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The Christmas Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #8) Hardcover – November 8, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Chiaverini, author of the Elm Creek Quilts novels, delivers a rich holiday tale that predates last year's Master Quilter, also set during the Christmas season. Sylvia Compson, née Bergstrom, 77, is determined to make it the dullest holiday ever at Elm Creek Manor, to which she returned, a year and a half ago, after 50 years of estrangement. Her Bergstrom relatives are gone; her memories of Christmas past are fraught. But young Sarah McClure, Sylvia's partner in the quilting camp that's brought Elm Creek back to life, wants to spend Christmas with Sylvia—and she wants it tinsel strewn. Home is here now, not with the mother who dislikes Sarah's husband, Matt. Sylvia reluctantly agrees to visit the trove of ornaments in the attic. As the women discover an unfinished Christmas quilt, a mixed bag of memories spills out along with the feathered star blocks: strudel making in the Depression; tree trimming during World War II, which claimed Sylvia's husband, brother and a baby born too soon because of her shock; memories of a sister, Claudia, who forfeits Sylvia's love until it's too late. Reconciliation and redemption: of course. But it's not won cheaply—there's no saccharine in this sweet story.
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About the Author
Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, five collections of quilt projects, and several historical fiction novels. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and sons in Madison, Wisconsin. To learn more, visit JenniferChiaverini.com.
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However, going on someone else's comments, I decided to read this book before going on to the 3rd one. I recommend that, if anyone wants to start at the beginning of the series and work their way through all of her books, "The Christmas Quilt" should really be #2 in the series (instead of #8), because it explains a lot about the characters and situations in the first book and carries on the same theme. I hope there are no other books that are "out of order". If anyone knows that there are, please let me know.
One other thing...Why are three of the books in the series, including this one, smaller than all the other books? I think that's weird and it throws them out of proportion if you want to display the series on a bookshelf. With that exception, I am very pleased with these stories. These books are "keepers".