Swept Away

Title:  Swept Away (Quilts of Love Series)
Author:  Laura V. Hilton & Cindy Loven
Pages:  218 (including excerpt from next book in the series)
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Sara Jane Morgan is a young teacher at the local high school.  She has decided she is done with God when He took her parents in an accident when she was twelve.  She is a person who likes to be in control and values appearances.  She is the only relative left to care for her grandma, who took her in after the death of her parents.  Her grandma is beginning to forget things, misplace things and remembering conversations.  Sara Jane knows she needs to get her to the doctor, but dreads the diagnosis.  Her grandma loves to quilt, can’t understand why Sara Jane doesn’t and often criticizes Sara Jane’s lack of enthusiasm for quilting and/or creativity in designing a quilt.  Sara Jane takes her grandma to a craft show to look at quilts where her grandma hires a handyman to do some odd jobs around her house.  Sara Jane is less then enthused with her grandma’s choice and tries to get rid of him, but grandma has other ideas for her new handyman, Drew Stevenson.
Andrew Stevenson, or Drew to his friends, is a young man who enjoys making brooms and working with his hands.  He doesn’t much care for appearances, but what is inside a person.  He knows Sara Jane is out of his league and refuses to take a chance on a relationship with her due to a past in which he had a humiliating experience asking a woman out.  He is shy, but reminds me of the strong silent type.  He is strong in his faith and seeks to witness to those who buy his brooms.  He can’t stop thinking about Sara Jane and sometimes she seems to warm up to him, but is there really a future for them as she isn’t a Christian?  Can she open her heart to God and then maybe to Drew?
I thought the main male character was wonderful!  He was so caring and compassionate in dealing with Sara Jane and her grandma, even when they weren’t so nice to him.  He tried his best to show the love of Christ through his life and his witness.  I thought the character of Sara Jane was so-so.  She seemed selfish and pushy at times, but at others she was a victim of her grandmother’s harsh and/or selfish attitude.  Sara Jane always felt like she had to perform a certain way or do something better to gain her grandmother’s approval and love.  Grandma was not the most loving person as well even before Alzheimer’s began.  Sara Jane begins to realize through Drew’s example what a faith-filled life can be like, but can she release her anger and bitterness toward God?
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.

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