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Pattern for Romance
Abingdon Press (August 20, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carla Olson Gade has been imaging stories most of her life. Her love for writing and eras gone by turned her attention to writing Inspirational Historical Romance. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Writers, and the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers. She is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary.
Her publishing credits also include a variety of newspaper articles, newsletters, and web content. She also enjoys developing discipleship materials for women. She has been a book judge for the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest (RWA), and ACFW's Genesis Contest.
In addition to writing, Carla is a freelance website designer and webhost and an advocate for adult literacy. An experienced event and program planner/promoter, Carla designs marketing materials for her writing group, women's ministry, and other functions. Carla has also spoken at several women's events and facilitated many workshops and classes through the years.
An autodidact, creative thinker, and avid reader, Carla also enjoys genealogy, web design, and photography. A native New Englander, she lives in beautiful rural Maine with her "hero" husband and two young adult sons, and a new grandson.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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—a design for love.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Pattern for Romance, go HERE.
MY REVIEW-I have to be upfront with you all. I had a hard time getting started with this book. I always have a hard time saying anything less than glowing about a book but I felt I had to be honest. I have read a couple others in this series and enjoyed them, but this one was just slow getting into it. And it might have just been me. Once I got about halfway through I wanted to see how it ended so it did pick up a bit. The plot sounded intriguing and I enjoy the whole aspect of the quilting. I also loved the names of Honour and her sister Temperance, or Tempe. There is some suspense around the hero Joshua and why his engagement ended so quickly. I guess what took me a while was being thrown into the middle of it from the beginning and trying to figure out what had happened. It almost felt like there was something missing and some things felt rushed. Again, please pick it up for yourself as it could just be me. I don't want to stop anyone from reading the book but it was slow reading for me.
**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**