2012-11-06

The Fortune Quilt
by Lani Diane Rich


"Accept the book with the amber spine. Return the frog.
Take the cab.

What the hell kind of advice is that?"

When Tucson Today segment producer Carly McKay visits the quirky artist’s community of Bilby, Arizona, to do a story on a psychic quiltmaker, she receives an odd reading... and her life falls apart in eerie harmony with what the quilt foretold. Her best friend professes his undying love; her show gets canceled; and the mother who disappeared seventeen years ago appears on their doorstep, getting instant forgiveness from the entire family... except Carly.

Carly rushes off to Bilby to return the cursed quilt, and then surprises herself; she stays. She rents a cabin, gets a job, and meets an artist who shows her new ways to look at life, and love. Can she run away and start a new life, or should she go back and stitch her old one back together?

And why is it so hard to get a straight answer from a psychic, anyway?



This is one of those wonderful books that make you feel good after you've read it. It's also one of those rare books that I will be searching for in paperback so I can add it to my bookshelves. Yes, I know that it's on my Kindle forever, but nothing will ever replace tree books in my heart.

To be honest, I fully expected this book to be more about quilting. But while a quilt was an important part of the story, there was more to it than that. There was the fortune attached to the quilt, one that is made specifically for a person. There was also the way these quilts were made but that was a small part of the story.

You have to love Carly. She's smart and she's sassy and she's still standing after a string of incredibly bad luck. She's also courageous enough to step back and make something of the life fate - or should that be fortune - has dealt her.

When fate sends her fleeing to Bilby, it's almost like she's found her place at last. She's surrounded by a cast of oddball characters who both accept and support her as she slowly begins to mend fences with those she left behind. It's no wonder she wants to stay.

The idea of being able to tell fortunes through quilt-making was totally unique. The characters were fresh, likeable and vivid. And that, to me, is what good story telling is all about.

You can find your own copy of the Fortune Quilt for a mere $2.99 on AMAZON.

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