To say I was extremely disappointed in the latest Elm Creek quilt novel is an understatement. Had Ms. Chiaverini followed previous formats this may have been an enjoyable book. Under the guise of introducing us to new quilters as we revisit Elm Creek Manor, Ms Chiaverini misleads purchasers by instead presenting a book in which she can expound her political views of outrage against elected officials trying to reign in expenses and balance budgets. One of her story lines was of a California librarian who fears the loss of her job, painting a negative picture of anyone who would dare support the need to curtail library services in favor of other vital service as being ignorant and selfish. The taxpayers who voted against a tax increase to save the librarian’s job are portrayed as uninformed even though a millage increase might negatively affect their ability to actually stay afloat. She even takes a swipe at private schools whose libraries are staffed by parent volunteers as being ineffective as a resource to students when she laments that some public schools have cut back on library services. The story even included of all things a book burning demonstration against the library to show how intolerant are those who do not subscribe to Ms. Chiaverini’s political point of view.
I loved the Elm Creek Quilter series and had purchased every novel and the quilt instruction books..........until this book. I had even discussed with other quilters at a quilt shop one day how badly I felt when Ms. Chiaverini wrote the Wedding Quilt as I thought it was the end of her series. Now I am sorry it wasn't.
Love her book on James Garfield. Liked the information on Roosevelt and the other men in who expllored the River of Doubt with hiin. But she got carried away on the technical detail regarding the plants and animals of the Amazon. I was not reading this for technical research regarding the rain forest but for the story of the men who explored the river.
We mostly know Garfield as one of the Presidents who was assassinated in office...a name on a list. This book lets us know Garfield the man beloved by the people who was elected to the presidency. The author weaves together so much unknown history not only of James Garfield but also of Alexander Bell, Joseph Lister and Willard Bliss. It has you thinking "what if" well after you have finished the book!!!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone not just the history buffs.
This was a complete rip-off. It is a Cedar Grove Christmas!!!! When I contacted the Debbie Macomber web-site, I was told that 8 Poppy Lane and a Cedar Grove Christmas were reissued as a paperback because some people will not buy a hardback and if I had read her newsletter I would have known so.
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