Sep 21, 2012

Beyond the Storm by Carolyn Zane

After a tornado rips through her town, store owner Abigail comes across a piece of fabric from a wedding dress among the devastation. Abigail is moved to start collecting other swatches of fabric she finds – her neighbor’s kitchen curtains, a man’s necktie, a dog’s bed – which she stashes in shopping bags. As she pursues her seemingly absurd quest, horrible realities spark the question, “What kind of a God would allow such tragedy?”

As she struggles to reconcile her right to happiness amidst the destruction, Abigail begins piecing together a patchwork quilt from the salvaged fabric in hopes it will bring some peace. But a new relationship with Justin, a contractor, may require too much of her fragile heart. Will her pain and questions of faith give way to the courage to love?

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Title: Beyond the Storm
SubTitle: Quilts of Love #1
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pub Date: October 01, 2012
ISBN: 9781426745973

Carolyn Zane is the best selling, award-winning author of more than thirty novels for three publishers: Random House/Waterbrook Press, Multnomah Publishing and Harlequin/Silhouette where her sales numbers consistently finished strong. Her writing has earned numerous awards, including the prestigious Kay Snow Award and a Moondance nod for her screenplay. Carolyn lives with her husband, Matt and their 5 children and 3 dogs in the scenic Willamette Valley in Oregon.

We have all heard of the devastation left behind when a tornado rips through a neighborhood, but have we ever truly thought about the horror of living through the storm?

The residents of Rawston have lived through years of storm warning sirens, and they have become almost complacent. After many false alarms, the big one hits and they are not prepared. Beyond the Storm introduces us to many of the town's residents.  We journey with them through the storm, then as they deal with grief and loss, and their subsequent healing process.

Fabric fragments were collected from the ruins after the storm, and they were made into a quilt of memories.  This part of the story really tugged at my heart. Little pieces of a wedding dress, a baby blanket, and a shredded curtain clearly demonstrate how hopes and dreams can be torn apart in the blink of an eye. 
This is the first book I have had the pleasure to read by Carolyn Kane, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It  is a realistic and captivating story of an event that most of us hopefully will never experience firsthand.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Abingdon Press, in exchange for my honest review.

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