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  1. Rival Hearts, Quilts of Love Series #19
    Rival Hearts, Quilts of Love Series #19
    Tara Randel
    Abingdon Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback
    $10.99 Retail: $13.99 Save 21% ($3.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 12 Reviews
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  1. debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Rival Hearts
    July 2, 2014
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is a book about Molly and Ben, two colleagues that have to compete against each other for a promotion at the magazine they both write articles for. Both want the promotional position and are willing to step out of their comfort zones to accomplish the task. Molly is a quilter and Ben is an outdoor kayaker, when their Boss finds this out he decides that they need to switch positions and write on story on each others hobbies. The person that does the best to impress the boss will get promoted and the new corner office with a window. The story is all about what they experience with a little bit of love interest with each other.

    I found this book to be a little slow for my reading. It was very predictable and needed just a little bit more twists and turns to keep me interested. I finished the book as it was a short story of 200 pages with many hesitations as it was hard to keep my interest. I would recommend this to my friends that want a read that is just smooth, predictable and not having to concentrate on a story line. Fun, afternoon read.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Litfuse. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A fun Christian romance
    June 29, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Molly and Ben are magazine editors for the same publishing group. Molly conceived of and now heads a successful quilting magazine. Ben's the relatively new editor of the company's outdoor magazine. When the publisher needs an editor for a new magazine, he conceives of a competition between Molly and Ben. Molly will have to kayak and Ben will have to quilt. Each will write an article about their experiences and the winner will be named the new editor.

    This novel was fun. Molly, sheltered from outdoor activities when young because of severe allergies, enlists the help of her macho brother. Ben feels out of his element holding needle and thread when all he's ever done is write about sports.

    The competition goes along pretty well until Molly and Ben each begin to have feelings for the other. But just when it looks like romance is on the way, it appears Ben has sabotaged Molly's chances for success. The sparks fly and and it looks like both will lose, no matter who wins.

    I really liked the characters in the novel. Molly is a gutsy woman and doesn't hesitate to show what she is made of. Ben turns out to be a deeper man than he would have others believe. Both characters grow through the competition experience to reveal hidden qualities.

    In addition to a good romance, the author had added other issues to the novel, such as women working together to help each other, supporting women in need of a safe place, and restoration of family relationships. These all work together to make for a rewarding novel. I really enjoyed it.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book through a publicity group for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  3. Foster3
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Summer Read
    June 27, 2014
    Foster3
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    About the book:

    They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost?q

    Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter's Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.

    Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

    My Thoughts:

    I have loved each book in this series and this was no exception. Each book's main plot contains a quilt, but the variety of authors succeed in making it unique and different from the others.

    I am a quilter! Anyone who quilts will realize how addictive this hobby is. Thus, you look at quilts, go to quilt and fabric shops, quilt shows, AND read any book that involves a quilt!! I guess we are a strange lot!!

    The main character, Molly, appealed to me immediately. I could easily identify with this young lady who loved to quilt however was not athletic, not even a bit!! That is me!! You can find us both at a sewing machine but rarely playing baseball, canoeing or swimming!!! Molly tended to stay clear of these activities!! This made her my best friend from the beginning of the book. Ben, the athlete, was also an adorable character, full of charm, handsome, athletic BUT not a quilter. I can just picture the look on his face as he attempts to use needle and thread.

    The plot of the story was full of twists and turns. It grabbed my attention upon reading the first chapter and kept me engrossed until the last page. A well developed plot makes for a great read and this book fullfilled this !

    The "Quilts of Love" Series has provided me with a wide variety of stories, all including a very special quilt in each one. Each author has been successful in composing a creation totally different from the others! That in itself, is a feat! Tara Randel is a new author to me, but you can be sure that I will be looking for her books in the future.

    A great summer read! Don't miss it!

    Book was provided by Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review.
  4. Booklover10
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Competition can make a romance flourish
    June 24, 2014
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I like the cover of this book. I have read most books in this series and think that the covers get better with each book. That's hard to do considering I have really like most of them. I also like the different stories that each author tells. That's what makes this series a lot of fun to read... the uniqueness of each story all tied together with a quilt.

    I can't say that this book is full of surprises, but it's still a great read. I think it would be an excellent choice for the beach because it was a light book, but fun.

    Ben and Molly were two characters that you couldn't help but like. They were made for each other, only they didn't quite recognize that at first. Their opposite personalities made them very easy to relate to them.

    I liked the competition in this book. It was a different aspect to a love story that made it interesting and set it apart from others in the series. It kept my attention and I found myself smiling a lot!

    I suspect we'll be reading more from area Randel over the next few years. At least, I hope so!

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    I received this book free from CFBA and Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
  5. randomamb
    TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 23, 2014
    randomamb
    TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Rival Hearts is the latest release in the Quilts of Love series. The story features 2 main characters-Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver. They are both magazine editors in line for a promotion, and the boss decides to pit them against each other in a crazy challenge. On a deeper level, the book is about each character's journey towards a healthier, stronger, and ultimately better version of themselves.

    This is the first Quilts of Love title I've read, and it also served as my introduction to Tara Randel's work. I really enjoyed Rival Hearts. It's just over 200 pages long, so it can be read in an afternoon or evening. The writing flows well and allows the reader to become immersed in the story. Situations are never stretched out too long, and I never felt a lull or empty space in the book. I was impressed by Randel's ability to keep me interested, engaged, and happy with the story. I fell for these characters and I think you will, too! I highly recommend this book to fans of christian romance, christian contemporaries, and competition love stories. Give it a shot!

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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