Friday, May 23, 2014

Pattern for Romance

Title: Pattern for Romance
Author: Carla Olson Gade
Publisher: Abingdon Press
August 2013
ISBN: 978-1426752711
Genre: Historical

Sometimes God’s pattern for our lives can lean us somewhere unexpected.

Honour Metcalf's quilting needlework is admired by a wealthy customer of the Boston Mantua-maker for whom she works. In need of increasing her earnings, she agrees to create an elaborate white work bridal quilt for the dowager's niece. A beautiful design emerges as she carefully stitches the intricate patterns and she begins to dream of fashioning a wedding quilt of her own.

When Honour is falsely accused of thievery and finds herself in a perilous position, merchant tailor Joshua Sutton comes to her aid. As he risks his relationships, reputation, and livelihood to prove her innocence, the two discover a grander plan.

PATTERN FOR ROMANCE is a tightly written story set before the Revolutionary War when things in the colonies were just beginning to get rough. Starting out with a damaging hailstorm, Honour is rescued by the bachelor of the colonies--a man who has recently been jilted by his former fiancee. 

The dialogue is rather stiff and the characters rather flat, but the story is impeccably told. Fans of pre-Revolutionary war historical romances and of Ms. Gade might find the story enchanting. A letter from the author documenting the history of the times textiles and discussion questions are included. 

PATTERN FOR ROMANCE is book eight in the Quilts of Love series. Fans of this series will want to read it as well. $12.99. 272 pages. 

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