Friday, December 26, 2014

Masterpiece Marriage

He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane's Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs.
Eager to acquire his aunt's quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.

Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn't mean sacrificing her ambition?

My thoughts: I wasn't sure how I would like the main characters, since they came across as a bit stuffy at first. As the story goes on, the authors did a wonderful job at developing the characters into individuals that were easy to like. The reader begins to realize why Zenus is stodgy and stuck in his ways and Mary is bent on proving herself. When the two come together, their best laid plans begin to go awry as they get to know one another and discover that God's plan for them may be different than the one they assumed.
This story is a fun, rich tale that brought to life the old quilting bees and scrap quilts.
I received a copy of this book from Lit Fuse in exchange for my honest review.

About the author: Gina Welborn is the author of several novels and novellas, including The Heiress's Courtship. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers; the president of Faith, Hope and Love; and a founding member of She lives in Cache, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband and their five children. Visit her online at