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Publisher's Summary

In this intriguing novel, master quilter Sylvia Compson comes across an heirloom quilt that muddles her heritage. She's always believed her ancestors were active in the Underground Railroad - but perhaps she's been mistaken.
©2002 Jennifer Claverini; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

Critic Reviews

"Chiaverini manages to impart a healthy dollop of history in a folksy style, while raising moral questions in a suspenseful narrative." (Publishers Weekly)

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HIstorically Enjoyable

I have read several of the Elm Creek Quilters series and have enjoyed them all. I found this one particularly interesting as I am a history buff. The story line is wonderful and I enjoyed getting to now Sylvia even better as a character.

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Ancestry in Question

If you could sum up Runaway Quilt in three words, what would they be?

Quilt/Significance/Genealogy

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked best about the story was the plot. A quilt, which was shown to her and referred to as, The Log Cabin Quilt, started Julia on her quest to begin the search about her ancestors.

What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

Christina Moore's performance was very well done. The narrator will sometimes be the deciding factor if I'll listen to a book or shelve it. She presented the characters, using a consistent voice for each one, moved at a good pace, the words were quite clear and the varied emotions of anger, sadness, pleasure, etc. were well done. The narrator made the story a good and enjoyable listen.

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

The moment in the book that particularly moved me was when Joanne, a runaway slave, prior to the Civil War, 1858-1859, was discovered hidden at the home of Julia's great aunt Gierada, (sic).

Any additional comments?

The book went back and forth to the pertinent years of 1858-1859 and the year 2002. Julia, after a long, determined, hot and dusty search in the attic, found a wooden trunk with brass handles. Julia's great aunt Lucinda had given her the key that would open the trunk. She had always meant to look for the trunk but did not really want to go through the trouble of rooting in the attic, so Julia would push the thought away. That was until, The Log Cabin Quilt, was shown to her at the end of a quilting conference, when she was shown the quilt by a stranger. The stranger, Mary, questioned Julia about the quilt because of the scenes that were portrayed on it. The scenes were consistent with structures, mountains, water, etc., that were part of the landscape of Julia's home. Mary was certain that the quilt, which was very well worn, may be a link to their lineage. Julia found three quilts in the trunk. When she took out the last quilt and began to gingerly open it, a black leather book fell to the floor. Julia discovered, after she had started to read it, what she thought was a journal, was a memoir, written by her great aunt Gierada, (sic). This thin, leather book was the beginning of Julia's discovery into her past.

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My favorite in the series thus far!

I loved the historical aspect of this book. As always, the characters are strong and believable as in all of Jennifer's books. Can't wait to start another book in the Elm Creek Quilter's series!

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  • Pat
  • HIGH SPRINGS, FL, United States
  • 03-11-13

Another Chiaverini masterpiece!

Where does Runaway Quilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Yes, the story line is engaging AND the reader (Christina Moore) brings the entire experience to life! Jennifer Chiaverini's books are filled with details that flesh out each character and situation, making both believeable. You do not have to be a quilter to enjoy each book.

What did you like best about this story?

The historical aspect of this book and the characters that are encountered in other works makes this book particularly satisfying. Although this book could easily be experienced as a "stand alone" if the reader/listener was just starting the Chiaverini series, it is even better when you have some character background from other boks.

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

I have listened to at least 10 of Christina Moore's performances and all I can say is she truly makes the book come alive!! I have actually looked for other books where she is the reader - not so much for the subject matter, BUT because she is such a talented performer.

If you could take any character from Runaway Quilt out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Joanna would be my choice to spend time with! I love her character and admire how she is portrayed. Her strength and determination are inspiring - even to us reader/listeners! Also..........I have a bunch of unanswered questions that she could easily handle! Ha.

Any additional comments?

I am, admittedly, a Jennifer Chiaverini .........addict! Her stories are captivating, the characters totally believable and I await each new book! For readers/listeners seeking an "escape" that is filled with people that one can truly believe existed, and situations that never appear contrived but are totally plausible and NO unnecessary vocabulary, vulgarity or ............X rated anything - this is a safe and satisfying choice.<br/><br/>

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  • jenny
  • Fort Polk, LA, United States
  • 02-25-13

I couldn't stop listening!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's full of history and intriuge. The more the story went on, the more I wanted to learn.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Runaway Quilt?

When they found the journal detailing a family secret.

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

Yes, she's wonderful.

If you could rename Runaway Quilt, what would you call it?

I think it's the perfect name for this chapter of the Elm Creek Quilters adventures.

Any additional comments?

I have been listening to all of the Elm Creek Quilters books in order from the 1st to now this one and with each book I'm learning more and more about Sylvia and her family history as well as quilt history....I can't stop listening to these wonderful books. Even if I only have a 10 minute drive to the store, I'm linking up my iPhone with my bluetooth stereo so I can listen in the car! I'm hooked on this series of books, they are just a joy to listen to.

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The Back Story is Fascinating

One story woven from two. The first is a modern day group that offers quilting camp for quilters. As a non-quilter, that part of the story was pretty slow for me. The second story revolves around some quilts and a journal found from over 100 years ago. This part of the story is fascinating, but questioned by some authentic quilters. Whether true or not, it's certainly a great story and very intriguing.

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  • Donna
  • Long Beach, CA, United States
  • 01-15-13

Loved it!

If you could sum up Runaway Quilt in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, informational,addicting

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were well developed and believable.

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

Gerda

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both. I felt anger at the slave owners and respect for the bravery of the Underground Railroad participants.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to read more of the books in this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Bittersweet story of women's courage

I live to sew and sew to live. I love being able to listen to these wonderful stories of women lives, friendships and challenges while I'm sewing. You really don't need to know how to sew or quilt to appreciate thesae stories. I have also listened while driving and not wanted to get out of the car after an entire day of driving.

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Family

One can only hope to know ones own family history and to get a glimpse into the family of the Bernstein family is quite the insight into our own family story For like their family my own has many wonderful twists and turns. Love all the stories that I have been listening to and look forward to the rest of the series thanks for making it great fun to enjoy them while I work on my own quilts

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Quilting and history together.

A favorite read because it combines my love for quilts and a thought provoking story of a family's involvement in the Underground Railroad.