Search Results: "Jennifer Chiaverini"


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 >

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FATES AND TRAITORS by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Engaging, sweeping historical fiction that complicates politics by teasing out the domestic and romantic repercussions of treason."
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. But how did Booth come to such a point? And how did his loved ones miss the warning signs? Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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MRS. GRANT AND MADAME JULE by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Chiaverini's fans will love this light historical romance, but readers hoping for a fully imagined slave-to-freedwoman's journey will be disappointed."
Two Julias, one born into prosperity, the other into slavery, witness the rise of the Civil War and the beginnings of Reconstruction. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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SONOMA ROSE by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Like an overgrown vine, this book could have benefited from extreme pruning."
Chiaverini's latest Elm Creek Quilts novel revisits Prohibition-era California. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS BELLS by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A gentle exploration of tragedy, hope, the power of Christmas, and the possibility of miracles."
Preparing for Christmas in Cambridge, Massachusetts, church members face challenges aided by faith and friends and inspired by the eponymous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—who, in an alternate storyline, fights despair as he confronts personal tragedy and the Civil War. Read full book review >