Best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini has captivated fans around the world with her beloved Elm Creek Quilts novels, which have even spawned a line of fabrics inspired by the series. In this moving tale, Bonnie’s quilting shop goes out of business just as her divorce approaches. But Bonnie gets a chance to escape when her old friend Claire invites her to Hawaii to help launch a new quilter’s retreat at a charming bed and breakfast.
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"Series fans will enjoy this latest entry, and those new to the quilting bee should have no problem finding their groove." (Publishers Weekly)
I'll keep saying it. I love these stories. They are not heavy reading (listening?) by any means and that's why I love them. This one made me want to make a quilt in the Hawaiin way. Will I? Doesn't matter. Nice listen.
Kudos to the reader too. I know which character she is now from book to book. Very cool.
I loved the story itself. The Hawaiian history and culture was represented thoughtfully and it wasn't the maitai-coconut bikini novel you usually run across in fiction set in Hawai'i. 😞 sooo refreshing. Some reviews complain about the 'olelo in there but the narrator did a... decent-ish job. Small stuff like Kalakaua sounding like Kalakawa. Cadence was off. Hawaiian has a flow to it and her flow was... awkward.
My biggest issue was how she pronounce Midori. Japanese is my second language, Hawaiian another... She say it like "Muhdory" it is "Me-dory" but not that hard r... Totally grated on my nerves. *shudder*.
But the pronounciation makes sense when she does Bonnie as she is a guest to the islands. But in voicing Hinano who is kama'āina or Midori who is also local... no excuse.
Story makes it worth it though so don't let it stop you from buying it. It's very well done otherwise story and performance. 👏 Glad to own it.
This might be one of my favorite books in the Elm Creek series. I listen while I drive. It relaxes me and prevents road rage. LOL
When she was describing Zip Lining over the Hawaiian landscape I found myself on a tall bridge and getting nervous. My mind was in the story. And now I have a desire to make a Hawaiian style quilt. And I hope to visit one day. I really enjoyed this book.
The narrator was perfect in that she said the main character. It was about the spirit of love and friendship even when things go wrong and even through a very terrible divorce. It speaks of every Kindle in spirit to go on with life and do good when you thought you had lost it all.
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No laughing or crying but enjoyed the read.
Good read that incorporates interest of quilts.
I have not read the print version.
Christina does an excellent job of bringing the story to life with distinct character voices.
This is one of my favorite Elm Creek Quilt books. I have read all of them so far and this one teaches you how to make a true Hawaiian style quilt while weaving a real life story of dealing with personal challenges and making decisions that make life more fullfilling!
I've listened to many books by this author and I have to tell you that I enjoy even the marginal books. This one definitely falls into the marginal category but still, isn't too bad. The plot is very predictable but if you are a quilter you will likely enjoy listening to it while quilting. The author's other books are much better, especially the Sugar Camp Quilt.
It had been a while since I had listened to a Jennifer Chiaverini book and I had forgotten how much I enjoy them! This was another great story and each of the characters came back to my memory as soon as their names where mentioned. I love how the story developed and couldn't turn in off! Lots of history about Hawaii woven into the book that I had never known about before as well as an entertaining story line. As for the comments about how the Hawaiian words were not pronounced correctly - it wasn't a problem for me, since I have never been there and would have no idea how they should be pronounced! I loved this book - keep up the good work, Jennifer!
I have enjoyed every book in this series, and this one is another hit. However - and this is a big however - it was excruciating to hear the narrator mispronounce the Hawaiian words. I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read it.
Though my preference in reading/listening are thrillers and mystery novels, I have read/ listened to all of the Elm Creek Quilt novels. I have truly enjoyed them all, each for their own merits. I find them to be 'easy listening' as I quilt or do other needle work.
I gave "The Aloha Quilt" four stars even though I felt it was totally predictable. I had been waiting for this character to be the focus of one of Chiaverini's books, continuing the story after a long wait to see how Bonnie recovers from a disaster in her life in one of the much earlier novels. I was pleased with the way the story ended though I knew early on it was headed that direction.
**I would advise anyone who is interested in these novels, to read the first one, "The Quilters Apprentice" before any others, just to get a sense of the characters and how everything comes together in the beginning. However, most of them could potentially be 'stand alone' novels and several of them are, even though they are tied to the original characters.
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