Quilts of Love | The Christmas Quilt and Aloha Rose Giveaway, Blog Tour and Christmas Bee Facebook Party

Authors Vannetta Chapman and Lisa Carter are gearing up to ring in the Christmas season with a “Christmas Bee” Facebook Party on December 10th with fellow Quilts of Love author Lynette Sowell!

Abingdon Press is celebrating the release of the two latest Quilts of Love releases, The Christmas Quilt and Aloha Rose, with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and the December 10th Facebook party.


One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • 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 November 30th. Winner will be announced at the “Christmas Bee” Facebook Party on December 10th. 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, Christmas traditions and gifts, PLUS get an exclusive look at January’s Quilts of Love book!

So grab your copies of The Christmas Quilt and Aloha Rose 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 The Christmas Quilt and Aloha Rose}

Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

Purchase a copy here.

Learn more at the Quilts of Love website.

When Laney Carrigan’s adoptive parents encourage her as an adult to seek out her birth family, her only clue is the Lokelani quilt in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island, she battles fears of rejection from a family that abandoned her once before while her faith struggles to embrace God’s love.

Along the path to her true heritage, she meets Hawaiian cowboy/helicopter pilot, Kai Barnes. Kai is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family against a woman he suspects of being nothing more than a gold-digger, but he finds himself drawn to Laney in spite of his reservations. He’s spent his entire life seeking forgiveness from past mistakes and longs for a second chance at happiness. Laney’s painstaking journey to find restoration and a place to belong among the breathtaking allure of the Big Island will lead her closer to her past and maybe even something more.

Purchase a copy here.

Learn more at the Quilts of Love website.

Chapman & Carter

{More About Chapman & Carter }

*Vannetta Chapman* has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. *Lisa Carter* has been published in “MomSense” and “Christian Parenting Today.” Lisa is currently teaching music at a preschool and enjoying the enthusiasm and joy for life for which preschoolers are famous. She and David have two beautiful daughters.

Find out more about Chapman & Carter at http://www.quiltsoflovebooks.com.


Press Kit


    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; from the moment I read the first paragraph I was hooked. It’s not often that I am drawn into a book as soon as I pick it up, but this book sucked me right in. Lisa Carter does a great job of making the reader feel like they’re part of the story, right there in the room with the characters.

    Written by Little Blurbs on December 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://littleblurbs.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/quilts-of-love-aloha-rose/


    Sometimes I love Christian romance novels and other times they seem cheesy or superficial to me. This story didn’t disappoint, in that while the spiritual aspect was overt, it was raw and real and we really got to see the characters grow into a more complete understanding of the gospel alongside their love story.
    Aloha Rose is a well-written, entertaining read and would make a great beach companion as well as a virtual winter escape. For more information about the storyline and the series, visit the Quilts of Love website.
    – See more at:http://gidgetgoeshome.com/2013/12/07/what-im-into-november-2013-edition-pinterest-to-real-life-resurrection-time/#sthash.rtqMl7W4.dpuf

    Written by Nicole on December 7, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://gidgetgoeshome.com/2013/12/07/what-im-into-november-2013-edition-pinterest-to-real-life-resurrection-time/


    This is a sweet story of two women who are awaiting the births of their first children and the challenges that confront them. It is a story of friendship, of devotion, and of faith.

    Written by Cara Putman on December 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-christmas-quilt-vannetta-chapman/1116530001?ean=9781426752773


    I should probably start by saying that I haven’t read a ton of Amish fiction, and maybe this book has demonstrated to me one of the reasons why. If I didn’t have to read this for a review I probably would not have finished it. The first 150 or so just dragged on. I felt it was difficult to keep straight and get to know the main characters in the book.

    One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the glimpse into the Amish world. From the use or (lack there of) of telephones and automobiles, to the words they used that are different than ours in the English language, I found it interesting to peek into what their lives are like. The mini Amish dictionary in the back of the book helped to fill the gaps in where the characters may have used an Amish word that you did not understand.

    Written by Starts At Eight on December 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.startsateight.com/2013/11/book-review-christmas-quilt/


    The Christmas Quilt is a sequel to the Amish Christmas hit, A Simple Amish Christmas. For the most part, The Christmas Quilt is a stand-alone book with a storyline that makes sense without having read the first book. The only real disappointment I had with this book is that it is not very Christmas-like at all. The majority of the action occurs in a hospital in Philadelphia in late November/Early December. Annie and Leah are working on a quilt for the birth of Leah’s twins, not necessarily for Christmas. In the end the quilt is given as a gift, but the Christmas theme is still a bit of an non-issue. Even the verse that the ladies focus on while sewing the quilt is from Galatians, not the Christmas story found in the Bible.

    Written by Lavish Bookshelf on December 2, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.lavishbookshelf.com/2013/12/the-christmas-quilt-by-vannetta-chapman.html


    With each square having a special meaning to the girls, it leads to an emotional, heart touching book that will leave you with tears on your face and longing for that kind of friendship.

    Written by All Grown Up? on December 1, 2013 | e


    Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter wasn’t my first book by this author, but I think it’s my favorite so far. As an adoptee myself, I could relate to a lot of the emotions Laney Carrigan dealt with in Aloha Rose. To be “reunited” with your birth family is a roller coaster that only a few can ride. It is both exhilirating and terrifying at the same time. Throw in a bit of romance and the setting of Hawaii and you have a perfect mix for a good read on a cold winter’s night. I loved it!

    Written by All Grown Up? on December 1, 2013 | e


    This novel captures a lot of what I look for in a Christian fiction novel: a well-written story with characters who are real and that I care about, who face struggles and doubts honestly, and who grow spiritually as they live out a faith that is genuine.I am unashamedly a fan of Amish fiction for three simple reasons: faith, family and community – and Vannetta has done a masterful job focusing on these elements in The Christmas Quilt.

    Written by The Power of Words on November 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R38SUYGST0WE2Q?ref_=pe_620760_65501210


    Two books about quilts? Yes, but so much more. Aloha Rose is about meeting biological family. The Christmas Quilt is a story of the mother of twins.

    I am adopted and I am a mother of twins. I was immediately immersed in heart wrenching comparison with my own life. Not what I expected when I picked up Christian fiction books about quilts! Well done by both authors!!!

    Written by Our Blessed Chaos on November 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://ourblessedchaos.blogspot.com/2013/11/quilts-of-love-reviews.html


    I loved the characters in this book. My most favorite were Kai and Laney. Both of them had dark childhood issues and I found myself hoping the two would find peace with their pasts and learn to accept love. Carter is a master with character development and I found I was hooked from the very first chapter. This book is more than a love story, it is a story of hope, love, and finding keys to the past.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on November 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com


    This is a delightful novel of forgiveness and reconciliation. It was fun learning about the culture of the Hawaiians. There is lots of romance tension and plenty of action at the end.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on November 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1FNQTT90OHQXQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1426752733&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    The Christmas Quilt is a beautifully written story that is perfect for the Christmas holiday season that is known for bringing miracles. The symbolism of the quilt clearly demonstrates the blessings of love and family within the fabric of every stitch.

    Aloha Rose is the story of Laney and Kai’s emotional journey of love, hope, faith, new beginnings, and finding where they belong in the world.

