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The Wedding Quilt | [Jennifer Chiaverini]

The Wedding Quilt

Author Jennifer Chiaverini’s beloved, heartwarming series continues with this celebration of family and friendship. As the wedding day of Sarah McClure’s daughter Caroline approaches, Sarah’s thoughts are filled with brides of Elm Creek Manor past and present. A wedding quilt is a powerful metaphor, and Sarah is determined that the blocks in her daughter’s quilt will display a vivid pastiche of love in all its varieties.
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Publisher's Summary

Author Jennifer Chiaverini’s beloved, heartwarming series continues with this celebration of family and friendship. As the wedding day of Sarah McClure’s daughter Caroline approaches, Sarah’s thoughts are filled with brides of Elm Creek Manor past and present. A wedding quilt is a powerful metaphor, and Sarah is determined that the blocks in her daughter’s quilt will display a vivid pastiche of love in all its varieties.

©2011 Jennifer Chiaverini (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Sandy Weaver Albuquerque, NM United States 12-11-11
    Sandy Weaver Albuquerque, NM United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Elm Creek 25 Years Later"
    If you could sum up The Wedding Quilt in three words, what would they be?

    Family, Quilters, Bonding


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sarah for her quiet strength. Her love for her family and friends.


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

    Only in the Elm Creek series. Christina Moore does an excellent job of bringing each character to life. I feel like I am listening to an old friend telling me a story.


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

    At the beginning, I was surprised and sad to have the book start out 25 years later as in 2028. Sarah and Matt???s twins are now grown. One is working at Elm Creek and the other one is getting married and going to medical school. Sarah has become a well-known author on the history of quilts and proprietress of Elm Creek.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to all Elm Creek readers.
    In Jennifer???s style of storytelling, she merges past and present. Throughout the book, Sarah reminisces about past events as she welcomes family and friends back to Elm Creek in preparation for the wedding. There???s more than one wedding being celebrated in this book.
    I learned about Sylvia getting more information on her Cousin Elizabeth???s family, and what Bonnie decided to do after she came back from Hawaii. I caught up with Gwen and Summer along with Diane???s family. I heard more about the new members - Anne and Maggie. I even learned more about the Civil War quilters and their Union Hall. I would have liked to have heard more about Gretchen and her husband along with Andrew. They are mentioned, but not as much as the others.
    Halfway through I began to wonder if this was the last of the Elm Creek series. It sort of felt like the end since a lot of unfinished stories were being given an ending, but Jennifer has confirmed there will be more Elm Creek books in the future.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Virginia Beach, VA, United States 04-15-13
    Julia Virginia Beach, VA, United States 04-15-13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author viewed the future. Very realistic, a few expected advancements but not 'sci-fi-ish' the way some authors seem to be unable to resist.

    This seems a normal continuation of the Elm Creek Quilters' lives. Aging, death, illness, marriage, new jobs, moving around. The circle of life.

    Great story and great reading!

    1 of 1 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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    "As usual, Jennifer Chiaverini does herself proud"
    Where does The Wedding Quilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's impossible to rank most of them: this series stands on its own, and since the characters are like family, well, how can you rank family??


    What other book might you compare The Wedding Quilt to and why?

    Not really comparable to any, because it starts with a wedding in 2028. Nothing really exciting or sci-fi -ish, it's just that the characters we saw born have grown up. Although, they do all drive electric cars and use tablets only.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favorite?

    I love Sarah! She has such a loving heart, and the book really exposes her heart. Christina Moore becomes these characters....if she doesn't do the books in this series, I don't know if I could listen- it would be just too strange!


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

    The Elm Creek Quilters are still around; a few are gone, and a few are new: and now the twins are grown!


    Any additional comments?

    I know/knew that Sylvia couldn't live forever, but I sure did feel her absence. I have mixed emotions about whether I'd have wanted to attend her final years; I feel like she was a family member, so I want to be there, but it would have been so heart rending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    teenietaters Clinton, UT, United States 08-10-13
    teenietaters Clinton, UT, United States 08-10-13
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    "Elm Creek Fans Were Cheated"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Chiaverini and/or Christina Moore?

    Yes, I have loved the other books and Ms. Moore always delivers a super naration. I also loved the way Ms Chiaverini handled the future in this book, not going over the top but very realistic. But as a true fan of the Elm Creek series and all of it's characters, I feel that Ms Chiaverini cheated us out of the opportunity to say "Goodbye" to the driving force in the story from the beginning, Sylvia! Agnes too was simply gone, and after growing so attached to their characters, I just felt we deserved more. I know it would have been hard to write and boxes of tissues would have been required to read about their passing, but when we have followed these stories so closely, surely we deserved to see it all the way through with them. We also lost the entire blossoming of the romance between Jeremy and Anna. There were other gaps in the story line and though I listened to it all the way through, I truly did feel cheated by the way these details were so easily swept off to the side. I'm at a total loss to understand why Ms Chiaverini choose this way out.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Wow, I think I covered that in my first very long comment!


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    Loved it, as always.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Again, covered in the first comment.


    Any additional comments?

    I do hope that Ms Chiaverini will consider revisiting how she left us out of Sylvia and Agnes' passing and write the stories we deserve to read to complete our journey with these two wonderful characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MamaMeister Temple, TX, United States 01-08-13
    MamaMeister Temple, TX, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Comfort Book"

    Since I'm reading all of the Elm Creek Books, it's like coming back to a familiar zone and meeting up with old friends. Even the switching back and forth in time is done in such a way that I know which time frame she's in. It's a good read - not really exciting, but still very good. The kind of book I need when I want to escape the stress of real life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Oskaloosa, IA, United States 05-15-12
    Betty Oskaloosa, IA, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Disappointed that Chiaverini chose to use what should have been a wonderful celebration to make political statements....The characters didn't grow in this addition to the wonderful series.


    Has The Wedding Quilt turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I loved all of the other books in this series and really looked forward to this one, but if the next one is like this, I will be finished.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claudette Castle Rock, CO, United States 04-18-12
    Claudette Castle Rock, CO, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to The Wedding Quilt again? Why?

    Yes, this book is wonderful. I like the way she works the past, present, and future. There is something that you missed the first time I listened to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way she brought the twins into the book, and get them all grown up and married.


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

    Christine Moore's performances are wonderful. I love when I get a book and Christine is narrating the book. Here exprescence in her voice draw you into the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen F Richland Center, WI USA 02-19-12
    Karen F Richland Center, WI USA 02-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fast Forward from the last book"

    I was quite surprised at the way this book was written. I was expecting a continuation of the story of the characters that Jennifer has created, but instead she went "fast forward" about 20 some years! Then she used reflections backward to fill in the story of what has happened in the lives of each of her characters. I enjoyed it very much, but certainly would recommend that anyone reading it be sure to read previous books first, or they might have a difficult time figuring out all of the connections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    12-03-11
    12-03-11
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    "The Wedding Quilt"

    I love the Elm Creekl Quilt Series, and really enjoyed this book, but it was not quite what I expected. I was a little confused in the beginning, but caught on pretty quickly. I love the characters in the series, and missed a few details that I would have liked to have had, but am hopeful she will provide more in future books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Vacaville, CA, United States 11-03-11
    Karen Vacaville, CA, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2010

    ipod for audiobooks

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    "A Whole Series About The Relationships Among Women"

    So many wonderful things about this series, and this book is as good as all the rest. The series follows a group of people from the same area of Pennsylvania from the civil war through present day. Such love and joy and some sorrow, create memorable stories that stay with you for a long time. They are in my library to listen to again. The same narrator reads all the books, and she is terrific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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