by Kathy Davie
The first in the Elm Creek Quilts quilting mystery series.
Quilter’s Apprentice is disappointingly juvenile in its writing although Chiaverini does a lovely job of setting up the series.
I do plan to read more of the series as it reminds me of my own love of traditional quilts and Chiaverini includes the history of quilts, their production, and the different types of quilting frames in a very natural manner.
The primary character, Sarah, has given in to her husband’s need for a job by throwing up her accounting position when Matt gets a job offer in another city. Sarah does not want to continue in accounting and is having trouble landing interviews for anything else so when Matt has the opportunity, he takes Sarah along on a project where she picks up temporary work helping a woman tidy up her sister’s estate. An estate which just happens to include quilts. Of course, Sarah has also whetted her interest in quilts by having stopped in at a quilt shop in town.
The more Sarah gets to know Mrs. Compson as well as attending quilting meetings, the more she realizes there is a connection between the two…or should I say three, as the estate, Elm Creek Manor, has its own connection.
And I love the cover with its house set within a heart against a quilted cream background although the needle seems rather large for a between…
Title-wise…yup, Sarah is definitely the Quilter’s Apprentice.