Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Fortune Quilt by Lani Diane Rich

Book Blurb:
Carly McKay's life is going just fine until she produces a television piece on psychic quilt maker Brandywine Seaver and receives a quilt with an enigmatic reading telling her that everything is about to change. And it does. She loses her job and her best friend (who proclaims his unrequited love for her). And her mother, who deserted the family seventeen years ago, returns, sending Carly into a serious tilt.

Convinced it's the quilt's fault, Carly races down to the small artists' community of Bilby, Arizona, to confront its maker, and ends up renting a cabin from her. Carly even starts to enjoy her reimagined life, until her old life comes calling. Now Carly has to decide what parts of each world she wants to patchwork in...and how much she's willing to leave to fate.

My review:
I don't typically read romance novels. I nearly didn't buy this book because the genre was listed as romance, but I like quilting and I like psychics so I thought I'd give it a try. Yup. I like to live dangerously!

I'm glad I did. This book is much more than a romance novel. It is a very realistic story of a woman who thinks she has her life all sown up and then it completely falls apart. She has to figure out what it is she wants and needs and how to get it. She has to learn to start over in many ways. 

The romance is nice too. It is sweet and it is steamy without any real sex scenes which I would normally skim over anyway because they just aren't my thing. 

Four stars for this one. Bravo.

About the author (from her website):
Hi! Thanks for coming to my website! I’m Lani, and I’m a writer, a teacher, and a mom. I live in Southern Ohio with my best friend, my daughters, two cats and five dogs, and my husband. My favorite color is yellow, and I have a thing for polka dots that borders on the ridiculous. Want to learn more? Really? Wow. You are thorough. I always liked that about you.

I wrote my first book, Time Off For Good Behavior during NaNoWriMo, and was the first previously-unpublished author to publish a NaNoWriMo manuscript. It’s a very specific niche, but it’s all mine. Time Off For Good Behavior won the Rita Award for Best First Book, and I went on to publish another seven solo novels, and one collaboration. So, apparently, it wasn’t a fluke. I find that comforting.

When I’m not writing words on paper, I’m speaking them into microphones. From 2007 to 2010, I hosted the Will Write For Wine podcast with CJ Barry; since 2010, I’ve hosted Popcorn Dialogues with Jenny Crusie, and the StoryWonk Sunday podcast with Alastair Stephens, who happens to be my husband. Which is good, because I often record the show in my pyjamas.
Now, I’m writing magical romance novels as Lucy March. I’m still Lani on the inside; it’s a publishing thing.
To learn more about Lani check out her website.

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