Saturday, May 23, 2009

The New Year's Quilt by Jennifer Ciaverini

Another book in the wonderful Elms Creek Quilts series. The New Quilt Year's is a short novel but with a wonderful storyline that weaves the past and present together to create a hope-filled future. Sylvia and Andrew are off on their honeymoon after an impromptu Christmas Eve wedding. After spending a few days in a friend's bed and breakfast, they head to Andrew's daughter's home for New Years. The daughter who doesn't know her dad has remarried and wasn't happy when the idea was mentioned earlier in the year. Needless to say Andrew and Sylvia are nervous... and when Sylvia is nervous she does what calms her most.... she quilts. Throughout the story we find her working to finish a long forgotten project... a quilt based on the New Year's Eve celebrations Sylvia's family held when she was a child. Each block invokes a memory from days gone by which are all artfully told here. Once at Amy's house, Sylvia hopes the quilt will be a sign of a new beginning with a new family and new traditions and adventures to come.
A sweet story about letting go of the past and reaching out for the future.

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