Elizabeth Nelson had many a man turn his eyes towards her, but Elizabeth only had eyes for one man.
Henry. It had always been Henry.
When Henry finally proposes he offers Elizabeth a life in California where he has spent his life savings on a 120 acre ranch. Elizabeth packs up her belongings and her beautiful wedding quilts and the newlyweds are soon on their way to their dreams.
Upon arriving to the claim they are hit with some shocking news and instead of being land owners, they become hired hands on the very property they thought they would own with barely a penny to their name. Where Henry is ashamed of their misfortune, feisty and high-spirited Elizabeth does what she can to help out to get them back on their feet and on their way back to the home and family she loves.
Of course, more surprises and bumps in the road keep the plans of Henry and Elizabeth at bay, but along this journey they never intended to take they meet some interesting people – some shady, some meek, some bullies, and some kind… and some how this new reality, becomes a home.
A blending of the past and present brings the story of this place and this last together.
Normally this would not be my kind of read, or so I thought. Set in the 1920’s – I prefer more modern-day reads and like strong female characters, not the “Oh save me!” type. That is where the book caught hold of me. Elizabeth is not an “oh save me” girl. She is strong-willed, self-sufficient, and met my criteria of “no wimpy chicks”.
I really enjoyed the story of Elizabeth and Henry and was surprised to find out that this is actually book ten in the Elm Creek Quilts series. The book easily stood alone, but now I find myself wondering what happened in the 9 books before? Did I miss something good?
I really enjoyed the quilts as a back drop. After all every quilt tells a story and I found it smart of author Jennifer Chiaverini to set these books around quilts.
This book, and I suspect the others as well, make for a wonderful cold weather read, even reading about quilts makes you a little warmer on this inside. I think a quilters club will really enjoy this series.