A few years ago our guild did a program called 'secret sister', where each month you bought the same person a little gift. And at the end of the year, you revealed yourself. My 'secret sister' bought me a few of the 'Elm Creek Quilts' books by Jennifer Chiaverini. By the end of the year, I had either borrowed or purchased all of them.
I absolutely loved her! Imagine capturing a novel with not only your favourite passion as the basis of it, but making it come alive with a continuing set of characters that had so much heart to them you felt like they were your best friends.
When I was asked to do a book review of her latest book, 'The Giving Quilt', I could hardly wait to start. I might add that I finished the book in two days.
The story is about a group of quilters getting together at Elm Creek Manor to participate in a week of charity quilting called 'Quiltsgiving'. It focuses on the interesting background of six women and what led them to Elm Creek Manor, and how their new friendships helped them to heal and grow.
Now I will admit, the book is broken into chapters from the perspective of each woman. I had a little trouble at the beginning getting my head around that, but once I did, I couldn't wait to finish a chapter to see how the next quilter was handling her week at the Manor.
If you have never read a book by Ms. Chiaverini, or you are a die hard fan of yours, you will not be disappointed by her latest book, 'The Giving Quilt'.