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ABOUT THE BOOK
In this quaint mountain town, things aren’t always what they seem.
World War II widow Alice Brighton returns to the safety of her home town to open a fabric shop. She decides to start a barn quilt tour to bring business to the shop and the town, but what she doesn’t know is sinister forces are using the tour for their own nefarious reasons
Between her mysterious landlord, her German immigrant employee, her neighbors who are acting strange, and a dreamboat security expert who is trying to romance her, Alice doesn’t know who she can trust.
There is a lot of great elements to this book. Loss, trust, a woman trying to make it in a “man’s world”, a little love, mystery, and learning to move on. Don’t let this overwhelm you. It is presented well in Alice’s story. All the parts fit together like a completed puzzle and the storyline flows wonderfully.
The first few chapters struck me the most as far as a theme or message. Alice had this issue with all Germans, simply because of what had happened to her family. Greta comes along, who is German by the way, and I was hoping the Alice would not treat her poorly because of her German descent. I think this resonates with a lot of people today. They are stuck in the past, or perhaps dislike a race, religion, heritage, etc.. based on what one or a few of those people did. Much like Greta reminded Alice that not every German supported Hitler, we as people need to realize that just because one person did something wrong does not mean that every person from their race, heritage, or whatever is going to be like that. This really struck a chord with me, and I immediately wanted to share it with so many people. I loved seeing Alice and Greta’s relationship change and develop throughout the book. A true reminder to not judge, but to love as God has loved.
There was one character, however, that I wish would have been written a little differently. I did not connect with Lois at all. I found her to be kind of wimpy and whiny, and did not react at all to things as I thought she may have. She did not have a huge role in the story, but I found myself skimming over her parts at times. However, do not think that this is because of the author’s writing ability – I think I just did not like her.
Alice’s character more than made up for my dislike of Lois though. She was strong, charming when needed, witty, and humorous. She kind of reminded me of Madeline from Chautona Havig’s Meddlin’ Madeline. They both were strong woman for their time period, and were not afraid to look into things that perhaps they shouldn’t have.
This book provided a unique look into the life of a widow after such a horrific war and I appreciated the author staying true to the time period in her writing. I recommend to historic fans, and fans of strong heroines. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novels and novellas in print. She’s been married for 39 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and three grandchildren.
Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
You can contact Tamera at the following place:
Word Sharpeners Blog: http://tameralynnkraft.com