A Grand Design

August 19th, 2014. Filed under: Tuesday's Tempting Reads.


Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

A Grand Design


By Amber Stockton

A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs—if only she can let go of her past.

When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.

As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?


When I started reading this book I felt as if I’d gone to this island before. I know I’ve never stepped foot in the Grand Hotel.

Alyssa’s been on the island before. For years she accompanied her father every summer to visit her grandmother until one summer she left and never returned. For her friend, Libby, it was and exciting first visit.

Miss Edith, Alyssa’s grandmother, had a special challenge for the two young ladies. She sent them all around the island to collect quilt blocks from members of her former quilting group.

But Alyssa and Libby had more adventures that were unplanned – including some not so pleasant times involving a secret from Alyssa’s past.

Will she be able to let go of the past and embrace the future?

Thank you, Ms Stockton. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from you.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***


Amber Stockton is an award-winning author, a national speaker, and a direct-sales brand partner with Nerium International. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards.

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