The Quilter's Homecoming

Jennifer Chiaverini, Author
Jennifer Chiaverini, Author . Simon & Schuster $25 (309p) ISBN 978-0-7432-6022-0
Reviewed on: 01/22/2007
Release date: 04/01/2007
Hardcover - 474 pages - 978-0-7862-9211-0
Compact Disc - 978-1-4281-4781-2
Paperback - 309 pages - 978-0-7432-6023-7
Paperback - 474 pages - 978-1-59413-256-8
Ebook - 320 pages - 978-1-4165-5712-8
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Chiaverini's latest Elm Creek Quilts installment suffers at the hands of its lackluster hero and heroine. Newlyweds Elizabeth and Henry leave Elizabeth's sprawling Pennsylvania family farm in 1925 to work a Southern California ranch Henry has bought sight unseen. As they ride the train out west, Chiaverini fills in the backstory of the Rodriguez family, the ranch's original owners, who lost the land in the 1880s. When the couple arrive in the picturesque valley, they discover they have been swindled into the poorhouse by an unscrupulous land broker who sold them a fake deed. Determined not to crawl back to their families, Henry works as a hired hand, while Elizabeth cooks for the Jorgenson family, the ranch's true owners. Dispirited and resentful, Henry rejects Elizabeth's encouragement and support, and Elizabeth must decide if the marriage is worth fighting for. On the page, the relationship between Henry and Elizabeth teeters between dull and nonexistent—which hinders the story of a young couple striving to make their marriage work. (Apr.)

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