    Aloha Rose is an intriguing and multi-layered tale. The author transports the reader to the the richly detailed setting of the Hawaiian islands with its fascinating customs and terminology. With all of the swirling emotional drama and life issues interwoven within the storyline, coupled with the vivid island setting, the reader can’t help but get drawn into Laney and Kai’s story.

    Written by Jersey Girl Book Reviews on November 29, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/11/quilts-of-love-series-christmas-quilt.html


    This is a character driven novel centering on the relationships within marriages and families. There is not much action other than a problem pregnancy requiring a hospital stay. Readers who enjoy Amish fiction will like the story of making a quilt for the birth.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on November 29, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3FWW49SDTO6UI/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1426752776&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    I loved the characters in this book, especially Kai and Laney. Despite their attraction to each other, they both find it difficult to commit due to abandonments in their past. Laney had been given up for adoption by her birth mother, which left her feeling unloved and unwanted despite having wonderful adoptive parents. And Kai, as a child, had witnessed the murder of his mother by his father, and ended up in the foster care system before being taken in by his permanent family. Their insecurities were very realistic and believable, and I was rooting for them to find peace with their pasts and learn to accept love. The depth of these characters takes this book beyond a simple romance to an exploration of personal identity, family dynamics, and overcoming trauma. I highly recommend this book!

    Written by Susan Heim on Writing on November 29, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.susanheimonwriting.com/2013/11/book-review-aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter.html


    One word – Chills!

    Do not miss this book! Aside from being about the amazing island of Hawaii, it is about Romance, Love and Faith in God! A true story of the heart!

    Written by J.C.s BookShelf on November 28, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/776070028


    By the end of the book, you’ll have a new appreciation for the Fruits of the Spirit and the creative way they are illustrated.

    Written by Created for Home on November 28, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R191JCWG38QI9L/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    A nice light read centering around love, hope, faith and family. It was a great escape to a warmer climate as our weather started to become cold.

    Written by Created for Home on November 28, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2D8I1A5X4APUQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    I know it’s probably wrong to find enjoyment from Adam and Leah’s marital problems, but it made the story so much more interesting. It wasn’t the typical Amish story, and I enjoyed the well-written description of the quilt that was in the making by Annie. The nine squares represent the nine gifts of the spirit, and I thought it was beautifully detailed.

    Between all the drama of one couple’s relationship issues, the dramatic baby story, and the way nothing seems to go right; the author clearly states that God is a vital part of these stories. This novel is all about learning to love, even though I wouldn’t say it is a romance.

    Written by Book Reviews by Deb on November 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://booksreviewedbydeb.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-christmas-quilt.html


    I have come to really look forward to reading these books in the Quilts of Love series. Each author is so unique in their storytelling and I love reading how the quilt itself tells a story. Lisa Carter is a new author to me, but I really enjoyed this book. I was immediately planted in Hawaii and of course, found myself relaxing at the mere thought of Hawaii. It provided a wonderful escape for me during the days leading up to Thanksgiving!

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on November 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Aloha-Rose-Quilts-Lisa-Carter-ebook/dp/B00E0TNCMU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385602042&sr=8-1&keywords=Aloha+Rose


    Wrapped in a Lokelani Rose baby quilt, the one tangible clue of her beginnings ~ Aloha Rose ~ Laney Carrigan has traveled to faraway places, writing war zone articles through a blog. This next trip will bring more than the travel articles she will be sending to her publisher. Hawaii, our fiftieth state, is calling her home.

    New beginnings. Laney’s grandmother teaches her many things. Endurance, patience, music flowing through her soul. Decisions. Will she flee or will she stay? She has always flown alone. Self-containment submitted to all He has for her.

    I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.
    –Jeremiah 29:11

    Written by Lane Hill House on November 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R35DSR3GLV3H65


    Mom grabbed this book up too, so this is her review!

    “Part of the tradition of the old Quilting Bee was the sharing among the women as they quilted- telling stories, gossiping, passing on life lessons. While that tradition is not often seen nowadays, the author brings it back, in a modern form in this novel, with just Leah and Annie. Which one learns more, who gets the most from the sharing? You’ll have to read the book to find out! This is a story of kindness, peace, joy and hope- all the embodiments of the Christmas season, and perfect for a mid-morning read by the fire with a cup of coffee!”.


    You can download one of the author’s short story, Christmas at Pebble Creek (Free Short Story) (The Pebble Creek Amish) today for FREE!

    Written by bless their hearts mom on November 27, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Quilt-Quilts-Love-Unnumbered/dp/1426752776/ref=la_B003TCO9N0_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385571787&sr=1-1


    The Christmas Quilt is another wonderful addition to the Quilts of Love series from Abingdon Press!
    With Christmas around the corner, this book is the perfect cozy read!
    I was thrilled to see many beloved characters from Chapman’s “A Simple Amish Christmas”!
    If you haven’t read ASAC, don’t let that keep you from reading THE CHRISTMAS QUILT, because it can be totally enjoyed as a stand-alone!
    This is a wonderful story of first-time mothers (and the apprehension that comes with that!), family, quilting, love and miracles.
    The characters and community of this book is strong and will stay with readers long after the story ends!
    Another one of my favorites in the QOL series!!!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on November 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R32JG7J4C7MKA7/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1426752776&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    There are a lot of broken hearts that need mending.. The author doesn’t fail to keep you turning the pages. Every page there is something new happening. The author uses a lot of Hawaiian words so that you feel like you are on the island with Kai and Laney. Will Kai and Laney let God help them heal? Will the family come together? Will Laney find out what “Aloha” really means? A nice little treat in the book is a dictionary in the back.

    Written by BOOKS,REVIEWS,ETC on November 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Aloha-Rose-Quilts-Love-Series/dp/1426752733/


    This is just the right time of year for THE CHRISTMAS QUILT. The author, once again, did not disappoint. The author, Ms. Chapman wrote a wonder Christmas story all about love. Maybe we should stop and reflect a little on people we care and love. Are we being selfish with that love? This is a good time of year to pick up a copy of THE CHRISTMAS QUILT by Vannetta Chapman and find a warm, cozy place to sit and read abut love, not only for others but for God.

    Written by BOOKS,REVIEWS,ETC on November 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Christmas-Quilt-Quilts-Unnumbered/dp/1426752776


    I liked that this book was about an amish girl’s rumspringa. A lot of times that is a time of leaving the Amish faith and venturing out into the unknown. I was so happy that Annie kept true to her heritage. I was so sad as a woman and wife that there were issues in childbirth. As the birth progressed I realized that the Amish are very religious and they believe that everything happens for a reason. The end talked about a trio and ot reminded me of the holy trinity. What a perfect way to end a Christmas book. The Quilt in this story reminded me that every stitch made contributes to the final outcome. You can not go back, nor can you undo you past. However you can plan ahead and try a different way to get to your future. I am giving this book a 5/5.given a copy to review,all opinions are own

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-christmas-quilt-by-vannetta-chapman.html


    The beautiful Hawaiian setting in this book read like a character unto itself!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story from the first page right up until the last. There was just the right amount of romance, but not so much that it over shadowed the other story line, of an adopted child searching out her past with only a quilt to guide her.

    If you are looking for a light, feel good read, grab this book and take a tropical escape of your own!

