Best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini has captivated fans around the world with her beloved Elm Creek Quilts novels, which have even spawned a line of fabrics inspired by the series. In this moving tale, Bonnie’s quilting shop goes out of business just as her divorce approaches. But Bonnie gets a chance to escape when her old friend Claire invites her to Hawaii to help launch a new quilter’s retreat at a charming bed and breakfast.
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"Series fans will enjoy this latest entry, and those new to the quilting bee should have no problem finding their groove." (Publishers Weekly)
I'll keep saying it. I love these stories. They are not heavy reading (listening?) by any means and that's why I love them. This one made me want to make a quilt in the Hawaiin way. Will I? Doesn't matter. Nice listen.
Kudos to the reader too. I know which character she is now from book to book. Very cool.
I have not read the print version.
Christina does an excellent job of bringing the story to life with distinct character voices.
This is one of my favorite Elm Creek Quilt books. I have read all of them so far and this one teaches you how to make a true Hawaiian style quilt while weaving a real life story of dealing with personal challenges and making decisions that make life more fullfilling!
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I've listened to many books by this author and I have to tell you that I enjoy even the marginal books. This one definitely falls into the marginal category but still, isn't too bad. The plot is very predictable but if you are a quilter you will likely enjoy listening to it while quilting. The author's other books are much better, especially the Sugar Camp Quilt.
It had been a while since I had listened to a Jennifer Chiaverini book and I had forgotten how much I enjoy them! This was another great story and each of the characters came back to my memory as soon as their names where mentioned. I love how the story developed and couldn't turn in off! Lots of history about Hawaii woven into the book that I had never known about before as well as an entertaining story line. As for the comments about how the Hawaiian words were not pronounced correctly - it wasn't a problem for me, since I have never been there and would have no idea how they should be pronounced! I loved this book - keep up the good work, Jennifer!
I have enjoyed every book in this series, and this one is another hit. However - and this is a big however - it was excruciating to hear the narrator mispronounce the Hawaiian words. I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read it.
Though my preference in reading/listening are thrillers and mystery novels, I have read/ listened to all of the Elm Creek Quilt novels. I have truly enjoyed them all, each for their own merits. I find them to be 'easy listening' as I quilt or do other needle work.
I gave "The Aloha Quilt" four stars even though I felt it was totally predictable. I had been waiting for this character to be the focus of one of Chiaverini's books, continuing the story after a long wait to see how Bonnie recovers from a disaster in her life in one of the much earlier novels. I was pleased with the way the story ended though I knew early on it was headed that direction.
**I would advise anyone who is interested in these novels, to read the first one, "The Quilters Apprentice" before any others, just to get a sense of the characters and how everything comes together in the beginning. However, most of them could potentially be 'stand alone' novels and several of them are, even though they are tied to the original characters.
I have read just about all of the Elm Creek Quilt books, this is another hit for the author. I'd like to suggest that the Narrator find out the correct pronouncation of some of the Hawaiian words. It hurt my ears to hear her mispronounce the Queen's name and some of the other words. All in all I enjoyed the book.
The book was very exciting and it moved very well thru the store line....The decriptions of Hawaii was very percised. I'v never been there but the author described very well from pictures I have seen. I would like to have pic of the plants and the (pineapple) that she described in the book....from her lighni.
I would like to know if Jennifer went to Hawaii to write the book? Please let me know how she cam up with this small B&B in Hawaii.......
I have read nearly all of the Elm Creek Quilt series and this was one of my favorite. In all fairness, I enjoyed it because I've been to Maui several times and have an affinity for the aloha spirit. This book has inspired me to begin a Hawaiian quilt of my own. You will especially enjoy the Elm Creek Quilt series if you are a quilter. If you do not quilt, you might find this books a little boring. I also thought the narrator did a good job on pronouncing the hawaiian words considering how difficult these are to say properly.
This was my first Elm Creek series book and likely to be my last. I should have read more about the book before purchasing it. I love Hawaii and quilting and thought it would be fun and a change of pace from my usual reading.
If someone wants a maudlin, predictable, sophomoric tale, with romance and a happy ending, this is the book for you. It just wasn't for me.
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