About the book:
A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs—if only she can let go of her past.
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?
You can find out more about A Grand Design here.
About the author:
Amber Stockton is an award‑winning author, a national
speaker, and a direct‑sales brand partner with Nerium International. She
lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in
Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix
named Roxie. Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards.
Find out why readers love her by visiting her website
A Grand Design is a fun read, full of romance and mystery. I thought the main character, Alyssa, was likeable and interesting. Her friend Libby was a big annoying at times but I think it made her mesh well with Alyssa. The plot was interesting. I love quilting so that part of the story really appealed to me. I love that Alyssa and Libby learned a little about quilting while they were with Alyssa's grandmother.
There were a few parts of the story that I wish they would have developed more. While this story was definitely 'clean' there was little to no talk of God or religion. They did go to church one Sunday. Scott, Alyssa's love interest, was definitely striving to live a pure life but it would have been nice to read a bit more about why. I think there would be lots of material here for a sequel if the author ever wanted to write one!
Overall, this was a good book. Not my favorite, but not inappropriate.