Quilts of Love | Lynnette Sowell’s Tempest’s Course, Blog Tour and Christmas Bee Facebook Party

Lynette Sowell‘s Tempest’s Course is the newest book in the Quilts of Love line, and Lynette is celebrating with a fun giveaway and joining Vannetta Chapman and Lisa Carter for the Quilts of Love “Christmas Bee” Facebook Party on December 10th!


One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Tempest’s Course by Lynette Sowell
  • The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman
  • Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 16th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love Facebook page on December 17th.

But wait! There’s more. RSVP for the “Christmas Bee” Facebook Party on December 10th and connect with the authors from the Quilts of Love series, Vannetta Chapman, Lisa Carter, and Lynette Sowell, for an evening of book chat, quilt trivia, and Christmas traditions and gifts, PLUS get an exclusive look at January’s Quilts of Love book!

So grab your copies of The Christmas QuiltAloha Rose, and Tempest’s Course and join Vannetta, Lisa, and Lynette on the evening of December 10th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on December 10th!


{More about Tempest’s Course}

A Quilts of Love book.

Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal city of New Bedford to restore a 150-year-old Mariner’s Compass quilt. But there is one stipulation: she must live and work in Gray House, a former whaling captain’s home, where the quilt is stored. There she meets Army veteran Tom Pereira, the caretaker of Gray House, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky Massachusetts coastline.

Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore the quilt, she and Tom grow closer. And as she reads stories in a daily journal penned by Mary Gray, she learns the secrets of the quilt and Mary’s own sad tale of regret. Then Tom learns secrets of his own family’s past, and both Tom and Kelly learn they are tied to Gray House in ways they never imagined.

Purchase a copy here.


Lynette Sowell

{More About Lynette Sowell}

Lynette Sowell was born in western Massachusetts in the shadow of the Berkshire Mountains, raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and now makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country. The award-winning author of more than 15 titles, Lynette loves reading, cooking, watching movies, and is always up for a Texas road trip. When not writing fiction, she works in medical transcription and is a freelance writer and columnist for her local newspaper.

Find out more about Lynette at https://www.facebook.com/lynettesowellauthor.

Press Kit


    This book has a beautiful blending of a past story with the present, of romance with mystery. I particularly enjoyed watching Kelly work on the quilt and piece together the mystery behind why it was made and by who. Every story has a quilt and this one made for a great read. The romance was sweet and the book an enjoyable read. I love Lynette’s writing and will look for more in the future.

    Written by Cara Putman on December 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Tempests-Course-Quilts-Lynette-Sowell-ebook/dp/B00E0TND74/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387762235&sr=1-3&keywords=lynette+sowell


    Loved the descriptions of Kelly’s work on the old quilt, and the searching for the right fabric, and trying to piece such fragile material. I found this so interesting.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on December 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://ugc.christianbook.com/profiles/2016/4003739/profile.htm


    Tempest’s Course combines romance, suspense, history, and the interworking of family relationships in a story that captured my interest from the very beginning. The story’s message comes from the words of the quilt’s maker, Mary Gray: “The Lord directs our steps, the Master over the course through our sea of life. We look to His Word as our compass.”

    Written by The Power of Words on December 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R10ABAJ5PPUHW9?ref_=pe_620760_65501210


    When picking up book about a quilt you don’t expect to experience a story of suspense, lies and danger, but Lynette Sowell provides all that and more in Tempest’s Course. I had a great time reading this book and was caught up in the story from the very first chapter. Lynette Sowell really hooks the reader early and keeps them entertained throughout the entire book. Just when I thought I knew what was coming, there was a twist that took the story in a whole new direction. I also like that Sowell really wrapped the story up nicely, I wasn’t left hanging wishing the story would continue. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy, yet entertaining book to read.

    Written by Little Blurbs on December 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://littleblurbs.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/quilts-of-love-tempests-course/


    This is a pretty good romance centering around the restoration of an old quilt. Trough the discovery of a journal, historical information is woven through the novel. There is a bit of mystery involved too. I would have liked a stronger heroine but all in all, a good novel.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on December 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2UNXVX1EO84DU/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1426752768&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    I must say, I LOVED this book. It was an easy read which continues to be great for me since our little one is 6 weeks old and I’m still not getting a TON of sleep! :) Lynette wrote a compelling story which kept me interested the whole way through. I am hoping to get to read more from Lynette in the future.

