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Wedding Ring (Shenandoah Album) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2005

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Book 1 of 5 in the Shenandoah Album Series

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For Helen, Nancy, and Tessa, three generations of Henry women, quilts truly represent the fabric of their lives. Using scraps of feed sacks, wedding gowns, and baby clothes, matriarch Helen has chronicled her family in the hundreds of quilts she's made. Helen is now a recluse beset by an irrational paranoia that induces her to hoard everything she can, and her bizarre behavior motivates her daughter, Nancy, and granddaughter, Tessa, to spend their summer cleaning out their Shenandoah Valley homestead. For Tessa, the project is a way to avoid facing the tragedy of her young daughter's death, and the toll it is exacting on her marriage. For Nancy, returning to the house where she grew up forces her to confront the questionable circumstances of her own marriage and motherhood. Recalling her work as a volunteer in the Ozark Mountains, and acknowledging her roots in Virginia's pastoral Shenandoah Valley, Richards launches a trilogy of novels inspired by quilt makers, a series that will resonate with fans of family sagas. Richards pieces together each woman's story as artfully as a quilter creates a quilt, with equally satisfying results, and her characterizations are transcendent, endowed with warmth and compassion. Carol Haggas
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"Richards pieces together each woman's story as artfully as a quilter creates a quilt, with equally satisfying results . . ." -- Booklist

A "heartfelt paen to love and loyalty . . ." -- Publishers Weekly on The Parting Glass

Product Details

  • Series: Shenandoah Album (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778321800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778321804
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the author of 70 something novels. I find relationships fascinating and write about them no matter what genre I'm exploring at the moment.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ratmammy VINE VOICE on July 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
WEDDING RING by Emilie Richards
Here's a book I would recommend to women who love to read about southern traditions and families. WEDDING RING by Emilie Richards takes place in the Shenandoah Valley --- Toms Brook, Virginia --- and centers on three generations of women that are learning to deal with each other and come to terms with a death in the family that occurred three years ago. Tessa McCrae had lost her only child Kayley in a car accident, and is still not able to deal with the emotions from this tragedy. She blames herself, and has shut out her husband to the point that she's driving him away, using the excuse of helping out with her grandmother to stay away from Mack during this particular summer. In the mean time, her mother Nancy has asked Tessa to help her with cleaning up Grandmother Helen's home in Toms Brook, and to their dismay they find that it's a mess. The term "pack rat" doesn't even describe the condition of this house.
The many different quilts that are found in the house help bring the bickering women together. Helen and Nancy open up their souls and tell the stories of their childhoods and early years of marriage with the discovery of each quilt. It's a side that Tessa has never seen of each woman and it changes her perspective of both of them.
The Wedding Ring quilt is one that helps unite the three women, and there is a history behind it. Tessa learns how the quilt was created, through the stories told by both Nancy and Helen, and it is a touching story. While the purpose of the title is not apparent from the start, by the end of the book the reader will understand how the Wedding Ring quilt is central to the story. The first of a trilogy of books called the Shenandoah Album trilogy, based on these traditional quilts, I found WEDDING RING a very enjoyable read. It's a type of book that will be enjoyed by women who like to read about family and traditions, in particular those families deeply rooted in the south.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. Walton on April 14, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'll be honest - I only bought this book because I was at a quilt show and I could get a free quilting instruction book if I bought this book and another instruction book. The author was signing books and there was a lull so I chatted with her briefly about the emotional response I'd had to some of the quilts at the show. I bought my books, had them signed, thanked her, and went home. I expected a pleasant little read, a nice way to pass some time.

Then I read the book.

"Wow" does not do it justice. Boiled down into the simplest terms, the book is about family. A mother, daughter and granddaughter have the opportunity to learn about each other as people, rather than just "mother", "daughter", etc. Quilts are a large part of the story but they only add to it for those of us who are interested in quilting. They do not detract from the story for non-quilters.

This is a very emotional book - I read it in one sitting, until 1:00 in the morning. I cried through much of it. The next morning I woke up with swollen eyes, and passed the book on to my mother. I've already purchased the next book in the series, and I can't wait for it to arrive.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
WEDDING RING by Emilie Richards is a story that is in essence a tribute to the strength of women, the importance of family and the desire to keep family traditions. The title refers to the name of one of the many quilts that have been created by Helen Henry, the matriarch of a family that is slowly drifting apart due to generation gaps and misunderstandings among the three women.
But the main reason for the family problems could be attributed to the untimely death of the youngest member of the family, a death that had occurred three years earlier. Tessa MacCrae lost her only child Kayley to a drunk driver three years ago. Kayley was only five. Not only has the death put a strain on her marriage, it has also forced Tessa to shut down her emotions completely, not allowing anyone to see that she is hurt by the death of her daughter. She tries her best to erase any evidence that her daughter had existed, to the dismay of everyone around her.
As the novel opens, Tessa and her mother Nancy are trying to gain entry into Helen's home in Toms Brook, Virginia, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. And it is not a pretty sight. It is hot and humid outside, and Helen is doing her best to deter her daughter and granddaughter from coming in the house. She throws things out her window, such as pieces of clothing, in the hopes that she can scare her family away. Helen fears they are coming to take her away, and she refuses to leave her family home.
What Tessa finds, and Nancy has already feared, is that Helen is now living the life of a pack rat, and it is a classic case. There is no room in the house for anyone to walk, let alone live. It is literally a fire hazard. Rodents and insects live with Helen.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Sarabasha on September 5, 2004
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This is the first of Ms Richards's books I have read. I am certainly going to read more.

Her characterization and plotting are superb. She uses believable dialogue, thoughts and humor as well as understanding the interactions of men and women and women and women together.

I especially enjoyed the element of quilts and quilting tying the storyline together. Her writing style is mature and educated without being overblown or full of itself. Thank you Emilie!
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