This book was rather funny to me. You see my husband is 6'2" and an outdoorsman I am however only 5'2" and I love to do crafts. I pictured us doing some of things in this book, like when the quilting ladies could not find a thimble big enough for his fingers my husbands hands are very large and he would have the same problem. I enjoyed this book, I recommend this book to everyone.
I love the idea of a competition evolving into a friendship or romance, and Rival Hearts promised to be an intriguing blend of both. I found Molly easy to relate to since she was constantly trying to please everyone around heroften at the expense of what she wanted to do. I find myself doing the same thing at times! What I didn't really understand was the dynamic between Molly and the rest of her family. It never really made sense to me, and I would have loved for this aspect of the book to be more thoroughly explored. Ben was an interesting character. Initially, I was annoyed by him, but as the book progressed, I liked him much better. He ended up being very sweet and misunderstood.
However, as much as I wanted to get totally caught up in this story, I just couldn't. I felt like there was a lot of "telling" at times rather than showing through the story. Rival Hearts was a good "one time" read for me, and many will enjoy it, I'm sure. [3 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Another wonderful edition to the Quilts Of Love series. I have come to enjoy each of the books in the series and this one was no exception. Rival Hearts is a humorous and thoughtful tale of rivalry, love, and forgiveness.
I absolutely loved the idea for the quilt that is such an integral part of Rival Hearts. When you read the story you will quickly understand just why the quilt means so much to Molly. Kinda made me think/wish about making one with a similar idea.
Tara Randel has penned a perfect story for spending an afternoon curled up under your own quilt to reading. Whether you are a quilter, love them, or just love a good book, you are in for a treat with Rival Hearts.
Rival Hearts, part of the Quilts of Love series, is a fairly quick and easy read, but with an interesting premise. Molly and Ben are invited to leave their comfort zones in order to compete for the same job - for Molly, that involves learning to kayak; for Ben, learning to quilt. Their boss, Mr. Masterson, informs them: "You both have a knack for finding in-depth human-interest stories to touch your particular readers. . . . You'll be given a chance to shine as an editor as well as moving up in the company."
Molly felt that she had been proving herself all her life, that her accomplishments were
always secondary compared to a brother who excelled at everything. Ben had grown tired of traveling and was looking for a sense of permanence by putting down roots. My favorite parts were Nora and her quilting circle, a group of older women that had become Mollys second family, and also the way Molly and her brother reconnected.
And of course I love the quilts, which are the foundation of this series. Molly explains: "Every year I make a quilt and auction it off at the local Charity Expo. I got an idea to have my readers send in a piece of fabric holding emotional significance to them, along with the story to go with it."
But for some reason, I couldn't get emotionally caught up in this story. Molly wasn't a character I enjoyed, although I did admire her commitment and work with Second Chances. Ben comes across as over confident and arrogant at first, but his character improved as the story progressed. What I really wanted to see, though, was his spiritual journey, and that was lacking.
Many fans of the Quilts of Love series will probably enjoy this story, although it was a weaker addition for me.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.