Best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini, herself an accomplished quilter, has won a devoted fan following with her heartwarming Elm Creek Quilts novels.With her deep understanding of intricate human relationships and her trademark depth of characterization, she once again stitches together a winning tale for this 14th entry in the beloved series.
©2009 Jennifer Chiaverini; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
I was expecting a little light reading with this one but what I got was a book that challenged my notions of what slavery actually was. I didn't want to like this book, I wasn't sure how I felt about the story of an African American slave being told by a white woman. Kudos to Jennifer Chiaverini on this accomplishment. I think this book changes her status from genre fiction to literature. Of course, it isn't perfect, it can be a little flat in the modern sections but the story of Joanna is entralling and emotional and gritty. This book actually changed how I felt about my own slave ancestors. I went from a place of shame to a place of extreme pride and love for a people who were tortured and suffered and yet still managed to survive and maintain their humanity. If you think "The Help" is good, you might want to give this book a try as well.
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.
This is my second Elm Creek Quilters novel and I am delighted to have found this wonderful storyteller. The Lost Quilter is a story from era of slavery in America that is interesting, entertaining, enlightening, educational and - most of all - absolutely riveting.
I found myself driving to and from work and doing other mundane tasks and then stopping...holding my breath! What will happen next?!?
I cared about the characters.... heck, I even cared about the characters who were horrible! I wanted to know what happened to them. I wanted to hope that Joanna and Titus would succeed in their quest to be free.
The art of quilting is a unifying theme in these books. But the characters and the author's ability to make them come to life is what will bring you back to Elm Creek and the quilters there. (And I don't even quilt!)
I am going to find more of Chiaverini's books to either read or listen to. The narrator did a truly excellent job. I recommend this book most highly.
At the end of the book I had to go back to the beginning to remind myself of the story line with Sylvia and the clues to the lost quilter (a continuation of an earlier episode). Once I did that, I was very satisfied, the storyline met all expectations, with some savory mystery still remaining. As one who enjoys civil war era historical novels, this did not disappoint.
I loved the other books but this is so sad I want to slit my wrists listening to the story. Just a warning to the weary listening unless you have a prescription for anti-depressants you may want to skip this book in the series.
This book continues the history of the Elm Creek Quilters back to the earliest days. It covers the Civil War experiences of Joanna, the runnaway slave who stayed with the Pennsylvania quilters. The research about the Civil War and the black experience is phenominal. It adds a lot to the interest in the Elm Creek Quilters and to the life experiences of the Civil War Era. The inginuity, persistence and perseverence of the women is remarkable.
Yes I would, over and over
there is no comparison.
Her voices of the characters is just right.
A must see for all Jennifer Chiaverini fans!!!!!
I am totally addicted to the Elm Creek Quilters....
"The Lost Quilter", one of the Elm Creek series, was riveting. I just wish the author had not stopped at Joanna's freedom. I credit the narrator with part of the kudos I give this book because of her ability to change her voice and make the characters come to life. Not only is Chiaverini a great storyteller, but her knowledge of quilting history has provided quite an education for me.
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