    Written by Did YOU Hear About the Morgans? on December 17, 2013 | e


    Tempest’s Course, written by Lynette Sowell, is a pleasing historical romance where not all is as it seems. My favorite character was 102 year old Jonas Plummer. Hard headed, crusty Jonas Plummer was a delightfully crafted curmudgeon. He gave life and incredible purpose to the book.

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on December 16, 2013 | e


    I have thoroughly enjoyed ALL of the Quilts of Love books and this one is no exception. As a quilt top is pieced together with love and care, Lynette weaves a tale encompassing the same feelings. She has done her research well!! Intertwining plots come together in a unique and unusual story line. Lynette has used a historical background on which to build the story in a most effective manner. Not only are there many subplots , but there is so much to learn about the historical time when the quilt was created. Full of mystery and intrigue, romance, this tale promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.

    Written by Quiet Quilter on December 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://karla-hanns-karla.blogspot.ca/2013/12/another-great-book-in-quilts-of-love.html


    Lynette Sowell writes a masterful story about Kelly, a textile conservator and Tom, a jack-of-all-trades who is working as a gardener.

    After reading another book in the Quilts of Love series, I was a little skeptical about this one. With trembling hands and an anxious mind, I started reading.

    And I kept reading. I was hooked! It was exceptional!! I found myself, when I couldn’t read it, wondering how the quilt was turning out, and contemplating what would happen next.

    I think all of those make for an outstanding book! You should read it for yourself!

    Written by My Full Cup on December 13, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13613149-tempest-s-course


    Just as I really enjoyed the other two Quilts of Love novels I’ve read recently, I really enjoyed this book. Lynette Sowell creates a beautiful storyline that unites two very different but well-suited characters, Kelly and Tom. But she also describes the tragic tale of Mary Gray, a woman who lived a life full of regret and pain. As Kelly reads Mary’s personal tragedies, she can’t help but make comparisons with mistakes and regrets from her own past. Will Kelly end up like Mary, or will she be able to overcome her past and find a new life with Tom?

    Written by The Caffeinated Critic on December 13, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.thecaffeinatedcritic.com/2013/12/book-review-tempests-course.html


    Tempest’s Course is an intriguing multi-faceted tale of mystery, romance, and quilt restoration with a historical twist that will keep the readers turning the pages. Author Lynette Sowell weaves a compelling tale that transports the reader to the New England coastal city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, where they follow Kelly and Tom’s journey of love and redemption, interwoven with an 1800s historical mystery, and a fascinating quilt restoration project.

    Written by Jersey Girl Book Reviews on December 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/12/quilts-of-love-series-tempests-course.html


    My Thoughts On The Book: It refreshing to see God was at work in the heroine’s life. It was a perfect set up. He sent her everything she needed at just the perfect time, which is so like God.. I really enjoyed the relationship that develops between Kelly and Tom, but my most favorite part of the story had nothing to do with the characters from this centure. My favorite part had to do with the journal entries from Mary Gray. The story of the quilt came to life. As the daughter of a quilter and quilt restorer this who process brought back many memories and made the story so very real. I loved the romance, suspense, mystery provided in the story. This was a book that has it all and I cannot wait to get my hands on another book by Lynette Sowell. I was blown away by the ending. That was definitely not one that I saw coming.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on December 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://222.goodreads.com


    I loved the side note of mystery and the twists within the story. It shows how, as much as we want our lives to go smoothly and according to our own plans, we are not in charge of the ultimate path and destiny that lies before us. Following this story to the conclusion was a pleasure.

    Written by Book, Books Everywhere on December 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://bookbookseverywhere.blogspot.com/

  • Quilt lovers will love this new Quilts of Love series from Abingdon Press. I was enthralled by the romantic mystique of the New England coast, along with the historical aspects of the quilt itself and a region of the United States that is steeped in heritage. I enjoyed all of the characters. By the end of the novel, I was wishing that I could visit with them in the charming Massachusetts village. The journal entries and tie to past and present was great.

