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The Wedding Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel (Elm Creek Quilts Novels) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 1, 2011
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About the Author
Jennifer Chiaverini lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to the six volumes in the Elm Creek Quilts series and two books of quilt patterns inspired by the novels, she designs the Elm Creek Quilts fabric line from Red Rooster Fabrics.
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I was very much looking forward to having the storyline return to Elm Creek since several of the more recent installments have taken us to other locations or back in time such as to the time period of the Civil War. I had missed many of the characters that had not been part of the narratives and was looking forward to catching up since many of them felt like old friends. To be perfectly candid, this novel was just "all right" for me and a bit of a disappointment (my first disappointment in the series in fact). Since we jumped ahead so many years, I felt like my head was spinning rather than being brought along on the journey and that I missed out on a lot. While the reader is brought up-to-date with a vast number of characters (maybe all) it is done so quickly and for so many that it wasn't a comfortable read -- "choppy" is the best word to describe it, I think. The back stories from previous books are summarized and then what has transpired over many, many years is tacked on. It felt to me like the last book in series where everything from all the books is brought together and finalized. Some of the flashbacks that conveyed new information such as the birth of the twins to Sarah and Matthew are wonderful, but most of it felt hurried and abrupt to me. I actually did searches on the Internet to find out if this was the last book and I had just missed it, but it appears more books will be forthcoming.
I really struggled with an overall rating since I wanted to love the book and some portions are marvelously written with great character development and style. Trying to balance that out with other portions that fell short of my expectations and weren't enjoyable to read was a difficult challenge. I decided on a 3-star but feel sad doing so. If you are a first-time reader, please don't start with this book. Go back to the beginning and enjoy a master storyteller. By the time you get to this one, you will be in a better position to understand who all these people are and give some grace to a book that is not up to the usual quality or standard.
Jennifer is at her best when she moves back and forth through time, especially through diaries or journals. The Quilter's Legacy is a perfect example of the skill Jennifer has transporting the reader through time so that we are unaware of when she moved from present to to past to present again because she does it so smoothly. This book jumped back and forth a little too abruptly. This is not her usual style and have to assume her publisher pushed her too hard to finish.
The story is (hilariously) set in the future, where Sarah's daughter is getting married. The author's attempts at including future technology is akward and laughable. Instead of focusing on the story line at hand, it feels like the book tries to summarize every Elm Creek Quilts book up to that point. It was not an enjoyable read at all.
I had her forthcoming books preordered, but I am canceling that and will instead wait to see what the reviewers say. If only I bothered reading the reviews for this one before buying it. Lesson learned, I guess.