Today I am reviewing The Fortune Quilt by Lani Diane Rich.
Blurb: “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?
My Review: This is a great contemporary romance. A fortune told in quilt form starts coming true for skeptic Carly. As her live unravels before her eyes all she can do is retreat to the quirky town of Bilby Arizona and “re-imagine” her live. It’s a perfect place to do so as it seems everyone and everyplace is re-imagined there. There is just the right amount of conflict and romance in this book to appeal. It is one of those books that I will enjoy re-reading in the future. It could have went on for a lot longer and I would have not gotten tired of it. There are a few minor editing issues I stumbled over but it really doesn’t detract from the story. It gets 4 stars.