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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By night I'm in a lab, by day I'm ... usually still in a lab.... Thank God for audiobooks!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
It made me laugh and smile many times. What a fun and inspirational book about friends and family....and quilting.
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.
I enjoyed this small story with in a story. The narrator was very gifted. it felt like different people were telling a good yarn.
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.
Characters reveal that they could have done things differently. Having choices.
Voice tones, how Sylvia was crabby in the beginning. Sarah was always talking, saying too much.
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.
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.
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.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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