Jennifer Chiaverini's popular Elm Creek Quilts series has been an international hit.
©2007 Jennifer Chiaverini; (P)2007 Recorded Books
Another good Elm Creek Quilt addition to this most enjoyable series. This one follows Elizabeth and her new husband from Elm Creek to California during the 1920s where a ranch awaits them in an idealic valley. Unfortunately, things don't turn out quite as they hoped and life takes a difficult turn. I very much enjoyed the interesting characters in this Elm Creek story. Chiaverini has developed several complex and interesting "real people" to enhance this story and, as always, her storytelling ability is evident as it's hard to not care what happens to Lars and Rosa and May and others. My only complaint was that I found Elizabeth's tolerance of her husband's self-pity a bit annoying, but I also realize I'm reading about a "good girl" from the 1920s. I enjoyed the book very much and, as always, Christina Moore does an excellent job with narrating Chiaverini's story.
This is basically a story about a newly wed couple that headed west during prohibition to start their life together. Interspersed with that story is the story of a family forced to sell their ranch after 2 consecutive years of drought. Hard times hit both families and family quilts held deep meaning for both. I enjoyed the characters and the story which was sad, funny and heartwarming. The narrator was perfect for the story. Many of the male voices she created were hard to tell apart, but because of the way it was written, it was still easy to know who was speaking. I heartily recommend this book.
Didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as previous books. Hope the next one keeps my interest better. Loved all the previous ones.
I would listen to this again so that I can better understand why Elizabeth never came back to Elm Creek or the East Coast. Also, to make sure I didn't miss anything.
For me the most memorable moment was when Elizabeth realized that Rosa and her family had survived and were happy.
She brings the characters to life and the images in my mind are more real.
Overall this book was a "tear jerk-er" with all its ups and downs. Even though the ending was a happy one it still managed to bring a tear to my eye.
Just another great book in this series. Love the way everything comes together.
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