I'm just about to start reading 'The Aloha Quilt' it's the latest 'Elm Creek' quilt novel. Here's an excerpt from the Elm Creek website about the books.
"In most of the books, the main character is a master quilter named Sylvia Bergstrom Compson. She and her young friend Sarah McClure open a quilters' retreat at Sylvia's family estate, Elm Creek Manor. Sarah and Sylvia run the "quilt camp" with the help of their friends, the Elm Creek Quilters. Other books are historical, featuring Sylvia's ancestors and earlier residents of the Elm Creek Valley."
If you haven't read any start with 'The Quilter's Apprentice'. I think its best to read them in order. As well as the novels, there are Elm Creek quilt pattern books so you can re-create quilts from the novels. In the latest NZ Quilter magazine Issue 71, there is sampler quilt on page 7 made from one of these books.
The public Library here in Whangarei has all the novels, so put a request in. See my previous post about the Library, and requesting books. Remember if you borrow the book from the Library, you can save the money you would have spent for fabric, and some of your book shelves can became fabric shelves!