    Written by Sara @ Embracing Destiny on December 11, 2013 | e


    This book was great. It had a little bit of everything. I kind of expected the secret, but I will still surprised at the end. I loved that the author included the journal entries and I loved to read about Mary. It was also a mystery who the old man was, until the end. The last chapter answered every question I had. It was also a great way to end the story about the quilt. I am giving this book a 5/5. It was a really good read. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on December 10, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2013/12/tempests-curse-by-lynette-sowell-review.html


    Let me just start off by saying that after reading several Quilts of Love books, the Tempest’s Course is by far my favorite!!!

    I absolutely love the present tense of the book but also the way history is wrapped into the book! I also love the romance, intrigue, mystery, and love spread throughout!

    It was a really well written book and I couldn’t put it down until I found out the ending!

    Written by The Review Stew on December 10, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.thereviewstew.com/2013/12/book-review-tempests-course.html


    It was easy to see that God was at work in Kelly’s life. He sent her what she needed just when she needed it. I really enjoyed the story that developed between her and Tom,but my favorite parts of the story had to be the journal entries of Mary Gray, that easily transported me back in time, and also revealed the story of the quilt, and also ties past to present.

    Written by WV Stitcher on December 10, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Tempests-Course/Lynette-Sowell/9781426752766?id=5516473174480#reviews


    My favorite part of Tempest’s Course is Kelly’s job as a conservator! It was amazing to see inside her job as she worked to repair the quilt! I felt it really brought the story to life, especially when Kelly discovers the secret diary! It not only helped being the story come to life, but brought a new perspective to Kelly’s modern way of live and why she reacts to situations that she does! Plus it also takes a peek into the life of a recovering veteran who has struggles with his father! Very eye-opening!

    Written by Crafty Booksheeps on December 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://craftybooksheeps.blogspot.com/2013/12/book-review-tempests-course-by-lynette.html


    Like the quilt itself, Lynette Sowell has pieced together a lovely work using swatches from the past and threading it throughout the contemporary story. Suspense, lost love, consequences of choices, and fresh beginnings-I found myself wrapped up in this multi-faceted tale and warmed by the final outcome.

    Written by Mocha with Linda on December 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://mochawithlinda.blogspot.com/2013/12/tempests-course.html


    Kelly is hired to restore the Mariner’s Compass quilt which is over 150 years old. Dirt, the age of years and singes from a fire have almost reduced this heirloom to the ragbag. You know what that tells me that anything with a lot of love, patience and understanding can be restored to its former glory. Kelly has problems from her past, Tom has problems from his past and they need love, patience and understanding so that, they too, can be restored. Ms. Sowell has given us a very interesting story. Kelly and Tom are really great characters that we fall in love with and feel as though they are friends that we do not want to leave when the book is finished. I would like to see another story that continues the adventures for them. It is really that good.

    Written by Vics Media Room on December 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/782253273


    A nice little book full of mystery and a brewing romance.

    Written by A Simple Life,really?! on December 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://asimplelifereally.blogspot.com/2013/12/litfuse-review-tempests-course.html


    The Tempest’s Course is a beautifully written book with a mystery twist that I did not see coming. The characters are interesting and I loved reading about the quilt. It is a wonderful part of the Quilts of Love Series. I really enjoyed reading it.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on December 8, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/2013/12/quilts-of-love-tempests-course-by.html


    This is a good one-night read, but there was so much that I skimmed in trying to get through to the end. If the book had been a bit longer and easier to enjoy, I’m sure I would have savored it over a few days. The idea of a quilt restoration was beautiful to me, since the other Quilts of Love books have entailed the starting of a new quilt.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on December 8, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.savingsinseconds.com/?p=14256


    I didn’t want to put this book down. Kelly and Tom make fascinating characters with believable, down-to-earth problems, and when you throw in the historical mystery, you’ve definitely got a winner in my book.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on December 6, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/783393547

  • I really, really enjoyed this book. The plot synopsis above was intriguing… Kelly’s job restoring old quilts was a nice twist on the whole quilt theme. Going back to what was going on in the 1860s vs. what was taking place today was interesting as well.

    But it was the groundskeeper that caught my attention, and his relationship with his parents especially.

