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The Fortune Quilt

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Carly McKay's life is going just fine until she produces a television piece on psychic quilt maker Brandywine Seaver and receives a quilt with an enigmatic reading telling her that everything is about to change. And it does. She loses her job and her best friend (who proclaims his unrequited love for her). And her mother, who deserted the family seventeen years ago, return ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by NAL Trade (first published 2007)
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Tammy
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Jennifer Crusie
Carly McKay is content with her life as the producer of a local morning TV show. She has a great relationship with her dad and plays surrogate mother to her two younger sisters. (Her mom left when she was 12-years-old.) Her best friend, Christopher, works closely with her as her cameraman.

It isn't until Carly is sent to Bilby, AZ to interview a psychic quilt maker for a fluff piece that her life is turned upside down. The quilt maker provides Carly with a specially made quilt and a very specific
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Jane Stewart
4 stars. Quality story. I smiled and chuckled a lot.

I enjoyed the various characters including the wisecracking heroine. It’s not predictable run-of-the-mill-romance. There is romance but not a lot. It has some chick lit feel. There is a little bit of magic but not overdone. The ending is feel good and sweet.

The supporting characters include a transsexual, a woman whose parents are two gay guys, and a psychic quilt maker.

I don’t like 1st person narratives. And even worse is 1st person present
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Anita
Jul 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
I would have given this more stars if not for bad language. I hate that! I was intrigued by the story and kept going. Carly is a tv producer and does a story on a pyschic quilt maker, Brandywine Seaver. Brandy gives Carly a reading and her life changes topsy turvy in a matter of days. Her best friend (a man)declares his undying love for her, she gets laid off of her job, and her long lost mother shows up.
There were times I laughed out loud in this story. I'm not sure I would reccomend it to mos
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Debbie
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story! I'm glad I found it. Sadly, I might have passed on it had it not been a free Kindle book that day, only because I've overdosed on formula romances over the years and developed an allergy to them. I'm fine with a good story that includes some romance, though, and this one sounded like it could be one of those.

It certainly is, and better than I expected. I'm fascinated by quilts, and loved the psychic quilter immediately. Brandy is quite an individual, and for all of Carly's snark
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Camille
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Twice a year our library compiles a "Reader's Choice" table. They compile newer books that are liked by the library staff, but may not getting a lot of cirrculation. I am constantly looking for new reading material and read almost all of their selections. I have yet to be disapointed. I picked up this book off that table this week and again was delighted by something new and different.

I found the Fortune Quilt a lovely story of picking up the pieces of your life after it all comes crashing down.
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Lauri
Apr 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like romantic comedies.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Carly's character. I neglected children, husband and housework this weekend because I kept picking up the book!

Three things that could have been a little better developed...
Jannesse and Brandy's relationship.
Christopher sort of disappears in the middle of the book.
I didn't feel like I got to know Will well enough.

Hmmm, maybe the book just needed to be longer. As I was getting to the end of it, I kept thinking, how the heck is she going to wrap this up in the n
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Tanya
Sep 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I started "The Fortune Quilt" this morning and finished it before dinner; I honestly couldn't put it down. It's the story of one woman's life being "Towered," basically falling apart, and her efforts to rebuild something even better. It's a good old love story with lots of chemistry and tension. The characters are human and loveable. The dialogue is smart and enjoyable. And at the core of the book is the question of whether our lives are ruled by fate or by what we will to be. It made me think.. ...more
Laurie
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a great light read. It does have some interesting characters in it when she goes to Bilby which is an artist community such as a man becoming a woman and other alternative lifestyles. They don't go into it very much and they are secondary characters. I Loved the main character Charly and read through this really fast. It was light and fun and talked a lot about forgiveness and how to make yourself go through the process. Good book
Olga Godim
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mainstream
This was my first book by this author, and I was skeptical at first, especially because I downloaded it to my Kindle for free. Unexpectedly, I loved this novel. In fact, I loved it so much that I went to Amazon and bought 5 other novels by Lani Diane Rich. I happily anticipate reading them.
The novel starts on a quiet, even uncertain note. There is no defined hook, nothing ‘explodes’ (as it often does in genre fiction), but the more I read, the more the story pulled me in. By the time I lifted m
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Terry Crawford Palardy
I am a quilter, and so the title, The Fortune Quilt, drew me in first. I was delighted to find that this book was also a romance, with a touch of the "we're not in Kansas anymore" setting. Lani Diane Rich has written a fast paced story in a laid back setting where personal growth and family relationships are key themes.

Three sisters and a dad are abandoned by a postpartum-depressed mother who has named each daughter after a singer: Carly (Simon) is the eldest, Ella (Fitzgerald) the middle child
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Susan
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are some stories that when you read them you simply can't put them down. Then there are others that you read over several days. While still others are simply just okay or complete stinkers.

