The Quilter's Apprentice
By Jennifer Chiaverini
Simon & Schuster, 1999, 271 pgs. Fiction
Sarah is struggling to find a new job, new friends and a purpose in life after she moves to Waterford, PA with her husband. While she is looking for an accounting job, she takes a temporary job for the cantankerous Sylvia Compson to clean out her family estate so that it can be sold. Sylvia is a master quilter, and the two women become good friends as she teaches Sarah how to quilt. During these lessons, pieces of Sylvia's family life are revealed as well as the history of Elm Creek Manor.
I am not a quilter so I wasn't sure about reading a book that dealt mostly with quilting. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Sarah and Sylvia are just two of the many wonderful characters found in this book. It was a quick, easy, clean read.