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The True Love Quilting Club by Lori Wilde


Cover art: The True Love Quilting Club Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: The True Love Quilting Club - 2nd in the Twilight Texas series
Author: Lori Wilde
Publisher: Avon
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-180890-6
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Twilight TX
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Lori's Website: www.loriwilde.com

Trixie Lynn Parks shook the dust of Twilight Texas off her shoes as she left with her hard-working, emotionally negligent father. Eventually she changed her name to Emma and headed to New York to be a star. Twelve years of scraping to get by and one big scandal promises to end all hopes she ever had for pulling her career out of the dumper.

When she receives an offer to do summer theatre with a handsome salary and room and board included, whatís a starving artist to do? She takes the job and then realizes she is heading back to Twilight. She assumes her first love, Sam Cheek, will have moved on in the twelve years sheís been gone. She quickly learns itís not so. Sam is the local vet who is a single father to a beautiful and fragile child. As she learns more of the past, she starts to realize that she may have to choose between her first love and the career sheís always wanted. Will the glamour of the big city beckon her away? Or will she stay and see if the sizzle she still feels for Sam will spark into an undying love?

Lori Wilde has given us a very powerful story about love, redemption and roots. Everyone has somewhere that is well and truly home. Itís the one place your heart relaxes and itís the place you long foróeven when you think youíre not. Trixie Lynn/Emma learns through her summer back in Twilight that it is her true home. Quilting with the Quilting Club to finish the backdrops for the big show sheís in, she learns a lot about the others in Twilight, and starts to see some truths about herself.

Sam Cheek is a scarred and haunted man. Heís gone through things nobody should go through and is raising his son to the best of his ability. He tries to understand why his son no longer speaks to anyone, but he feels like itís another area in life where he is a failure. Itís humbling to see inside this very strong man and realize the depth of his pain, loneliness and how find out how badly he thinks he has failed.

Trixie Lynn was Samís first love, too. And with her departure, Sam tried to move on with life. But events happened that left him scarred both inside and out. And after the death of his first wife, he wants to focus his energy into his son, Charlie. But now Trixie is back and Sam needs to make some hard decisions. Will he even explore and renew their relationship? Or will he give it all up to protect Charlieís heart?

I was drawn in by the people of Twilight and their desire to see true love bloom. Lori Wilde paints such vivid pictures of each person and gives us enough of their heart to love them all. From the story of the Sweetheart Tree to the quilts they make to warm their community, each person is a gem. I celebrated and mourned with each of them and I canít wait to hear more of what is going on in Twilight. Rumor on Lori Wildeís website is that another installment of a Sweetheart Club will be coming soon. I canít wait.


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