Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Quilter's Apprentice - Jennifer Chiaverini

Summary from GoodReads: After moving with her husband, Matt, to the small college town of Waterford, Pennsylvania, Sarah McClure struggles to find a fulfilling job. In the meantime, she agrees to help seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate, Elm Creek Manor, for sale. As part of her compensation, Sarah is taught how to quilt by this cantankerous elderly woman, who is a master of the craft.

During their lessons, Mrs. Compson reveals how her family was torn apart by tragedy, jealousy, and betrayal, and her stories force Sarah to face uncomfortable truths about her own alienation from her widowed mother. As their friendship deepens, Mrs. Compson confides in Sarah the truth about why she wants to sell Elm Creek Manor. In turn, Sarah seeks a way to bring life and joy back to the estate so Mrs. Compson can keep her home -- and Sarah can keep her cherished friend. The Quilter's Apprentice teaches deep lessons about family, friendship, and sisterhood, and about creating a life as you would a quilt: with time, love, and patience, piecing the miscellaneous and mismatched scraps into a beautiful whole.

Matt and Sarah McClure are new to the area of Waterford, PA.  Matt transferred to a new job and Sarah is out searching for one.  One for Matt's new clients, Mrs. Compson, is having him restore the grounds of the Elm Creek Manor getting it ready to be sold after her sister's recent death.  Mrs. Compson employs Sarah temporarily to help her clean and restore the inside of the manor for a modest income along with quilting lessons.  Mrs. Compson teaches Sarah how to make a sampler quilt and learns about the family history along the way.  What will become of Elm Creek Manor?  Will Mrs. Compson stay in Waterford?

As a quilter, I thoroughly enjoyed this book!  I loved reading about the history behind each quilting block that was incorporated into her sampler quilt.  I am looking forward to reading more from this series soon!  I only wish that Elm Creek Quilts was a real place but I guess I will have to be happy by attending my quilting retreat for the first time at the end of September!

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