When unspeakable tragedy leaves young Eli an orphan, two families are devastated. But Taylor, Eli's aunt and legal guardian, vows to help him remember his parents by creating a Memory Quilt. As she begins piecing together the moments of his parents' lives, the story of the young family emerges and Taylor and Eli begin to heal. But Eli's uncle Reece is slow to let go of the past and still blames Taylor's brother for his sister's death. So, although he has long been attracted to Taylor, Reece keeps a safe distance away. Can their shared love for Eli pave the way to forgiveness or will Taylor and Reece be separated by pain?
In another of the publisher's multi-author Quilts of Love series, Lough (From Ashes to Honor) pens a simple romance steeped in heavy issues of loss and regret. When tragedy strikes, Eli is left with only extended family to look after him. Taylor, the sister of Eli's father, may have been given sole legal custody by the four-year-old's mother, but she charitably shares custodial time with the child's bachelor uncle Reece. Haunted by the premature death of her own parents and realizing that Eli will have scant memories of his mother and father, Taylor decides to piece together a memory quilt for the child. The assembly of the quilt keeps Taylor rooted in the past, as Reece struggles with his own painful childhood. Meanwhile Eli experiences new heartbreaks. Both Taylor and Reece must overcome anger and resentment if they are to steer the young boy through the difficulties of the present. If they can come together for the sake of Eli, they may find a way to relieve their own pain. Lough pushes the limits of plausibility a few times, but, in general, she keeps the tragedies balanced, moving the story along with the hope of forgiveness and restoration.