A Grand Design
Abingdon, Aug 19 2014, $13.99
On a dare from her BFF Libby, Alyssa Denham entered the Bride Magazine contest to win a romantic getaway for two on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Home to her grandma, Alyssa used to visit the island when she was a child until an incident shattered her heart and when her dad died she never returned. When Bride informs Alyssa she won the vacation, she struggles with whom to take with her as she has no man in her life. She sadly muses she can’t even find a date for the June weddings she attends; so persuades Libby to join her as the contest says “two” not “couple”.
The two BFFs delight in working with Alyssa’s grandma on an heirloom quilt and enjoy the Lake Huron island immensely especially since they have access to places outsiders are banned from visiting. Meanwhile local Scott Whitman and Alyssa are attracted to each other, but her heart must let go of what happened several years ago to her and her family on Mackinaw Island so that their love can fill the vacuum.
The latest Quilts of Love inspirational (see A Promise In Pieces by Emily T. Wierenga and A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare) is a warm coming of age contemporary in a wonderful setting starring a fascinating protagonist who spent years hiding in plain sight from what happened. Although the romance is rather straightforward, Alyssa’s rapid maturity makes for an endearing tale.