Anne Brown loves her job at The Stitching Post Quilt Shop in Grandville, Michigan, but she keeps a suitcase packed so she can leave at a moment's notice. Living under the radar, she longs for a normal life, but settles for listening to family stories told by the friendly ladies of the quilting club who meet at the shop on Tuesday evenings. When she meets Brad, the handsome band director of an area high school and his adorable daughter, Anne begins to hope for a happily ever after of her own. But someone has far different plans.
Brad Carmichael is juggling the demands of his job as band director at Rivertown High School with trying to be a better father to his daughter. When Brad is late picking Jennie up from a birthday party, the pretty young clerk from the local quilt shop comes to his rescue. Kind-hearted and talented, Anne becomes a vital part of his and Jennie’s lives. Until her past threatens to destroy their relationship.
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About the Authors: (Don't forget to check out the Q&A)
Stephanie Michels – I was raised on the west coast of Michigan but lived in several other states (and a short stint overseas) as an adult. I came back to Michigan to raise my three children, who are now grown with kids of their own. I started writing as a very young child and spent part of my working career writing advertising and training manuals for a large Midwest retailer. I also wrote several how-to articles for various magazines and was a monthly software reviewer for Compute! Magazine. However, fiction is the love of my life. My first romance The Calico Heart, co-authored with Patricia Kiyono, is about a group of women who meet at The Stitching Post Quilt Shop. It was published by Astraea Press in January 2013. The next book in that series, The Friendship Star Quilt is coming out in April of this year. I have also written Trouble in Paradys, a fantasy romance for Resplendence Publishing.
Patricia Kiyono — my grandparents moved to Michigan from Japan about a hundred years ago, and though I love living here, one of my favorite things to do is travel. I spent 28 years teaching in the public schools near Grand Rapids, and now teach part-time at Grand Valley State University, which gives me more time to write and take care of my grandchildren. The Friendship Star Quilt is my ninth romance title.
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If you are looking for a sweet romance this is one for you! You don't need to be a quilter (even though I have dabbled in it and hope to get back into it soon) or even have any knowledge of sewing. This is book two in the series but it is also a stand alone so you can read this before the first, Calico Hearts. The storyline I found was well developed, we get a glimpse of the past right at the beginning and are not quite sure who or the full extend of the scene. Then the story starts from present time. Each of the main characters are just so darn loveable. I absolutely love Anne, Jennie and Brad. The town is has a great sense of community and the quilters are a great bunch of ladies. The story moves a long with no dull spots. It took me a bit longer to read this book as I have been so busy with the kids getting out of school and starting summer vacation. I was aching to know more and had a very hard time putting down this book when I had to.
I give this a 5 stars out of 5! A great sweet love story, prefect for a summer time read.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~