I’ll need to make this quick as we’re about to leave on vacation, but this past week I read the new Elm Creek Quilters novel: “The Union Quilters” which is set in the Civil War. Chiaverini brings back familiar characters from “The Lost Quilter” and continues their tale, focusing on the women’s battle on the home front to keep morale high and farms going while the men are away fighting. I felt Chiaverini did a good job with the battle scenes and with depicting the deplorable medical conditions of the time. I like her style of writing and find her story lines compelling. That said, I personally could have stood with less of the “love triangle” between Gerda, Charlotte, and Jonathan, but I know some people love that aspect of this story. While the book felt a bit lengthy, it had a satisfying ending.
If you like Chiaverini’s other novels, and especially if you like Civil War era books, then I think you would enjoy it!
I got mine from the library.