Friday, November 28, 2014

Swept Away

Title:  Swept Away
Author:  Laura V. Hilton & Cindy Loven
Pages:  240
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
This is a tender story of a grandmother who takes care of her only granddaughter after the death of both parents; now, the aging woman has difficulties.  One desire she has is to see her granddaughter, Sara Jane, happily married before her memories become a blur.  So Sari, the grandmother, begins to play matchmaker and her choice is a man she happens upon at the Heritage Festival.  The man’s name is Andrew and he is a handyman who makes beautiful handmade brooms of all shapes and colors.
Sari decides she is going to hire Andrew to do some tasks for her at the cabin that is if she can remember what they are.  Sarah Jane gets upset with her grandmother for just hiring any man to do work around her cabin without checking to see if it is alright with her as soon her work as a teacher will begin again.  What ensues is a tale that provokes some laughter along with tension between all three key characters grandma, Sarah Jane and Andrew.
The quilt grandma is making will reflect her own story depicting various moments and the love of her life, Cade.  The theme of faith is interestingly portrayed by the brooms Andrew makes and how he shares his testimony through the use of colors.  Grandma thinks Sarah Jane is already a believer because she raised her in the church, but Sarah Jane is well aware of how her faith was rocked when she lost both parents, thinking their death was her fault.
Alzheimer’s is presented in a way that I believe those who know nothing about it or have had life experience with it will be touched.  My husband’s parents and then my father each had their own personal battle with it.  Each person had similarities and stark differences.  The decision to sacrifice to become a caretaker is never easy, but Sarah Jane’s desire to care for her only living relative because of her deep love for her grandmother is a very touching reason.
Each quilt book that I have read and reviewed has been unique in many ways and I am glad to have the pleasure of sharing this one with you.  It is heartwarming with moments of laughter and even moments when the characters are frustrated with each other or the circumstances.  I hope people will enjoy reading the book and at the end get a sneak peek into another quilt story titled, Masterpiece Marriage, written by Gina Wellborn.
My rating is 5 stars.
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