Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell

Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell is the reason I love fiction. It's the kind of "bring it on" story that has everything (and I don't think I'm exaggerating here) that I love in a good, cozy, curl up in my chair with my tea kind of book.

Heroine Kelly Frost ended up in the foster care system, abused and adrift, until kindhearted Lottie and her husband Chuck take her into their already overflowing foster home, where Kelly shares Lottie's interest in textiles and sewing. Now grown up, Kelly has made a name for herself as a textile conservator for some well known museums in New England. Her career was on the rise until she was betrayed by someone she loved, leaving her not quite on the verge of ruin, but definitely set back and in need of a job.

She is hired by a mysterious foundation to restore an antique Mariner's Compass quilt in an old sea captain's mansion which hasn't been lived in in about 70 years. There is a handsome but damaged caretaker, named Tom, a lawyer named Chandler, and an old man named Mr.Plummer.

When Kelly finds the journal of Mary Gray, the sea captain's unhappy wife, she realizes that they have similar stories, except that Kelly's is still a work in progress.

Tempest's Course is about new beginnings and making better choices. That it's okay to learn from the past and that the people that have gone before still have much to teach--if we have eyes to see and a mustard seed's worth of faith to hang on to. And maybe, with the restorative power of love, the Mariner's Compass will lead her back to a place she can call home.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Tempest's Course

Abingdon Press (December 17, 2013)


Lynette Sowell


Lynette Sowell is an award-winning novelist. Her most recent novel, Tempest’s Course, is part of the Quilts of Love line from Abingdon Press. When Lynette’s not writing, she divides her time between editing medical reports and chasing down news stories for the Copperas Cove Leader-Press. Lynette was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland but makes her home in Coppress Cove, Texas, with her husband and a herd of cats who have them well-trained.


Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal city of New Bedford to restore a 150-year-old Mariner's Compass quilt. But there is one stipulation: she must live and work in Gray House, a former whaling captain's home, where the quilt is stored. There she meets Army veteran Tom Pereira, the caretaker of Gray House, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky Massachusetts coastline. Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore the quilt, she and Tom grow closer. And as she reads stories in a daily journal penned by Mary Gray, she learns the secrets of the quilt and Mary's own sad tale of regret. Then Tom learns secrets of his own family's past, and both Tom and Kelly learn they are tied to Gray House in ways they never imagined.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Tempest's Course, go HERE.

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