Friday, November 13, 2009

Guest Review: The Healing Quilt

The Healing Quilt

The Healing Quilt

By: Lauraine Snelling

After her Aunt Teza’s test results turn out to be inconclusive, Dot Cooper resolves to raise money for a new mammogram machine, through the creation and auction of a magnificent, king-sized quilt to be sewn by the women of Jefferson City.

Dot’s efforts quickly draw the support of disparate members of the community, including newcomer Beth Donnelly, married to a local pastor, Elaine Giovanni, the stylish wife of a local surgeon; and an ailing Aunt Teza. But as the four different generations work the squares of the quilt, they are also confronted with ragged pieces of their own lives.

Though the women could not be more different on the surface, they hold in common quiet suffering triggered by painful circumstances: the death of children, the abandonment of husbands, the loneliness of depression. Yet their struggles will bring them closer together than they ever could have anticipated, and their lives will be dramatically changed, as together they experience the curative powers of The Healing Quilt.

A cancer-ridden town is raising money for a new mammogram machine. These women's difficulties in their lives are unraveling as they quilt this blanket together. I have to give it 4 out of 5. I could very easily put it down and sometimes the characters were confusing to me, I'd get one messed up with another. The one good thing is I have thought about making a Crochet blanket for our Relay for Life in my local town to auction off. I appreciate Ms Snelling writing her "daughter's story" and all the time and effort she put in it.

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