    Written by The Hedonistic Minimalist on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://thehedonisticminimalist.com/quilts-of-love-kindle-fire-hdx-giveaway-christmas-bee-facebook-party-ends-1130/


    Once I got a bit further, and especially once I got into some of the pregnancy problems, pre-term labor, and preemie issues, I was a lot more interested in the story line. Itty-bitty babies have a special place in my heart. I have to add that some of the medical stuff felt a little off to me, but wow, did Chapman nail some of the conflicting anxiety that is a part of trying to make that baby (or those babies, in Leah’s case) stay put, and then the roller-coaster of NICU.

    Written by Footprints in the Butter on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2GDPBFJZXFGRK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    “Aloha Rose” is a wonderful story about adoption, rejection, love, and hope. I enjoyed “seeing” the story from different perspectives, hoping Laney would get to have a relationship with her birth family. I recommend this book to any reader who enjoys reading stories that lift them up.

    Written by Books and such on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R382BAOG5JW23/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00E0TNCMU&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    Now, I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I think Lisa did a great job impressing the unique and colorful Island culture on me. Her writing is vivid and her descriptions and word-pictures are bright.

    This is the second Lisa Carter book I have read.. In both she has created a cast of characters that stand out from the crowd, and has placed them in a one-of-a-kind setting with a plot that keeps things moving. (In Carolina Reckoning, it was a Southern mansion and a murder.)

    A few words about the title Aloha Rose? I didn’t know what it signified until I closed the book and it dawned upon me, but if I’m right then it is a very clever word-play and a very good title for this book.
    One hint: Aloha means Hello, Goodbye and I Love You.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://foundachristianbyhisgrace.blogspot.com/2013/11/aloha-rose.html


    Chapman creates characters with whom we can relate, and personally, I grew to love all of them. The complexity of these characters and relationships made this book one that I’ll likely pick up and read again come Christmas time next year.

    Written by The Caffeinated Critic on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.thecaffeinatedcritic.com/2013/11/book-review-blog-tour-christmas-quilt.html


    A great read!!! I’ve always loved reading and learning about Hawai’i so I REALLY love this book!…The journey of healing that unfolds in these pages makes this a great read, and the messages that remind you how God can reach you in wonderful and unique ways are added beautifully….

    Written by ASC Book Reviews on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://ascphotosanddesigns.blogspot.com/2013/11/aloha-rose-reviews.html


    Quilts that are crafted by hand usually have some meaning behind the pattern presented. One story I read about a quilt was that it was map of the underground railroad though not easily understand by those unfamiliar with the pattern. Another novel I read told of the meaning behind the particular flower type square sewn so beautifully on top of an off white background.
    Though not gifted to sew anything, through my Nana’s intricate cross-stitch and these tales created around a pattern quilt, I appreciate the beauty of such artisans. In these pages, audiences will appreciate the various ways God speaks to us and causes us to grow in Christ likeness. Here is a young couple expecting their first child when they learn they are having twins. As the babies grow, it seems the further apart the parents are one from the other. Through an experience that gives them pause to self-examination, the lessons they learn are for more than just this young married couple.

    Written by Seeking With All Yur Heart on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-christmas-quilt.html


    This holiday season, I had the wonderful privilege of reading and reviewing “The Christmas Quilt” by Vannetta Chapman! It was actually the first book of hers that I had read, but after I finished it, I immediately searched for more books by her!

    Written by Loving Mommahood on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2BQTP0XRNK7A/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    The Christmas Quilt was a beautiful story. I felt for the woman in the hospital who felt distanced from her husband as she changed during pregnancy. The story of the quilt & its virtuous stories were lovely and I will probably not forget them. The changes that the various characters has during the stay were believable though a lot seemed to happen in just two weeks with bit characters that were hardly touched on.

    Overall, I enjoyed it very much. It was a good Amish story. The quilt was woven quite inextricably into the story and the main characters were lovely. I would not call it much of a romance unless being reconciled to your love counts :)

    Written by Happy Little Homemaker on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.happylittlehomemaker.com/2013/11/christmas-quilt-book-review/


    Aloha Rosa was a book that I could not stop reading until I got to the end. It is a story of forgiveness, and the power of family love even when the family is new. I really loved reading it.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/2013/11/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter-quits-of-love.html

  • I thought it was fascinating how Leah and Annie told stories as they finished the quilt and the meaning they held. I love the sense of community I’ve seen in most Amish stories and that is very evident in this one. Be sure to add this story to your Christmas line-up!

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on November 25, 2013 | e


    The setting of the story was wonderful, the author really brings Hawaii to life, which made for a wonderful visual treat on a cold day. Overall, “Aloha Rose” deals with several emotional issues that could have dragged down the story but instead enhanced it. The Hawaiian dictionary was quite helpful and the discussion questions make this book a great book club selection. I also enjoyed the sneak peek of “Tempest’s Course” the next book in the Quilt of Love series.

    Written by WV Stitcher on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2O42OQB7VPOTC/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00E0TNCMU&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • I absolutely love Christmas books. They are my favorite. I also love Amish fiction, so an Amish Christmas book really appeals to me. This one was good and helped to bring out my Christmas spirit a little more. I definitely had a difficult time getting the characters down. There are a couple in very similar situations and, of course, with each having their own families and relating characters I had a hard time keeping track. This book was also hard to put down and pick up where I left off. Once I did get into the story, it was a good one. The characters are different from other Amish stories and I enjoyed reading their stories.

    Written by All Meant To Shine on November 25, 2013 | e

  • As a family, we are extremely drawn to adoption, which means that I have often thought about how I would feel if my adopted child wanted to find their birth parents. Because of this, I was drawn to read this book. This book goes deep into how the main character, Laney, longs to find her birth parents. It follows her on her journey. I really enjoyed reading this side of that story. This book is well written and easy to read. It is one of those books that you can pick up and finish where you left off.

    Written by All Meant To Shine on November 25, 2013 | e


    It must be difficult to know that you were abandoned as a baby, that your own family didn’t want you. It is a heartbreaking foundation for Laney’s life. Yes, she was raised in a loving family but she has always felt alone. Now her real family has sought her out and she goes to Hawaii to meet them. Of all the family she meets Kai, her foster-brother, is the one she really falls in love with and he with her.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2CQSKHQIYCJRA


    Now here I enjoyed the storyline. Learning more about the adventure in learning of her adoption. There was more depth to this story, or so I felt. It is a great addition to the Quilt series.

    Written by Crazed Mind on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/773767673


    Sweet story with the holiday season upon us. But there is not much depth otherwise. I would share this one as a light read which many are always in need of.

    Written by Crazed Mind on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/773760660


    The Christmas Quilt
    This is a wonderful book to read during the Holiday season! Its filled with warm characters and traditional values!
    If you love stories about the Amish lifestyle, quilts and friendship, this story is for you!

    Written by My Recent Favorite Books on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://readingnks.blogspot.com/2013/11/review-christmas-quilt-by-vannetta.html


    Abingdon Press has made winter a little more fun with The Quilts of Love series!

    I was so excited to receive my first two books of this Quilt of Love Series series. I will be getting a new book each month and so far I am not disappointed. Doesn’t that sound like great fun?

