An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
On Sale: April 1, 2000
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"A heartwarming story of relationships that, like pieces of
a quilt, can be connected with discord or with
harmony."-Sandra Dallas, author of The Persian Pickle
After moving with her husband, Matt, to the
small college town of Waterford, Pennsylvania, Sarah McClure
struggles to find a fulfilling job. In the meantime, she
agrees to help seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Compson prepare
her family estate, Elm Creek Manor, for sale. As part of her
compensation, Sarah is taught how to quilt by this
cantankerous elderly woman, who is a master of the craft.
During their lessons, Mrs. Compson reveals how her
family was torn apart by tragedy, jealousy, and betrayal,
and her stories force Sarah to face uncomfortable truths
about her own alienation from her widowed mother. As their
friendship deepens, Mrs. Compson confides in Sarah the truth
about why she wants to sell Elm Creek Manor. In turn, Sarah
seeks a way to bring life and joy back to the estate so Mrs.
Compson can keep her home-and Sarah can keep her cherished
friend. The Quilter's Apprentice teaches deep lessons
about family, friendship, and sisterhood, and about creating
a life as you would a quilt: with time, love, and patience,
piecing the miscellaneous and mismatched scraps into a
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