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
Family, Quilters, Bonding
Sarah for her quiet strength. Her love for her family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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??
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.
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!
The Elm Creek Quilters are still around; a few are gone, and a few are new: and now the twins are grown!
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.
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.
Wow, I think I covered that in my first very long comment!
Loved it, as always.
Again, covered in the first comment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I like the way she brought the twins into the book, and get them all grown up and married.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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