The Quilter’s Homecoming

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A roaring twenties adventure unfolds in Jennifer Chiaverini’s latest Elm Creek Quilts novel, “A series that neatly stitches together social drama and the art of quilting” (Library Journal).

Newly wed in a festive yet poignant ceremony at Elm Creek Manor, bride Elizabeth Nelson takes leave of her ancestral Pennsylvania home. Setting off with her husband, Henry, on the adventure of a lifetime, the couple’s trunks are packed with more than the wedding quilts Elizabeth envisions them dreaming beneath every night of their married lives. They are landowners who hold the deed to Triumph Ranch, one hundred twenty acres of prime California soil located in the Arboles Valley north of Los Angeles.


“Triumph Ranch,” says Mae, a traveling companion whom Elizabeth has let in on the promise of the Nelsons’ bright future. “That sounds like a sure thing.” But in a cruel reversal of fortune, the Nelsons arrive to the news that they’ve been had, and left suddenly, irrevocably penniless.

Hiring on as hands at the farm they thought they owned, Henry struggles mightily with his pride. Yet clever, feisty Elizabeth—drawing on her share of the Bergstrom women’s inherent economy and resilience--vows to defy fate through sheer force of will. As her life intertwines with Rosa Diaz Barclay, native to the Arboles Valley and a fellow quilter, their blossoming friendship sheds light on many secrets that have kept these quilters and their families from their rightful homes.

When Elizabeth discovers in her cabin quilts belonging to Rosa’s mother, she sees in their exquisite patterns a misplaced legacy, of love, land, and family. But her newfound understanding of the burden of loss that Rosa shares with the mysterious Lars Jorgensen—and why they dare to shed it--places her in mortal danger. Only by stitching the rift between the past and the future can the inhabitants of Triumph Ranch hope to live in peace alongside history.

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