In Tempest’s Course, Sowell offers mystery and romance with a gothic twist. The characters are well written and the story flows evenly throughout with various twists for readers to discover. Sowell has managed to weave the past and present into an amazing novel along with her extensive knowledge of quilt designs.
Textiles conservator Kelly Frost has been invited to restore a 150-year old Mariner’s Compass quilt, which belongs to Gray House, a famous whaling captain’s former home in New Bedford, Mass. Strangely she is required to work and live at the Gray House. She agrees, since she needs the gig to prove she is still great at repairing special quilts. An army veteran with problems of his own, Tom Pereira is the caretaker at Gray House and Kelly gets to know him during her tenure. While exploring the house, Kelly comes across a journal belonging to the wife of Captain Gray and learns that she and Tom both have a surprisingly strong tie to the Gray family. When accidents start occurring they need to trust each other to find the person responsible, or their future could fall apart. (Abingdon, Dec., 240 pp., $12.99)