But there is more than good in the quilt's magic power. Day by day Rachel sees and feels the power growing, as she senses the quilt influencing her thoughts and actions. Much as Rachel's logical mind longs to deny the supernatural, the aura of evil coming from the quilt is terrifyingly real, and it seems to carry a sinister legacy into the lives of the people Rachel loves.
© and (P)1995 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Besides offering a riveting mystery, Michaels also introduces readers to the interesting business of restoring period clothing" (School Library Journal)
author or paranormal mysteries and paranormal romance
I listened to this audio book years ago and fell in love with the story and Barbara Rosenblatt's narration. I was so excited to see it available at Audible.com that I downloaded it without realizing it is the abridged version. So much is lost in this abridgement. The story is wonderful and should be available in its entirety.
Barbara Michaels excels at the romantic ghost story and in this book she performs to expectation. A graduate student; a handsome man; a beautiful, but disturbing quilt; and a vengeful ghost all tie together into a diverting and enchanting narrative.
Restore at least some of the text; this was so brutally abridged that much of the character development, interesting detail and background that make Michaels' books so easy to get lost in is missing, leaving huge, gaping holes.
Since this is a romance novel, supernatural background aside, the happy ending is hardly a surprise and isn't really meant to be. And you don't need to be a genius to figure out the "mystery," Michaels having obligingly provided plenty of hints; the interest is in how the characters go about figuring it out.
When you read the book, the awkwardness and stiffness of some of the dialogue isn't really intrusive, but listening to a performance of it seem to emphasize the problem. I love Michaels' books for the background, and sadly most of it was abridged to death - this also makes the weakness of the dialogue more obvious. Prefer the novel to the audiobook in this case!
A former accountant and staff trainer. Now retired, I enjoy knitting and weaving. I enjoy intelligent, insightful books with lead characters I respect. I deplore novels fille with gratuitous violence and depraved sexual behavior written to shock the reader.
I wish I hadn't spend extra $$ during a sale to download this disappointment. Choppy writing, rough scene changes, unbelievable changes in characters from chapter to chapter, the writing is bad. The narration was annoying - a phrase ion nearly every pareagraph uttered in dark sinister tones.
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