The small mid-west town of Rawston is a tight-knit community who is preparing for the annual quilt festival in a few weeks. On the night of the high school prom a tornado tears through town, completely destroying everything in its wake. With the town destroyed and many dead many question where God is in all of this, and wonder what they should do now.
In the midst of the clean-up salon owner Abigail begins gathering bits of fabric she finds in the rubble with no real idea why or what she will do with them. Her Aunt Selma, the quilt shop owner does though and she begins piecing them together to make a quilt. Will the quilt help everyone heal? Find out in Beyond the Storm by Carolyn Zane from the “Quilts of Love” series.
I loved this book and could not put it down, especially during the tornado. Having never experienced a tornado myself it is amazing to me that one could cause so much damage. Zane did her research and made them seem so real.
I loved the way Zane intertwined so many different stories of different people in the town within this one book. Each one probably could have been a book in itself, but I did not feel like I missed anything. Each one was interesting, and helped make the quilt at the end more meaningful.
Most of the story takes place within a 24 hour period, and because so much happens it could be easy to lose track of time. I really appreciated that Zane inserts the time at the beginning of each section. This really helps the reader keep track of what is going on.
Why does God allow bad things to happen is a major theme in this book. After the tornado hits this many people are asking this question and it is not easy to find the answers, but through the quilt they begin to understand why.
On the whole this is a page turning book, which teaches a wonderful lesson. I give it five out of five stars.
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Soli Deo Gloria!