Quilting has been a template for more than one novel, and Snelling uses this device fairly adeptly as she tells the story of women who fall into friendship while making a quilt to raise money for a new hospital mammogram machine. The quilt is set up at Kit Cooper's mostly empty house-her young daughter, Amber, has recently died of cancer, and Kit's husband, Mark, has been away on business for months, avoiding the pain of their loss. Kit now fears that her beloved Aunt Teza, another quilter and her confidant, will be the next cancer victim. As she stitches her fabric, Beth Donnelly shares with her friends that she desperately wants a baby after her miscarriage, but she also hangs on to a terrible secret. Rich, middle-aged Elaine Giovanni is used to taking charge in quilting and in life, but finds her litigation-happy neighbor is causing things to careen out of control. There are plenty of dogs, kids and marital troubles woven into the story to keep it realistic and grounded, and some lovely descriptive writing. However, while Snelling knows how to turn a good phrase, there are far too many of them-the novel is too long, and the second half lacks punch. Nevertheless, Snelling's treatment of loss mitigated with humor, wit and faith should help this novel have wide appeal in the CBA.
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Lauraine Snelling is the author of numerous titles, including six best-selling Red River of the North historical family saga novels. She won a Silver Angel Award for her novel An Untamed Land and a Golden Heart Award for Song of Laughter. She is also the author of two best-selling series for young adults: High Hurdles and The Golden Filly. She and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons and make their home in California’s Tehachapi Mountains.
The Healing Quilt is an example of the healing power of forgiveness and how it can release bitterness, restore humility, renew one's joy. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2002 by Karen O'Connor
Snelling handles a difficult theme, losses of several types, with deftness, reality, and the tenderness of one who has been there. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2002 by Elsie
Reading The Healing Quilt gave me goose bumps. The characters I'm sure live on everyones street! I loved the fast pace that Lauraine Snelling is able to give us. Read morePublished on July 31 2002