I was actually "swept away" with the characters while reading Swept Away (Quilts of Love) by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven. This team of authors created a wonderful story filled with humor, love, heartbreak, broken families, determination, faith and romance.
Swept away is filled with loveable characters that have each experience traumatic events in their lives. Grandma Sari and her granddaughter, Sara Jane Morgan, are the only two members left in their family. Grandma Sari is getting a little senile but is determined that Sara Jane should be married before she would pass away. Plus, Sari wants to finish a ballad quilt that she had started at one time before her life ends. Sari meets young Andrew (Drew) Stevenson at a market fair with his brooms that he creates. Thus, Sari hires him as her handyman since his business card said "Starving artist/pay the bills handyman". Sari cannot always remember the jobs she wants Drew to do at her home but one thing for sure---Sari devises ways to bring Drew and Sara Jane together.
However, Drew does not want to be close to anyone including his own family after the loss in his own life. Drew and Sara Jane are both strong with their own personalities and their different beliefs. Sara Jane is bothered by her grandmothers behavior and insisting that Drew is going to marry her.
Will their discovery of one another's past influence their behavior toward each other?
Will Sara Jane be able to accept the values that Drew has with his belief in God since she believes God doesn't love and care for her after what she has been through? What unforeseen event will transpire to change the lives of these two characters?
Grab a copy of Swept Away and be prepared for some good laughs along with tears as you read this adventurous and touching story. This story is definitely believable that readers will connect with and discover the true plan of salvation along with His healing power for broken lives.
I rated this book 5 stars and look forward to reading more books by Laura and Cindy. Swept Away is part of the Quilts of Love series but can be read on its own. Laura V. Hilton has a way of bringing the Word of God into her books that will touch the lives of her readers.
A fun, refreshing read that will make you think about your own relationships. Sara Jane Morgan, a high school teacher, cares for her grandmother, whose memory is failing. Grandma wants to teach her to quilt and in the process finish the Appalachian Ballad quilt she began decades ago. The quilt not only shares a song but reflects Grandmas own life.
Drew, a broom maker and handyman who has hiked the Appalachian trail. Grandma hires him to do some work on her house, and that leads to some interesting interaction and maybe a developing romance between him and Sara Jane. After all, Grandma proclaimed they were going to marry. Read the novel to see how it all turns out. I do think the physical elements were more than needed.
enjoyed the relationship of the grandmolther and granddaughter just as much as the romance
December 27, 2014
Don't we all know that grandmothers know best? They've been there, done that. This is exactly what Sara's grandmother hopes Sara will come to realize soon. After all, time is running out for her grandmother to see to it that Sara is happily married and taken care of. Having just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, her future is uncertain. But one thing is certain... Sara needs someone to sweep her off her feet. And she knows just the person... if only Sara would cooperate with her.
Sara couldn't be less interested in the man that her grandmother deems as worthy of her granddaughter. He definitely didn't seem her type and he makes brooms. He's also nothing grand to look at, either, and might be just a tad bit scary looking. Andrew just wishes he didn't like Sara. Both are caught up in their first opinions that neither of them are willing to consider the possibility that things may not be as they seem. It was a good reminder on first impressions and not "judging a book by its cover."
Having just watched my parents be caretakers for my grandparents, this book hit home. The sacrifice, the joy, the struggles, and the decisions can all be overwhelming. It's something that they, nor I, would ever regret. I was very impressed with Sara and her attitude and love for her grandmother.
The book is a sweet romance that flowed so easily to the reader. As much as the romance was enjoyable to read about, the relationship between Sara and her grandmother were equally enjoyable.
This is a book that will have you thinking about your grandparents!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Swept Away was a fun romance, while still dealing with some difficult issues. I liked Sara Jane Morgan, although at first she was pretty judgmental about the outward appearance of Drew Stevenson. However, I did enjoy the growth of her character throughout the book. She had a lot on her plate, dealing with a grandmother who was starting to show signs of Alzheimers. I thought she dealt with the situations involving her grandmother in a loving way. Her character had some pretty big issues from childhood and a definite grudge against God, who she wasnt even sure she believed existed.
Drew was a great character. I did think it was fabulous that he began the story as a man with a very overgrown, bearded appearance. It gave Sara Jane, her grandmother, and the reader a chance to get to know him for the person he is inside. Drew also has issues from the past. Although he had a great witness and testimony, he still had family issues to work through in the book and it was fun seeing him restore relationships that had fallen apart. I was very impressed with the way he treated Sari (the grandmother).
I really thought the tension between Sara Jane and Drew was good. There was quite a bit of one step forward, many steps back, which helped build the anticipation of these two finally getting together. The ending resolved a little quickly for me and I would have liked it to have had another chapter. But, I did enjoy this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Laura V. Hilton & Cindy Loven in their new book, Swept Away Book Twenty-Three in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Sara Jane Morgan.
From the back cover: Sara doesnt think she wants love. But her grandmother has other plans.
Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things dont always go as planned.
Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his pastand his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but his heart is as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Janes grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between Drew and his new employers granddaughter.
Still, it doesnt take Sara Jane long to see Drew isnt what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts researching him online. What she discovers could change her lifeand her heartforever
Sari Morgan is Sara Janes Grandmother who is in in the early stages of Alzheimers disease. Her one big desire is to see Sara Jane married to a wonderful man and Sari picks Andrew as that man. There are some things in life that we should remember and others that we need to forget and heal from. Swept Away explores both these memories in a very clever manner. Sari, because of the disease, is forgetting things and both Sara Jane and Andrew have things in their past that they need to forget but have a hard time letting go. And then there is the Ballad Quilt which Sari and Sara Jane are trying to finish together to remember pieces of Saris life. Ms. Hilton and Ms. Loven have given us a great deal of story that all works itself out with a great deal of help from God. There are moments of great fun and moments of high emotion but through it all there is lots of love. This book will keep you thinking.
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