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.
About A Stitch in Crime
Thea James, our main character, is hosting her first quilt show and it appears to be falling apart at the seams!
She had gladly accepted the assignment of co-chair for Larkindale’s first quilt show but she begins to find that juggling the show and running her antique business is leaving her feeling frayed.
Mary Alice Wentworth, the much adored town matriarch, respected quilt judge and Thea’s own dear friend, is covertly knocked on the head during the kick off of the quilt show which throws immediate suspicion on her guests. To add even more to the situation, Mary Alice’s valuable diamond brooch had been stolen during the attack! The family is furious but it is unclear if it is the theft or their hurt mother which angers them more.
When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary-Alice is attacked again with far worse results.
I have loved all the novels I have read so far in the Quilts of Love series and A Stitch In Crime is no exception! Full of mystery and just that little bit of budding romance combine to make a perfect novel.
A Stitch In Crime, while not full of nail-biting mystery and suspense, has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. It is the perfect mystery for me – the kind that gets you thinking but is still light enough to read without being overwhelmed and frustrated. The community in A Stitch In Crime are your typical small town community who know and look after each other. This is what makes the mystery that much better – how could someone do this to the much-loved matriarch?
Through in the comic relief from, Thea’s Mom with her ‘British’ accent and it tops it all of perfectly. I wish the romance between Thea and her friend evolved a little bit more but that may have been too much to accomplish in just one book. I do hope that there is a second part to come back to for this book as I think it was left off with enough to build on.
Is bringing the truth to light worth risking the future? For Anna and Luke it may mean everything in Elizabeth Camden’s Beyond All Dreams.
About Beyond All Dreams
Anna O’Brien leads a quiet and predictable life as a map librarian at the famed Library of Congress. Her quiet life slowly changes when she stumbles across the mystery of a ship that disappeared at sea. All of her attempts to uncover information is thwarted by others in positions of power. Her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.
Luke Callahan was one of the nation’s most powerful congressmen before his career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to help the beautiful and intriguing librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are drawn to each other despite all the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.
From the halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation to the archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all that they have ever dreamed of?
I fell in love with this story from the first chapter. I am a huge history fan so this novel won its way to my heart immediately!
Anna is a bright young woman living in a time that was quite difficult for women. She wanted to succeed in her career that so many women could not obtain or if they did as soon as they were married they were forced to leave their position. She could not and would not let anyone ruin her position. She had given up on love and finding a partner as not only would this ruin her chance of working in the Congress Library but she was also much older than typical young women of marriageable age.
Luke has his own family history of scandal as well as his own. He is controversial and so very different form the men in Anna’s life. Behind his rough exterior he is a man of compassion, intelligence and kindness.
From start to finish, Beyond All Dreams is a fantastic, engaging read that you will enjoy over and over again.
Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a new story of romance and falling in love in Kathryn Springer’sThe Dandelion Field. The handsome firefighter makes a living “coming to the rescue,” but Gin is used to fighting her own battles. Can a woman who doesn’t believe in happy endings take a chance on a new beginning?
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Murder, suspense and mystery collide in The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin.
About The Schwarzschild Radius
Rachel is an eighteen year old Columbia University student who descends into the worlds of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has suddenly disappeared. After trying to follow Olivia steps, Rachel finds herself obtaining a job in the adult industry, the same one Olivia worked prior to her disappearance. She discovers that Olivia had begun to perform private shows in the homes of her rich clients. Rachel discovers her sister has been abducted by a murderer who auctions the deaths of the young girls in an eBay of agony. As she closes in on the murderer, Rachel becomes his next target.
About Gustavo Florentin
Gustavo Florentin was born in Queens, New York and received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He spent a decade in the defense industry working on the F-14 fighter jet and classified electronics projects. He then moved on to the financial sector in New York where he is currently a network engineer. His passions include the violin, travelling to exotic places and exploring world-wide conspiracies. He lives in New Jersey where he is working on his third novel.
I wanted to start of by saying this is a very intense book but will not be suited to all people. It is graphic at times and discusses topics of an adult nature. The criminal aspect of the novel while interesting (kind of like a Criminal Minds episode) but is much more graphic due to the nature of the book. It is definitely geared towards an older target group so please keep that in mind if you are looking for a book for teens and older youth. It can be at times hard to read due to the gruesome criminal activity.
I love a good suspense and The Schwarzschild Radius delivers that to the fullest. Gustavo Florentin has an excellent way of building up the story and keeping you guessing in every direction. There were several times in the novel where I had thought I had figured out the murderer but each time I was wrong. He throws in several twists to the story and I love how he brings in the relationship between Olivia and her sister (whom she only recently discovered) in Thailand. It adds a whole new element of suspense and mystery to the novel.
While at times I was frustrated and angry with Rachel for the choices she makes in order to find her sister, I also admire her courage and strength in doing so. She makes poor choices in order to solve the mystery and at many times is told by authorities to keep herself safe and let them handle it but yet she still perseveres. She is a strong, bright young woman but her life could have been made much harder. The lives of Olivia and her sister in Thailand are struggles that many women face. Her sister is Thailand is sold and forced to work in an industry against her will. She will do anything to escape her life.
Again, while the book can be gruesome at times Gustavo keeps those moments brief and to the point. It is still a great read that many will enjoy.
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