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Publisher's Summary

A grandmother’s loving bequest changes three lives forever in a heartwarming novel about finding love, hope, and family by New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown.

An inheritance has reunited three estranged cousins. Their grandmother Lucy left Nessa, Flynn, and April her home nestled in the woods near Blossom, Texas, as well as a hope chest to be unlocked after they complete a special task. Together, they must hand-stitch a cherished quilt Lucy left unfinished. It meant everything to her. And now, to three people struggling with their own patchwork pasts...

To Nessa, the house has always been an escape from her strict parents—a home away from home. Flynn has followed a profligate path into adulthood, never guessing it would lead him here. And the town of Blossom only stirs up a lifetime of disappointments for April. Lost and with nowhere to go, her last chance is helping fulfill Nanny Lucy’s final wish.

Thread by healing thread, Nessa, Flynn, and April bond over the quilt and all it represents. As they discover the family they’ve been looking for in one another, they share more than memories. They share the hope of new beginnings.

©2021 by Carolyn Brown. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Beautiful story.

Loved it. Carolyn Brown at her best. This stories had all the feels. very very enjoyable read.

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cute and sweet

Just like all her books this one was cute and sweet! loved it! wouldn't mind a book for each cousin instead of one ending though.

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Good story

Very good story, love the characters and the narration! I would recommend this book, thus it gets 5 stars.

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Everybody needs family

This story was one that was so enjoyable, when a grandmother dies and leaves three cousins a hope chest and special instructions things will never be the same. All three are carrying around a past they would like to change, so they come back to a place they loved to come every summer as kids. Grandma Lucy leaves a hope chest that they can only open when they finish a quilt she left unfinished. While working on the quilt they learn about one another and what they hiding inside. Once you start this story, you won't be able to put it down.

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Loved

Another great book by Carolyn Brown. I loved these characters in this book. I would recommend this book and all of Carolyn’s books. I listened to this book on audiobook.

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A very good book. I've read plenty of her books and have never been disappointed

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Predictable and repetitive light reading...

The story line was one of acknowledging shortcomings in oneself, redemption, forgiveness, and the importance of love and family. There was a good bit of repetition and predictability. With that being said, I did listen to (and read) the entire book.

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Excellent story of family

I was keep wondering which way the story would end. showing what can happen when mental problems affect several generations. It was well presented and i felt an attachment to each charcter.

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I was totally absorbed

Enjoyed the diversity of characters. The challenge of the typical grandmother role turned upside down was clever and compelling.

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As with all books by this author, you will get lots of Southern and lots of feelings and lots of heart. This was no exception. Nessa, April and Flynn are all brought back together when their grandmother Lucy passes away and they are left an inheritance. To get that inheritance, there are some provisions. They must complete the quilt that Lucy started and it must be done by hand, and the first one to marry will get the hope chest. Each of the cousins have their own issues they are dealing with but working on the quilt leads to many discussions and getting to know one another again. Of course, there is a romance in this story too.

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  • 10-06-21

Not much plot and slow moving

Slow-moving and not much happens, despite the nearly 10 hours running time. The book is more character-than plot-driven and follows the characters' internal thoughts and experiences and how it makes them who they've been and how they want to change. It's a shame that when the plot could have actually developed, the book concludes. Disappointing.

Themes of the book include relationships (mostly familial), religion and new starts. I found the southern (USA) accent a bit grating too which, of course, is personal preference, but that paired with characters comparing who is worse off and the oft 'poor me' attitude is annoying. 

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  • 07-14-21

Great listen

Lovely story and relaxing listen with great narration . I enjoyed it very much