When Callie MacCallum sews her first quilt after the death of her lover Jack Sebring, she doesn’t realize she’ll be drawn into a Sebring family battle between wife and daughter-in-law. She simply wants to fulfill her promise to Jack to visit their cabin in the West Virginia mountains, where their long love affair was safely hidden.
Instead, her emotionally reminiscent trip becomes crowded with the two Sebring women, a grief counselor, and the massive role Callie assumes. She must speak for Jack in order to protect his four-year old grandson Chad from his stubbornly manipulative and blame-passing grandmother and his recently widowed and power-usurping mother. Callie understands both women grieve the loss of Chad’s father. He died when a raging storm split the tree that crushed him.
Grief isn’t the only common thread running between the four women. One by one, their secrets are revealed on the West Virginia mountaintop.
"Chappell does a wondrous job allowing her words to speak for her characters, immersing the reader in scenes where dialogue would have typically done the trick."
~~ Maxy Awards (Best Literary Fiction)
"Despite Callie's awkward position as an outsider and Jack's lover, her willingness to help the Sebring women may be the book's most lasting impression—healing can come from the most unexpected sources."
~~ Foreword Reviews
This specially designed charm appears on the cover. Callie, the quilter in Wild Raspberries, always embroiders a heart and two raspberries on each memory quilt she creates.