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The Giving Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel Paperback – April 2, 2013
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“Chiaverini’s themes of love, loss, and healing will resonate with many, and her characters’ stories are inspiring.” —Publishers Weekly
“Jennifer Chiaverini has made quite a name for herself with her bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series. From the Civil War to the Roaring Twenties to contemporary settings, these novels have offered suspense, romance, and, at times, in-depth looks into the social, political, and cultural differences that helped shape a nation.” —BookPage
“Chiaverini excels at weaving stories and at character development. We can relate to the residents of Elm Creek Valley because they remind us of folks we know—a cousin, an aunt, or a grandmother.” —Standard-Examiner (Utah)
“Jennifer Chiaverini’s strength is not only writing strong female characters, but also placing them in interesting lives and times.” —New York Journal of Books
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You can read the product description for yourself so I won't go into that very much here. I would like to share that very little of the Elm Creek Quilters are actually part of the story. They are in the opening set-up and the closing but the middle is largely the stories of some of the women coming to the camp the week after Thanksgiving. I didn't mind the departure since there is only so much you can write about the same people without it getting stale.
About 80 pages into it I came onto Amazon to read the reviews since I was enthused and wanted to see if others had shared my experience. I was enjoying it thoroughly and felt like I was back in the flow of the interesting storyline and excellent writing that had been missing more recently. I was surprised to see how many folks were complaining about the political tone of the book since I wasn't experiencing that. Around page 100, I began to see exactly what the other reviewers were commenting on. The story of each quilter is expanded and as those unfold, the social and political views of the author are very, very obvious.Read more ›
Chiaverini's gentle and fluid style pieces characters together with as much care and precision as the quilts they make. Like carefully chosen scraps of treasured fabrics joined one after another into a compelling visual feast, the stories of the quilters unfold gracefully to reveal the powerful reasons behind each one's decision to make this special trip. "The Giving Quilt" is a well-crafted, heart-warming journey of its own, and a commendable addition to the beloved "Elm Creek Quilts" series.
[Note: I was gifted with a copy of this book, and was pleased with how good of a read it was. I highly recommend it for fans of this genre.]
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This book was a good one, however I had trouble connecting all the people and their connections. The ending I felt came very quickly with all the sub stories being put in a box... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Abbie
Love Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek series, but this one didn't come up to my expectations.Published 9 days ago by MEW
Another great read. Each book is a chapter in history and enjoyable departure from daily routine.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
A group of strangers become friends. Women interact in ways many generations of women interact. They talk as they work and craft. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Happy House