©2001 Jennifer Chiaverini; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
I burned this book on to cd's-12 I think-to listen to on a long drive. I was so thrilled with the story and characters. The very beginning had me questioning, what does an diva actress have to do with quilting. Jennifer C, weaves and stitches these women's lives together beautifully. I think even without being a sewist/quilter I would loved this story of these women finding their strengths. It was beautiful It made me laugh, made me cry and I hope someone options the movie rights!
Another fun Elm Creek Quilt story. This one had some loveable characters and some real life situations and stories. I really enjoyed meeting them all.
Born to read
I really liked this book. Each character was shown in first person and their lives showcased --several women meet a a quiliter's camp and then over the next year we hear about their lives
Like to listen to historical novels, stories with character development and good moral/life lessons.
The story lines
I could never decide. I would take them all!
This story is one of my favorites of the series.
I'll still try the next book because I love the combination of life stories plus quilting tidbits. It is the first book of the series that did not "grab" me. But I will still read the next one.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
The Cross-Country Quilters ranks high on the list of books that I consider an easy listen, worthwhile, a great series and most of all, it was an enjoyable book to listen to.
My favorite character was Sara because she needed to get her life back in some semblance of order since her divorce. Her son was also have a difficult time related to his dad having moved out of state and not keeping in touch with him. He started to act out in school and felt the need to lie to make himself feel better. Sara needed a friend or friends that could be available to help her to get back on her feet. She had no one to depend on but herself and her life couldn't move forward.
My favorite scene was when all of the Cross Country Quilters were meeting up for the yearly quilting contest. Sarah had MS and didn't think that she would be able to make it. She had been able to participate in the Quilting Summer Camp because some of her symptoms were not acting up, some were invisible to everyone but herself and yet some, she was able to hide. She had never shared with the group that she had MS. Therefore, the disabilities that she had were unknown to the group. With her daughter's encouragement, Sarah was determined to make it to the yearly contest. She arrived with her crutches that people will often use when they have CP. These crutches have an opening in the center where you can put your forearm and a horizontal grip to put your hand on. I have a pair myself that I use for my MS. Yes, it's my MS, I own it just as Sarah needed to own hers and not be afraid to let the rest of the world in. MS didn't need to be a secret or anything to be ashamed of. Sarah finally made peace with her MS when she realized that she could still quilt but had to learn to accomplish it differently. Just as she had had to learn new ways to accomplish other things in her daily life.
The book did not make me cry or laugh. However, it did bring back memories of myself when I was first diagnosed with MS and didn't want other's to know. I was a lot like Sarah.
I have purchased the next book in the series and I'm sure it will be as good or better than the last. The individual novels in the series deal with quilting and how it helps women to help themselves and others. The women who attend the summer camp usually come with some baggage that needs to be sorted out. Once in awhile a man may arrive on the scene but not to learn quilting. That's not to say that quilting is for women only.
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