    Written by Farming On Faith on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://farmingonfaith.blogspot.com/2013/11/i-love-quilts-of-love-series-aloha-rose.html


    This was an interesting book. Something that stood out to me was the sacrifices made by both Laney’s birth mom and adopted mom. As Laney struggles to feel like she fits in with her birth family, I like how her grandmother, in the early stages of dementia, loves and accepts her without any hesitation or reservation. This is a good book that has enough twists to keep you guessing on how things will work out in the end.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Aloha-Rose-Quilts-Love-Series/product-reviews/1426752733/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


    I really loved the way this book read. You never really read about how Amish handle crisis situations, so this really was a great read. The way that they wove Christmas into this story really gave me that warm fuzzy feeling I always want to be left with when reading a book.

    I loved all the characters in this book, especially Adam. If you ever wonder what a man is thinking about a woman when she is pregnant, you will love to read Adam’s thoughts.

    I also loved to see Annie’s side of how she used what she learned in an English college and world in her Amish community.

    If you want a story to inspire you this holiday season, be sure and check out this amazing book. You will LOVE every single minute of it.

    Written by Jen’s Journey on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://jennifersikora.com/2013/11/christmas-quilt/


    This is the first time I have ever read a romance novel that has a Hawaiian theme to it. I LOVED it! The relaxation of the characters really spoke to me. I really enjoyed reading about Laney’s struggles of giving up the life she has always lived for a life she has always dreamed of having. Her internal struggle really spoke to me as that has been a struggle I have dealt with recently and finally surrendered to.

    Kai turns out to be the kind of man every woman dreams of having. You will immediately fall in love with him.

    This book is amazing. Grab a copy for yourself today!

    Written by Jen’s Journey on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://jennifersikora.com/2013/11/aloha-rose/


    The Christmas Quilt was nothing short of a beautiful love story between two married couples and the joy of having children as well as the support of true family! I absolutely loved the overall story of the making of the quilt concerning the fruits of the Spirit! I’m currently teaching a group of girls at church about the fruits of the Spirit and reading about these fruits as the quilt was being made took on a whole new concept for me! There is something always to be joyful or thankful for in every situation as Leah and Adam learn!

    Written by Crafty Booksheeps on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://craftybooksheeps.blogspot.com/2013/11/book-review-and-giveaway-christmas.html


    This was a very moving book, the main character Annie is the wife of a Dr in her Amish town and helps the local midwife with deliveries. She used her Rum springer to gain some training as a nurse so she is a little more knowledgeable than expected. She marries on the same day as her friend and fast forward a couple of years Leah is expecting just before Christmas and Annie is making a quilt as a gift.

    God has different plans and Leah ends up in an English hospital with the baby earlier than expected. This moving and gracious book brought me to tears, showed me good in humanity and power of love, friendship and God.

    I enjoyed this Amish fiction because it portrayed women with a self strength and power that is often ignored. This is a 4.5 Star read in my opinion.

    Written by Crazy Stepford Wives on November 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.crazystepfordwives.com/2013/11/the-christmas-quilt-review-vannetta.html


    I honestly have to say that I knew next to nothing about Hawaii or their culture other than what I’ve seen in movies. I love the research that went into the book and how much I learned. The quilt was darling(well in my imagination at least). I loved the story line and fell in love with the characters. There is so much insecurity in not knowing where you came from even if you were showered with love. As adoptive parents we know this. I can’t say as an adopted adult(I’m not adopted) what those feelings would be like, but I do think everyone whether adopted or not has moments where they hide behind glasses as our main character Laney does.

    Written by For Him and My Family on November 24, 2013 |e
    Read my full review:http://forhimandmyfamily.blogspot.com/2013/11/quilts-of-love-series-book-review_18.html


    Aloha Rose – This was my first book by this author and it was an enjoyable read for me. I have not read many books set in Hawaii so this was nice for me. I could almost see the places the author described as I was reading. Even though this book had many emotional issues involved with it, adoption, PTSD, and alzheimer’s the author did a good job touching on those issues and telling how the characters dealt with each of them. This book sucks you in so that you can read it in a weekend. If you like modern books with some romance, emotional issues and a few twists and turns then this is the book for you.

    The Christmas Quilt – Another hit from Vannetta, I can’t think of a time when I have read a book by her that I have not enjoyed. I thought it was neat how the Fruits of the Spirit were tied into the quilt story. This was such a nice story to read for the holidays. I am going to give you a warning with this book because it really pulls at your heart strings. It would be nice to see another book with these same characters as they were such nice people that I fell in love with. If you are looking for a nice holiday reads that pulls at your heart strings than this is for you.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on November 24, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://griperangsbookmarks.blogspot.com/


    I enjoyed this story, especially the parts that involved the ladies of Laney’s Hawaiian family teaching her to quilt. The story was fairly predictable, but it was still interesting to see it all play out, and to think about topics like forgiveness and loyalty.

    Written by Footprints in the Butter on November 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://debrakb.blogspot.com/2013/11/aloha-rose-litfuse-book-review.html


    Lisa Carter was a new author to me, however, is one who I will be watching for , in the future. Her talent in drawing me into the story was outstanding. I felt that I was living within Laney, as she encountered her trials, worries and challenges. I felt her fears and disappointments deeply. The complications that Laney encounters is so true of any adoptive child attempting to fit in with a birth family. Do they want her there?? Should she stay and try to become part of a second family??

    The setting of the story was unique and very different from what you would expect. Hawaii is certainly not a place where I would think a “Quilt story” would take place. Lisa does a fantastic job of describing the scenery and making you SEE the island, as well as the differences in the culture and lifestyle.

    Written by Quiet Quilter on November 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://karla-hanns-karla.blogspot.ca/2013/11/another-winning-book-from-series-quilts.html


    The best part of this novel was that how authentic it felt. The Hawaiian scenery was beautifully descriptive with Cater’s amazing writing skills, and I felt like I was transported to Hawaii through words alone. The main characters, Kai and Laney, were a good couple, even though I felt their romance was not developed enough. They were attracted to each other from the moment they met, but their romance moved along so fast, I felt it was rather rushed. Their insecurities and doubts were very believable and realistic, and I found myself feeling bad for them even though they are fictional characters.

    The one element I appreciated the most was the fact that this story was not just a romance. Family dynamics, personal identity, overcoming the trauma of the past; all these subjects were explored and masterfully woven throughout. I felt as if the characters were taken straight out of real life – and yes, even their whirlwind romance. The quilt from the cover is the key to everything, but I will let you discover that for yourself.

    Written by Book Reviews by Deb on November 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://booksreviewedbydeb.blogspot.com/2013/11/aloha-rose.html


    I absolutely love love love this series of Quilts of Love books from Abingdon Press and Lisa Carter’s “Aloha Rose” is a delightful addition!!!
    This book is the perfect getaway!
    Lisa’s writing style is glorious!
    I loved just taking in all of the scenery- beautiful descriptive!
    I couldn’t stop reading- I had to find out what would happen to Laney in her search for family and I loved the connection with Kai.
    This story is rich in themes of family, love and exotic locale!
    I look forward to reading more of Lisa’s books.

