Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pattern for Romance by Carla Olson Glade

Book Blurb:
Pattern for Romance (1769, Boston, Massachusetts)
Sometimes God's pattern for our lives can lead 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.

Does Honour need protection or not? Read on to get a hint!


Boston, Massachusetts
July 31, 1769

The crack of musket fire resounded through the clouded sky. Hailstones, the size of goose eggs, pelted the cobbled thoroughfare as people ran for shelter. Thunder clapped and an onslaught of shouts and shrieks echoed nature’s vehement warning.

Honour Metcalf sank to her knees in a puddle of quilted petticoats and toile—her mitted hands encased her head, vying for protection against the artillery of hail and confusion.

“Miss Metcalf, Miss Metcalf . . .”

A muffled voice reached her ears and she dared peek at the one towering over her. Blue eyes—those eyes—flashed concern, then vanished as a dark cloak enveloped her. Strong arms scooped her up, pressing her against the firm chest of her rescuer.

Honour could scarcely make out the blur of damaged brick and clapboard as Joshua Sutton’s long strides carried her away in haste. Glazed windows popped and shards of glass flew as hail continued to wreak havoc on shops and offices. Fallen birds littered the street amidst the frozen ammunition. Lightning flashed and Honour squeezed her eyes shut, willing away the shrill neighs of horses and the cracking of the icy brimstone beneath carriage wheels.

The pair made their way through a heavy wooden door and into a dimly lit foyer. Mr. Sutton rested Honour upon along bench and stooped beside her. With trembling hands, she pushed back her taffeta calash. The boned collapsible bonnet provided some measure of protection from the torrent, but what would protect her from him?

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About Carla:
Carla Olson Gade has been imagining stories most her life. Her love for writing and eras gone by turned her attention to writing historical Christian romance. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. An autodidact, creative thinker, and avid reader, Carla also enjoys genealogy, web design, and photography. A native New Englander, she writes from her home in beautiful rural Maine where she resides with her “hero” husband and two young adult sons.

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Carla is giving away a copy of Pattern for Romance. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Anonymous said...

Hi Carla -- I just read the excerpt from your book and loved it!!I love a good romance-mystery. Please enter my name in your drawing. God Bless your ministry and you. Pat Hines

Boos Mum said...

I would so love to read this book. I have enjoyed your others. That excerpt was GREAT.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Rebecca said...

This sounds like a truly amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win.


Library Lady said...

I would love to win this book to give to my church library.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Janet E.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

bonton said...

Looks like a great book - romance & mystery. Would really like to read it - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

Have heard that Maine is beautiful, Carla, have always wanted to see it!


Wendy Newcomb said...

I would love to read this book, thank you for the chance to win it.


Anonymous said...

Good excerpt Carla. Sunds you have a great book. I would love to win it. Figure if I find enough of your interviews I might get a win. LOL Enjoyed your interview. Thanks BDBL for having Carls here. Thanks for the give-away. Please put my name in.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Martha Sturm said...

Have been reading all of the "Quilts of Love" books.


beckie said...

what an interesting topic.

Veronica Sternberg said...

I've enjoyed the other two books I've read in this series. I'd love to win this one. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

sm said...

Book sounds good- muskets and all! sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Paula McGrew said...

This sounds like a great book -- I would love to win a copy!

Carla Olson Gade said...

So nice to see so many of you here. I hope you'll get a chance to read more of Pattern for Romance.

Patty said...

This is earlier back in history than I usually read, but I would love to read some early US history!


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