THE NEW YEAR'S QUILT
Chiaverini continues her bestselling
Elm Creek Quilts series with this
latest installment, which reintroduces memorable characters from previous series novels. Like the beautiful
patterns of the quilts, the characters'
lives are intertwined to create a
timeless beauty that links them
Sylvia marries Andrew on Christmas Eve, in Elm Creek, Pa., despite his grown daughter's misgivings about their relationship.
As Andrew and Sylvia embark on their honeymoon in New York, Sylvia recalls her childhood and her estrangement from her late sister Claudia. During World War II, Sylvia left Elm Creek following the death of her husband, James, because Sylvia believed that Claudia's husband was partially complicit in James' battlefield death. Sylvia didn't return to Elm Creek until after Claudia died.
Together, Sylvia and Andrew must learn how to celebrate the holidays and their newfound happiness. Can they convince his daughter that their marriage will make them happy? (SIMON & SCHUSTER, Nov., 240 pp., $19.95)