Books by Jennifer Chiaverini

Jennifer Chiaverini lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she is also a former writing instructor at Penn State and Edgewood College. In addition to the seven v


MRS. LINCOLN'S RIVAL by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Although Kate provides endless commentary, Chiaverini never seizes the opportunity to fully develop her main or secondary characters into engaging, well-rounded individuals. Even Abraham Lincoln comes off as flat."
Chiaverini (Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, 2013, etc.) examines Civil War politics and battles, this time through the eyes of Washington hostess Kate Chase Sprague. Read full book review >
THE SPYMISTRESS by Jennifer Chiaverini
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A capable but somewhat flavorless tribute to a brave woman."
Serviceable biofiction based on the heroic work of Elizabeth Van Lew, Union sympathizer and spy living in the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., during the Civil War. Read full book review >
MRS. LINCOLN'S DRESSMAKER by Jennifer Chiaverini
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"While the backdrop is strikingly vivid, Chiaverini's domestic tale dawdles too often in the details of dress fittings and quilt piecings, leaving Elizabeth's emotional terrain glimpsed but not traveled."
From the intimate domestic circles of the political elite, a dressmaker witnesses the upheavals of 19th-century America. Read full book review >
THE GIVING QUILT by Jennifer Chiaverini
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Rather than harmonizing disparate scraps, this quilt leaves the highly wrought patches unstitched."
Quiltsgiving is a new tradition at Elm Creek Manor, and this November, the women will devote themselves to making quilts for Project Linus, which gathers homemade blankets for needy children. In giving to others, they may heal themselves. Read full book review >
SONOMA ROSE by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

Chiaverini's latest Elm Creek Quilts novel revisits Prohibition-era California. Read full book review >
THE WEDDING QUILT by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"An artless endeavor."
This 17th installment in the Elm Creek Quilts series is a disappointing pastiche of previous novels, fleshed out to little effect. Read full book review >
THE NEW YEAR’S QUILT by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2007

"Many of the Elm Creek novels provide appealing and original characters set within enjoyable plots, but this feels recycled and written on autopilot."
This latest installment of the Elm Creek Quilts novels is a stale companion piece to 2005's The Christmas Quilt. Read full book review >
THE QUILTER’S HOMECOMING by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2007

"A bland and predictable addition to a series that has had both hits and misses."
The latest Elm Creek Quilts novel (Circle of Quilters, 2006, etc.) moves west from the Pennsylvania manor to follow the adventures of Sylvia Bergstrom Compson's older cousin Elizabeth. Read full book review >
CIRCLE OF QUILTERS by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Diehard fans may want more than mere cameos from their favorite characters, but overall, a pleasant addition to the series."
The lives of four women and one man are much improved by quilting in the eighth installment of the Elm Creek Quilts series. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS QUILT by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Diehard admirers will probably love the homespun stickiness and background secrets revealed; others should pass. "
Number eight in Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt series delivers predictable yuletide cheer and saccharine sentiments. Read full book review >
THE MASTER QUILTER by Jennifer Chiaverini
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2004

"Fans will love the further development of the Elm Creek characters, though others may find the plotting a bit staid."
In this sixth of a series (a project that has spawned a quilting book and a line of Elm Creek fabrics), fans will find a pastiche of melodrama, female empowerment, and, of course, a quilting project. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY QUILT by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2002

"Simple enough to be better aimed as a YA, though not without its historical charm and interest."
Quilting, the Underground Railroad, and the struggles of immigrants in Pennsylvania all find a place in this passable fourth in the Elm Creek Quilts series (The Cross-Country Quilters, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
THE QUILTER'S APPRENTICE by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Nicely stitched together (and fun for quilters), but more slick trick than vibrant novel."
A debut tale of two women, one young, one old, who learn to craft new lives and mend old ones as they sew a quilt. Read full book review >