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The Christmas Boutique

By: Jennifer Chiaverini
Narrated by: Christina Moore
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Publisher's summary

Twenty years after the publication of The Quilter’s Apprentice, the novel that launched the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini returns with another delightful chapter featuring Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstom Compson and friends, a captivating, heartwarming tale sure to become a holiday favorite.

Just weeks before Christmas, severe wintry weather damages the church hall hosting the Christmas Boutique - an annual sale of handcrafted gifts and baked goods that supports the county food pantry. Determined to save the fundraiser, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson offers to hold the event at Elm Creek Manor, her ancestral family estate and summertime home to Elm Creek Quilt Camp. 

In the spirit of the season, Sylvia and the Elm Creek Quilters begin setting up market booths in the ballroom and decking the halls with beautiful hand-made holiday quilts. Each of the quilters chooses a favorite quilt to display, a special creation evoking memories of holidays past and dreams of Christmases yet to come. Sarah, a first-time mother expecting twins, worries if she can handle raising two babies, especially with her husband so often away on business. Cheerful, white-haired Agnes reflects upon a beautiful appliqué quilt she made as a young bride and the mysterious, long-lost antique quilt that inspired it. Empty nesters and occasional rivals Gwen and Diane contemplate family heirlooms and unfinished projects as they look forward to having their children home again for the holidays. 

But while the Elm Creek Quilters work tirelessly to make sure the Christmas Boutique happens, it may take a holiday miracle or two to make it the smashing success they want it to be.

Praised for her ability to craft “a wonderful holiday mix of family legacy, reconciliation and shared experiences” (Tucson Citizen), Jennifer Chiaverini once again rings in the festive season with this eagerly awaited addition in her beloved series.

©2019 Jennifer Chiaverini (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Not very original

This book is kind of a mash-up of several previous Elm Creek Quilt novels. For the first 1/3 to 1/2 the book, I was convinced there is no new writing at all, but after that, there seems to be a new twist to the previous books. Still not too interesting if you’ve read the series.

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Good story but some disappointing aspects

I love Jennifer Chiaverini’s stories. I especially enjoy the attention to detail which draws me in and makes me feel I’m “there.”
However, to the author, I will not purchase anymore stories as about half of the book (as seems to be your new way of writing books) is merely copied from other books in the series. If you want to allude to another book/story, then do so. But I purchase books to get stories I haven’t read before.

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Don't waste your credit - just a rehash

I love this author and expected to love this book BUT I'm an hour in and so far it is just a rehash of previous books.

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A Huge Disappointment

I was excited to find an Elm Creek quilters book that I had not listened to. I should have paid closer attention to the previous reviews. I kept listening to one after another painfully excruciatingly detailed retelling of each characters history while wondering when the author was going to get to the NEW story. It never happened! Save your credit. You can find everything that is found in this book by reading the original books.

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Great story line.

I so enjoy listening to this storyline and get jealous of these women who became master quilters. wish my Granfdma would have found the time to teach me!!!

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Excellent.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have listened to all the Elm Creek Quilts books and didn't find this one to be a repeat of the others, as some reviewers have mentioned. Very happy to hear more about all the Elm Creek Quilters.

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Elm Creek Quilters Lives On

Loved the story, hope there is another in the works. There certainly is more story line left for us. I have listened to every single book in the Elm Creek series. Jennifer Chiaverini never disappoints. Love how the craft interweaves with the lives of the people of Elm Creek and weaves in the history of their lives.

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Great complexity of characters

I read this book out of order because I wanted a treat during the holiday season. I liked that this book gave the history or back story on each of the characters. Performance and editing were perfect.

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LOVE

This has been one of my favorite series. I was ecstatic to see new one.

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Friendships and Telling Stories

I absolutely love the interweaving of the lives of these characters. The writer does an excellent job explaining how they all came together and how at times they falter but invariably find themselves working through their issues! It’s a series I cherish!

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