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Tea Party Winners: Carla Gade's winner is Becky Dempsey, Andrea Boeshaar's winner Caryl Kane, Gina Welborn's winner Jasmine A., Carrie Fancett Pagels' winners book copy -- Lynda Edwards, teacup and saucer -- Wendy Shoults

Friday, August 23, 2013

Guest Review of Carla Olson Gade's Pattern for Romance by Teresa S. Mathews


Pattern for Romance by Carla Olson Gade

Pattern for Romance; Quilts of Love Series  
by Carla Olson Gade
Publisher; Abingdon Press

Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews 


A Very Sweet Romance.

Carla Olson Gade has crafted a beautiful story set in Boston, Massachusetts in 1769. Amid the beginnings of murmurs and complaints of the tightfisted British rule of the colonies we are introduced to a courageous young woman, Honour Metcalf.

After their parents and siblings were killed during a pirate attack on their ship, Honour and her younger sister Temperance lose everything and are left orphans. The one possession Honour misses the most is the beautiful white quilt she and her mother were working on before that fateful day. Arriving in Boston, Honour finds employment at Wadsworth Mantua Shop as a quilter. Having been taught by her mother, Honour became quite adept at quilting. 

One afternoon when Honour is headed to pick up Tempe from school, she is caught in a horrific hailstorm. Just as she is about to succumb to the hail fiercely pounding on her head she is rescued by Joshua Sutton son of the local tailor and rushed into a nearby church. During the short time they spend together before Honour passes out from her injuries, Joshua's heart is touched and intrigued by this beautiful, young woman.

One mishap after another seems to follow this dear sweet girl, and each time she handles it with grace and each time it seems Joshua is right there to rescue her.  Just when Honour starts to fall for Joshua she sees a man who she believes to be him in an alley with his former fiancé proclaiming his love her even though she is now a married woman. Will she figure out the mystery behind that encounter? Imagine Honour's horror when that same woman shows up later with a request for Honour to finish the work on a beautiful wedding quilt that turns out to be the very beloved quilt that she thought was lost at sea! Will Honour be able to keep the secret that the quilt was hers? 

I enjoyed this story immensely, the characters found their way into my heart. Especially Honour's younger sister Tempe, she is a delightful child. The story line was great with some surprising twists and turns, of course the exciting ending was superb! Great job Ms. Gade!! 

This book can be found at DeeperShoppingAmazonCBD and other stores.

Bio: Teresa S. Mathews is a poet and also a reviewer on Overcoming With God, an international group blog. She home schooled her two sons, who are now both attending college. 

GIVEAWAY: We are giving away one copy of this wonderful book. Winners choice of Paperback or E-book, International Winners E-book Only. All you have to do to be entered is make sure to leave your email address in case you are the winner. If you would like to  subscribe to Carla's newsletter here; Carla Olson Gade's Newsletter you will get five (5) extra entries. Please put "NEWSLETTER" in your comments to let me know you subscribed. 

59 comments:

  1. An intriguing review, Teresa. Congratulations Carla on what sounds like a charming book. I subscribed for your newsletter.

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    1. This is a wonderful story JANET. Thanks for subscribing to Carla's newsletter.

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  2. Beautiful review, Teresa! Thanks so much for being a guest reviewer and poster here on CQ with us and for sharing your thoughtful review! Congrats, Carla! It was fun researching this book with you!

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    1. Thanks CARRIE, so glad to be here on CQ. I always have a good time. :)

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    2. Such great memories, Carrie! I still remember sitting with you in the carriage and you telling me to take in the entire experience so I can write about it...how it sounded, what it felt like as the coach rumbled along...I've written that experience into more than one story already! Ever grateful, friend!

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  3. An absolutely wonderful review, TERESA! As Janet just said, the storyline sounds intriguing. Wondering how the young lady got ahold of that quilt...

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    1. DIANA thank you! Carla did a great job on that little mystery. Not going to give it away but I was very shocked! lol NOW YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!! :)

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  4. I think this books sounds great! I subscribed to the newsletter! Thanks!

    colorvibrant[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. HEIDI you'll love it! Thanks for subscribing to CARLA's newsletter! :)

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  5. Thank you so much for your lovely review, Teresa! You write the such beautiful reviews and your comments about Pattern for Romance are so generous...I'm humbled and appreciative!

    I also appreciate all of you who are commenting and signing up for my newsletter. {{thanks, Carrie!}}

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    1. CARLA you are very welcome. :) It was a pleasure to read and review it!

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  6. This sounds like another book to add to the TBR list--a chance to win it, would bring it to the top of the list! ;-) Great review Teresa--you DID get our curiosity up concerning that quilt!
    I also subscribed to Carla's newsletter.
    Vicki vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. VICKI oh yes, you need to add this to your list. I would say I'm sorry about stirring up everyone's interest in the quilt but that makes it all the better when you find out!!! lol

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  7. What a wonderful review, Teresa, of Carla's new book! I'm always on the lookout for colonial historical fiction books to read, and am looking forward to reading this. Best wishes, Carla, for great success with this book and all of your writing endeavors.

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    1. CYNTHIA thank you so much. Carla did a fine job on adding details about what was going on during this time. You can tell there was a lot of research done.

