The women of the Maintown Church ladies society eagerly await the arrival of the new circuit-riding preacher-a bachelor, they've been told. To welcome him, they and their eligible daughters decide to make him a "welcome" quilt. The project turns into a fierce competition as each young woman tries to outdo the other in creating a quilt block so exquisite that it-and she-will gain the young minister's attention. Read by Christy King. 5 CD's. Abridged.
The ladies of the Maintown, Oregon church are all abuzz when they learn of the new and single circuit-riding preacher that will be coming through town. They all decide to inspire their daughters to make a quilt to welcome him, which soon results in a competition between the girls as each tries to out-sew the other. But Zach Hartley is unlike any preacher they've ever seen - he's clumsy in the pulpit and does women's work rather than praying over the sick. While this only serves to endear him to most women, Ellie sees something suspicious in his character. Maybe it's his connections to the Portland crime ring and other dangerous thugs?
"Zack Hartley, eligible bachelor and long awaited circuit preacher, rides into Maintown, Oregon, after the Civil War. When the young women of the church present him with a handmade quilt to celebrate his arrival, narrator Christy King depicts Zack's loss for words with stammering and hesitancy. Kings polished performance captures the sense of mystery that surrounds the bumbling new preacher, his unusual sermons, his even more unusual prayers, and the women's humorous competition for his attention. Kings powerful characterizations of sisters Maggie and Ellie, fiercely competitive in quilting and in matchmaking, are especially believable. Aligning mood and voice, King portrays Ellie's developing suspicions of Zack with clarity. The surprising conclusion will leave listeners anticipating the next book in the series."
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