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on November 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3QDUFH3H5CUQL/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1426752733&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There were several twists & turns that I didn’t expect and I loved the depth of the characters. The setting was also fabulous and I could imagine all the beautiful scenery. Her copious use of the Hawaiian language really helped to get an idea of the culture, too. She wove the Christian aspect of the book in well, also. There was quite a bit at the end but it wasn’t overdone in my opinion.
    If you like getting immersed in different culture & ways of living this would be a great book for you. If you like adoption stories with your Christian romance, Aloha Rose might be right up your alley.
    – See more at:http://www.happylittlehomemaker.com/page/2/#sthash.fTc22y96.dpuf

    Written by Happy Little Homemaker on November 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.happylittlehomemaker.com/2013/11/aloha-rose-book-review/


    Wow! I’ve read Vannetta Chapman’s books before so I knew what I was getting into when I started this but I didn’t realize that I’d have to wake up in the middle of the night just so I could read it! Some of the characters were vaguely familiar and I do believe I had met them before in another of her books so I felt like I was catching up with old friends. No sooner had I started the book than I knew I’d be swept up into the story – and I was, this was a touching story of two newlyweds who are also expecting their babies, when something unexpected happens and tests the bounds but also heals through the trial.

    Since Christmas is quickly coming upon us I so enjoy a good Christmas novella even one that gets me crying, which this one did – as the stories are told and quilting is done…..

    Written by Sarah Bailey on November 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://growingforchrist.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/litfuse-publicity-the-christmas-quilt-quilts-of-love-by-vannetta-chapman-grow4christ/


    There are many twists and turns in this story, and the final chapters will really have you on the edge of your seat. We also deal with Alzheimers, which her Grandmother is suffering from. Now having dealt with dementia of a loved one, I know how she ended up in tears, when she was ordered out of the house. What a horrible disease.
    We also experience the beauty of this lava built Island, and it made me want to get out of the cold of the North and go there. Guess the best I can recommend is cozy up with a blanket and grab this book…hang on you won’t be dissatisfied.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on November 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1EMGH1IVO38TO/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    Quilts are labors of love, given to celebrate and memorialize special occasions. Such is the case as Annie works to make a baby quilt for her sister-in-law. She has six weeks, but something happens and changes that time. Will she finish this special quilt? In this sequel to “A Simple Amish Christmas” you will find the answer and the reason it is so very special.

    Written by Donna Safford on November 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RG1XWVRJ3XLBN/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1426752776&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    Wonderful read!…I really enjoyed it!…This is a nice Amish read with some suspense and full of wonderful characters that I fell in love with…Vannetta is an expressive author and I love the way she describes things. Just enough for me to picture it, but not too much detail or too many words. Family, friendship, and the miracles of babies! This is a very enjoyable read. :) …

    Written by ASC Book Reviews on November 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://ascphotosanddesigns.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-christmas-quilt-review.html


    This is one of those books that makes you want to just curl up with a quilt, a cup of coffee or tea, an read it from cover to cover! I feel in love with Annie, Leah, and their family from the very first page. This book just made me feel good from the first page to the last. It’s another Amish fiction book that I can add to my favorites.

    Written by Julie @ More Of Him on November 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.moreofhim.net/2013/11/book-review-christmas-quilt.html


    Laney has to allow herself to work through all her protective layers and trust that God is guiding her to a place she will feel at home. She stumbles off this path more than once and questions her own decisions as well as those of the people around her, until she allows herself to stand still and listen to God and her heart and her family. Sometimes we are so busy moving and running that we fail to just listen in order to know the truth.

    Written by Book, Books Everywhere on November 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://bookbookseverywhere.blogspot.com/


    My attention is immediately taken by any book that has the word”quilt” in the title. As a quilter, this is a great subject. Combine it with an Amish fiction novel, and you HAVE to have a good book in your hands!! Well, at least, I believe so. Then, you couple that with a favorite author’s name and you definitely have a winner!!! This book is no exception!! It exceeded my expectations!! A great novel!!

    Written by Quiet Quilter on November 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://karla-hanns-karla.blogspot.ca/2013/10/a-new-quilts-of-love-book-by-favorite.html


    The best part of this book is obviously the unique setting! Loved reading about the water, the sand, the tropical breezes… What’s not to love about Hawaii?! Author Carter has done a wonderful job evoking the many lovely aspects of life on Hawaii.

    Books about adoption can be tough because so many people bring their own life stories into it. Then this book also has a character who is grandmother with Alzheimer’s and Kai the Helicopter Pilot suffers from PTSD due to his military past. Again with the tough emotional storylines. Lisa Carter really does make it work, though. Carter has created a book where a quilt made long ago brings many together today. Aloha Rose is a quick and clean read filled with warm fragrant breezes from Hawaii.

    Written by Lavish Bookshelf on November 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.lavishbookshelf.com/2013/11/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter.html


    When [Laney and Kai] come together, they are almost so much alike that you think there’s no way a relationship could work between them. But as the story progresses, Lisa Carter finds a way to make these two understand one another in a way that is nothing short of a miracle.

    Written by The Caffeinated Critic on November 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.thecaffeinatedcritic.com/2013/11/book-review-blog-tour-aloha-rose.html


    ALOHA ROSE exceeded my expectations… This book was head and shoulders above most of the others I’ve read so far in this series.

    Both Kai and Laney are survivors. Both abandoned as children, Laney’s mother leaving her on a doorstep, and Kai’s mother murdered in his presence. Plus, Kai is suffering for PTSD, a result of Afghanistan. But while Kai knows his history, Laney has no memory of it. Only what she has been told or “knows in her heart.” And some of what she “knows” is lies.

    There was a twist in this story—but I saw it coming way before it happened, so it wasn’t a big surprise.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book… (continued)

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on November 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: www.amazon.com


    I loved this book! Lisa Carter’s Aloha Rose (Abingdon Press, 2013) has everything a romance fan could want in a story.

    Written by The Zen of Motherhood on November 22, 2013 |e


    Aloha Rose is a fast read, which I read in one sitting. The plot is realistically written with a woman traveling to Hawaii to find her birth family, but she encounters several twists & turns that will test her faith. For me, the book is a little too heavy on the drama and felt like a sappy made-for-LIFETIME movie. I’m not saying it is a bad novel, as it is far from it. Overall, Aloha Rose is a cute predictable fluff, though it isn’t even close to my favorite books from 2013, it was still decently written and worth reading.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on November 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/2013/11/review-aloha-rose.html


    I could relate to Leah’s story in “The Christmas Quilt” because she’s due to deliver twins, something I was also about to do 10 years ago! Leah is hoping for a home birth, like many Amish women have, but her complicated twin pregnancy makes a hospital delivery necessary. In “The Christmas Quilt,” Annie is also expecting a child (just one), and so the two women are both learning to find their way as young married women and expectant mothers. I found Leah and Adam’s fears about being good parents and being able to sustain their love for each other to be very realistic. Both women discover that love isn’t always enough; communication and faith are also necessary ingredients for strong and successful marriages. “The Christmas Quilt” is a must-read for fans of Amish fiction and great stories!

    Written by Susan Heim on Writing on November 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.susanheimonwriting.com/2013/11/book-review-christmas-quilt-by-vannetta.html


    I really enjoyed this book, I enjoyed watching the relationships change as circumstances required it. This book deals with marriage is-communication, family relationships, and new babies all at the the same time. I think this would make a great Christmas gift book – it is a story that warms your heart! I highly recommend this book!!

