The Master Quilter (Elm Creek Quilts, Bk 6)
The Master Quilter - Elm Creek Quilts, Bk 6 Author:Jennifer Chiaverini The Master Quilter opens with the sound of wedding bells ringing in the ears of the Elm Creek Quilters. The close-knit group can hardly believe that their own Sylvia Compson planned her holiday wedding to sweetheart Andrew in complete secrecy, without the help of even one of her friends. Eager to honor the newlyweds, the Elm Creek Quilters haste... more »n to stitch a bridal quilt for their favorite Master Quilter. Until the time comes to unveil the surprise gift, they reason, Sylvia will be the one in the dark.
Such little white lies seem harmless enough, especially in the service of future happiness. Yet Elm Creek Manor, and the quilting retreat established there by the Elm Creek Quilters, thrives on the strength of women sharing their creativity, their challenges, and their dreams. Somehow, in the race to commemorate in Sylvia's bridal quilt all that they hold dear about her wisdom, skill, and devotion, they forget to give honesty its pride of place.
As the quilt blocks accumulate, the Elm Creek Quilters celebrate the joy of new beginnings and the ongoing success of their business -- until forces conspire to threaten their happiness and prosperity. Two among them falter in their personal relationships, yet they are too proud to share their pain. The financial problems of another leave the quilt project vulnerable to a malicious act that may prevent its completion. And as two others weigh the comfort of the present against dreams of a future far from Elm Creek Manor, closely guarded secrets strain the bonds of friendship with those who may be left behind.« less
When I first started reading this book I was a little put off by the author's approach of having each character tell the same story from their viewpoint...I found it a little tedious. But somewhere along the way that approach started to work for me and I ended up enjoying this book as much as I have enjoyed the others. That unique approach of the author's also allowed her to do a depth of character development on the characters that we have read about in all the previous books, that apparently was not possible before and having so many of the characters in this series fleshed out will definitely add to my enjoyment of the rest of the books in this series.
This is a different approach by the author this time as she goes into the lives of each of the elm creek quilters. The running theme through the book is making a wedding quilt for Sylvia and Andrew. It is another masterfully told story by this author.