Best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini charms her many fans with her engaging Elm Creek Quilts novels. In The Quilter’s Legacy, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson resolves to find several heirloom quilts that have vanished. Traveling far and wide, she discovers fascinating truths about her mother, who died when Sylvia was only a child.
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The historical aspect of this one (the fifth in the series) was very interesting to me. Sylvia's search for her mother's quilts and all that happened in that era and during Sylvia's childhood made me love and understand her even more.
Sylvia has remembered that her mother's antique quilt's must be packed away in the attic. Her and Andrew are finally getting married and Sylvia does not have enough time to make a wedding quilt for their wedding night. Unfortunately,Sylvia has been told by her sister-in-law that her mother's quilts had been sold by her sister Claudia, when she met with financial difficulties 40 year's ago.
Sylvia and Andrew are going to visit California to tell Tom, his son, and family that he and Sylvia are getting married. The co-director of the Elm Creek Summer Quilting Camp, Summer, no pun intended, informs Sylvia about a website that devotes itself to finding lost quilt's. Summer accesses the website and with Sylvia's input, lists pertinent information about the lost quilt's. While on their trip to California, Andrew and Sylvia, investigate some of the leads that were generated by the information posted on the website. Also, they call home periodically to confirm that she and Andrew are well and Summer is able to provide Sylvia with further leads. These leads result in further stops on their journey home.
Sylvia and Andrew were going to visit his daughter, Amy, on their return trip to home but change their minds. Tom had such a negative reaction to the news of their father's pending marriage, they have decided to wait. However, they did stop in Indiana to check out a lead about about one of the lost quilt's. This lead proved to be an exceptional one. Sylvia did find her first missing quilt, in her quest to find five.
Sylvia and Andrew continue to follow leads that might locate the missing quilts. The excursions to locate the quilts provides information about the Lockwood side of Sylvia's family. Her mother died when she was ten and Sylvia had never stopped to consider the importance of knowing the history about her mother's family. This information will instill a need to investigate further into her mother's past.
She and Andrew are able to find information about all of the five missing quilt's. Sylvia has conceded to the fact that she will be unable to locate the missing cloth quilt because there are too many available to warrant a search for the original one.
The pattern for the cloth quilt was the design of Sylvia's mother. The pattern had been published in the magazine, The Ladies Home Journal. Sylvia's mother had used the name of her sister, Abigail, as the creator of the pattern. This was done because Abigail, her unborn child and her husband had perished in the disaster known round the world, the sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage.
Sylvia and Andrew were married that same year on Christmas Eve. Her friends are all present because they came to a party that was arranged by Sylvia and the Director and creator of the Elm Creek Summer Quilting Camp, Sarah. Sarah and her husband, Bob. have lived with Sylvia so very long that Sylvia has begun to think of her as her daughter. The wedding is a surprise to almost everyone present. The two children of Andrew, Tom and Amy, are not present. They both are adamantly opposed to their marriage because Sylvia is now an octogenarian, seven years older than Andrew. They are afraid that their father will have to care for Sylvia, thinking that she will almost definitely need care for illness because she is seven years older and will certainly either get sick or perhaps even die first. Tom had to nurse their mother and he had a tough time with grieving.
Tom and Sylvia are now married and looking forward to their future. They both hope that Andrew's children will come to their senses and accept their marriage. Andrew nor Sylvia want an estrangement to develop between him and his children.
I'm hoping the next book in the series will be about Sylvia's mother's family and how Andrew's children come to accept their marriage. I have not peeked and am not even aware of the title. I know that I've enjoyed each book in the series thus far and will be sure to enjoy the next one.