Threads of Hope, Quilts of Love Series #5
threads of faith and hope
Threads of Hope by Christa Allan
This quilts of love story is based around the Aids Quilt. Each section is made and assembled at a location where others help and tag who contributed.
Nina O'Mallery is hoping this will be her big break-the story with her investigative skills will come out and allow her to be granted the NY job. She and Aretha will be going to this huge $400 a ticket gala event. Her boss will also go but not to work.
Greg Hernandez life has been a long and troubled one as his wife has lost many babies along the way. He is a vet. He is involved in the project and helps many others with the Aids quilt. His daughter is also HIV+ and there is a bit of talk about the drugs she takes to maintain her life.
Project is called 'we care' and Nina will cover those who help put the quilt together-Greg's crew.
It took me a bit of time to get into this book as there is a lot of work drama but once I got through that and into the real story it is a good one. Not only will Nina have a choice there are many things she will have to consider along the way.
Not only her career but her faith in God is up for grabs.
Love how Nina sticks up for herself and her idea when the boss is ready to hand the story to another reporter.... What happens next is on the fast track and she learns about her brother's death from her parents. She has the answers now and why she stopped praying to God...
Love the ending and how the quilt panels are made, and all the information about them. Also a sample chapter of A Healing Heart, next in the Quilt of Love series.
To me this whole series is a panel in itself with a story behind every panel.
I received this book from Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.
August 18, 2013
Forgive and Let Go
Threads of Hope is another great story in the Quilts of Love series. I have learned through reading several of the books in this series that they will always be a pleasure to read. They help me see that living and sharing the Christian faith can save people and have an impact, but most importantly that God can change hearts because He can do anything.
Last year I had my son two months pre-mature. He stayed in the NICU for 5 weeks. We received a beautiful quilt that shaded him from the sunshine of the window he was next to as well as gave him darkness so that he could sleep anytime of the day, even with the bright NICU lights shining. I just noticed after I finished Threads of Hope that his quilt has a tiny tag that says Threads of Love. Both are great ministries and make an impact with the wonderful skill of quilting, which has a deep caring history.
Quilts are so functional, beautiful and tell such great stories. In Threads of Hope the quilts are made to raise money for AIDS. The story is about a woman, Nina, who is not really happy with the life she has been dealt. She believes she knows what she needs to make herself happy and it mostly has to do with her career.
Nina, a journalist, covers a We Care benefit, where quilts are auctioned off to raise money for local hospices. The benefit leads to her addressing some hurtful times in her past. Will she learn to forgive and let things go, including her plan and career path so that she can see what happiness could really be?
I thought it was a wonderful story. Sometimes I felt the word order of the story was awkward, I do not think it was wrong, but it is not the flow of conversation that I am used to. Also there were a couple of typos, which did not take away from the story because I could still understand what was being conveyed. With that being said, I still feel that Threads of Hope is worth the read!
March 27, 2013
Can she finds the hope for a better life?
Who hasn't felt the sting of being passed up for a promotion by someone who has worked for the company less than you have? But what's even worse is having the man you were dating dump you and go out with the person who just got "your" promotion as well!
Meet Nina O'Malley, journalist for Trends magazine who has once again had to paste on the gracious smile of sincerity when dealing with Janie Bettencourt, who just score the Senior Editor position and is now moving from Houston to New York for the job. The job that should have been hers. Her boss, reminded her that she needed to get out of her comfort zone more and network. To add some passion and style to her writing despite the fact all she got handed were smaller stories from her editor.
It seems like Nina just needs to realize that she is the only one holding her back and begin to take the initiative to change the things in her life that she wishes were different. Right now the only thing that waits for her at home is her dog, Manny and her roommate Aretha. Even her only friend in the office Daisy Jeffers seems to be making a move out of the office. Nina finds a note from her to Janie asking her if there are any positions available in New York. Seems like the only people that aren't leaving Nina are the ones that have no other place to go.
In the novel, Threads of Hope by Christa Allan, from the Quilts of Love series, takes the reader in the life of Nina O'Malley that has a permanent seat in the "pity party for one." Unless she can break out of her rut, she will stay in the same job, doing the same thing while everyone else around her moves on and moves ahead. Even her love life is suffering, so what's a woman to do? That is just the premise behind this latest novel. It seems that even growing up, Nina was only part of the popular girls click because she was able to help them with their homework. When she refused to do the work for them, she soon found out who her real friends were after all. Nina's about to find out that she needs to be more upfront with what she wants and follow it up with action.
I received Threads of Hope by Christa Allan compliments of Abingdon Press Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable one. I could see so much of myself in Nina's character and even found our childhood situations very much alike. It often takes a good hard knock in your life to make you take the initiative and break out of your situation. The fact that Nina settles for so many things makes you look at her life and see the easy way out. She settles instead of simply trying harder and even standing up for herself because she fears what others may say. She avoids confrontation at all costs and looks for excuses to get out of things that may have a risk involved such as dinner with her family every Sunday. She wishes deep down inside to say the things she wants but instead just offers the customary, "I'll be there." This is an interesting look at how Nina breaks out and what is the catalyst for her doing so. I can't spoil it for you, but if you can relate to this situation you'll definitely want to pick this one up. I rate it a 4 out of 5 stars.
March 25, 2013
Good idea, mediocre execution
Nina O'Malley is a journalist with Trend magazine in Houston, Texas. She is the owner of one small dog, Manny, the daughter of the critical, controlling and possibly neurotic Shelia, and the employee of Elise, owner of the magazine, who doesnÃ¢ÂÂt think she has the capability to be promoted to lead the New York office. Greg Hernandez and his wife adopted an AIDS baby from Ethiopia, Jazarah. Lily was killed in a car accident, so Greg has moved back to Houston to be closer to his sister, Elise.
In an effort to prove herself to Elise, Nina decides to write a series of articles about the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest piece of community folk art in the world, weighing over 54 tonnes. In the process, she meets the relatives of several people who have died of an HIV-related condition, as well as meeting Jazarah. But then Nina has to decide what is more important: her career, or Greg.
The beginning was a bit uncertain, in that it seemed as though something was missing. And the end skipped forward in time, leaving a significant chunk of the plot in the gap between two chapters. There were also editing errors, such odd changes between past and present tense, and a disconcerting switch from third to first person (which made me wonder if the novel wasnÃ¢ÂÂt originally written entirely in first person, then changed to third person to include scenes from GregÃ¢ÂÂs viewpoint).
The idea behind Threads of Hope is excellent, and the real-life information about the quilt was inspiring. I really liked the developing relationship between Greg and Nina, and the way Nina gradually changed as the story developed. But the story only really flowed well between the 40% and the 90% mark on my Kindle, and half a good book just isnÃ¢ÂÂt enough.
Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
March 10, 2013