By Judith Pella
Published by Bethany House
The church ladies society in Maintown, Oregon, is buzzing over the arrival of the new preacher. Their eligible daughters are fashioning a special quilt for him---in the shape of a ring---because rumor has it he's unattached. But when the "clergyman" turns out to be nothing more than a handsome opportunist, humorous blunders abound!
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