Aloha Rose is part of the Quilts of Love series by Abbingdon Fiction. This one is a contemporary romance which follows a young woman's search for her birth family, taking her to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.
Laney Carrigan suffers from abandonment and trust issues. She was adopted by a loving couple after her birth mother left her on their doorstep, but since her adoptive mother's death and father's remarriage, she's feeling like a ship that has lost its mooring. It is time for her to search for her "roots".
Kai Barnes, Laney's love interest, is a complicated hero who suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome, and fears loving almost as much as Laney fears trusting.
I really enjoyed this foray into Hawaiian culture. I have long admired the Hawaiian tradition of quilting involving gorgeous applique and liked how the "Aloha Rose" quilt was used in the story to help Laney find her family. The symbolism was really special!
Please read on for more information about Aloha Rose and author Lisa Carter!
Abingdon Press (November 19, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A word from the author:
I am a wife and mother. My husband and I have two daughters and make our home in the beautiful state of North Carolina.
I am a teacher. With a Master’s degree in history, I have taught at the university, high school and middle school levels. After years of church involvement as a soloist, choir member and worship leader, I also teach music.
I am a writer. Delighted by the rhythm and musicality of words, I have been writing since childhood. In 2001, I won the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Story Writing Contest that re-ignited a lifelong love of writing.
I am on a journey of faith. My ultimate desire through my life and my writing is to proclaim the truth of God’s Word, His redeeming love as seen in the life of Jesus Christ and to help others know for themselves this great, awesome God of all comfort and wisdom. He is enough for every need.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Laney Carrigan sets out to find her birth family, her only clue is the Hawaiian quilt—a red rose snowflake appliquéd on a white background—in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island and battling fears of rejection, Laney begins a painstaking journey toward her true heritage. Kai Barnes, however, is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family. He thinks Laney is nothing more than a gold digger and blocks every move she makes toward her Hawaiian family. As their conflict escalates, it puts at risk the one thing that Kai and Laney both want most—a family.