Family, Quilters, Bonding
Sarah for her quiet strength. Her love for her family and friends.
Only in the Elm Creek series. Christina Moore does an excellent job of bringing each character to life. I feel like I am listening to an old friend telling me a story.
At the beginning, I was surprised and sad to have the book start out 25 years later as in 2028. Sarah and Matt???s twins are now grown. One is working at Elm Creek and the other one is getting married and going to medical school. Sarah has become a well-known author on the history of quilts and proprietress of Elm Creek.
I would recommend this book to all Elm Creek readers.
In Jennifer???s style of storytelling, she merges past and present. Throughout the book, Sarah reminisces about past events as she welcomes family and friends back to Elm Creek in preparation for the wedding. There???s more than one wedding being celebrated in this book.
I learned about Sylvia getting more information on her Cousin Elizabeth???s family, and what Bonnie decided to do after she came back from Hawaii. I caught up with Gwen and Summer along with Diane???s family. I heard more about the new members - Anne and Maggie. I even learned more about the Civil War quilters and their Union Hall. I would have liked to have heard more about Gretchen and her husband along with Andrew. They are mentioned, but not as much as the others.
Halfway through I began to wonder if this was the last of the Elm Creek series. It sort of felt like the end since a lot of unfinished stories were being given an ending, but Jennifer has confirmed there will be more Elm Creek books in the future.
Yes, I would suggest they read all three books. I love the concept of a world filled with vampires, witches, and daemons. The romance is not overdone. The characters are well developed and are not the usual stereotyped creatures. I love the way they are studying history and scientific facts as to how they came to be different and how they are evolving.
The strong feeling of family, friendship, and trust throughout the book. No matter where Diana and Matthew were located, they were always surrounded by love and support despite the pressures put on everyone to tear them apart. This is more than just a witch, vampire, or daemon story. It is a tale of fighting fear and prejudiced, discovering that they can change their world, and to be accepted for who they are.
Deborah's attention to details is wonderful whether it is describing a room, a building, artwork, or someone's outfit.
Yes, I listened to Jennifer Ikeda in "A Discovery of Witches" and "Shadow of the Night". She is a great story teller with a wide range of voices and accents. She needed a lot of voices with so many characters to keep track of in this book.
I found the story heartwarming and very relaxing to disappear into Diana and Matthew's world. Yes, I laughed and cried.
I hope Deborah Harkness plans to continue this trilogy into a series. I would buy all of them.
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