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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pattern for Romance

Pattern for Romance
Abingdon Press (August 20, 2013)
Carla Gade

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.
Carla can be reached through the Contact link on her Website.
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 Thoughts:
Pattern for Romance is the latest addition to the Quilts of Love series.  I have thoroughly enjoyed these books.  Gade's book was a little different for me than the others.  While maybe not my favorite of the series, I appreciate how Gade captures the era about which she is writing.  From the description of the characters, the surroundings and the dialect, she draws you into the story and you feel as if you are walking alongside Honour and Joshua.  What a sweet story!  

Happy Reading,