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Stunned to discover that her quilt holds the key to a long-lost fortune, poor tavern maid Baines Marshall joins forces with the wealthy Lord Grayling Dunston--after the quilt mysteriously vanishes from her home--to find the treasure, only to discover true love instead. Original.
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Patterns of Love by Christine Holden is part of in the Jove Quilting Romance line. It takes place in 1821 in Mississippi as Lord Grayling Dunston comes from England to search for his great-grandmother's quilt called Mary's Fortune. The quilt has been given away because few knew the importance of the quilt. Within the quilted pattern lies the key to a treasure. Gray's family fortune is in dire straights and he needs to find the treasure. A letter to his father had the riddle, "If you have the measure to search for my treasure, it will line your pockets with gold. Decipher Mary's Fortune and let your pleasure unfold." He finds out that his cousin has given the quilt to Lincoln Marshall in return for work and he sets off to find this poor labourer. Instead of finding Lincoln, however he comes across Baines who he later discovers is Lincoln's niece. Despite Baines' common upbringing Gray finds himself attracted to this beautiful woman. Baines works as a seamstress and in a tavern to support herself. She has the quilt but is loath to tell the distinguished stranger because she is afraid that Lincoln has stolen the quilt and she will be causing her Uncle to be arrested. Despite this, Baines also has an instant attraction to Gray and finds herself torn. When she finally decides to tell Gray she has the quilt it is stolen from her small shack, and she and Gray must either bond together to find it or separate amidst doubt and guilt. Patterns of Love is a strong, plot driven story. I found that the plot kept me going when the characters didn't. Both Gray and Baines were stereotypical romance novel characters. The story was still entertaining, I just knew not to expect much from them. I found Gray's cousin and his wife to be more interesting characters. The idea of a map to a family's fortune in a quilt makes for a unique and engaging story! Michelle Sawyer -- Copyright © 030199 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times
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Book Description Jove, 1999. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0515124818