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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This was a great read! Loved the characters, the splash of quilting technique and unraveling of the story. I couldn't get to the end fast enough!
The old womens' stories that tied the book together.
I do not like one reader trying to change to meet all the characters voices. I did like her enthusiasm.
The memories of a quilting Lady.
This series seems to start slowly, then builds.
Haven't read the print edition but I worked on a quilt top while reading the audio version. Love this aspect of audio book reading.
Sylvia Compson. She was very believable and related very human emotion in her stories. She was a well written character with depth and personality.
My favorite scene was when Sylvia and Agnes met again as sisters.
The book encouraged me as a novice quilter to try different techniques and continue with the Elm Creek series.
Sure. It moves along with realistic action, so there is never a dull page. The reader can feel at peace knowing that the story will be kind to their emotions and imagination.
The characters are regular people making small as well as big mistakes that speak to a reader.
When the two women, who had been sisters-in-law, met again after decades of bad feelings.
I enjoyed the quilter background story that runs throughout. In fact it inspired me to sign up for a beginner quilting class.
A really good listen
I think I will enjoy this series as much as I did the Benni Harper series by Earlene Fowler, even without the mystery.
Like the name!
As a long-time quilter, I enjoyed the gentle instruction woven into the fabric of the story.The reader did a fine job of keeping the characters separate. I could "see" them while I listened.I am looking forward to the other books in this series.
Yes, it was somewhat predictable as another reviewer mentioned, but it was lighthearted and kept my interest from the beginning. I listened to it straight through, of course, while quilting, but even those who don't quilt will enjoy this story. I'm downloading the next one now.
Yes, I read Jennifer Chiaverini's recent books and love her writing style. I am thrilled to be able to pick up her early books. Great stories with historically accurate incidents that affected the characters. The history is part of normal lives, not contrived.
I can just imagine this Manor and would love to see the quilt made!
Love it, I am hooked!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The change in one of the heroines from isolated to more participatory in her own life
It was heartbreaking to hear, but the story about how her husband died and the way her family was torn apart in their grief
cry, definitely cry
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