  6. Very interesting review,liking all our reviews and interviews and this one is very good.Id like a chance to win this one.

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  7. This one tugs at the heart strings. This was a bad year in the Midwest, including Branson where the quilt shop was damaged beyond repair. When I think Amish, I think quilts, family, canning and faith. I do like one that builds faith. I think that is lacking in society today, these books start to restore that. Great review Mary!

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  8. I would really, really, love to win this book. It sounds like a lot of love went into the making of this quilt and a lot of wonderful stories to be told from it.

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  9. Ach! I've been waiting for such a long time for these books to start coming out! I'm a quilter, and love quilting fiction as much as I love Amish fiction! There is also a quilt pattern included in each of the 16 books. I can't wait to collect them all! I'll try to make a block of each pattern for a sampler quilt. Mary! Thanks!

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    1. Nancee, there was no quilt pattern in this one! But they book was good!

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    2. Thanks, Mary! Somewhere I had read that each book would contain a pattern. No problem!

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  10. Great review. New author to me and would like a chance to read and win this book. Carolyn
    Carolynj@att.net

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  11. I love the idea of her making a quilt out of the fabric she found. That sounds like such a great coping method. Would love to read this one.

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  12. I so want to read all the books in this series, they look so good. Great review, as always.

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  13. I havent seen you write a bad review yet Mary and this one is just as great,it would look good in my read pile.

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  14. I have noticed you do alot of 5 star reviews.Im impressed and would love to win this book.

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    1. Bonnie, You are the WINNER! E-mail me your mailing address themaryreader@yahoo.com Congrats!

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  15. Sounds like a great book. I was just asked by a fellow teacher if I would be willing to take her mother's clothes and create lap quilts for her and her siblings as they lost their mother this summer. If I win the book I think I will add it to the quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  16. I want to read this book.It sounds great.I love the cover,I love quilts and love to read books with quilts in the title.Thanks

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