Sunday, January 13, 2008
Sugar Camp Quilt...Review
About the book:
History is thick with secrets in The Sugar Camp Quilt, eventh in the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series from bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini. Set in Creek's Crossing, Pennsylvania, in the years leading up to the Civil War, the story begins with friends and neighbors taking sides in the abolitionist debate, and as events unfold, an extraordinary young heroine passes from innocence to wisdom against the harrowing backdrop of the American struggle over slavery.
A dutiful daughter and niece, Dorothea Granger finds her dreams of furthering her education thwarted by the needs of home. A gifted quilter, she tragically loses her hope chest in a flood. A superior student, she is promoted from pupil to teacher -- only to lose her position to the privileged son of a town benefactor. But the ultimate test of her courage and convictions comes with the death of her stern uncle Jacob, who inexplicably had asked Dorothea to stitch him a quilt with four unusual patterns of his own design. After he meets with a violent end, Dorothea discovers that the quilt contains hidden clues to guide runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad. Emboldened by the revelations about her uncle's bravery, Dorothea resolves to continue his dangerous work. Armed with the Sugar Camp Quilt and its mysterious symbols, she must evade slave catchers and outwit unscrupulous neighbors, embarking upon a heroic journey that allows her to discover her own courage and resourcefulness -- unsuspected qualities that may win her the heart of the best man she has ever known.
Told with Jennifer Chiaverini's trademark historical suspense, The Sugar Camp Quilt blends danger, moral courage, romance, and hope into a novel of antebellum America whose lessons resonate with timeless honesty.
I enjoyed this as much or more than the other Elm Creek Quilts books. This one is set in the past, and tells the life of Dorothea who was good friends with Sylvia's Great Aunt Gerda. It goes into detail about how quilts were used to help runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. Historically there are disagreements as to whether or not this really happened, but the novel is honestly believable. From a historical aspect, it was fascinating. Chiaverini has a great way of capturing emotions and feelings well.
Overall, a good, easy read.
Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. You can purchase your own copy here.
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