Audiobook Review: Pattern for Romance by Carla Olson Gade

Title:  Pattern for Romance
Series: Quilts of Love, Book 8
Author: Carla Olson Gade
Narrator: Jennifer Nittoso
Publisher: Audible Studios
Audio Release Date:  August 20, 2013
Running Time: 7 hours 36 minutes
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

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.

Pattern for Romance by Carla Olson Gade is the first of the Quilts of Love series I've read or listened to.  I enjoyed the tie-in with quilts in the story, especially when this one takes place during the Revolutionary War period. There's just something about quilts and family heirlooms that adds richness to a story, and that's how Pattern for Romance plays out.  The story captivated me from the beginning, which was quite dramatic with a hailstorm and danger that lands our heroine, Honor injured or in need of rescue more than once. In come our hero with a little baggage when it comes to women. And in a comical tease, I guess the number of obstacles that comes to Honor can also be relative in terms of the title. (Did you get that?!)

The narrator did a great job in relaying the events.  However, the dialogue throughout was rather stiff and abrupt in many areas, creating several rather dull and underdeveloped characters. Despite so, the story line carries Pattern for Romance through, holding onto listeners' (and I assume readers') attention until the end.

NOTE:  I won an audible copy of this audiobook in a giveaway.  A review was not required.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



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. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is represented by Chip MacGregor. Carla her husband share their home in rural Maine where they reside near their two young adult sons and new grandson.




  1. I have found with some books the narrator spoils the story. I will have to listen to a sample of this one. I recently listened to a book where the narrator seemed bored with her reading of the story. When she said "Chapter 22" I think she was yawning!


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