The Quilter's Homecoming (Elm Creek Quilts #10)
Newly wed in a festive yet poignant ceremony at Elm Creek Manor, bride Elizabeth Nelson takes leave of her ancestral Pennsylvania home. Setting off with her husband, Henry, on the adventure of a lifetime, Elizabeth packs the couple's trunk with more than the wedding quil...more
1920's newlywed Henry and Elizabeth Nelson leave PA for CA where they had purchased land to work. When they realize they've been swindled they are forced to work on the land.
The story starts out with their meeting when Elizabeth's family was at Elm Creek, the family house during the summer and Henry's family lived in the farm next door.
All the years of writing letters to one another-she does go out in the city with other men and she really wants He ...more
Amazingly, instead of selling something (they brought trunks full of wedding gifts) and hopping the train back home, the husband squeals something about his pride and how he ...more
Henry has saved and given all of his money to buy the new ranch, and he can't wait to get there. His dreams are being fulfilled. He has all the proper paper work, and knows he is going to be a success..with his Triumph Ranch! How things work out is devestating. Going from owners, to workers in a few day ...more
The story was actually better than I expected. Not that I don't like Chiaverini's books, but it was different from her earlier books. There was more character depth, and less quilting comparisons. Sure, quilts still showed up in her books, which I liked, but the quilts were incidental to the storyline.
Elizabeth and Henry set off to C ...more
Henry had purchased a ranch, Triumph Ranch, in Calif ...more
The main story is about Elizabeth and Henry who are newlyweds. In the beginning, it is set in the ea ...more
I enjoyed this novel, although not as much as I've enjoyed some of her others. This one was a very fast ...more
But all is not what it seems, the ranch they thought they had bought turns out to belong to the Jorgensens who are third generation farmers. The Jorgensen's very generously hire Elizabeth and Henry and they settle in to try to ...more
Also learned more about the settling of the agricultural valleys in CA in the early to mid-1900's. As with most things, the more things change, the more they stay the same -- there are still unscrupulous people who run scams on the innocent and unsuspecting. Shows the good and bad of human nature that has been that way since the beginning of time.
This was an accurate account, from what I know, of farming in the early 1900's. I enjoyed the story of the apricots and only wish there'd been more about the sheep.
Elizabeth, in a sad story of devastating loss, has to sell her quilts from home in order to survive. The chimneys and cornerstones quilt made by her Aunt Lucinda and the wedding ring quilt that she has dreamed o ...more
anyway, what a phenominal story, as her others have been so far! i loved the way she woven in the past w/ the present. i also loved the lessons weaved thru-out the story. again, tho, i STILL want to run out and find a quilting "club", but ... alas, there are none around here! 8... i WILL perservier, tho, and somehow teach myself so that i can at least make som ...more
The interesting thing about Chiaverini's series is that they don't go in a chronological order. They flit between centuries and various family members and yet you manage to track and understand how the stories all come together in the books written in present day.
The series appeals to me because of the art and stories (history) that is weaved into a ...more
At first I thought Henry was a little jerk. But a ...more
This book is set in southern California, not Pennsylvania. Sylvia is a petulant child here -- series followers will smile at the roots of the imperious yet vulnerable adult she will become. Yet the main action follows Elizabeth during the first months of her marriage.
I enjoy it, would not have missed it, and definitely w ...more