Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Quilter's Apprentice (Elm Creek Quilts #1) by Jennifer Chiaverini

Title: The Quilter’s Apprentice (Elm Creek Quilts #1)
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Listening Length: 8 hours and 40 minutes
Year: 2004
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Recorded Books
Format: Audio Book

About the book:

     After moving with her husband, Matt, to the small college town of Waterford, Pennsylvania, Sarah McClure struggles to find a fulfilling job. In the meantime, she agrees to help seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate, Elm Creek Manor, for sale. As part of her compensation, Sarah is taught how to quilt by this cantankerous elderly woman, who is a master of the craft. During their lessons, Mrs. Compson reveals how her family was torn apart by tragedy, jealousy, and betrayal, and her stories force Sarah to face uncomfortable truths about her own alienation from her widowed mother. As their friendship deepens, Mrs. Compson confides in Sarah the truth about why she wants to sell Elm Creek Manor. In turn, Sarah seeks a way to bring life and joy back to the estate so Mrs. Compson can keep her home — and Sarah can keep her cherished friend. The Quilter’s Apprentice teaches deep lessons about family, friendship, and sisterhood, and about creating a life as you would a quilt: with time, love, and patience, piecing the miscellaneous and mismatched scraps into a beautiful whole.

My review:

     This is a delightful women’s novel!

     There is a large cast of very well developed characters. I loved meeting Sarah, Matt, and Sylvia. They are the main characters that are central and the rest of the cast fills in around them. I found it very interesting to see how they met and their friendship developed over the course of the story.

     Sylvia is a master quilter and it was fascinating for me to read all the details about how a quilt is made. The descriptions of the different quilt blocks captivated me. I have never tried quilting but I love looking at quilts.

     I loved the narrator for this audio book. She did a marvelous job of changing her voice for the different characters. It made it very easy to keep listening and losing myself in the story.

    I have to give this wonderful book a rating of 5 stars. I am definitely highly recommending it.

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