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©2000 Jennifer Chiaverini; (P)2008 Recorded Books
"Highly recommended." (Liibrary Journal)
Daily Dog Walker and LONG Silicon Valley commutes, so I gulp through and love lotsa books, especially literary fiction and Mystery.
I picked this title up because I'd read one of these "Quilting friends" books before and enjoyed it far more than I'd expected to given that I have no real interest in quilting and I'm not usually a big fan of this type of women's fiction. But after reading a few disturbing novels -- "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and a grisly mystery or too I wanted something warm and comforting that didn't depress me -- and as I suspected this book, as with the previous book I'd read in the series, fits the bill nicely. If you like Maeve Binchy, this author is of like mind and spirit. She writes well, many of her observations are trenchant rather than trite, and if the book pulls together in predictable fashion it's okay- this is the kind of book where the reader wants exactly that. I wanted it, and I got it and so was the perfect read at the time.
I give it three stars because yeah, at the end of the day it's predictable and formulaic, but if you want entertaining, well-wrought characters that you can relate to and like, and a break from more disturbing material...climb under the quilt!
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This is the second in the Elm Creek Quilts series, and I finished it in a day and a half. The women in the quilting circle with their real life problems, as well as the aging Sylvia, accept and love one another in spite of all their short comings, and sometimes, I think BECAUSE of them. The women and the quilt camp guests who come to Elm Creek aren't exempt from any of life's pain, and hearing their stories will bring you comfort. They will become your friends, too. You won't always understand why a person behaves the way she does . . . just like in real life . . . but you learn that you don't always have to know everything to accept . . . and eventually just love them.
I live to sew and sew to live. I love being able to listen to these wonderful stories of women lives, friendships and challenges while I'm sewing. You really don't need to know how to sew or quilt to appreciate thesae stories. I have also listened while driving and not wanted to get out of the car after an entire day of driving.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
What I liked best about Round Robin was how Jennifer Chiaverini was able to create a sense of well being, where there had been an overload of discord.
My favorite character was Sara because her difficulties in life continued to pile one on top of the other. She could not see any way that she could overcome the heavy load that her mind carried. Her depression was helped through the efforts of all those who worked for or lived with Sylvia. Friendship and love would bring her back if she would listen and rise to the challenge.
Sylvia was my favorite character as performed by Christina Moore. Sylvia had to express varied emotions throughout the book and the narration made for a good listen.
The Circle of Friendship
The Round Robin was worth the listen. I enjoyed the story and how it flowed. The book didn't hit a snag where too much time was spent on any single aspect of the story. The story was also concerned with every day life as you and I know it. People worked together, would get upset and there was always the one who would never be able to keep a secret. Kindness was woven through the threads of this story and it was very well done. Quilting is the way of taking many different pieces of cloth and sewing them together to equal the whole. People are the same, we need all different kinds of people who are somewhat alike and also different. People can unite as a whole and find a semblance of order, that is challenged at times and issues worked through with the help of others, whereby peace can be restored. Like a quilt, sometimes threads have to be removed and put back together to make it right. The narrator was excellent. She made the listen a pleasant one. I like the character's in the series as they continue to develop into unique people, each with a different personality. The description of the small town and the manor is well done. I'll purchase the third book in the series. I've found it nice to sit back, put my feet up, and read a book that floats gently instead of roaring loudly. The next book I read will be filled with action and suspense. But at times I need to relax and this book made that possible.
The performance is really well done. The book is a continuous story told from different characters' perspectives, with each one adding a layer of their experiences to the story. Each gives insight into the characters introduced in The Quilter's Apprentice, but not every story is a happy one. Often, these side-stories are filled with hurt, betrayal, and relationships that need repairing.
Overall, good listen, solemn storylines
I have listened to other books in a series and in a way that makes this book more predictable. However, this book made me want to get out my quilting and get started again. I had lots of "driveway moments" where I could not turn off the car until I got to a stopping point. From the intricate detail in the descriptions of quilting to skateboarding I could see it all in my mind! I wanted to be an Elm Creek Quilter.
Most of the plot lines are quite obvious, which makes the story a bit plodding, like the first book, but these are still nice for light reading.Characters are likable, except Sarah, who seems clueless and moody. the male voices are read in such a monotone, that's a little distracting. Accompany with pictures of these quilts, hard to get a visual from the descriptions, even though the descriptions are overly detailed.
I had a stroke two years ago and could totally relate to Sylvia's stroke. I Love the humanity, the struggle of the characters with themselves, the history and the love - not to mention the quilting.
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