December 03, 2010
Fans of Jennifer Chiaverini will have undoubtedly already read The Aloha Quilt. But, if you are new to her writing and looking for a good book to get you through a long winter, try pulling out a warm quilt and a good book about one.
The Aloha Quilt is the 16th installment of the Elm Creek Quilt Series. This story features Bonnie, a founding member of the Elm Creek Quilters, who is dealing with a nasty divorce and a lonely winter ahead. Her ex-husband, Craig, decides he wants her stake in Elm Creek Quilts, and Bonnie has to quickly learn how to deal with her financial well-being after divorce and create a new life for herself. Where does she go from here? Well...Hawaii!
Bonnie is invited to Hawaii by Claire, a college friend, to set up a quilters' retreat in Claire's newly renovated inn. This is Bonnie's chance to remove herself from Pennsylvania and her divorce battle, as well as look for a new start. Sparkling waters and banyan trees greet Bonnie, and amid the lush Hawaiian setting, she learns the intricacies of Hawaiian quilting plus a little about herself. Interwoven in Bonnie's story, Chiaverini explores Hawaiian history and the culture of the Hawaiian quilt, which add to the book's authenticity. The author stitches together an interesting setting with Bonnie's adventures as she discovers a new life and a new quilt.
Look for the rest of Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt Series, in the MCPL online catalog.
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