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November 27, 2013

ALOHA ROSE by Lisa Cox Carter

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Rated 4 Rosebuds

Quilts of Love
Book 12
Lisa Cox Carter
Aloha Rose (Quilts of Love #12)
Published November 2013
 by Abingdon Press
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(from Goodreads)
When Laney Carrigan sets out to find her birth family, her only clue is the Hawaiian quilt a red rose snowflake appliqued on a white background in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island and battling fears of rejection, Laney begins a painstaking journey toward her true heritage. Kai Barnes, however, is determined to protect the people he s come to regard as family. He thinks Laney is nothing more than a gold digger and blocks every move she makes toward her Hawaiian family. As their conflict escalates, it puts at risk the one thing that Kai and Laney both want most a family.

 Laney Carrigan had come to Hawaii to reunite with her biological family at the request of her dying adoptive mother.Laney had been left on a door step as a baby many years ago. Laney had high hopes of meeting many of her mother's relatives.Laney had done a lot of research to try to track them down. The only clue she had was the red snowflake on a white background appliqued quilt she was wrapped in as an infant. When she gets to Hawaii,  Kai Barnes met her at the airport to take her to meet the family.  He had been adopted and raised by the family, too. Kai lives close by in the old plantation manager's house.  He is a handsome cowboy and former Army pilot. Kai and Laney didn't get along at the beginning.  He takes her  on tours and they have a lot of time to talk to each other.  They find out they have a lot in common due to her writings.   Laney becomes acquainted with her new family and learns the significance of the quilt and the heartbreaking demise of her birth mother. She is a freelance writer and plans on making this a business trip as well as leisure.  She is going to do research while on the Big Island.She is also going to meet her father while she is here. She knows that there are secrets that have been hidden for a long time. Laney finds out that there is a web of deceit around her which makes her feel more rejected. The author adds descriptions of the birds-of-paradise, the waterfalls, beautiful rainbows and the lush green valleys. With the beauty of the island, Kai and Laney begin a relationship but it seems there is always an obstacle trying to come between their new found romance. After a while the long buried secrets and PTSD, Kai stops seeing her. 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.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I was given this complimentary copy of ALOHA ROSE by Lisa Cox Carter from Abington Press for my unbiased view.

Lisa Carter is a writer, teacher, speaker and musician whose articles have appeared in FamilyFun, Thriving Family, MomSense and Christian Parenting Today. Carolina Reckoning, her debut novel, released August 2013, but she was always the child who made up epic tales involving prairie schooners or interplanetary voyages for the neighborhood kids to re-enact during summer vacation. Now, she and her husband have two daughters and make their home in North Carolina. When she isn't writing, Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales, quilting and researching her next exotic adventure. Aloha Rose, part of the Quilts of Love series, releases November 2013.


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