Loan from Anglersrest

I bought the next one on in the series at Christmas but couldn’t find a copy of this one, so Julie kindly offered to lend it to me.

It’s always interesting to see how authors mix up things when writing a long series.  Monica Ferris introduces different communities and locations into her Betsy Devonshire mysteries, and Chiaverini tends to concentrate on quilting history, using her main characters’ familes as a starting point for an interesting excursion into quilting and American history.  In this book she takes a slightly different tack (ahem).  We meet the five people applying for a job at Elm Creek Quilts, with a long chapter each, and through this we get to see five different kinds of quilters – in style, background and in their place in more modern quilting history.  One older woman keeps quilting through the decline in interest in the art and the resurgence around the Bicentenary.   Another finds an antique quilt and crafts her own version of the history of its maker.   Another is challenged in her refusal to divest herself from the traditional womanly arts, and still another finds a new way to create, almost uninfluenced by history.

Each has an interview and then the Elm Creek Quilters we already know and love have to decide to whom to offer the jobs.

A lovely read, really interesting and absorbing as ever.

Thanks Julie! I’ll post it back soon!