    Written by Footprints in the Butter on December 6, 2013 | e


    The last book in out Quilts of Love series we’re reviewing, I think was the best! But then I like history and when a novel can incorporate a historical type mystery, I’m hooked! So I loved the whole premise before I even started the book! Like other books in the series, faith and God’s grace are the main theme of the book, with a nice mystery and love story thrown in. This is a wonderful book for giving to friends and family, who love a nice story. It’s perfect for reading by the fire!

    Written by bless their hearts mom on December 6, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13613149-tempest-s-course


    I adored the people and the setting and she wove the history of the quilt & diary with the present very well. The gardener & his family as well as the main character’s past were well-written as well. I wish there had been more detail with the family history, but it would have been a much longer book. – See more at:http://www.happylittlehomemaker.com/#sthash.rxSf7mrs.dpuf

    Written by Happy Little Homemaker on December 6, 2013 |e
    Read my full review:http://www.happylittlehomemaker.com/2013/12/tempests-course-book-review/


    I am so loving the Quilts of Love collection from Abingdon Press- I want them all!!!
    Tempest’s Course is another favorite of mine from this series!
    I love the way the author chose to tell this story in two different time periods and even though the historical side is mostly through the journals, readers still get a very deep look at what life was like through Mary Gray’s journal entries.
    And of course, I love quilting aspect as well.
    This story is unique and rich in history in the fact that Kelly Frost is restoring an old quilt and this has tons of symbolism that plays into Kelly and Tom’s past.
    The way that Kelly and Tom meet is pretty funny.
    I loved Tom as the leading man! He is so guarded and a bit of a loner, but I fell for him quickly too.
    I also love that the story centers around this mysterious Gray House, a character in and of itself.
    Connections, secrets, romance, mystery, history- it’s all here & I love it!!!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on December 5, 2013 | e


    A good story, it was a bit stiff, the character a bit hard to connect with. But the author was a great story teller, which always helps a story out. I just wish the character had been a bit more easy to connect to. Overall a great story, worthy of 4 stars.
    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on December 5, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://cindylovenreviews.blogspot.com/2013/12/tempests-course-review.html


    Featuring a sweet romance and intriguing mystery, Tempest’s Course provides hours of enjoyable reading. Kelly and Tom are likable characters, and they both go on interesting (largely separate) journeys to find the truth about their heritage and Gray House.

    I did find the secondary plot involving Mary Gray’s journal to be more enthralling than Kelly and Tom’s story, but then the story threads overlapped, wrapping everything up in an interesting manner. I do wish that Sowell had revealed a bit more of what happened to Mary and her children. Really, I’d be happy to read an entire book about Mary! But the book Sowell did write is quite good in its own right.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on December 5, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://christianchicksthoughts.blogspot.com/2013/12/tempests-course-by-lynette-sowell.html


    Once again, the Abingdon Quilts of Love series features a novel whose plot is woven around a quilt. In “Tempest’s Course” the quilt in question may hold clues to the history of the former residents of the Gray House with possible links to present day New Bedford, Massachusetts. When Kelly Frost accepts a job to restore a badly damaged quilt for Firstborn Holdings , she is surprised to find that she is required to live in the long vacant home of a New England whaling captain. While living there, Kelly discovers the journal penned by the original homeowner’s wife whose tragic story offers some unexpected information about the home and current families in New Bedford. As she works on the quilt, Kelly also gets to know Tom Pereira, the caretaker of Gray House whose gruff exterior hides a wounded but tender heart. Just as they seem to be growing close, details about Kelly’s past threaten to destroy their relationship.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on December 4, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/781143132


    Tempest’s Course tells two tales – the tragic tale of the quilt’s maker, Mary Gray, and the very modern love story of Kelly and Tom. There are a lot of mysterious goings on as well that will appeal to those who like a good mystery along with their romance. I really liked this book. It had just the right combination of genres — romance, suspense and historical drama. It is also a very quick read, yet I never felt that the plot or the characters were underdeveloped at all. All in all I highly recommend Tempest’s Course.

    Written by By The Book on December 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://rbclibrary.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/book-review-tempests-course/


Reviews coming in December!