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Publisher's Summary

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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Families, Civil War, Abolition & Freedoms

Chiaverini has a talent for historical fiction that makes you feel like you are there.

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It Moved Me

Jennifer's stories reach to my core. I learn, I laugh, I cry, I feel...I learn--about the history of this country and its beautiful people. She shows how the Civil War wove the fabric of this country! Thank you

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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.

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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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A book all should read

Loved every moment of this book beautiful and inspiring. I do enjoyed the different and unique personalities as they brought the stories together.

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Amazing story!!

the best one in the series. this series just keeps getting better and better, but this book is a standout.

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One of the best of this series.

The narrator has amazing gifts as her voice embodies each unique character. The story has tears and triumph and a surprise ending. One of the best of this 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.