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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764201336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764201332
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a pleasant way to pass a few hours.... once the plot twists started coming, I couldn't put it down." -- Roseanna White, christianreviewofbooks.com

"Engaging characters and a brilliantly portrayed sense of time.... a fine addition to the Inspirational genre. Very nicely done!" -- RomanceDesigns.com

"Fans of historical romance and of Judith Pella will not want to miss this newest book." -- AromanceReview.com

"...a funny, charming story and well worth the read." -- Jill Hart, blogcritics.org

"Set in a post-Civil War frontier town, this sweet story is sure to charm your romantic side." -- Angie Hodapp, Quilter's Newsletter, March 2008

About the Author

Judith Pella is a bestselling, award-winning author whose writing career spans two decades. Her in-depth historical and geographical research combines with her skillful storytelling to provide readers with dramatic, thought-provoking novels. She and her husband make their home in Scapoose, Oregon.

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The authors writing style is so easy to visualize and really flows......
T. Clark
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.
Deborah
This was an interesting read of how sometimes life goes astray by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
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.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bunny J. Bassett on June 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
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?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Tether on April 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
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.
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By Christian Review of Books on May 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Bachelor's Puzzle
By Judith Pella
Review by Roseanna White

Maintown is finally getting a new circuit preacher--and the women are all thrilled when they learn he's unmarried. Their eligible daughters would all make perfect pastor's wives, so to snag his attention, the womenfolk decide to make the good reverend a welcome quilt, everyone doing one square. Their hope is that whichever daughter makes the best square will also win the preacher's heart. There's only one problem with this plan: the Reverend isn't exactly what he seems.

Zack Hartley knows a good plan when he schemes it, but the longer he's serving as pastor of Maintown and its neighboring villages, the more he gets to know the good people who welcome him with open arms, the less sure he is about the brilliance of this plan. Dodging the matchmaking attempts isn't all that difficult, really. And no matter how he bumbles, his new congregants love him. But what's he supposed to do about the compelling Newcomb sisters, who may just love him a little too much. . . and one of which is stealing his heart, too?

Bachelor's Puzzle is a light and quick historical romance with a few unexpected twists up its sleeve--or perhaps, in its batting? Revolving around the antics of the quilting society, the growth of Zach, and the hearts of Maggie and Ellie Newcomb, this book is a pleasant way to pass a few hours. I admit it took me a little while to get into it, but once the plot twists started coming, I couldn't put it down. The story mixes old-fashioned, small-town values with a little bit of snake-oil savvy, which gives it a unique flavor. The characters struck an interesting balance, one I figured they would find but wasn't quite sure how.
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Format: Paperback
Pella is headed for a huge success with this first book in the series. Quilting is the theme throughout, and very, very accurate for that time in history. Throughout, Pella strove to keep much history going, as well as several love stories and a strong Christian theme. Laughter and heartbreak, sometimes for the same family at the same time.

A young man, Zack, is on the run. He is a man without a purpose except to try to stay alive. A small town is without a minister, and as he finally heads toward his first pastorate- there is a tragedy which changes the entire story. Zack meets the minister, William by happenstance. The next few pages began the heart of the story.

The ladies of Maintown knew their coming preacher was a bachelor, and they made him a "welcome quilt" in part to welcome him, but mostly to woo him....hoping he would choose the best "block" and the lady who had made it. Several good smaller stories come from that quilt, but it is a strong cord throughout the story.

One featured family has two eligible, beautiful daughters, as different as night and day. The are interested in the new minister for entirely different reasons. In fact, nearly the whole town seems to have their sites set on him. He is quickly drawn into their hearts because he is new and awkward, but willing to get his hands dirty and back breaking by helping the congregation on their farms.

As Pella weaves the delicate love story, she also shows the best and the worst of a little country town that can become a raging inferno, or a haven of rest, or an old west shootout from the book's characters the reader already loves...or hates.... Judith wrote with such suspense, nothing could be guessed from one page to the next. Surprise after shock affected individuals, families and the whole town (as well as the readers)

I would give this book 6 starts if that was possible. I started book 2 the same day I finished book 1. Thank you Judith.
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