    Written by Cole Clan Adventures on November 22, 2013 |e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R34VJDKN8RERU4/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00E0TND9W&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    This was a fun read, it moves along quickly and well. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Hawaii in my mind as Laney and Kai explored. This is a sweet story with many different topics dealt with from adoption to tearing down walls to let people in. I enjoyed it and recommend it!!

    Written by Cole Clan Adventures on November 22, 2013 |e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3PZRWJMB104DG/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00E0TNCMU&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    My favorite characters were Annie and Samuel. They are important members of this Amish community, offering care to those in need, whether it’s assistance with a heart attack or tending to a woman in labor. I thoroughly enjoyed reading how Annie and Samuel worked together- in their marriage as well as when they helped others. Their easygoing nature and love of the Lord made them engaging as well as inspiring.

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on November 21, 2013 | e


    The birth of babies makes for a warm wonderful Christmas story.With “The Christmas Quilt” I love that best friends Annie and Leah are so close.Overall I found “The Christmas Quilt” to be such a wonderfully touching story, that shows not only the importance of family but friends as well. Fans of Amish fiction will love this story but anyone looking for a good holiday read that blends faith, family and the joy of new life will want to read this story!

    Written by WV Stitcher on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1S0RCVOXP80Z2/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1426752776&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    I received this book for free in exchange for me review. I LOVED this book. I read the majority of this book is approximately 2 hours. Then, I had my baby 11 days early and I finished it up just last week. I enjoyed the focus on Amish culture which all read/appeared very realistic. The focus was on family and faith. I felt the book was well written and it was the perfect blend of hardship that occurs in life and God’s faithfulness to take care of his children. I highly recommend this book to anyone!

    Written by Did YOU Hear About the Morgans? on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: www.thematthewmorganfamily.blogspot.com (will go live on 11/25/13


    The Christmas Quilt ~ Vannetta Chapman
    Daily blessings. Quilts of warmth for the heart.
    I love this in the Author’s Note in the front: “As with any work of fiction, I have taken license where needed in order to create the necessary conditions for my characters.” Absolutely love that Vannetta takes good care of them!

    ~*love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control*~ Galatians 5

    This is a story of strength. Becoming transparent, what is revealed heals. Adam and Leah have a beautiful support in family and friends who surround them, leaving room for them to come together and see what they do have. Join them as they realize a love to last a lifetime. Enjoy the story that binds the quilt together in memories.

    Written by Lane Hill House on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2ZA5SR5LFE716?ref_=pe_620760_65501210


    This book is very exciting for me because it’s about the characters I fell in love with in the very first Amish fiction novel I ever read.

    I was thrilled to see it advertised and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

    It was definitely worth the wait! GREAT READ! Wonderful continuation of the story! Just as good as the first book in the series! I hope to see more!

    Written by J.C.s BookShelf on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://jcsbookshelf.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/the-christmas-quilt-by-vannetta-chapman/


    I so enjoy the Quilts of Love series! It is so true that quilts carry stories with them. I know now you can find quilts everywhere, manufactured in factories. The true gifts of quilts though from long ago and even today, hand made show love and comfort. I also love having novels set in Hawaii. A girl can dream and travel at least when we have stories set in this majestic land!
    I have a genuine interest also in adoption and wonder about the stories of trying to find their birth parents. I know those stories can go either way though, positive or negative.
    I loved the focus on God and his love. Reading this book makes me want to get back into quilting!

    Written by A Year Jubilee Reviews on November 21, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.jubileereviews.com/2013/11/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter-review.html


    I love as Annie sites with Leah in the hospital, as Leah is on bed rest, that they work together on the quilt. They take each of the fruits of the spirit as they sew and tell a story from their lives of a person or event displaying that fruit. The stories helped pass the time for both of them, and encouraged them to rely on God during this difficult time. The Sunbonnet Sue/ Overall Sam quilt was great for a Baby’s first blanket and the stories told on each block were like a story within a story in the book.
    I prefer Christmas books to be light reading, nothing overly sad, and thankfully Vannetta Chapman delivers with this story. (Spoiler).. There is nothing heartbreaking which I was thankful for. I loved the cast of characters. I enjoyed getting to know Annie who went to school to be a nur

    Written by A Year Jubilee Reviews on November 21, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.jubileereviews.com/2013/11/the-christmas-quilt-by-vannetta-chapman.html


    Lisa Carter’s novel, “Aloha Rose,” is part of the Quilts of Love series and this book is one of my favorites that I have read so far in the series! Laney thought that she had found her forever family; however she upholds her promise to her adoptive mother that she will seek her biological family. With the help of her adoptive father posting a picture of the quilt that Laney was wrapped in when she was found, Laney sets off for Hawaii to meet her family.

    Written by Moments on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://kristie-moments.blogspot.com/2013/11/quilts-of-love-kindle-fire-hdx-giveaway.html


    Vanetta Chapman’s “The Christmas Quilt” is also part of the Quilts of Love series and this is an emotional read that will draw you completely into the story and the characters’ lives. Annie and Leah are friends and sisters-in-law. Annie is attempting to make a quilt for Leah as she is soon to deliver; however things do not go as they thought and Leah is hospitalized.

    Written by Moments on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://kristie-moments.blogspot.com/2013/11/quilts-of-love-kindle-fire-hdx-giveaway.html


    This is a neat little Christmas story. It is all about pregnancy and delivering babies just in time for Christmas. This is all about the women who have to endure for the nine months before they can hold their child and what they have to go through. This is about the men who have to endure for the same nine months and what they have to go through. This is all about family and marriages and Ms. Chapman has done an outstanding job. Annie, Leah Samuel and Adam 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 boo is finished. I would like to see another story that continues the adventures for these two young families. It is really that good.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R16Y6NP8V6DN3Q


    This was another great installment in the “Quilts of Love” series. I liked that this one was different and rather then having the quilt’s story in the present, it was in the past. It was left with a baby and nobody knows where it can from. The baby is all grown up now, and she uses the quilt to find out who her family was. I liked that this quilt held secrets, and as the secrets get revealed the past comes alive. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review., however all opinions are my own.

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2013/11/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter-giveaway.html


    The Christmas Quilt is a story of faith, courage and the belief that everything will be okay. I cannot wait to read the rest of this fantastic group of stories.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/2013/11/quilts-of-love-kindle-fire-hdx-giveaway.html


    Imagine being adopted and the only thing you have is a hand made quilt to know about your birth parents. Then your adoptive mother passes away, her last wish being that you learn about your heritage.

    This is what happens to Laney, and as her journey takes her to Hawaii, she is determined to embrace the family and the traditions of the Island, while still being held to the guilt that she feels of betraying her adoptive family. Kai on the other hand is being charged with being Laney’s guide and its against what he feels is best for the family.

    The story twists and turns as both of them fight their internal conflicts, one searching for her birth family while he tries to protect them, both not seeing what is in front of them.

    This is not a sappy romance which I liked, I find that too often authors over play this card. It also shows a lot of the aspects of the culture as Laney truly tries to embrace it! I would give this 4 ou of 5 stars.

