by Judith Pella

June 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0133-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Bethany House Publishers
Trade Paperback

Maintown is soon to be the home of a new circuit riding preacher—and the town’s women are all abuzz. The new preacher has recently graduated from seminary and he’s single. The older women decide that they’d have a contest. They’d have their daughters of marriageable age each make a block for the quilt, and the new preacher would fall in love with whichever daughter made the best block.

The new preacher is young and inexperienced, but the townspeople don’t notice as they are completely besotted with him. He finds it amusing that the young ladies of the town are falling all over him, all except one. And that one piques his interest.

But the new pastor holds a huge secret, one that could destroy him if it ever is discovered.

Bachelor's Puzzle is the first book in the new Patchwork Circle series. It is a charming story set in Oregon. The characters are fun and well developed and the faith message is expertly woven in. I figured out the direction the book would take early on, and it was fun reading it to discover the consequences. There are some overly convenient things happening in the book, but this is fiction.

The characters are interesting. Zach is a fun hero, imperfect, yet a real hero. There are several female main characters, so it took me awhile to figure out which was the heroine in this story. There are some point of view jumps, but it didn’t detract from the story. Fans of historical romance and of Judith Pella will not want to miss this newest book.

Reviewed in April 2007 by Laura.

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