Monday, July 7, 2008
Book Review on "The Winding Ways Quilt"
The Winding Ways Quilt is the latest in the Elm Creek Quilters series by Jennifer Chiaverini. This is a treat for anyone who loves to read and/or quilt. Since I'm guilty on both counts, this was a hard-to-put-down book, but because of the crazy that is my life, it took three days to finish.
Each self-contained chapter about one of the Elm Creek Quilters made it a little easier to spread out over three days. I really like how Jennifer used the narrative of each quilter to move the story along, as well as catch the reader up on what's been happening in the individual and collective lives of these ladies who seem like friends after twelve books!
The dynamic of the group is a lot like what we find in Bloggy Land. Different ages, backgrounds, personalities all coming together to create a community. And enough of the background information is incorporated that someone could easily start with this book and not have to go back and read the previous eleven. Although this lady can write! so you'd probably want to read them all anyway :-)
I'm a fan of the mystery but I do enjoy forays into other genres and this writer consistently delivers a great story. And if you're anything like me, you'll end up wishing Elm Creek was a real place so you could go to their quilt camp.
If you're looking for a good summer read, nothing too taxing but not complete fluff either, I can highly recommend The Winding Ways Quilt. You'll be entertained and enchanted by the women of Elm Creek. Promise!