The Fortune Quilt by Lani Diane Rich is just okay. At one point, I was almost disappointed, but perhaps I was just reading it at the wrong time. I didn't find anything that was really outstanding about it, save for the fact that it was about a mystical woman who makes a lot of quilts and waits for the ow
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Janel
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
A super cute, light fun read with some some great wisdom sprinkled throughout. It seemed almost too short, and some of the characters seemed kind of sketched out to me and not fully developed. Most of the characters were likable, but I found myself a little aggravated with the two sisters in the book and thought the dad was a wimp that lacked loyalty and understanding to his daughter (Carly the heroine). As soon as the flaky, missing mother (for 17 years!) reappears she is instantly forgiven and ...more
Dixie Goode
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
I had never read a book by Lani Diane Rich, but I was in the mood for something light-hearted and brainless after finishing the Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling and this title on my kindle seemed like it might fit the bill.

Well it really didn't, there ended up being a lot of current issues to deal with, a girl who had to turn "Mom" at 12 when her Mother abandons her and her younger siblings then finding herself out of a job due to the economy just as her mom reappears and her best friend declares th
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Peggy
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It was so great! It's about a girl who goes to a little town to interview a psychic quilt maker and thinks she's absolutely full of bunk. Before she leaves, the quilt maker gives her a quilt of her own and a reading--vague things like: "return the frog. Accept the book with the amber spine. Take the cab." (The heroine sarcastically asks if that's like "Leave the gun, take the cannoli?") Anyway, when things that were predicted start to come true and her life turns upside down, ...more
Leslie Miner
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun story. Carly, the main character, is a reporter who interviews a psychic who makes and uses quilts for her readings. Carly is skeptical about it all, but after receiving her own quilt and reading, she ends up moving to the quirky, artsy town where the psychic lives. Actually, it was more of a running away from her problems. This story covers a lot in a short time, but the author does a great job keeping the most important aspects in the forefront and keeping it light with humor. T ...more
Angel **Book Junkie**
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Sometimes you get away from a true romance with a twist of paranormal (or is it belief) you decide once you read this heartwarming story. The characters were likable, quirky, and probably like none other you will ever read about. Lani Diane Rich wrote a story and told it like many others could try but could probably not do. It was a great book and it was free. I don't know what it is now but go try it and you might like it, too ...more
Stacy
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was for my book group. I don't know if I would have read it otherwise. I don't know if this is an actual genre, but it was kind of a romantic cozy. Single professional woman with a terrible romantic track record, a life-changing event, a group of quirky new friends who help her see what her life could be like. And of course the swoony romantic interest who finally helps her break through her emotional barriers. All fairly formulaic, but a quick, totally inoffensive read.
Danielle
Feb 12, 2008 rated it liked it
I liked this book. It was a quick read, straightforward, and I enjoyed the author's wit. I found her descriptions not too weighed down with details but there were enough to make me feel involved in the story. I would have given it an additional 1/2 star if that was possible, but 4 stars would have been too many given that there was S&S (swearing & sexual inuendos) that I don't feel were absolutely vital to the story line.
Elisha Condie
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Found it at the library, grabbed it on a whim. It's light. It's fun. It's easy to read. It's like a Julia Roberts movie from the 90s. Not much to it, but somehow it's pretty enjoyable. Sometimes I end up liking a book like this and don't know what else to do but give a little shrug and admit that yep, I liked it.
Kristie
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books-read
This was such a good book!! I read it for a book club and wasn't sure what to expect as I was not familiar with the author. I really liked the main character, Carly, and seeing her grow throughout the book. The little town of Bilby was so cute and I adored the quirky residents. There was some family tension that was nicely resolved. All in all, a great read!
Hallie
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Again, lovely scenes and characters, but this time the story felt far too close to A Little Ray of Sunshine in having a terrible mother and the adult daughter having to come to terms with her as a changed woman. What worked in ALROS didn't work so well here, and the romance didn't feel very moving as a result.
Suzie Quint
3.5 stars

This is a nice little story, but nothing special. The hero was nice enough but so beta that for the longest time I wasn't sure the heroine was really going to end up with him. It was a tad hard to feel the chemistry. I really liked her best friend Christopher better.
Carolyn F.
What a fantastic book! I was laughing and getting teary eyed sometime at the same time. I also read this book in an afternoon because I couldn't put it down. So wonderful.

Jenifer
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens-fiction
Oh this is such a good book! I laughed and cried. The characters are just so wonderful, that you never want to stop reading about them.
Just - The romance reader
This is the first novel I've read by Lani Diane Rich and I loved it! She's snarky and funny and her writing reminds me so much of Jennifer Crusie whom I LOVE!
Rossy
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: chick lit fans
Recommended to Rossy by: Tammy
This was a great book. Really likeable characters, good humor yet a very substantial & emotional plot!
Swanbender2001
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was exactly what I needed when I stuck my nose in and couldn't pull it out. I loved the story and the characters and look forward to our discussion.
Beverly J.
Cute and quirky. Chick lit with a twist, it was a nice respite from my other reads.
Michelle
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Too much swearing but a fun story.
Al
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Romance with coming of age overtones and perhaps a bit of para-normality - at least fortune telling that works. Easy book to read, well crafted characters. Great world descriptions.
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