Meditating on the weddings she has attended in Elm Creek Manor throughout the years on the morning of her daughter, Caroline's, wedding day, Sarah McClure evaluates the symbolic features on a painstakingly made wedding quilt designed to display the signatures of beloved guests. - (Baker & Taylor)
Meditating on the weddings she has attended in Elm Creek Manor throughout the years on the morning of her daughter's wedding day, Sarah McClure evaluates the symbolic features on a wedding quilt designed to display the signatures of beloved guests. - (Baker & Taylor)
The New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series continues, with a novel that celebrates one of America's most romantic and enduring traditions.
Sarah McClure arrived at Elm Creek Manor as a newlywed, never suspecting that her quilting lessons with master quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson would inspire the successful and enduring business Elm Creek Quilts, whose members have nurtured a circle of friendship spanning generations.
The Wedding Quilt opens as the wedding day of Sarah's daughter Caroline approaches. As Sarah has learned, a union celebrates not only the betrothed couple's passage into wedlock, but also the contributions of those who have made the bride and groom the unique people they are. Thus Sarah's thoughts are filled with brides of Elm Creek Manor past and present-the traditions they honored, the legacies they bequeathed, and the wedding quilts that contain their stories in every stitch.
A wedding quilt is a powerful metaphor: of sisterhood, of community, of hope for the future. The blocks in Caroline's wedding quilt will display the signatures of beloved guests. As the Elm Creek Quilters circulate amid the festive preparations with pens and fabric in hand, memories of the Manor-and of the women who have lived there, in happiness and in sorrow-spill forth, rendering a vivid pastiche of family, friendship, and love in all its varieties.
- (Penguin Putnam
The latest Elm Creek novel offers fans glimpses into the future as well as the past. It is the weekend of Caroline's wedding, and Elm Creek CEO Sarah reflects on her twins' lives and on those who have made an impact on her own life. James is the twin with the quilting talent, and he now helps run Elm Creek while dating the chef's daughter. Caroline is becoming a doctor and lives away. Many previous scenes and stories from the series are repeated as Sarah reminisces and supplies bittersweet answers to what has happened to beloved Elm Creek founders from a viewpoint in the future. Readers will find it easier to endure the sad parts through the veil of Sarah's current happiness. Chiaverini seamlessly intersperses quilting details and history among the stories of the diverse, vibrant characters who constitute the cornerstone of the series. Fans of this series will also enjoy titles by Anne Tyler, Virginia Ellis, and Sandra Dallas. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.