If you’re looking for a good summertime novel about quilters, you might want to consider Timeless Star by Lynn Thompson, the pseudonym for Diana Forrester and Mary Clark of Double D Press. The mystery novel revolves around a group of ladies who go to a two week long antique quilt symposium. They go to learn about quilt history and to create a reproduction quilt of their own. During their time there, a mysterious quilt is discovered, then a woman is murdered, and finally numerous valuable antique quilts disappear: all events that are virtually unheard of in this small Ohio town. At the same time, we get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of an independent quilt shop owner who is struggling with empty-nest syndrome in the midst of preparing for the store’s first Shop Hop.
Because I maintain the Lost Quilt Come Home webpage (http://lostquilt.com/), Diana contacted me nearly two years ago because they wanted to include some information about actual missing quilts. In the back of the book, they’ve included the information on seven quilts which need to be recovered. I really appreciate that they have used their novel to help raise awareness of how valuable quilts can be, and why they need to be protected.
I hope you enjoy reading this novel as much as I did! And, if you leave a comment below, I’ll do a drawing on Friday and send the winner my once-read copy of the book. (I’m trying very hard stop my tendency of collecting stuff, especially books, so I’ve been working at passing on my blessings, especially the good ones.)