©2002 Jennifer Claverini; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
"Chiaverini manages to impart a healthy dollop of history in a folksy style, while raising moral questions in a suspenseful narrative." (Publishers Weekly)
I have read several of the Elm Creek Quilters series and have enjoyed them all. I found this one particularly interesting as I am a history buff. The story line is wonderful and I enjoyed getting to now Sylvia even better as a character.
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 the story was the plot. A quilt, which was shown to her and referred to as, The Log Cabin Quilt, started Julia on her quest to begin the search about her ancestors.
Christina Moore's performance was very well done. The narrator will sometimes be the deciding factor if I'll listen to a book or shelve it. She presented the characters, using a consistent voice for each one, moved at a good pace, the words were quite clear and the varied emotions of anger, sadness, pleasure, etc. were well done. The narrator made the story a good and enjoyable listen.
The moment in the book that particularly moved me was when Joanne, a runaway slave, prior to the Civil War, 1858-1859, was discovered hidden at the home of Julia's great aunt Gierada, (sic).
The book went back and forth to the pertinent years of 1858-1859 and the year 2002. Julia, after a long, determined, hot and dusty search in the attic, found a wooden trunk with brass handles. Julia's great aunt Lucinda had given her the key that would open the trunk. She had always meant to look for the trunk but did not really want to go through the trouble of rooting in the attic, so Julia would push the thought away. That was until, The Log Cabin Quilt, was shown to her at the end of a quilting conference, when she was shown the quilt by a stranger. The stranger, Mary, questioned Julia about the quilt because of the scenes that were portrayed on it. The scenes were consistent with structures, mountains, water, etc., that were part of the landscape of Julia's home. Mary was certain that the quilt, which was very well worn, may be a link to their lineage. Julia found three quilts in the trunk. When she took out the last quilt and began to gingerly open it, a black leather book fell to the floor. Julia discovered, after she had started to read it, what she thought was a journal, was a memoir, written by her great aunt Gierada, (sic). This thin, leather book was the beginning of Julia's discovery into her past.
I loved the historical aspect of this book. As always, the characters are strong and believable as in all of Jennifer's books. Can't wait to start another book in the Elm Creek Quilter's series!
Yes, the story line is engaging AND the reader (Christina Moore) brings the entire experience to life! Jennifer Chiaverini's books are filled with details that flesh out each character and situation, making both believeable. You do not have to be a quilter to enjoy each book.
The historical aspect of this book and the characters that are encountered in other works makes this book particularly satisfying. Although this book could easily be experienced as a "stand alone" if the reader/listener was just starting the Chiaverini series, it is even better when you have some character background from other boks.
I have listened to at least 10 of Christina Moore's performances and all I can say is she truly makes the book come alive!! I have actually looked for other books where she is the reader - not so much for the subject matter, BUT because she is such a talented performer.
Joanna would be my choice to spend time with! I love her character and admire how she is portrayed. Her strength and determination are inspiring - even to us reader/listeners! Also..........I have a bunch of unanswered questions that she could easily handle! Ha.
I am, admittedly, a Jennifer Chiaverini .........addict! Her stories are captivating, the characters totally believable and I await each new book! For readers/listeners seeking an "escape" that is filled with people that one can truly believe existed, and situations that never appear contrived but are totally plausible and NO unnecessary vocabulary, vulgarity or ............X rated anything - this is a safe and satisfying choice.
Yes, it's full of history and intriuge. The more the story went on, the more I wanted to learn.
When they found the journal detailing a family secret.
Yes, she's wonderful.
I think it's the perfect name for this chapter of the Elm Creek Quilters adventures.
I have been listening to all of the Elm Creek Quilters books in order from the 1st to now this one and with each book I'm learning more and more about Sylvia and her family history as well as quilt history....I can't stop listening to these wonderful books. Even if I only have a 10 minute drive to the store, I'm linking up my iPhone with my bluetooth stereo so I can listen in the car! I'm hooked on this series of books, they are just a joy to listen to.
One story woven from two. The first is a modern day group that offers quilting camp for quilters. As a non-quilter, that part of the story was pretty slow for me. The second story revolves around some quilts and a journal found from over 100 years ago. This part of the story is fascinating, but questioned by some authentic quilters. Whether true or not, it's certainly a great story and very intriguing.
The characters were well developed and believable.
Both. I felt anger at the slave owners and respect for the bravery of the Underground Railroad participants.
I can't wait to read more of the books in this series.
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.
The memoir that was found - it had me on the edge of my seat - really intense story.
Sylvia. She is strong, steadfast and a bit stuck in her ways. She reminds me of many of my elders. I love that these stories are set in rural Pennsylvania where 99% of my relatives still live. There is a nice connection there.
A real surprise is the mention of Santa Cruz in several of the stories. I live near Santa Cruz of all places and then the connection to rural PA where the rest of our relatives still live. What an incredible coincidence, it really brought the story "home" for me. The one downside of this book was the way the narrator "read" the memoir. It was not great, more like someone reading to a child. It did not have a "voice" that fit the story and I found it irritating for 3/4 of the memoir reading. Towards the end it seemed to shift to a voice that matched the writer. All in all, this story was really compelling, I loved the historical links!
Since book 1 of the series I have been absorbed into the lives of the Elm Creek Quilters. Women and their men who have flaws and quirks but learn and grow. Stubborn, grudging, obstinate,loving, accepting, forgiving, strong and courageous women! I want to be an Elm Creek Quilter.
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