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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    jenny Fort Polk, LA, United States 12-31-12
    jenny Fort Polk, LA, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm hooked!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's such a fun read and enjoyable to listen to while I'm driving or working around the house....even while I'm at my sewing machine doing a bit of quilting myself. Having young children, it's also gentle on the ears with no swearing or inappropriate content that I wouldn't want them listening to.


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

    I can't think of any


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book is great, but I really did like when Sylvia and her sister in law saw each other for the first time after all those years and how Sara kept it a secret to get them together and talk...and to look out for her friends the way she did.


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

    It made me laugh and smile many times. What a fun and inspirational book about friends and family....and quilting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book and highly recommend if you want an easy listening good story without worrying about inappropriate things being said around children. It's a good lesson on family and forgiving as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna United States 09-19-13
    Deanna United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A Mixed Bag"

    While I finished the book, the story was slow and only mildly interesting. It was a struggle to finish, but I neither liked nor hated it. The narrator was good, and created a large variety of voices.

    This book is about a woman that is temporarily employed to clean up a mansion. She begins to learn quilting from the owner, and eventually learns about the owner and her family's past.

    I liked the realistic quality of the human interactions and conflict. That being said, I found the main character's low self esteem and lack of confidence to be grating, sometimes. She's supposed to be older than I am, but her spineless moments seem better suited to a teenager with little experience in the real world. Also, there were times when a character wouldn't make a logical jump, but they had all the information necessary to make it. There is nothing more frustrating than a writer that makes her characters slow on the uptake. Oh, and the men in the story are all flat, two-dimensional characters--even Sarah's husband and Sylvia's "wild" brother!

    I think I enjoyed the end more because it meant I was finished with the book than because it actually satisfied me. Everything came together too neatly, like a fairy tale, and all the flaws that made the people realistic before the last two chapters suddenly disappeared or were resolved in a day--including 50 years of bitter animosity.

    Altogether, I only recommend this if you really like quilting and repressed people, or quaint stories with strong morals and a PG-rating, and not a lot of introspection, deep or otherwise. If you have never quilted, expect your eyes to glaze over when they discuss technique--which is not too often, thankfully.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 08-05-14
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 08-05-14 Member Since 2011

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Relax with friends"

    It seems like the characters could be your neighbor or your friend. I liked this book for something that was easy and not complicated. Light reading for the summer, but would be good to curl up by a fire in the winter. There are more books in the Elm Creek Quilt series, and I will pick up another one or two to relax with in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Della Lee Americas 07-21-14
    Della Lee Americas 07-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Natural, wholesome (but not corny), enjoyable read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are regular people making small as well as big mistakes that speak to a reader.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the two women, who had been sisters-in-law, met again after decades of bad feelings.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the quilter background story that runs throughout. In fact it inspired me to sign up for a beginner quilting class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Round Rock, TX, United States 06-14-14
    M. Round Rock, TX, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "enjoyed completely"
    If you could sum up The Quilter's Apprentice in three words, what would they be?

    A really good listen


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

    I think I will enjoy this series as much as I did the Benni Harper series by Earlene Fowler, even without the mystery.


    Have you listened to any of Christina Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Like the name!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy Tyngsboro, MA, United States 05-25-14
    Dorothy Tyngsboro, MA, United States 05-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I loved this."

    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.

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    William Ditmire New Jersey 04-10-14
    William Ditmire New Jersey 04-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story by a great writer."
    Would you listen to The Quilter's Apprentice again? Why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan L. Jones Idaho 03-13-14
    Susan L. Jones Idaho 03-13-14
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    "Loved this book."
    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can just imagine this Manor and would love to see the quilt made!


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

    Love it, I am hooked!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen West Babylon, NY, United States 01-16-14
    Eileen West Babylon, NY, United States 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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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