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THE NEW YEAR'S QUILT
by Jennifer Chiaverini

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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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 together forever.

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)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: November 2007

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