Title: Tempest’s Course
Author: Lynnette Sowell
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Lynette Sowell took great pains to do an extraordinary amount of research to put before readers a story that will grab your heart. The research includes, but is not limited to, what whaling was like in the 1800s, textile services and the area where the fictional story is set. With a wonderful touch, the author weaves together a mystery in the present somehow linked with choices made in the past.
Like real people, the characters are crafted with past mistakes and the choices of either handling them alone or crying out in faith to God. A talented young woman is hired to restore a quilt that is over 100 years old as best as possible. When Kelly starts this job, a mystery begins to unravel from the past, one that some wish to keep in the past while others want it all laid out for the good of coming generations.
Along with a hopeful look at life beyond repentance, some in Kelly’s past want her to return to her former ways. While Kelly is guarded about a possible blooming romance with Tom, who is the hired groundskeeper, as he too has some issues that pop up that if allowed, will stop anything from blooming in the foreseeable future.
Now, if I tell you much more of the novel, it might ruin it for you and I want you to enjoy reading this one as much as I did. The choices characters have in this fictional story are the same ones real people have, one of which is to live without God’s love or forgiveness daily. Another choice is to risk opening up our hearts to the love of friends, family or mates or keep the walls high because we think we can protect ourselves from real or imagined hurt. Above all was the joy of seeing that while the past history of a couple characters couldn’t be changed, it didn’t have to play out the same way for the characters in the present. The older generation in this story is hoping for redemption, forgiveness and a brighter future for the family line. Another man neither wants nor cares about anyone but himself, but just how far will he go to obtain what he thinks he is entitled to?
I loved the story! The ending was a touch of genius! This is just a great story to read in a couple of hours on a cold night.
My rating is 5 stars.
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