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Book finished: The Christmas Quilt

I just finished #8 The Christmas Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. I rate it a 10. I'm going to have to move my bedtime up another 2 hours. I keep staying up late to finish my books. I can survive on less sleep! I should probably rate this one a 9 compared to a 10 rating for several of the other books in this series more because it has less emotional impact than because it didn't have any. And a lot of my emotional involvement with this book is due to the fact that I've read the other books in the series and know the stories in greater detail from the other books that are only briefly mentioned in this one. The one thing not mentioned in the summary of the book and that had me puzzled was the time line of this book. If there had been a small Foreword or Notice that this story had taken place between The Quilter's Apprentice and Round Robin it would have helped make sense right from the beginning. Instead, when I started this book, I'd assumed all the chronological details from the other books are all in place and they are not. They haven't happened yet. This is actually be the third book in chronological order, not the eighth. However, if you were to read them in chronological order, this book would only tell part of the story that was told in detail in the other books. So in my opinion it would be better to read them in the order that they were written. In other words, it stays at number eight!
When Christmas Eve comes to Elm Creek Manor, the tenor of the holiday is far from certain. Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, the Master Quilter, has her own reasons for preferring a quiet, even subdued, Christmas. Her young friend Sarah McClure, however, takes the opposite view and decides to deck the halls brightly. As she explores the trunks packed with Bergstrom family decorations that haven't been touched in more than fifty years, Sarah discovers a curious Christmas quilt. Begun in seasonal fabrics and patterns, the quilt remains unfinished.
Sylvia reveals that the handiwork spans several generations and a quartet of Bergstrom quilters - her great aunt, her mother, her sister, and herself. As she examines the array of quilt blocks each family member contributed but never completed, memories of Christmases past emerge.
At Elm Creek Manor, Christmas began as a celebration of simple virtues - joy and hope buoyed by the spirit of giving. As each successive generation of Bergstroms lived through its unique trials - the antebellum era, the Great Depression, World War II - tradition offered sustenance even during the most difficult times. For Sylvia, who is coping with the modern problem of family dispersed, estranged, or even forgotten, reconciliation with her personal history may prove as elusive as piecing the Christmas Quilt.

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