A quilt led Jennifer Chiaverini to Abraham Lincoln. Kind of. Best known for her Elm Creek Quilt series, Chiaverini’s last three books have been historical novels focusing on leading women during the Civil War. She talks to Steve Bertrand on Books about her latest: “Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival.” The story of Kate Chase, the daughter of Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase. Miss Chase and Mrs. Lincoln found themselves in an unlikely rivalry in society. Mrs. Lincoln lived in the White House. Miss Chase desperately wanted to.