Reviews for New Year's Quilt : An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
Booklist Reviews 2007 November #2
Shortly after her Christmas wedding to Andrew, they are off to New York to visit her mother's childhood home, a home Sylvia knew little about because of family estrangements. She ponders those estrangements--her mother's from her grandmother; Sylvia's from her sister, Claudia; and the prospect of Andrew's from his children, who disapprove of their marriage--as she works diligently on one of her most heartfelt pieces. The New Year's quilt is meant for Amy, Andrew's daughter, a gift to hopefully forestall the kind of family tension that Sylvia had long suffered. As she works on her quilt and visits her mother's childhood home, Sylvia recalls memories of her own childhood, the joys of familial closeness, and the pain of long-held irreconcilable disagreements. Fans of the Elm Creek Quilts series will love this latest installment, which fills in Sylvia's history. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2007 September #1
This latest installment of the Elm Creek Quilts novels is a stale companion piece to 2005's The Christmas Quilt.It's just days after the Christmas Eve marriage of Sylvia and Andrew, and the two are driving from their home at Elm Creek Manor (Sylvia's family home now turned into a prestigious retreat for quilters) to visit Andrew's daughter Amy. The wedding was a surprise to the Elm Creek community, but the two have yet to tell Amy, who is adamant that Andrew and Sylvia are too old to marry. While driving from Pennsylvania to Hartford (with a couple of days in Manhattan in between), Sylvia works on a New Year's Resolution quilt as a gift for Amy, and considers past resolutions she's made and broken, and the lessons learned. Sylvia recalls the warmth of the holiday season of her childhood, with the women of the family sewing, cooking and laughing, and also remembers the contentious relationship with her older sister Claudia (the pair's strained relationship grew to its breaking point over a perceived betrayal, which kept Sylvia stubbornly away from Elm Creek for 50 years). The first holiday after her mother died, the deprivations of the Depression, the tragedy of her husband's death during World War II, the genuine sisterhood of quilting--all these episodes were touched on in The Christmas Quilt and are expanded on here, though little new insight is added. When Andrew and Sylvia arrive in Hartford they are given the icy reception they expect, though after a few heartfelt talks, all is right in Elm Creek country. Many of the Elm Creek novels provide appealing and original characters set within enjoyable plots, but this feels recycled and written on autopilot. Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Reviews 2007 October #1
Chiaverini brings back her Elm Creek Quilts characters for another holiday outing (following 2005's The Christmas Quilt ). Master quilter Sylvia is making a holiday quilt for her new stepdaughter, Amy, who is less than thrilled with her father's remarriage. With 11 stories of family and memories in the series, expect demand from fans of Chiaverini's best-selling gentle read series. [Page 60]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 August #2
The latest in the author's Elm Creek Quilts series finds septuagenarian Sylvia Compson determined not to repeat past mistakes. Having married on Christmas Eve at Elm Creek Manor, the family homestead turned quilter's haven, Sylvia and longtime family friend Andrew Cooper have to face the music and tell Andrew's children, especially his bitter daughter, Amy. On the way, master quilter Sylvia plies at a long unfinished quilt she calls New Year's Reflections, which she plans to give Amy in the hope of reconciliation. Elaborate memories of Sylvia's German-American childhood include a long rift with elder sister Claudia. Chiaverini's stitching is sound. (Nov.) [Page 44]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.