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A Grand Design

By Amber Stockton


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. The quest takes a surprising turn when a man from Alyssa Denham’s past—the reason she hadn’t returned to the island in fifteen years—interrupts the relaxing getaway. 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?

Book Takeaway:

We all have things in our past which haunt us and can keep us from enjoying life to the fullest. Those things might even alter who we really are, though we might not be aware of it until years later. Through this book, I hope readers will see the freedom that can come from letting go of the past and finding healing and hope for the future.

Why the author wrote this book:

As a little girl, I fell in love with a movie entitled Somewhere in Time, set on Mackinac Island. Ever since, I've dreamed of going there and seeing first-hand the beauty and grandeur of the Grand Hotel, as well as the quaint atmosphere. When my agent called to ask if I could alter another story to fit the Quilts of Love line, this book came to mind, and it fit perfectly! Doing the research was only half the fun.


"A Grand Design is a story of fear, hurt, and regret. But it's also a story of forgiveness, wrapped up in a heartwarming romance that will have you sighing when you read the last word."
- Ane on May 06, 2014

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