Chloe Ellefson and her sister, Kari, have long dreamed of visiting each historic site dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder. When Chloe takes custody of a quilt once owned by the beloved author, the sisters set out on the trip of a lifetime, hoping to prove that Wilder stitched it herself.
But death strikes as the journey begins, and trouble stalks their fellow travelers. Among the “Little House” devotees are academic critics, greedy collectors, and obsessive fans. Kari is distracted by family problems, and unexpected news from Chloe’s boyfriend jeopardizes her own future. As the sisters travel deeper into Wilder territory, Chloe races to discover the truth about a precious artifact—and her own heart—before a killer can strike again.
Unfortunately I have not read the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but I loved so much the TV series Little House on the Prairie. I loved the adventures of Laura and her family, I have not missed an episode and I could not wait to read this story. It was a pleasant dip in my childhood and I discovered some interesting things about Laura that I did not know. It was a really exciting and intriguing reading.
A family friend gives Chloe a quilt that could be owned by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She and her sister Kari are her passionate fans. Chloe is also invited to a conference to talk about how real and useful were historical references in the autobiography of Wilder, helpful, for example, to know some of the techniques they used at the time to make butter. Chloe decides to take the opportunity to spend a few days with her sister and investigate the authenticity of the quilt. So realize their dream of being able to visit all places where Laura lived. But their journey will not be as they had imagined.
It 's a novel mysterious, adventurous, unpredictable until the end. It's full of mysteries to solve, at every stop of their tour is always something happening (murders, thefts). Chloe and Kari have also personal problems to solve. I really liked the idea of starting each chapter with a quote from the book of Wilder.
This is the sixth in the series but really does work well as a standalone - I had not read the earlier books and still thoroughly enjoyed this one.
If you like Little House on the Prairie this is a must read.
About The Author –
Kathleen Ernst is a former museum curator who remains passionate about history! In addition to the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites series, she has written many books for American Girl, including nine about the historical character she created, Caroline Abbott. Over 1.5 million copies of Kathleen’s 33 titles have been sold. The Chloe series has earned a LOVEY Award for Best Traditional Mystery, and several of her mysteries for young readers have been finalists for Edgar or Agatha awards.