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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilts novels are hailed as “classics of their kind” by The Dallas Morning News.

Master quilter Sylvia Compson, the sage voice guiding the Elm Creek Quilters, is getting married. The occasion should be festive, but things turn sour. The quilters have prospered, but now their unity is threatened. They must either iron out their differences or face a future that may not be spent together.

©2004 Jennifer Chiaverini (P)2004 Recorded Books

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Love the series, but this has too many repeats

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I this story could easily been told with a third fewer words.

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So many of the sections were developed by repeating nearly verbatim earlier scenes. I don't claim to know the best way to tell various characters perspectives on an event, but reusing text seems just a way to make a book longer. This book included a mystery that needed solving (and was very satisfactorily done) but I think the whole could have been "tighter."

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I'm not giving up though, I have enjoyed the characters as performed by Christina Moore, and look forward to Book 7!

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Disappointing

Very disappointing. It was difficult, if not impossible to follow. The repetitive, verbatim conversations were annoying and made the time frame confusing. The narrator made Summer sound like a male. I’ve enjoyed this series, but could not finish this book.

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Should have skipped this one

A story line that exists in one of her other books was covered again here, over and over and over again from the perspective of each character. I’ve liked her other books but not this one. Narrator shouldn’t attempt to do different voices for each character because she can’t. Just read. Sound editing was fine.

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Another great book in the series

This book wasn't my favorite, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening. I will continue to be an Elm Creek fan and work my way through the series.

I love the consistency from book to book and having the same narrator. Makes me feel close to the characters, like meeting up with friends. Like the twists and turns in this book, definitely expanding on the story lines as we move through each book.

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Very well

I enjoyed each character's point of view. It took me a bit to catch onto what was happening and I can understand some of the reviews, but I liked its variety in format compared to the other books.

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Wonderfully written in a complex style that adds depth and beauty to the series.

Several reviews have berated this book as being hard to read because it tells the same story over and over. The use of multiple narrators talking about the same time period but from different perspectives is a writing Challeng I am pleased Ms. Chevarini has taken on. The only other book I have read in this style is Absalom, Absalom! written by William Faulkner. This book is best read after you have become acquainted with each of the individual characters in this series. Don’t read it first! First read The Quilters Apprentice and Round Robin. Reading The Cross Country Quilters will give you a little more depth to understand some of the insignificant passages, but is not essential. I am on my 4th reading of this series and each book adds more layers to the basic layout. The series is very much like a quilt. Each book taken individually is lovely, complete in of itself. But when you out them all together and the peripheral characters start to take center stage you are left with a fabulous story of German Immigrants who come to America to claim its promise of prosperity for anyone who is willing to work hard enough for it. The 18 book story line has so much depth and detail when viewed together. Just like a complex quilt whose true magnificence can only be seen once all the individual blocks are in their places adding to the beauty of the whole.

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a first to bring me to tears

a beautiful story of friendship. life long qppreciation and love for and of friends.

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I want to find an Elm Creek lodge retrea

I want to find an Elm Creek lodge retreat, with classes taught by the beautiful women in these stories. I've read (listened) to all 18 books, the only criticism I have is the repetitive parts in each book and there is not a.clear end to the series. Other than that, they are a light, interesting read, especially if you're a quilter.

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Good but a little drawn out.

so many repeats of the same situation I was really tired and wanted the culprits to be caught.

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Super fab!

I love this series. As a new quilter it's fun learning the names of quilt blocks and it inspires me to look up the blocks they Elm Creek quilters talk about. This was one of my favorite books in this series.