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Beyond the Storm: Quilts of Love Series [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Zane
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Book Description

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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About the Author

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 five children and three dogs in the scenic Willamette Valley in Oregon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1260 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089NYUHY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,835 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! September 23, 2012
By Iola
Abigail Durham is the owner of Doo Drop-In Hair Salon in the Midwest town of Rawston. When she meets a good-looking cowboy in a pub when attending a bachelorette party, she doesn't realise she's soon going to be seeing a lot more of Justin... and not in the best of circumstances.

The suspense builds steadily through the first section of the book, and it had that page-turning quality that keeps people up late at night. We suspect a tornado is coming because of the radio weather warnings at the beginning of each chapter (and the acknowledgements section, thanking people for their tornado experiences, was also a big clue). So, in part, this is the story of a disaster, but it's also the story of a community.

The author does an excellent job of introducing a wide range of characters, from the elderly quilt shop owner to the teenage mother stuck in a loveless marriage, without it seeming like information overload. Each of the characters has their own story, but their lives are intertwined both before the tornado strikes, and after, as each of the characters is reminded that God is with us even in the midst of our troubles:

"Each of us is the center of our own quilt. Our lives are made up of bits and pieces, some good, some bad. And isn't it amazing, how God, in all His infinite wisdom, can use even our mistakes and what we might consider chaos, to His glory?"

Beyond the Storm wasn't perfect. One of the characters had a major change of heart towards the end, and I think this could have been better (although the fact that I was speed-reading to find out what happened could mean I missed something important there, which goes back to my comment about the suspense). The ending was a little weak (in my view, it would have been better without the last short scene).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tension Filled October 3, 2012
I've never been through a tornado. I pray I never will. Therefore, I cannot even pretend to imagine what such an experience must be like. Carolyn Zane does her best to capture the drama and the result is a gripping read. Beyond the Storm starts before the storm, and makes good use of local radio weather reports to build up the tension. When you're used to hearing a siren, you get complacent toward it. (It's like the fire alarms we used to get in the college dorm. They usually just meant someone had burned toast!) No one in the town of Rawston, except newcomer Justin, is concerned about the warnings of thunderstorms and super cells. But the reader knows different, the reader knows something is coming. Through the eyes of several characters, the reader then experiences the tornado as it barrels through the town. Each person is in a different location, wondering if they'll survive. For some, that results in a substantial life change when they get through relatively unscathed.

As I said, this is a gripping read. As the casualty numbers began coming in, I wondered who made it and who didn't. There was a sinking feeling as I worked out which character didn't make it, but Zane also makes the reader question the status of others. The character of Aunt Selma is used as a teacher, not just in quilting but also when the others ponder the nature of God. My favorite character was Japanese immigrant, Isuzu, who works for Abigail. She's cheerful and positive, even at the worst of times, and has a habit of saying, "I got wings." (A reference to the movie It's a Wonderful Life.)

I don't do much research of a book before reading it. I go by the publisher's description of it, and leave the research until afterward.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad Carolyn Zane is back! October 7, 2012
I laughed and cried along with Carolyn Zane's romance novels for years,and now I am thrilled to see her back and BETTER THAN EVER. Her latest book is a rich account of real people in a serious situation, but as always she infuses her writing with wit and wonderful characterizations. No matter the topic, I feel better about being human after reading her books and that is certainly true with BEYOND THE STORM. Zane uses the characters and situations to impart the hope that we can--and do--get through both natural and personal disasters with faith and with each other.

i hope she's going to write more books for Quilts of Love...AND, I STILL LOVE HER EARLIER BRUBAKER SERIES and wish she would write more of those!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Writing comes to life! October 8, 2012
Carolyn Zane did a fantastic job weaving together the story of Beyond the Storm! She makes her characters believable setting the stage for a story you can't walk away from. Without telling too much, her description of the storm puts you right in the middle of it feel like you are there. The aftermath reveals there is hope with God in the most desperate situations we can face in life! Definitely worth reading!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Storm October 30, 2012
Beyond the Storm is the next installment in the Quilts of Love series. Each novel in the series has a strong female lead character, who experiences the trials of life, romance, and perhaps a little mystery. This particular novel is of the contemporary fiction genre and takes place in Rawston, Illinois. There are also discussion questions about the story included at the end of the book.
Abigail Durham is the owner of a hair salon, the Doo Drop-In. She is sassy and spirited. She has worked for the last three years to revamp and upgrade her hair salon to bring in more customers. She has finally started seeing success. She goes to church when she doesn't have anything else to do on a Sunday morning. Each year a special quilt is made for the festival and auctioned off with the proceeds going to charity. What will the quilt's theme be this year? Abby has volunteered to run a booth at the upcoming quilt festival. People come from all over for this festival, so a huge crowd is expected. Unfortunately, there are problems with the construction of her booth according to a phone message left by Justin Girard. She returns his call and gives him an earful not realizing he has donated his time and that the problems are with the city permits and ordinances of which he has no control over. They agree to meet. After a short discussion with Justin, Abby leaves, but doesn't get far when disaster soon strikes. Will Abby's hard work be all for nothing after tragedy strikes? How can a loving God let something like this happen? Will she risk a relationship with Justin? Is he worth risking her heart?
Justin Girard has lived in Rawston, Illinois, for a little over a year. He attends church every week and is a compassionate young man.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
Kept my interest throughout. Loved the characters and would love to read more about them.
Published 4 days ago by Pamela Sheldon
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
I really enjoyed this book and since I am a quilter, for me it wove a dual story - As I read aloud parts of it to my husband he laughed right along with me. Read more
Published 10 days ago by S. Simons
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
Inspiring story that will show you that even a bad situation can change one's life for the good when God is at the center-- great read!
Published 1 month ago by Caryn M Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the book, will read the remainder of the series!
Published 2 months ago by Jeanne Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars very though provoking!
Who would think of good coming from a tornado. How lives are changed, hope is renewed and you nerve stop growing spiritually.
Published 3 months ago by rarelyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond The Storm
One of my favorite books I have read this summer! Great story of rebuilding after tragedy with the help of family, friends and faith.
Published 3 months ago by Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this story so much I read the book twice
I enjoyed this story so much I read the book twice. It really describes how awful a tornado can be and how people manage afterwards.
Published 3 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow ...... Very eye opening
Although this was a fiction book, I was so wrapped up in it, and the recent storms in Nebraska that were happening at the same time made me feel like I was reading a docudrama. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sue McCormick
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story!!
I absolutely loved this book!! Such beautiful messages!! I highly recommend for anyone to read this book and enjoy it's blessed message.
Published 4 months ago by MissElizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars really good!
This book is so good, it is a great story and has such great messages. Truly inspirational. This has probably happened somewhere in the midwest at some time!
Published 5 months ago by Lyn Lyon
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