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The Quilter’s Legacy
by Jennifer Chiaverini

Category: Fiction / General
310 pages; ISBN: 0743236130

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

In 1899, New York Eleanor Lockwood knew she had a bad heart from the Scarlet Fever she contracted as an infant and her parents did not expect her to live much longer. They both kept their distance and her only adult loving came from her nanny Amelia Langley who genuinely adored her charge. The Lockwoods hoped their family fortunes would be reversed when their elder daughter married a rich man’s son who would pump money into the family business. Abigail had plans of her own and eloped with her father’s rival leaving Eleanor to marry the jilted groom. Eleanor couldn’t go through with it and eloped with Fred Bergstrom and went to live with him in his home at Elm Creek Manor in Pennsylvania.

Years later, Eleanor’s daughter Sylvia is dismayed that her sister sold her mother’s five beautiful quilts. One of the Elm Creek Quilters locates a website whose purpose is to reunite quilter and quilt. From the replies she gets on the Internet, Sylvia accompanied by her fiancée Andrew set off on an odyssey to find out the history of each of the quilts once they left the family.

Past and present are played out in alternating chapters so that readers get a feel for what Eleanor’s life was like and how Sylvia reconnects with her mother who has been gone for more than half a century. Jennifer Chiaverini’s fascinating family saga, rich in period detail and showcasing characters who though elderly continue to live life to the utmost. This is a superb novel in a heartwarming series.

Harriet Klausner

 

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