The Quilter’s Homecoming by Jennifer Chiaverini

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.

This picture is from the Elm Creek website where all the books are featured. Click to go to site

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.

23 thoughts on “The Quilter’s Homecoming by Jennifer Chiaverini

  1. You know what’s interesting? I was never drawn to books about quilting/sewing etc. And then I read “Prayers For Sale” by Sandra Dallas, and I was hooked. Your review has convinced me to add Jennifer Chiaverini’s newest offering to my list. Thanks, Sheila!

  2. I wouldn’t normally be drawn to this kind of book, either, but then again, I was surprised at the knitting books I’ve enjoyed. And I adore quilts! Even though I couldn’t make one to save my life…well, maybe only then.

  3. If I hadn’t seen a fantastast collection of uilts at Bellingham’s Lightcatcher museum last month, I would have pooh-poohed this kind of a book, but the quilts were extraordinary, ranging from 1830 – present day. Quilts were how women (and men) expressed their lives and history through beautiful, thoughtful art and craft. Here’s more information about them:

    Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. I love that thought – expressing your life through the quilts. I had never thought of them that way before, but I do have one made out of my moms dresses and I love to remember her wearing the different materials.

  4. I’ve read all of these. There is a later book that takes in place in CA with Henry and Elizabeth as minor characters. The rest are in PA and they are discussed occasionally as family members who went west and weren’t heard from again. The whole series is pretty good. Lots of non-wimpy women.

  5. I like this series and have read all but this one. The rest of the books center around Elm Creek Quilts (in the East) and the women who run it. Every so often a story will focus on one of those women in particular, or on a piece of history connected with the place. This is one of the historical ones. They’re all quite enjoyable.

  6. I love the cover to this book–I don’t quilt but I’m a sucker for quilts. I’ve looked at the series before but it isn’t typically what I read either. Thanks for the review.

  7. I’ve read all of them except for the last two and for the most part I was captivated by the stories. I love how the author has taken quilting to a new level and shown the history behind each one and also put the quilt and the women making it, in historical context.

  8. Elm Creek series is terrific. I have enjoyed each one as they came off the press. Interesting folks to follow across time and new one that appear just for the one book. You don’t have to but it will be more fun if you read them in order. People, history and quilting… what more can you ask for from any book?

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