Dear Readers, I’ve loved all the Quilts of Love novels that I’ve read, but I think this one may be my favorite. Robin has been a friend of mine for a number of years. She writes wonderful romantic suspense novels. This story had a unique new twist to the suspense. It kept me guessing for a long time. And the characters grabbed my heart and wouldn’t let go. This is definitely a must-read novel.
Bio: Robin Caroll is the author of 22 published novels. When she isn't writing, Robin spends time with her husband of 25 years, her three beautiful daughters, and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home in Little Rock, Arkansas. She gives back to the writing community by serving as conference director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have been named finalists in such contests as the Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.
About the book: A quilt holds the secret to a killer still at large—and who his next victim will be.
Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother's offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn't help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.
Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia's mother's "special" quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia's unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?
Welcome back, Robin. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I've never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.
When I’m not writing, I devote my focus to ACFW as Executive Director. ACFW has done so much for me, I wanted to give something back.
I enjoy spending quality time with my husband of twenty-five years, three beautiful daughters, two handsome grandsons, and our character-filled pets at home.
I’ve always loved to tell stories and to write. I’ve always kept a journal and storytelling is just part of who I am.
What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
As a young girl, my family lived in the country. We didn’t have many friends close enough during the winter where we could just hop on our bikes and ride down to a neighbor’s house. During those lonelier times, my mother taught me how to quilt. I will always associate quilts with the strength of the mother-daughter bond. When I heard about the Quilts of Love series, I wanted to be a part of it.
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?
The strength of the familial bond is the strongest thread in the story, but another theme would be the sacrifices we make for the people we love.
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
I hope they will feel they were entertained, but also they will be reminded that no matter what their circumstances, what the Enemy means for evil, God will turn to good.
How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
One day, fully frustrated with writing and on the verge of tears, I prayed the scary prayer: that if writing wasn’t what He called me to do, then I’d walk away from it, but He’d have to remove the desire from my heart because I wasn’t strong enough to do it myself. I was lucky enough to get my first contract not too long after that, but I truly was willing to walk away if that’s what He told me to do. It was really scary because, for me at least, writing was, in my mind, tied to my identity. I learned that writing, while important to me and I love it, is still what I do, not who I am. I love being an author, but I’m also so much more: wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend, etc.
Some of the reader mail I’ve received has put me in tears of praise for being allowed to share stories with readers. For instance, one reader wrote me after reading one of my books and thanked me for showing that it was possible to reconcile with God after being angry with Him. It truly blesses me for God to use me in such a way.
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
I’m an avid scrapbooker and card maker, and I enjoy making mini scrapbook albums. Of course, I love reading as well. And watching movies with my family. I also love cooking.
Where can my readers find you on the Internet?www.twitter.com/robincaroll
Thank you, Robin, for sharing this new book with us and giving us a peek into your busy life.
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