    Written by Crazy Stepford Wives on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.crazystepfordwives.com/2013/11/aloha-rose-review-and-giveaway.html


    Laney was full of Spunk and didn’t want to get attached to her new family because she wasn’t use to planting roots anywhere. But the long she stayed, the more attached to the Hawaiian family she grew, and the more she loved Hawaii. And then there was Kai that she was noticeably attracted to, but the problem was, Kai had built up such a wall around him that he was determined that he was not husband material. I was really rooting for Kai and Laney because they needed each other! But were the two of them ever going to figure it out? Then comes the unexpected twist at the end of the story that ignites the entire family. Just when I thought the book was going to end with the usually romantic ending between Kai and Laney and be over, it was like Boom!

    Written by splashesofjoy on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/litfuse-presents-quilts-of-love-series-aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter/


    This book was confusing at first, especially when the Hawaiian vocabulary was sometimes not fully explained. Things did pick up and become interesting later one.

    Written by Dixie n Dottie on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2013_11_20_archive.html


    I laughed, I cried, I held my breath and closed my eyes! Just when I thought this was going to be a ho-hum predictable read, the plot twisted and had me surprised!

    I much appreciated “Laney’s Hawai’ian Dictionary” at the end of the book as I was sometimes lost when Hawai’ian words were used. The dictionary gave me a quick reference to check while I was reading.

    Aloha Rose initially enticed me because I love quilt based novels, but kept me with interesting characters and a story of the ties that bind.

    Written by Starts At Eight on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.startsateight.com/2013/11/book-review-aloha-rose/


    I like how the girls used the quilt for one of Leah’s twins to change their outlook during difficult circumstances. (It) not only changes their outlooks but their husbands and the people around them. This book is a great way to start off the Christmas season.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Christmas-Quilt-Quilts-Unnumbered/product-reviews/1426752776/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


    The Christmas Quilt brings you into the lives of two young Amish women, both soon to be mothers.
    Annie and Leah were sisters in heart before they became sisters-in-law.

    I have a feeling, from stories I’ve heard, that Leah and Annie’s experiences with their pregnancies will draw sympathetic smiles and nods from any woman who has traveled that blessed and bumpy road before.

    And all of this is wrapped up in an Amish tale of close knit community, hearts aching and hearts healing, and a special quilt. The Christmas Quilt. The stories that flow remind them {paraphrasing a quote here} that every story, even those centered on Joy, have corners that are bittersweet.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://foundachristianbyhisgrace.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-christmas-quilt.html


    The Christmas Quilt – I really enjoyed this story of two Amish ladies, sisters-in-law, who are both expecting their first babies, and their close relationship. Author Vannetta Chapman does a wonderful job of telling this tale, which is sewn together with a special baby quilt that the girls hope to finish in time for Christmas and in time to welcome a new babe to the family.

    Aloha Rose – Author Lisa Carter brings the story of a young woman looking for her birth family, and in doing so discovers not only her family, but a culture that she comes to respect, and a romance that she wasn’t expecting. I loved Carter’s characters in this story and the fast-moving story kept me mesmerized to the very end.

    Written by Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.garden-of-books.com/2013/11/book-reviews-quilts-of-love-series.html


    hink Hallmark Channel movie meets Lifetime movie meets Joyce Meyers and you have the overall feel for this book. It’s not a bad thing by any means- you just know that with all the drama/trauma, all will come out right in the end, you’ll be rooting for the characters, and there is enough faith and direction, to inspire the reader. While I didn’t learn any new Hawaiian history or quilting, there was a great amount for the reader, who doesn’t know about them! This is an enjoyable afternoon’s read, and great for reading with a good cup of Kona coffee!

    Written by Bless Their Hearts Mom on November 20, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Aloha-Rose-Quilts-Love-Series/dp/1426752733


    In Aloha Rose, Lisa Carter uses the beautiful Lokelani quilt to guide Laney to her birth family in Hawaii, and blends exotic setting with appealing storyline to create an interesting read overall. Several characters are introduced at the beginning, which was a little confusing, but they quickly become familiar and the narrative really picks up about halfway through, along with a couple of surprise twists that readers will love.

    Written by The Power of Words on November 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3L6R28RTPM8EV?ref_=pe_620760_65501210


    Laney’s journey from wallflower to strong, independent woman willing to risk it all for love is a stand-out story. I love the way that her story comes to light, little by little, exposing more about her emotional journey as well as her scarred past. This helps the reader to understand why she reacts the way that she does in the present and makes it even more exciting for her to put everything on the line in terms of the relationships she forges in Hawaii.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on November 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/769425209


    I found Aloha Rose to be a fun quick read! It definitely kept my interest…I read through it in only 2 days! In some spots at the beginning of the book I found it a little hard to follow. It was when the author was still introducing the characters, which were quite a few. So I got mixed up a few times, but after a few chapters I got the hang of it. I also thought it was fun how the author introduced a bunch of Hawaiian lingo into the book. I think this definitely gave the book some character and I loved it! There was also a glossery in the back of the book explaining what each Hawaiian word meant.

    Written by Loving Mommahood on November 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RIULENAH2RLDF/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    There is much to touch the heart, mind and soul of those who sit down to read Aloha Rose. If I were to share all that I gleaned out of it, it might taint your own journey of discovery in the pages and I want you to find your own treasures. At the time when I started reading the story and it contained an elderly person with Alzheimer’s, I wanted to stop reading it because in some ways it mirrored what I am really going through now. Yet, I am glad I continued to the end. There was so much more to the story than this one aspect of Alzheimer’s. The reminders of the God who loves me and will see me through all my tomorrows is a theme. I sure hope you make time to curl up and read a tale with adventure, romance, faith and surprises! You’ll love it!

    Written by Seeking With All Yur Heart on November 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/2013/11/aloha-rose.html


    Vannetta Chapman’s The Christmas Quilt (Abingdon Press, 2013) is a sweet story and just the right length for a lazy afternoon read.

    Written by The Zen of Motherhood on November 19, 2013 |e


    I did enjoy reading THE CHRISTMAS QUILT, it was a sweet Amish Christmas story.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on November 19, 2013 | e
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    The Christmas Quilt is a short read just in time for the holidays. I don’t have too much to say about it, but the book reminds me of the annual Hallmark Christmas movies, though The Christmas Quilt ignores the typical campy clichés. Overall, I think the book is a cute read and I recommend it to other readers.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on November 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/2013/11/review-christmas-quilt.html


    Such a sweet, and yet different type of story. Will each of these woman end up ok. Will marriages survive? Will new love blossom between unexpected people? Through it all you feel Gods hand on each of his children. I loved this book, and wish it would have lasted longer!

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on November 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R5HZVI99CGEWW/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    I really enjoyed this book. A book about finding out where you belong. The personalities in the story are fun. The way the book is written is fun and easy to read. And the setting? Hawaii…perfect!

    Written by Did YOU Hear About the Morgans? on November 18, 2013 | e


    This story is beautifully written with descriptive settings and lots of information about the Hawaiian language and lifestyle. There are twists in the story, which I enjoyed. You can refer to Laney’s Hawaiian Dictionary ( in the back of the book ) as you are reading, to learn words in the Hawaiian language.

