Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blog Tour | Beyond the Storm by Carolyn Zane


This week, the
is introducing
Beyond the Storm
by
Carolyn Zane



Beyond the Storm
by Carolyn Zane
Quilts of Love series, Book 1
Christian Fiction / Contemporary
Available October 2012
Abingdon Press
272 pages

About the Book
After a tornado rips through her town, store owner Abigail comes across a piece of fabric from a wedding dress among the devastation. Abigail is moved to start collecting other swatches of fabric she finds – her neighbor’s kitchen curtains, a man’s necktie, a dog’s bed – which she stashes in shopping bags. As she pursues her seemingly absurd quest, horrible realities spark the question, “What kind of a God would allow such tragedy?”

As she struggles to reconcile her right to happiness amidst the destruction, Abigail begins piecing together a patchwork quilt from the salvaged fabric in hopes it will bring some peace. But a new relationship with Justin, a contractor, may require too much of her fragile heart.  Will her pain and questions of faith give way to the courage to love?

My Thoughts
Let me start by saying that this book was really hard for me to read. I knew that the book was about a town ripped apart by a tornado. What I didn't know was how accurately the author would describe the before, during, and after of a tornado. After taking cover as several tornadoes came through my state last year, it brought a lot of memories back. I commend the author on her stellar research. It made the book very realistic.

I really enjoyed the book. A lot happens in a short amount of time, and the author does a great job of bringing readers into the story and allowing them to truly feel the emotion of each situation. The copy on the back cover only describes the last third or so of the book, so I was a little confused at first. (I HATE when cover blurbs aren't accurate!) When I got past that, I loved the book. :) The only other thing that created a little confusion was the number of characters. It was just hard to keep up sometimes.

Overall, a great story in the midst of difficult circumstances! [4 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Abingdon Press and CFBA in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Carolyn Zane is the best selling, award-winning author of more than thirty novels for three publishers: Random House/Waterbrook Press, Multnomah Publishing and Harlequin/Silhouette where her sales numbers consistently finished strong. Her writing has earned numerous awards, including the prestigious Kay Snow Award and a Moondance nod for her screenplay. 

Carolyn lives with her husband, Matt and their 5 children and 3 dogs in the scenic Willamette Valley in Oregon.

Carolyn Zane Online

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