Monday, August 25, 2014

"A Grand Design" by Amber Stockton



About this book:

  “A fun getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs...if only she can let go of her past.
  Fifteen years ago, Alyssa Denham stopped taking her annual summer trip to Mackinac Island, refusing to tell anyone the real reason she avoided the island she loved as a child. Now here she is, unexpectedly on the island for two weeks with her best friend, Libby, trying to keep her secret buried.
Alyssa's grandmother, who lives on the island, has asked Alyssa and Libby to help piece together a friendship quilt she had started years earlier. Their quest takes them to the homes of some [of] her grandmother's long-lost friends, giving Alyssa amazing insight into her grandmother's life...and attracting the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman.
Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will she finally learn to trust and let God heal her fractured heart?



Series: Book #20 in the “Quilts of Love” series {They do not have to be read in order; see my reviews of number #17, “A Promise in Pieces”, Here! Number #18, “A Stitch and a Prayer”, Here! and my favorite QoL book, “Rival Hearts”, number #19, Here!}


Spiritual Content-  Talks about God & people say “Thank God” and “Praise God”; Ben teases Scott about maybe sleeping in instead of going to church (Ben decides to go when he learns that Libby will be there, Alyssa’s grandmother comments that that’s his first time in a Church in a long time); Other content includes: “bad karma” and “like a towering god of thunder” are both mentioned once.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘sheesh’, a ‘stupid’, a ‘wretch’ and two forms of ‘idiot’; Quite a lot of Sarcasm; a bit of blood (barely above not-detailed).


Sexual Content- two almost kisses, not-detailed kisses, a semi-detailed kiss and a very detailed kiss; Libby talks about wearing “a skimpy little number with a drop-dead gorgeous instructor standing behind…” her; Libby says she has a man radar and calls it a “man-dar”; Libby is able to put her swimsuit in a small handbag (Scott thinks “a suit in need of additional material”); *Spoiler* Alyssa is attacked but before anything happens, Scott saves her; Alyssa’s secret is that Charlie wanted to have ‘fun’ and when she refused to ‘play along’ he got forceful and overpowered her (semi-detailed of Alyssa talking about it). *End of Spoiler*; Staring and noticing people’s bodies; Mentions of shirtless men; Flirting (quite a lot of it); Alyssa & Libby are boyfriend crazy (meaning that they are always trying to get a boyfriend); Love, falling in love & the emotions (semi-detailed being the highest).

-Alyssa Denham, age 29
-Scott Whitman
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                                        187 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens- 

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating- 
(and a half)

{Because of all the Sexual content}
Hmm. In my opinion, it didn’t start out good with Alyssa saying that she hates the month of June (because that’s when weddings are). That’s my birthday month, missy! :/ Well, thanks. And we really don’t know anything about Scott! The big secret didn’t shock me, as I thought that’s what it would be and as I’ve said before I’m sensitive to those subjects.
So definitely not for this blog’s target age.   

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Grand Design by Amber Stockton. Who hasn't struggled to let painful memories go and move into God's healing? You’ll be sure to love this heartfelt and encouraging tale set on historic Mackinac Island.

Celebrate August’s release by entering to win a Kindle from Quilts of Love and RSVPing for the "Fall into Fall" Facebook author chat party.


Quilts of Love Kindle HDX Giveaway, Amber Stockton, A Grand Design

  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • A Grand Design by Amber Stockton
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 16th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog. Plus make sure you RSVP to the October 7th author chat party with Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on October 7th!


I have a cute book that I reviewed on Goodreads, about a nine-year-old on the Titanic! (Everything works out as fine as you can get, Moms. ;) ) There isn’t any Christian content in it but there’s some fun historical facts in the book! Plus it would be an easy read at only 22 pages! You can see my review of it Here!


See y’all on Wednesday with another review! :) 


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Abington Press) (through Litfuse) for this review.

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