Pattern for Romance by Carla Olson Gade

Leah Courtney

I think this may be one of my favorite of the Quilts of Love series. Set in the 1700s in Revolutionary America, it isn't a time period that I often choose. But I enjoyed this sweet touching love story.

The characters were likable and enjoyable to get to know. There was a little intrigue and drama and a sweet romance.

Occasionally characters and conversation from this time period seem so formal and stilted- which maybe one reason it isn't my favorite- but I didn't find that in this story. The characters still seemed realistic for the time period, but it wasn't so "formal" as to make it strange to read.

Our heroine of the story- Honour- does seem to have quite a few situations that she must be rescued from. And even though I love a "knight in shining armor story" I found myself wondering if she was really just horribly unlucky.

But, despite this, I found the story very enjoyable and a sweet story with a focus on God's plan for our lives and trusting Him even when our situations are very difficult.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
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.


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.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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