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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.

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

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More social history than quilting

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.

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Awesome

As usual Jennifer writes engaging and historically informed stories continuing the legacy of the Bertram family.

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  • Terry
  • GEORGETOWN, MA, United States
  • 12-05-11

Men and Women of the Civil War Era

If you could sum up The Union Quilters in three words, what would they be?

Family, Roles, Fortitude

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Union Quilters?

Gerda speaking with the postmaster and realizing that he, too, has a family.

Which scene was your favorite?

The homecoming of Charlotte and the boys

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

The scene where Charlotte and Gerda shared their grief, believing that Jonathan was lost.

Any additional comments?

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another Great Read

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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The Union Quilters

I would highly recommend this book to people who enjoy historical novels. I felt more aware of the Civil War.

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Great civil war story!

It started out slow but really enjoyed the Civil war history! I did't think I would enjoy it but I really did!

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Enjoyed it

If you could sum up The Union Quilters in three words, what would they be?

Took me a little bit to get into it, but once I did I couldn't stop listening to it. I love all the history as in all of her books.

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  • Claudette
  • Castle Rock, CO, United States
  • 06-08-12

The challenges of the Civil War.

What did you love best about The Union Quilters?

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!

What did you like best about this story?

The way the town pulled together during the Civil War.

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  • carrie
  • North Texas, United States
  • 01-21-12

Great Historical Fiction.

What did you love best about The Union Quilters?

How well the author intertwined a quilt, a quilting circle and their soldier husbands perspectives into a story with no ends left untied.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

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

I haven't heard her before but I thought she did an excellent job with characters whether they were male or possessing an accent.

If you could take any character from The Union Quilters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Gerta. Seems she'd have a plethora of stories to share.

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