Friday, April 26, 2013
More Book Reviews
It seems as if my eclectic, mish mash of a blog is turning into a book blog. I guess that is because that is what I am doing most of the time these days. Besides, who blogs about laundry. Yeah.
So, in the past couple of weeks I have enjoyed three books, one being an audio book. While I am using the audiobooks to make my commute more pleasant, I am also trying to work through my personal library which has many more unread books than read books. I am discovering that, while I always thought I had to keep every book that found its way across my threshold, I don't. I have come across several that will be going to my local used bookstore even though I will probably only get about 30 cents for them. Maybe I should just donate them to the library -- that sounds like a better thing to do.
The first book that I have added to my list on Goodreads is "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen.
The final book for this review I just finished this morning -- "The Runaway Quilt" by Jennifer Chiaverini. This is the fourth book in the Elm Creek Quilts series and deals with the question of quilts being used during the Civil War as signals in the Underground Railroad. Of course, that isn't the whole of the story -- this tale delves into the background of Sylvia Compson's family -- the Bergstrom family. Sylvia is the descendant of Hans and Anneke Bergstrom and the sole heir to their homestead Elm Creek Manor where she operates her quilt camps. As a child she fell heir to a key that opened a hope chest belonging to her great-aunt Gerda Bergstrom. The chest was somewhere in the attic and not thought of until Sylvia was approached by a woman at a quilt lecture who was looking for help in identifying a quilt that she felt was connected to Sylvia -- possibly connecting the families. Key in hand, Sylvia searches for and finds the chest and begins to explore the contents -- three very worn quilts and a journal. The quilts in the hope chest were a mystery that Sylvia hoped would be solved by the journal. After much genealogical research, the origin of the quilt in question was discovered and several questions raised by Gerda's journal were answered as well except for one -- is Sylvia Bergstrom really a Bergstrom at all. This book is a great escape for quilters and genealogists (i.e. me) and it was so enjoyable I couldn't put it down and then regretted it being finished. This is a definite recommend -- I might even read it again.