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Sandy Weaver

Box Elder, SD United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Wedding Quilt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Author Jennifer Chiaverini’s beloved, heartwarming series continues with this celebration of family and friendship. As the wedding day of Sarah McClure’s daughter Caroline approaches, Sarah’s thoughts are filled with brides of Elm Creek Manor past and present. A wedding quilt is a powerful metaphor, and Sarah is determined that the blocks in her daughter’s quilt will display a vivid pastiche of love in all its varieties.

    Sandy Weaver says: "Elm Creek 25 Years Later"
    "Elm Creek 25 Years Later"
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    If you could sum up The Wedding Quilt in three words, what would they be?

    Family, Quilters, Bonding


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sarah for her quiet strength. Her love for her family and friends.


    Have you listened to any of Christina Moore???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3907)
    Performance
    (3601)
    Story
    (3588)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Not What I Expected, But I Still Love It!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found the story heartwarming and very relaxing to disappear into Diana and Matthew's world. Yes, I laughed and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Deborah Harkness plans to continue this trilogy into a series. I would buy all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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