A GRAND DESIGN
When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa's grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.
As the quilt's story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother's life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa's fractured heart-and bring healing to her entire family?
I have had a fascination for Mackinac Island since I was a kid so I was thrilled to discover it as the setting for A Grand Design. Stockton does a wonderful job of infusing the ambiance of the island throughout the story. I almost felt like I was on holiday right along with Alyssa.
Alyssa's grandmother is a gem and I loved the concept of the memory quilt she has Alyssa and her friend helping her with on their island visit. And Scott makes a debonair if somewhat awkward hero. There are some really cute and oh so clumsy scenes between Alyssa and Scott. So much fun to read.
But this is light-hearted romance with an unexpected dark thread woven through it. Alyssa is haunted by her past and the author keeps readers on tenterhooks as she reveals a tragic truth by slow degrees. However I felt that the book could have been longer to do that thread justice and bring it to a more satisfactory conclusion. I missed a full resolution that a bit more storytelling would bring.
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My thanks to Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity Group for a review copy of this book.