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    2. Thank you, Cynthia and Teresa. Yes, lots of research. One of my favorite settings ever!

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  8. NEWSLETTER! wOULD LOVE TO WIN. ANGELACHESNUT246@GMAIL.COM

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    1. ANGELA thanks for subscribing to Carla's Newsletter! Good luck in the drawing!! :)

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  9. Wonderful review, Teresa! Carla's book sounds fantastic. Would love to win. I subscribed to her newsletter! Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Love the storyline for Pattern For Romance - mystery, romance, suspense, & what sounds like some dysfunctional characters.

    I would love to win the print book - thanks for the opportunity!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Dysfunctional characters for sure!! But aren't we all... ;0

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  11. Think I will love this book - mystery, romance, suspense, dysfunctional characters!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. BONNIE we have you entered! Thanks for subscribing to CARLA's Newsletter.

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  13. This book sounds wonderful. Two of my favorite things...books & quilts! I also subscribed to your newsletter.

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    1. DONNA it is WONDERFUL!! CARLA did an excellent job!! Thanks for subscribing to her newsletter!! :)

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  14. What a wonderful review! I can't wait to read this beautiful story and meet the charming characters described!!

    Thank you for sharing this review and for the opportunity to win a copy of PATTERN FOR ROMANCE!!!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you BRITNEY!! Here's hoping for a win for you!! Glad you subscribed to CARLA's Newsletter!

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  15. Thanks DONNA for subscribing to CARLA's Newsletter! :)

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  16. This sounds like a good book. I figured Joshua was asking the woman to help Honour. I have subscribed to Carla's newsletter. (NEWSLETTER) I'm still wondering about the switch from OWG to here. Please add me to the drawing. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Oh dear MAXIE sorry we confused you today. CARRIE does both this blog and OWG. She needed something to post here today so since CARLA's book is set in Colonial America I was glad to share it on here! Glad you followed me over! GOOD LUCK in the giveaway and since you subscribed to CARLA's Newsletter you get (5) extra entries! :)

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  17. I would love to win a copy of this book, thank you for the chance. It sounds like a great read!

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. WENDY!! Good luck in the giveaway!! Glad you stopped by! :)

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  18. I just signed up for Carla's newsletter!

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for signing up for the Newsletter! :)

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  19. What a fabulous review TERESA!! And thanks for bringing my attention to this intriguing sounding story of CARLA'S! Even as an Aussie, it's just fascinating to read stories set in these different time periods, bringing history alive for everyone. I truly think I now know more about American history than I do my own country! Oops!

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    1. NOELA thank you, so glad you like the review and I know you will love the book! I promise I won't tell if you know know about our history than yours!! lol

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    2. I agree, Noela! I love learning about history from all over the world, and its great fun to do so through historical fiction.

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  20. I'm looking forward to reading this Carla!

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    1. HI LORI! So glad you dropped by! Hope you get to read this soon as I know you will like it. :)

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  21. Teresa, I already wanted to read this book, simply because it is something Carla wrote, but your review makes me want to read it even more. Nice job.

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    1. SUSAN thank you, so glad you liked the review and now you will have to hurry and grab this while it's hot off the presses!! lol

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  22. What a great turn out! So happy to see you all here...familiar friends and new faces!

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  23. This looks wonderful and I'm already signed up for your NEWSLETTER! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. VERONICA!! It is absolutely wonderful! Thanks for coming by!!

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  24. I have heard good things about this book. Thanks for sharing! I hope to read it. Thanks for the giveaway too!

    ks4readin@yahoo.com

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    1. 4readin Thanks for coming by, your are very welcome and we have you entered!!

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  25. PATTERN FOR ROMANCE sounds just wonderful. Thank you for your review.

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    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  26. Carla, sounds like a GREAT read, and Boston, Mass.??? I'm soooooooo there, girlfriend!! :)

    Teresa, wonderful review as always -- SOLD!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. JULIE can't figure why my reply showed up a couple comments below. I'm thinking my bad luck with blogspot continues here on CQ!! lol

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  27. I'm definitely picking this up~

    Love the period and setting and Carla's writing!

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  28. Hi JULIE! Hmm let me think...wonder why you like Boston so much??!! ;) Thanks for bring your special ray of Sunshine to CQ!!

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  29. Sorry if you get this twice, I'm having "issues" with blogspot today. Grrr! But I'd love to read your book because - I love anything about quilts!

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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    1. PEG you are good to go, it only showed up once. I feel your pain about blogspot. lol So glad you dropped in! I know you will love CARLA's book!

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  30. Great review!!
    I am in the midst of homeschooling my four, glad to know you made it thru with your sanity intact. ;)
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. SUSAN thanks so much! Blessing on homeschooling your children. There were days when I thought my youngest might be the one that was going to push me over the edge!! lol Thank God we MADE it though!! He starts the first day of College on Monday! I am going to miss him being home with me!

      So glad you came by!! :)

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  31. I'm honored that so many stopped by to read Teresa's review of Pattern for Romance. I do hope you'll take the time to read it and get swept up into the turmoil of pre-revolutionary Boston.

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  32. sounds like a wonderful book and I would love to win it! Thanks,Rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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