The Quilter's Apprentice: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 21, 2008 - Fiction - 207 pages
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Jennifer Chiaverini’s bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series starts with The Quilter’s Apprentice, a timeless tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness as two women weave the disparate pieces of their lives into a bountiful and harmonious whole, and begin the legacy of the Elm Street Quilters.

When Sarah McClure and her husband, Matt, move to Waterford, Pennsylvania, she hopes to make a fresh start in the small college town. Unable to find a job both practical and fulfilling, she takes a temporary position at Elm Creek Manor helping its reclusive owner Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate for sale and after the death of her estranged sister. Sylvia is also a master quilter and, as part of Sarah’s compensation, offers to share the secrets of her creative gifts with the younger woman.

During their lessons, the intricate, varied threads of Sylvia’s life begin to emerge. It is the story of a young wife living through the hardships and agonies of the World War II home front; of a family torn apart by jealousy and betrayal; of misunderstanding, loss, and a tragedy that can never be undone. As the bond between them deepens, Sarah resolves to help Sylvia free herself from remembered sorrows and restore her life—and her home—to its former glory. In the process, she confronts painful truths about her own family, even as she creates new dreams for the future.

Just as the darker sections of a quilt can enhance the brighter ones, the mistakes of the past can strengthen understanding and lead the way to new beginnings. A powerful debut by a gifted storyteller, The Quilter’s Apprentice tells a timeless tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness as two women weave the disparate pieces of their lives into a bountiful and harmonious whole.
 

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User Review  - Karin7 - LibraryThing

Sarah Mclure and her husband move to a different town when he finally finds a job after several years of unemployment. During her job search, she ends up working for the same woman as the company who ... Read full review

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User Review  - olegalCA - LibraryThing

What a terrific book! And it's part of a series which makes it even better - can't wait to read more. You don't even need to have an interest in quilting to enjoy the story. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
16
Section 3
21
Section 4
32
Section 5
39
Section 6
45
Section 7
53
Section 8
59
Section 17
120
Section 18
126
Section 19
134
Section 20
139
Section 21
148
Section 22
153
Section 23
159
Section 24
167

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
107
Section 16
114
Section 25
175
Section 26
184
Section 27
191
Section 28
197
Section 29
204
Section 30
209
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Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, five collections of quilt projects, and several historical fiction novels. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and sons in Madison, Wisconsin. To learn more, visit JenniferChiaverini.com.

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