A Dangerous Tide Author:Kristi Holl Sophia Parker has two mysteries on her hands. The first is that her daughter Vanessa is in deep trouble with the law. The second is a message from her family is distant past. — "In friendship, J.A." Is embroidered on the third silken square of Sophia's prized heirloom quilt, bequeathed to her by her Italian grandmother. The old diary that accomp... more »anies the quilt, written in Italian, alludes to English map points such as South Hampton, and cryptically mentions a stowaway who once traversed the Mediterranean sea in 1812.
Who was this stowaway, with the South Hampton connection, Sophia suspects the "J.A." to be Jane Austen, the famous author who lived in nearby Chawton Village, but she can't find any evidence that Jane ever visited Italy, whether legitimately or as a stowaway. As the next guardian of the antique cassone that houses the priceless quilt and the old diary that accompanies it, Sophia is determined to learn the true history behind each piece.
Meanwhile, Sophia is struggling to understand her daughter's trouble with the police. Even as Vanessa protests her innocence, it seems obvious that the authorities believe they already have the culprit at hand. Sophia must conduct her own investigation that will with clear Vanessa's name or remove all doubt that she is guilty.
The third quilt square is a real puzzle, but so is the riddle of how her daughter could have been in two places at one time. Join Sophia and her good friends of the Pinot Painyers art group as they set out to solve the mysteries of the present and the past and make a heartwarming discovery along the way.« less