Item description for Bachelor's Puzzle (Patchwork Circle Series #1) by Judith Pella & Christy King...
Overview The women of the Maintown Church ladies society eagerly await the arrival of the new circuit-riding preacher-a bachelor, they've been told. To welcome him, they and their eligible daughters decide to make him a "welcome" quilt. The project turns into a fierce competition as each young woman tries to outdo the other in creating a quilt block so exquisite that it-and she-will gain the young minister's attention.
Publishers Description The ladies of the Maintown, Oregon church are all abuzz when they learn of the new and single circuit-riding preacher that will be coming through town. They all decide to inspire their daughters to make a quilt to welcome him, which soon results in a competition between the girls as each tries to out-sew the other. But Zach Hartley is unlike any preacher they've ever seen - he's clumsy in the pulpit and does women's work rather than praying over the sick. While this only serves to endear him to most women, Ellie sees something suspicious in his character. Maybe it's his connections to the Portland crime ring and other dangerous thugs?
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook, CD
Studio: Oasis Audio
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 5" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jun 29, 2007
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
Series Patchwork Circle
Series Number 1
ISBN 1598592416 ISBN13 9781598592412
Availability 0 units.
More About Judith Pella & Christy King
MICHAEL PHILLIPS is a bestselling author with more than seventy of his own titles. In addition to his own work, Phillips has helped reawaken interest in Victorian novelist George MacDonald over the past thirty years. Michael and his wife alternate their time between Scotland and their home in California. JUDITH PELLA is a bestselling, award-winning author whose in-depth research combines with her skillful storytelling to provide readers with dramatic, thought-provoking novels. She and her husband make their home in Oregon.
Judith Pella currently resides in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Bachelor's Puzzle (Patchwork Circle Series #1)?
Couldn't Put This One Down Apr 30, 2008
I was hooked from the first page.The characters and plot are well developed, touched a cord in my heart and grabbed my attention. This town is in need of a preacher and welcomes Zack with open arms. He's not who he claims to be. The story is well executed and flows beautifully, as the relationship with the townspeople and Zack unfold. Maggie Newcomb, a tomboy spit-fire of a girl, and her family, are central in this wonderful story of suspense, friendship, trust and redemption.
Bachelor's Puzzle ~ Reviewed Jul 17, 2007
The women of the Maintown church ladies society are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new circuit-riding preacher - a bachelor, they are told. Zach Hartley is unlike any preacher the church has ever seen.
Zach does his best to fill the role of "New" preacher. He hangs laundry, washes dishes, tends children - whatever it takes; whatever needs doing he is ready to do. Zach gets to know and love these town people (a surprise to him). In Maintown he learns of life and the love he never had growing up.
The women of the sewing circle present the preacher with a welcoming quilt they are proud of. A competition starts up among the women as to who can make the best quilt block and win the preachers affections.
In the back of the book the Author has an offer for a free book. If you send a quilt to one of the 13 organizations (listed in the back of the book) that pass out quilts for different reasons; she will give you a book. The book also includes a pattern for the "Bachelor's Puzzle" quilt.
It doesn't get any better than that a quilt for a free book. This is the first in a series called "Patchwork Circle". I can't wait until the next book.
Reviewed by Nora St. Laurent LifeWay Book Club, Buford, GA
Bachelor's Puzzle Jun 25, 2007
Bachelor's Puzzle, book one of the Patchwork Circle Series, is Pella at her best!
Set in a fictional town, Maintown, Oregon, in 1882, she combines diverse characters and a plot with a twist. The reader is not sure which young woman will win the heart of the new minister. Could it be refined Ellie Newcomb or her tomboy sister, Maggie, or, one of the other eligible yung women?
I personally have difficulty keeping track of too many characters in a book. Therefore, I made notes on each character which I found unnecessary. Pella kept her characters consistent with smatterings of description throughout the book.
An added bonus for quilters is the Bachelor's Puzzle Quilt Pattern at the end of the book.
Pella sprinkles hints throughout the book like what happened between Ada Newcomb and Florence Parker in the past to cause their rivalry? Will we discover the answer in future books in the Patchwork Circle Series?
Quilted With Love Jun 21, 2007
The town of Maintown is all abuzz when there's news of the new minister arriving in town. Even better, he's young and single! The young women of the town (and their mothers) are gearing up to present with a quilt, showcasing the talent of potential wives. Sisters Maggie and Ellie are among those in the chase to make their mark of impression on the quilt for the new preacher. When he finally arrives in town, he's everything they wished for and more! However to Ellie, there's something not quite right about the new minister. What secrets are he hiding? What girl will win his heart?
I learned tons about quilting while reading this book. Quilting bees were huge social events that many women in town looked forward too. This was a time to get together for talk and friendship. I didn't realize exactly how important it was to be able to make such intricate squares for the quilt. I'll never take a quilt for granted again! I liked reading about all the mothers who kept trying to set their daughters up with any potential bachelor who came to town. There seems to be a great deal more single young women in Maintown than in any other book I've read set during that time period. It seems all those men who wanted mail order brides should move there instead! The story reminded me of Patricia Hickman's Millwood Hollow series with a pretend preacher fooling everyone. I liked Zach a lot and I was glad that he had enough sense not to perform a marriage which would later bring shame to the couple. He seemed like a really nice guy and seemed very cool and collected and able to fit into the role of a pastor easily. Maybe there's hope for him yet? My only complaint about the book is that Maggie acts very childish for her age. She is only two years younger than Ellie and is at the age where many girls of that time would already be married and have kids. Yet she acts without thinking and I would cringe during her scenes with Zach because for the most part he saw her as still just a girl. Other than this, I really enjoyed this book. I love this time period and I really enjoyed all the characters. The writing was top notch and shows how Pella knows as much about quilting as she does about Russian history from her other books. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
delightful post Reconstruction Era novel Jun 12, 2007
In 1882, the female members of the Mainland Church look forward to the new unmarried circuit riding preacher Zack Hartley who will live in the small Oregon town even though he will be on the road more than home. The women work together on a welcoming quilt that turns into a somewhat acrimonious rivalry once everyone meets the handsome minister.
Zack fumbles with his religious chores, but no one cares. He visits the sick, but does not pray for a miracle; instead he does women's chores like the wash and the cooking. This only endears him further in the hearts and minds of the female practitioners who see a caring man who would make a good son-in-law. However, none of the women know that this eligible bachelor has secrets involving Portland crime rings and dangerous thugs that will make most of them withdraw their opinion that he is a prized spouse.
The first "Patchwork Circle" historical tale is a delightful post Reconstruction Era novel starring likable townsfolk and a devilish minister. The story line is lighthearted fun as the women compete to gain the attention of the newcomer whose earthly ways endear him with the sewing circle females. Yet with all the rivalry friendship that abounds as the women teach Zack (perhaps too easily) what caring for others mean; he has a serious chance for redemption and love if he can go through the eye of the Lord's needle.