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The Quilter's Apprentice: Elm Creek Quilts, Book 1 | [Jennifer Chiaverini]

The Quilter's Apprentice: Elm Creek Quilts, Book 1

An engaging tale full of warmth and wisdom, The Quilter’s Apprentice is the first novel in best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilts series. Sarah McClure takes a job helping elderly Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate for sale. Sylvia, a master quilter, agrees to share the tricks of the trade with Sarah. As the two women grow close, Sylvia shares her family’s tragic past, compelling Sarah to look at her own life more closely.
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An engaging tale full of warmth and wisdom, The Quilter’s Apprentice is the first novel in best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilts series. Sarah McClure takes a job helping elderly Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate for sale. Sylvia, a master quilter, agrees to share the tricks of the trade with Sarah. As the two women grow close, Sylvia shares her family’s tragic past, compelling Sarah to look at her own life more closely.

©1999 Jennifer Chiaverini (P)2004 Recorded Books

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    T. Schram Dripping Springs, Texas! United States of America 02-11-14
    T. Schram Dripping Springs, Texas! United States of America 02-11-14 Member Since 2012

    I presently live in Central TX after spending 35 years in S FL. I was born and grew up in NW LA. I have been a reader my entire life.

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    "Quilting as an art form is still around!"
    Where does The Quilter's Apprentice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best; it was the first of the series, so I didn't know what I was getting into.Each successive book has been delightful. These people are like family, and for better or for worse, they're my family!


    What other book might you compare The Quilter's Apprentice to and why?

    As the first in an honorable series, it stands high. Sort of suckers you in slowly, and by the time you realize you're all the way in, it's too late, you've got these new people in your family and you can't just walk away from them!


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    Having heard/read every book in the series, Christina Moore IS these characters! If the publishers switched readers, I don't know if I'd be able to continue with a story.


    If you could rename The Quilter's Apprentice, what would you call it?

    That would be impossible....the title is totally appropriate. Although the reader doesn't make the connection until they're in too far to pull away.


    Any additional comments?

    This entire series is totally real, totally believable, mesmerizing after the initial presentation of the story line. These people are not heroic, except in small ways (Except maybe Joanna, the Lost Quilter). They are family, doing the routine, daily, loving and occasionally squabbling things that family does.

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    Eileen 01-16-14
    Eileen 01-16-14
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    "Loved, loved, loved this book."
    Would you listen to The Quilter's Apprentice again? Why?

    yes, the family dynamics intrigued me, the historical setting - in reflection back on how one of the heroines arrived at where she is today, were well described and believeable. The quilting as the venue for bringing this all out as well as the relationships young and old, were interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The change in one of the heroines from isolated to more participatory in her own life


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was heartbreaking to hear, but the story about how her husband died and the way her family was torn apart in their grief


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    cry, definitely cry


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    destiny Jacksonville, IL, United States 01-12-14
    destiny Jacksonville, IL, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderfully Delightful!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a new quilter myself I found this book to be very inspirational.


    Any additional comments?

    I plan on listening to the entire series after how much i enjoyed this one.

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    Sue 01-10-14
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    "Awesome Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book to anyone who loves an interesting story about families and history. I have always loved quilts since I was a little girl and actually learned some things from this story. Very heart warming and entertaining.


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    Vicki Lilburn, GA, United States 11-14-13
    Vicki Lilburn, GA, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulous"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course! I will telling all my quilting friends!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the quilts! The challenge, the sharing & the art all make us quilters unite as one.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favorite?

    I loved Sylvia! She is one feisty old lady.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Quilter's Apprentice and why?

    I loved Sylvia because once you peel the layers away you find a sweet hearted soul that has so much to share.


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    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-06-13
    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    This was enjoyable but mainly because I am a crafter I think. I am not sure i would recommend to others without this interest.

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 08-06-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 08-06-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "An Awesome Coming Together"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend because it will make them laugh and cry but the end will make them smile and want more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about this story was how finding new friends may prove difficult for some and easier for other's, once a friend is found don't let them go. Nourish the friendship with sweets, companionship, listening without interrupting, talking often, sitting in silence at times and share a hugs with an I love you. Friends are a treasure more than silver and gold.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Sarah asked her husband to mail a letter, that declined an accounting job offer, after she had been looking for the job offered, for several months. On that very same day, she and her husband, Matthew, were driving to Elm Creek Manor, Sarah was ready to present a plan to Sylvia, that would allow her to keep her beloved childhood home. However, Sarah did not know if Sylvia would accept her plan or not. The owner, Sylvia Comson, would have to sell Elm Creek Manor to a corporation who would demolish the manor and use all of the property to build housing for the nearby Pennsylvania University. Sylvia had told Sarah that she was too old to stay and live in such a huge home all by herself but if Sarah was able to come up with a reasonable plan to stay at Elm Creek Manor within a two week time period, Sylvia would consider the plan and not sell her home, if the plan was viable. Sarah was nervous, with butterflies fluttering in her stomach, but knew that she had made the ultimate choice that would just have to be the right one. She had come prepared with the planning done but always open to change.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, The Quilter's Apprentice, was a book that I wanted to listen to all in one sitting. I had just finished listening to a book that I had to trudge through, so this book was a wonderful change.


    Any additional comments?

    The Quilter's Apprentice was written in such a spectacular way that the book flowed from one sentence to another, which made for a pleasant listen. The narrator, Christina Moore, was the perfect choice. The character's were developed so well, that I felt as if I knew them. I've always felt that quilting was an art and now I know that it is. Relationships were formed and with each new member another friendship could happen. Quilting taught very important lessons, first, how to help one another and to share things as well as themselves.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 08-03-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 08-03-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Beautiful patchwork of memories and quilts"

    This one started out a little slow for me. But it quickly picked up. I also wasn't fond of the narration of the voice of Sarah's husband. Thankfully there wasn't too much of that. The story itself was absolutely wonderful, spanning more than 50 years, from before WWI until the present time. The telling of how two sisters learned to quilt and the sibling rivalry that existed between them from the beginning touched me. At first, I thought I wouldn't be interested in continuing this series because of the slow beginning and the male voice narration. But after the first half hour, I was hooked. This series is better than the other similar series that I've read, dealing honestly with the brokenness and pain that families suffer, and the mistakes made early in life that often haunt us decades later. I'm a quilter myself, but most women with family values would enjoy this book.

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    Lilian Santos 07-16-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it!!!"

    It is a well written, lovely book! Enjoyed immensely! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves books and quilting!!!

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    Edward Victorville, CA, United States 06-24-13
    Edward Victorville, CA, United States 06-24-13

    I have been married to the same wonderful wife for over 27 years and have two adult children, out of the house, that are married, working, and doing well.

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    "Simply Quilted"
    What made the experience of listening to The Quilter's Apprentice the most enjoyable?

    Listening to The Quilter's Apprentice was very enjoyable and gave me hope of a simpler life.


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