Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Swept Away: Quilts of Love Series by Laura V Hilton and Cindy Loven

Swept Away: Quilts of Love Series

by Laura V Hilton and Cindy Loven

Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned. Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but his heart is as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between Drew and his new employer’s granddaughter. Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts researching him online. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever.

*I received a free copy of Swept Away from the publisher via Netgalley*

I requested this book because of quilting.  And romance!  And quilting!  The best of both worlds, right?
This is the first book I've read by this author so I didn't know what to expect.

My first impression was that I hated Sara.  She was incredibly rude and judged people before really getting to know them and she was a bit of a control freak.  I didn't like her at all until about halfway through the book when she really started to grow as a character.  Until then: Meh.

I liked Andrew a lot.  He was mellow and he had some inner pain that was very intriguing.
One issue I had with the book is that there was something that the author seemed to be working toward ****spoiler*****Andrew's belief that any woman he desires will think he's ugly or unworthy and will laugh in his face if he asks her on a date*****spoiler***** that was never addressed later in the book.  It was implied several times throughout the book but never explained or even mentioned by the end.  Very strange.  And disappointing because I thought it was an interesting take on his character.

At times the book was very preachy and that affected how I liked it, but since it is technically a Christian fiction I think most readers will be looking for that.


  1. I would love to find a really good book about quilting and all the lovely homey items and maybe with a dash of cooking throughout. I have yet to find a book like that and not too preachy. I am a Christian but don't like when an author gets preachy, people go to church to hear sermons. Make it real! Anyhow, your post might just inspire me to go look for a good fiction centered around quilting.

  2. There are probably some pretty good ones out there. This one just didn't do it for me.:(