This novel, the third in Chiaverini's Elm Quilt Series, is a bit different than the first two books. I tells the stories for five different characters - Grace, Julie, Donna, Megan, and Vinnie - that meet at the Elm Creek Quilt camp for a week of quilting away from their busy lives. Each women is struggling with some aspect of their lives - whether it be motherhood, their health or keeping up with their career. The women form a strong bond of friendship that lasts them long after the week at quilt camp ends. They decide to make a challenge quilt - a project that they all agree to start after they have addressed a problem in their lives. The novel follows the five women through the next year and concludes with a reunion at quilt camp a year later.
The book was a little slow at the beginning and very predictable, but I generally enjoyed it. I missed hearing more about the original Elm Creek quilters, but it was interesting to hear about the quilt camp from the perspective of actual campers - and some original characters did make a few appearances throughout the book.
Challenge Quilt from the author's website