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!
I received this book free from CFBA and Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
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.
With the first sentence, Tara Randel grabs your attention - and she doesn't let go.
One of the things I love about the Quilts of Love series is how many different genres, timelines and lifestyles they cover. We have everything from a pioneering couple to a detective on the streets of a small town to rival magazine editors.
I've not read anything else by Tara Randel but it's clear she has a talent for story telling. In Rival Hearts, she pulls us right in to the story and it's clear from the first chapter that these two characters are in for an adventure they never could have seen coming.
Ben is clearly over-confident and Molly is timid but determined and we can see the sparks flying between our two main characters in their very first conversation.
Tara Randel makes the story so real to us - encompassing not just the competition and what it entails but also drawing the characters' lives into the mix. And not just the sparks either, but what makes them tick and even some things that lurk beneath the surface.
Tara uses secondary characters brilliantly, involving friends and family as well as co-workers in this mad dash to the finish. And you may be surprised by how everything turns out. I won't ruin it for you - it's just too delicious!
Now I'm going to have to go find some of her other books and see if they're just as entertaining and enjoyable!
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Two successful magazine publishers, one male, one female both with very different magazine profiles, suddenly find themselves competing for the same promotions as Editor-in-Chief for the launch of a new magazine, American Legend. For Molly Henderson, writer for Quilter's Heart, this promotion would be a validation for all the years she has worked for Master's Publishing. She took a novel idea and launched a successful magazine that has highlighted the friendship that women encounter whenever they read it. It not only showcases beautiful quilt designs but also the stories behind the women that create them. However she is not the outdoor type in any sense of the word.
For Ben Weaver, writer for Outdoor Adventures, the true manly man who loves the thrill of adventure in any sport, the more extreme the better. Bouncing back from his television series Extreme Survialist, he has taken Outdoor Adventures to new heights with his reader base. After just being with Master's Publishing for six months, he is running a competitive edge along side Molly's magazine. He knows with his popularity, taking on the challenge of American Legend, will create a permanent place for him instead of constantly being on the road traveling. However the last thing he understands is what fabric types to use and how do you put a quilt together anyway.
But Blake Masterson is always on the look out for a way to drive in more publicity so he decides the only way he can make the right decision on who should get the position is to create a competition between Molly and Ben. They will have thirty days to change places, and Molly will need to lead a kayak expedition and then write about it, while Ben will need to create a quilt all by himself and then write the article about his experience. At the end of the thirty days, whoever has done the most with their task will get the new position. So now instead of being rival colleagues, they are now rival competitors and may the best man or woman win! But it's not going to be an easy task for either of them working outside of their comfort zones. Who will win?
I received Rival Hearts by Tara Randel compliments of Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are my own. I absolutely love the premise behind this novel. It is a first for me being introduced to the writing of Tara Randel but it definitely won't be the last by a long shot. I love the competitive nature that both Molly and Ben possess with each of them having the drive to do whatever it takes to gain the promotion they both desire. I can't imagine how difficult it would be for a manly man to take on quilting! That is where the humor comes into play and soon the entire office chooses sides between man versus woman and the laughter ensues. What comes out of the novel at the end showcases that the best choice may not always be the best one for the winner. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. This is the nineteenth novel in the Quilts of Love Series and each can be read in any order.
I enjoyed this book so much, it is the first book I have read from this author, but I hope not the last. I loved the competition, and was rooting for Molly to win. When the bad things (no spoiler) happen, I am positive I knew who it was, and I was right. It is a great book. Good writing. Definitely a book to share with others. 4 stars from this reviewer.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own, honest feelings.