This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

For Love of Eli
Abingdon Press (February 1, 2013)


Loree Lough

With more than FOUR MILLION copies of her books in circulation, Loree has 98 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults; four novels optioned for movies; more books slated for release between now and 2014), 68 short stories, over 2,500+ articles in print, and over 19,000 letters from fans!

Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad.

A writer who believes in “giving back,” Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers’ Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations.

She splits her time between a tiny home in the Baltimore suburbs and an even tinier cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of “wolf stuff.”


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?

If you would like to read a first chapter excerpt of For Love of Eli, go HERE.



For Love of Eli is a quickly read, contemporary Christian romance that is one of the novels featured in the Abingdon Press Quilts of Love series. In this simple but engaging tale, Taylor finds healing for her grief as she stitches together a memory quilt for her nephew Eli who has lost both parents prematurely. And as Eli’s uncle Reese witnesses Taylor’s sacrificial love toward both Eli and himself, he gradually finds his resentment turning to something more.

I found it gratifying to observe Reese’s change of attitude as the story progressed. Not as strongly romantic as many novels of its genre, For Love of Eli is nevertheless an entertaining story with a strong message of faith for the reader.