The characters come alive so easy for Chiaverini. I just love her works. I consider this the first book in her series only because of the timeline. Story takes place prior to the Civil War and gives you a grounding to the Elm Creek saga. If you love to quilt you can't help but love these easy to read novels.
In the seventh entry in the Elm Creek Quilt series, Chiaverini returns to Creek's Crossing, Pennsylvania, in the period before the Civil War, when quilts were used as markers along the Underground Railroad. Nineteen-year-old Dorothea Granger, dutiful daughter and niece, teaches at the local school, the closest she can come to fulfilling her dreams of education and career. Her younger brother, Jonathan, is studying medicine in Boston and is seen as the likely heir to the farm where her family lives under the scrutiny of cantankerous Uncle Jacob. When her uncle asks Dorothea to make him a quilt with very specific instructions, she obeys but is intrigued and annoyed at the request, as it takes her away from the task of quilting to raise funds to build a library and wondering about the intentions of a potential suitor and a mysterious newcomer. The Granger family and their small town become increasingly torn by encroaching efforts to round up or to assist runaway slaves.
This is my favorite of the Elm Creek Quilters series. I couldn't put it down. Interesting history lessons involving the years right before the Civil War. This story is mysterious, couragous, romantic with a lot of "daring" thrown in.
Another great book from Jennifer Chiaverini. I have read all the books that she has written so far and can't wait to get the next one. If you like quilting or even ifg you don't this book is for you. So much fun to read. You should read the rest of them also.
My favorite Elm Creek Quilters book thus far. At first I thought I might miss the normal characters from the Elm Creek series but the characters in this book were so rich it was lacking nothing.