02 October, 2010

The Aloha Quilt

The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

This is the 16th book in the Elm Creek Quilts series.

I reviewed the 15th book back in July! It's taken that long for the one copy my local library has to get to me!

The Aloha Quilt sees one of the Elm Creek Quilter's, Bonnie, travel to Hawaii to help her friend Clare set up a quilt camp there.

Poor old Bonnie has had a bit of a hard time of it really. Her fabric shop, Grandma's Attic, has had to close for several reasons, her marriage is over and she is really a bit of a doormat for everyone. To tell you the truth, she has never been one of my favourite characters. Judgmental of others, but unwilling or unable to see her own faults, I find her very insipid and weak. The Aloha Quilt allowed her to grow and become a little more fleshed out. She learns to stand up for herself and discovers things are not always as they seem. I was quite happy with the outcome actually!

As always, but taking the main action away from Elm Creek, Chiaverini has managed to keep the series from becoming boring and repetitive. With this she also managed to fit in a bit of Hawaiian history as well. A great read for fans of the series.