This is the fifth book by Jennifer Chiaverini about the ladies of Elm Creek Quilts. Sylivia has just married and the ladies of Elm Creek Quilts are making her a wedding quilt. While making the quilt, various stories intertwine. Gwen, Judy and Summer struggle with their careers and the affect they have on their families. Once again Diane is at war with her neighbor. Sarah and Matt engage in a comical bet. Bonnie is dealing with problems with her husband and a struggling business. Anges and Sylvia provide inspiration and support.
This report prepared by Danell LeBlanc
Simon & Schuster, Apr 2004, 22.00, 336 pp.
In 2002 Sylvia Compson and her eight partner friends have turned the Elm Creek Manor into a successful quilter making school and meeting place. Her friend Sarah quietly requests former students gift a block to be included in a special wedding quilt for the recently married Sylvia and her new husband Andrew.
Summer struggles with informing her Elm Creek Quilter mom Gwen that she has moved in with her boyfriend knowing the angry reaction she will receive about throwing away one's freedom for a man. Gwen is also upset that she failed to obtain the department chair at the college she works because her academic research into quilting is perceived as insignificant. With his unsolicited actions Bonnie's husband proves that their relationship is practically dead and adding to her woes is the fact that someone broke into her fabric store and robbed all of the blocks received for Sylvia's wedding quilt. Agnes, Judy, Diane and Mary Beth have personal woes too, but all eight women worry about the wedding quilt most.
More a series of vignettes as each of the quilter friends serves as lead of a chapter, fans of the series will enjoy the close up look at the supporting octet. Of interest is that readers receive the same events over the same time frame, but told from a different perspective (everything is relative). Jennifer Chiaverini's vast readership will appreciate THE MASTER QUILTER for it s insight into some old friends, but newcomers will wonder if the story line block was stolen too.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner