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It has been more than 50 years since master quilter Silvia Compson decked the halls of Elm Creek Manor, and with all her family gone, she intends to observe a quiet Christmas. But her young quilting partner, Sarah McClure, has other ideas.

New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini delivers a spirited holiday yarn.

©2005 Jennifer Chiaverini (P)2007 Recorded Books

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  • L. Tidwell
  • Wilsonville, OR United States
  • 11-29-11

An original holiday story with meaty content

Whether you're following this series or this group of characters is new to you, you will find them pesenting a holday story well worth hearing! So many holiday stories are predictable, honey-sweet stories that don't challenge the listener. The characters in the series have become old friends over time, but whether you're new to the series or not, you won't be sorry if you choose this story for the holidays. At first, I wasn't sure that I could listen to Christina Moore as the narrator, but I've found that she's become the perfect voice for characters that I've grown to love. I am not a quilter and thought the subject matter might be boring, but I was wrong! I learned about history while treating myself to a 'clean' and 'uplifting story' that was meaty in content and very different than the usual holiday story line. It was wonderful to be able to play this book in the presence of children and friends without needing to apologize for curse words or x-rated content. If you choose this book, you'll have a rich story with historic content that you will find enriching to your modern holiday. Sometimes, we grow tired of 'so many sweets' at the holidays and we find ourselves craving some calories with nutritional content - you'll find that in this story!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Paula
  • Newnan, GA, USA
  • 12-27-07

Good Story

The story is good, only drawback is that it was recorded from a cassette and it states to turn the cassette over. Otherwise, good Christmas story.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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What was the point of this?

I love this series, but this was very disappointing. I don't get it - for one thing, it's either placed out of order in the series or just goes back in chronology, but at least 60% of it hashes over events that were included in the previous books, often using the exact same words to relate the event. It was previously recorded on cassette and annoyingly tells us to turn the cassette over. I can't help but think the author needed some extra cash for Christmas shopping so hastily pieced together (no pun intended) little bits of previous stories and published a quick summary. Don't bother with this one. You won't miss anything! I will go on to the next and hope that she returns to the well written, enjoyable stories that I have so far loved.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful story-lots of threads.

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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  • Kathryn
  • Ashburnham, MA, USA
  • 04-07-09

Enjoyable.

A nice story.

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  • Joanne
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • 01-18-09

nice light christmas story

I enjoyed this light christmas book about generations working on an unfinished quilt. It was light, pleasant, with a nice Christmas ring to it. An easy festive listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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more of the same of the elm creek books. <br /><br />

great to quilts by because you do not have to pay too much attention to get the gist

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Devoted Elm Creek listener - but not my favorite

This book was good, but definitely not a favorite. They revisited a lot of similar story lines and elaborated on a few stories. I liked going back in time to Sylvia's childhood, but the antagonistic relationship between her and Claudia was somewhat annoying.

I was also disappointed that this booked seemed out of order. Although it was published in 2005, it seemed to jump back to a time before a couple things happened related to Andrew and Sarah's mom (no spoilers). Just okay, but a little blah.

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Needs editing

I have read several of the Elm Creek Quilter books. This is the first time I was told to change the side of the cassette while listening on audible. The audio needs to be edited.

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A good story with a lot of re-telling

it was a good story, short, with a lot of my favorite characters. there was a lot of explanation in background story from when Sylvia was little, the stories unfortunately overlap quite a bit I was disappointed to hear so much that I had already heard in the other books I had listened to. I think the thing that frustrated me the most about this story was the fact that it was copied for audible off of cassettes and there are a number of times when the says turn cassette over and this is the end of cassette 5 that's kind of annoying they could have edited that out!