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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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    Deanna United States 09-19-13
    Deanna United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jenny Fort Polk, LA, United States 12-31-12
    jenny Fort Polk, LA, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2015
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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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    Melanie Kornis 06-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Elm Creek Quilt book 1"
    What made the experience of listening to The Quilter's Apprentice the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the characters and how learning to quilt was explained. For myself I quilt and found I wanted to be more knowledgable in the history of quilting after reading this book.
    Looking forward to #2.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters reveal that they could have done things differently. Having choices.


    What does Christina Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voice tones, how Sylvia was crabby in the beginning. Sarah was always talking, saying too much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ElChangoPelon 06-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice read"

    This is a nice, relaxing read. Conflicts aren't too intense and the storyline is sweet. I enjoyed the narrator. Her voice was versatile as she changed between older and younger characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 04-25-15
    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 04-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Clean, easy listening, enjoyable"

    First book from this author and won't be my last. Not a racy story, just a down home, folksy story with warmth and human element. I enjoyed her vivid descriptions.
    Very clean and easy to listen, a gentle book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary United States 04-02-15
    Mary United States 04-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Quilting changes things"

    What fun to listen to a story about quilters while quilting. The bits and pieces of quilting lore bring more meaning to your own quilts.

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    Allison Arbuckle, CA, United States 03-02-15
    Allison Arbuckle, CA, United States 03-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!! Can't wait for the next!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannie 02-01-15
    Jeannie 02-01-15
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    "Great Book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Quilter's Apprentice the most enjoyable?

    The storyline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The old womens' stories that tied the book together.


    What does Christina Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I do not like one reader trying to change to meet all the characters voices. I did like her enthusiasm.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The memories of a quilting Lady.


    Any additional comments?

    This series seems to start slowly, then builds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tsunamimaw 10-31-14
    Tsunamimaw 10-31-14
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Quilter's Apprentice to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sylvia Compson. She was very believable and related very human emotion in her stories. She was a well written character with depth and personality.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Sylvia and Agnes met again as sisters.


    Any additional comments?

    The book encouraged me as a novice quilter to try different techniques and continue with the Elm Creek series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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