    Written by My Recent Favorite Books on November 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://readingnks.blogspot.com/2013/11/review-aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter-quilts.html


    In the beginning it was hard for me to really “get” the characters. However, as the story continued on the characters fleshed out and I begun to understand them better. I was able to see into their hearts and feel the fear, guilt, loneliness, rejection, and much needed healing that rose to the surface in their actions. I also felt the healing, trust, love, and surrender that did come to these characters as well. How sweet it was to see the true reunion with not only family, but also with their God when they let healing come through their relationship with Him!

    Written by Crafty Booksheeps on November 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://craftybooksheeps.blogspot.com/2013/11/book-review-and-guest-post-aloha-rose.html


    Laney’s journey to connect with her birth family was heartwarming, and I especially enjoyed learning about Laney’s mother, Rose. I knew from reading “Carolina Reckoning” that Lisa Carter could write a good twist, and “Aloha Rose” contains a few. The novel definitely didn’t end as I expected it to (aside from the romance—that was pretty predictable), and I especially enjoyed the last quarter of the book.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on November 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://christianchicksthoughts.blogspot.com/2013/11/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter.html


    The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman was such a sweet book to read. I wasn’t sure at the start of the book if it was something that I would enjoy but once I got a few chapters in I didn’t want to put the book down.

    Written by The World As I See It on November 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://bit.ly/HUZUF1


    This is another book from the Quilts of Love Series by Abingdon Press. The quilt in this story has to do with the baby quilt Annie is making for Leah. They both end up finishing the quilt at the hospital and the quilt has many stories for Leah to remember. And you will read each of these stories and how they are connected with the quilt in this book. I really enjoyed another story about the typical Amish families, and this time it was about how Amish families deal with problems with pregnancy. Do they always have their babies at home? Will they really trust Englischer Doctors to take care of them?

    Written by splashesofjoy on November 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/litfuse-presents-quilts-of-love-series-the-christmas-quilt-by-vannetta-chapman-plus-win-a-kindle-fire-hdx/


    This is a novel that touched my heart as well as my emotions! Superb writing draws the reader into the story from the first page, and shortly thereafter Annie and Leah become your close friends.

    Written by Reviewing Novels Online on November 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.deepershopping.com/item/chapman-vannetta/christmas-quilt-quilts-of-love-oct/4265801.html


    Those that have searched for, and found their birth mother especially, have usually, though not always, found another family to love them and have accepted them. And so, when I saw this book, I was excited to read it.

    Written by Reviewing Novels Online on November 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.deepershopping.com/item/carter-lisa/aloha-rose-quilts-of-love-nov/4265798.html

  • I really enjoyed this wonderful story about finding where you belong. I loved plucky Laney and her search for her roots and cowboy Kai, both afraid to trust and be vulnerable. The romance was great and I loved the immersion in Hawaiian culture.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on November 16, 2013 | e


    In her usual fashion, Vannetta has written a heartwarming Amish story, with a little extra “spark.” The characters are loveable, their story progresses at a satisfying pace, and there is just the right amount of difficulty to keep the story interesting. Using the backdrop of the quilt squares and the tender stories that accompany them, Vannetta shares significant lessons from God’s Word in a very pleasing way.

    Written by Southern Gal Loves to Read on November 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3LYZ4JC0NQCJ0


    This was a beautiful Christmas story! I think it was different than several of the books I’ve read in this Quilts of Love series. Perhaps I really liked it because it was the Amish fiction that I love to read.

    Vannetta Chapman tells a beautiful story of a quilt that resembles growth and discovery. It represents hard times, good times, and trying times. It represents both family and friendships. When this quilt is looked upon, you know that it has a story. The book didn’t have a lot of drama, except it did as far as a much anticipated birth. I liked the close friendship between Leah and Annie and how they walked this road together.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on November 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.christianbook.com/the-christmas-quilt-quilts-of-love/vannetta-chapman/9781426752773/pd/752773?item_code=WW&netp_id=979304&event=ESRCG&view=details


    I wanted to read this book, largely because my mom is a quilter and I thought it would be a neat story for us to share.

    The stories and tradition that surround quilting is quickly becoming a lost art with so many people not learning to sew or rely on quilting machines to do the work for them.

    I enjoyed this story and will pass this along to my mom to read now that I’ve finished.

    Written by A Simply Enchanted Life on November 16, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.asimplyenchantedlife.com/2013/11/the-christmas-quilt-litfuse-review.html


    This was the perfect book for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. It is so easy to get grumpy and stressed about all there is to do and to lose sight of all the everyday things there are to be thankful and grateful for. Almost every negative can be turned around if you look at it from a different angle. Leah and Adam learn through crisis what it means to trust in God’s will and to make time for a true connection with each other. They are able to make real changes in themselves by developing and allowing themselves to trust a higher power and each other.

    Written by Book, Books Everywhere on November 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://bookbookseverywhere.blogspot.com/b/post-preview?token=pCy0ZEIBAAA.oVzjMWiGSfQGDkquBoR8qg.Rp2EeZBf-90wJGPiR-eNNw&postId=3711380808616813594&type=POST


    Besides the beautiful setting, the book was really well written and the love story and childhood stories of Laney and Kai drew me right in and didn’t let me go until the last page!

    Lisa Carter did such an amazing job writing this story and I loved picturing the setting, the family, their faiths and their new found love. It was a beautiful story and I definitely recommend!

    Written by The Review Stew on November 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.thereviewstew.com/2013/11/book-review-aloha-rose.html


    This is a most enjoyable book! I really like Laney as she is like so many of us – defined by something in our past. I loved seeing her grow and bloom as the book went along. I was very intrigued by the twists and turns in the plot line, too. It’s not your typical romance – it has the kind of depth that pulls you in, makes you laugh and even makes you cry. Just a totally enjoyable read!

    Written by Julie @ More Of Him on November 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.moreofhim.net/2013/11/book-review-aloha-rose.html


    Vannetta Chapman really impressed me with her story telling ability. I enjoyed the stories with in the story and it really made the book over the top for me. A great book, you will not want to miss.
    I loved the character of Leah and was often wanting to come to her defense as her husband stumbled his way through growing up. And of course Annie is as lovable as before and it is interesting to see where her life has gone from the last book.
    Another great story in this Quilts of Love Series!

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on November 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://cindylovenreviews.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-christmas-quilt-by-vannetta-chapman.html


    I have never read this author before and this book just was a great story. I cried, I laughed, I got mad, just like the characters did. I felt like I was part of the story, it drew me in so deep. I wanted to knock some sense into the leading man. But the author straightened him out for me. LOL I did love this book, a great read.

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on November 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://cindylovenreviews.blogspot.com/2013/11/aloha-rosereview-quilts-of-love-kindle.html


    Oh how I love Amish fiction and this book is no different. Oh wait! It is! It is different because it is part of the Quilts of Love series and Amish! I also love the Quilts series. Maybe because I like to quilt. Anyway. . . . This is a great book about love and unpredictability. It touches on how to be content no matter your lot as well. I am shocked by what is revealed about Rachel towards the end as well. Poor Leah though. Having twins and then having to go to the hospital. My last little was born at home and I have to say that being born at home is so much nicer than in a hospital. And then to have to endure a c-section to boot. Definitely read the book. It’s a real one. And might possibly make you cry.

    Written by For Him and My Family on November 16, 2013 |e
    Read my full review:http://forhimandmyfamily.blogspot.com/2013/11/quilts-of-love-series-book-review.html