By Judith Pella

ISBN-10: 0764201336

ISBN-13: 9780764201332

He by no means meant to stay... the ladies of the Maintown church women society eagerly watch for the coming of the recent circuit-riding preacher--a bachelor, they have been advised. To welcome him, they and their eligible daughters choose to make him a "welcome" cover. The undertaking becomes a fierce pageant as each one younger girl attempts to outdo the opposite in making a duvet block so beautiful that it--and she--will achieve the younger minister's consciousness. Zack Hartley is not like any preacher the church has ever noticeable. He bumbles approximately within the pulpit, and while he visits the unwell, rather than praying for them he hangs laundry, washes dishes, has a tendency children--does no matter what wishes doing. His inexperience and funny error, in spite of the fact that, ultimately turn out endearing and purely extra inspire the younger women of their noticeable makes an attempt to snare him. yet Zack is hiding anything, and if his deception is located out, disappointing the Maintown girls could be the least of his concerns.

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Emma Jean Stoddard would be livid that the news hadn’t fallen into her hands first, for she was the chairwoman of the Maintown Brethren of Christ L adies’ Aid Society and most looked to her as the leader of the Sewing Circle, as well. But when her husband, Albert, had resigned as head of the board of deacons due to failing health, Emma Jean had lost some of her, albeit tacit, power. Ada’s Calvin was now chairman of the deacons and was also on the county board representing the four Brethren of Christ churches in the area.

I thought you fancied Colby Stoddard, or was it Elisha Cook, or KurtL ambert? ” Ellie grinned. “Me? Don’t do me any favors. ” “You both should be getting more serious in your search for a husband. You don’t want to end up like Hilda’s poor daughter,Iris,” Mama said. ” groaned Maggie. “She’s only twenty-two. ” Mama gave a slap to the lump of dough before dividing it into two chunks. “Iris is so homely, it’s no wonder the men don’t give her a second look. ”—she added this last with a pointed look at Maggie—”are such pretty girls, you’ll have no trouble finding nice husbands.

He’d been around. He was twenty-four, not twelve. But all she’d had to do was blink those pretty blue eyes of hers, toss those silky brown locks, and shimmy in that fancy silk dress, and he was lost. He should have known better than to get involved with a saloon girl. When he had arrived in Portland, he’d had some money from working for a Seattle boss named Duncan Falk, who was mostly a hoodlum. But the man also had several lucrative legitimate enterprises, and Zack collected “protection” money from local businesses, making a healthy percentage in return.

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