Thursday, February 03, 2011

206 (2011 #11). Round Robin

by Jennifer Chiaverini,
read by Christina Moore

This was the second book in the Elm Creek Quilt series (which fortunately, after the first book, doesn't really need to be read in order). The Elm Creek Quilters - Sarah, Diane, Agnes, Judy, Bonnie, and Gwen - decide to make a "Round Robin" quilt for their friend and mentor Sylvia, owner of Elm Creek Manor.  Agnes volunteers to make the central square, and the other quilters take turns adding a border.  The borders end up relating to some crisis going on in each of their lives - Sarah's frustrations with her critical mother, Diane fighting for her son's right to skateboard, Bonnie's husband's infidelity, Judy's contact with the family she didn't know she had, and Gwen's realization that daughter Summer, another Elm Creek Quilter, is grown up and can make her own decisions about her life.  And Sylvia rediscovers love in her life and faces a health crisis.

The stories will touch on many readers' personal experiences.  I was sympathetic to most of the characters, except philandering husband Craig, and Carol, Sarah's mother, who comes across as self-absorbed.  Narrator Christina Moore as usual does a fabulous job bringing the characters to life.

© Amanda Pape - 2011

[This audiobook and a hardbound copy of the book for reference were borrowed from and returned to my local public library.]

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