New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s beloved Elm Creek Quilts series here takes listeners back to the Civil War for a powerful tale of husbands, wives, and a nation torn apart. Fervent abolitionism rules the day in 1862 Water’s Ford, Pennsylvania. So when the local men answer Mr. Lincoln’s call to arms, wives are left behind to keep the town functioning. Fortunately, the ladies of Elm Creek Valley have an ingenious plan.
©2011 Jennifer Chiaverini (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
I read a lot, oftentimes professionally, oftentimes not.
I have read several of Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilters series books, and expected this one to be similar. It wasn't. The world of the book is the American Civil War, in a community where loyalties are divided. The production of an opportunity quilt and subsequent publication of patterns is an interesting but minor subplot. For the most part, however, the story is about the lives of brothers, lovers, and husbands at war and in the prison camps, and the communication between women and their soldiers. Once I gave in to the author's idea for the book, rather than mine, I found it every bit as interesting and rewarding as the others.
Family, Roles, Fortitude
Gerda speaking with the postmaster and realizing that he, too, has a family.
The homecoming of Charlotte and the boys
The scene where Charlotte and Gerda shared their grief, believing that Jonathan was lost.
I enjoy Jennifer's historical base in all of her Elm Creek novels, but was looking for more information on the quilt itself ... the variety of patterns was mentioned but without detail, and the woman who chose the patterns had a very small role.
The way Jennifer can pull you right into the story and you find yourself pulling for different people in the story. You feel like you are part of the story, wonderful!
The way the town pulled together during the Civil War.
Interested in historical fiction, intriguing characters and foreign cultures.
How well the author intertwined a quilt, a quilting circle and their soldier husbands perspectives into a story with no ends left untied.
Gerta was my favorite. She was most interesting being the scandal of the whole circle and the town yet compassionate to those fighting for the country. And she was a paid employee; unheard of in those times.
I haven't heard her before but I thought she did an excellent job with characters whether they were male or possessing an accent.
Gerta. Seems she'd have a plethora of stories to share.
This book was full of wonderful historical references that brought the Civil War to life in great detail! I thoroughly enjoy this series, and appreciate how she brings these characters to life (whether it is the modern day quilters or their ancestors). I eagerly await the next in the series!
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