There is not really a great deal positive to be said about The Basement Quilt by Ann Hazelwood. The characters in the story were boring, flat, and uninteresting. Sadly, it was obvious the author was trying to make them appealing, but it just didn’t work. If you like reading about other people quilting, other people drinking lots of wine, and other people eating lots of yummy food, you have come to the right book. Unfortunately, the author failed to draw readers into the characters’ lives, but rather told them repetitively about their activities.
The author attempted to create intriguing mystery, but it seemed forced and uncomfortable and highly predictable. Another irritant was having the author continually bring up a book published by the same publisher as the novel and then continue referencing it throughout the story. Not sure who made that choice–the author or the publisher, but it was not well done. The supposed romance was not all that believable and seemed to be about lust and not love. Finally, many grammatical errors dotted the pages.
This book was a big disappointment. Reading a cookbook or quilting book would have been far more interesting. It should be noted there are two other books in this series thus far.
Profanity/Language: 3 religious exclamations; 6 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory name.
Sex/Nudity: Person reportedly committed adultery; non-married characters embrace and kiss, sometimes passionately; character references another’s sexual orientation; woman refers to her cleavage when looking in a mirror; character asks another where she goes to have sex and if she’s a virgin; sexual intimacy is implied a couple of times; characters discuss orgasmic experiences not directly related to sex.
Mature Subject Matter:
Adultery, adoption, divorce, death of family member.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Several characters are inebriated on several occasions; character smoked pot in the past; characters consume alcohol in virtually every scene of the book, beverages include lots of wines, scotch and champagne.