Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Cozy Quilt, A Cozy Story

The Quilter's Homecoming –by Jennifer Chiaverina (Elm Creek Quilts Series, Book #10)

338 pages / 412 KB
Footnotes / Endnotes: No
Illustrations: No
Suitable for eReaders: Yes
5 Stars

If you are a quilter, you have undoubtedly read some of these delightful books. If you are not a quilter, have no fear. You need not quilt to enjoy these books, nor do you need to read them in order. They all stand alone, though characters do wander into other books.

This book takes place in the late 1800s and the 1920s. It begins when Elizabeth and Henry wed, and take a train across the country from Pennsylvania to their new ranch, bought sight unseen, in Arboles Valley, California. When they arrive, they discover they'd been had, are totally broke, and must work for the rightful owners of "their" property.

Chapters about Elizabeth and Henry are interspersed with chapters and backstory about the Diaz family, the original owners, given the land by grant from the King of Spain, and lost it by draught to people who paid pennies on the dollar.

Like the quilts mentioned in the story, Jennifer Chiaverini's books are warm and cozy. You won't find murder and mayhem in them, though you will find mystery. And love, and hope, and any wrongs will be made right.

Like the pieces of a quilt, the final pattern is not always seen until the final chapter has been read, the last piece sewn in place.

The Elm Creek Quilts books are fun, sherbet to cleanse the palate, what a friend might call 'a cozy' and what I call calorie free brain candy. Delightful, fun, and has a marvelous read with a most satisfying end to it. 

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