Title: The Quilter's Apprentice
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: April 6, 1999
Genre: Women's Fiction
Series: Elm Creek Quilts Series #1
Sometimes simple is best or so the story goes when Sarah McClure, an unfulfilled accountant, followers her new husband Matt to a small college town in Pennsylvania as he works on a crew as a landscape designer. Sarah struggles to find her place in this small town until one day she accompanies Matt to the crotchety Mrs. Compson’s old family home.
Sylvia Compson, a master quilt maker, does not make getting to know her easy; when she offers Sarah a job helping her to organize the old homestead for sale, Sarah takes up the offer with apprehension. As their friendship grows, Sylvia reveals the old stories and heartaches that surround Elm Creek Manor. While the women work together and quilt, a bond is formed and a future is developed for both Sarah and Elm Creek Manor.
This book is a little too happily ever after for my tastes. Being the first in a series, I am sure that the characters will come more to life in future books, but I came away from this book feeling that Sarah, the main character, did not have much depth, so I found very little to draw me back to her. Because of this, I do not see myself continuing with this series.