The Cross-Country Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts, Bk 3)
The CrossCountry Quilters - Elm Creek Quilts, Bk 3 Author:Jennifer Chiaverini These five women arrive at Elm Creek Manor hoping to find in their quilt lessons an escape from the problems they left at home. Julia, an aging starlet, has pinned her hopes to a plum role in a historical epic whose director is under the mistaken impression that Julia already knows how to quilt. Megan is a successful engineer who has won prizes ... more »for her miniature quilt designs. The one challenge she has yet to master is single motherhood. Donna, a mother of two, must hasten to teach her daughter independence and self-esteem -- lessons she, too, must take to heart. Grace is a renowned curator of antique quilts, whose creative flair is waning for reasons she is unwilling to reveal -- even to her closest friends. Vinnie, the senior member of the group, is a sunny soul with a tragic past. Her overwhelming desire is to bring happiness into the lives of those she loves.
Although the Cross-Country Quilters share a common creative goal, as the year goes by their bonds are tested by the demands of daily life. But despite differences in age, race, and background, the friends' love for quilting and affection for one another unite them in a patchwork of caring and acceptance. The quilt they make reminds them of an everlasting truth -- friends may be separated by great distance, yet the strength of their bond can transcend any obstacle.« less
I really enjoyed this story of four very different women who become friends at quilting camp. The book intertwines each woman's story from the time they leave camp to the following year. Well written and enjoyable!
This book had almost nothing about the Elm Creek Quilters in it other than that the characters she brings out meet at the quilt camp. The stories of the new characters were somewhat interesting, Julia, Vinnie, Grace, Megan and Donna and by the end of the book I felt more involved in their lives but I would have preferred to have more of the original characters. It was ok
As with the first two books in this series this one did not disappoint me. I am really enjoying this series. To see each of the characters come to life as I read about them and to hear about their trials and problems makes me want to keep on reading and find out how they resolve the problems. These books are very well written. Each time I pick one of them up I find that I have trouble putting it down to do housework or even to go to sleep at night. I am not a quilter although I would some day like to learn how to quilt this series is still a very good set of books to read.
I absolutely love this series. The historical aspects, the quilting tidbits, the drama of the characters, makes me want to come back for more ! Jennifer makes the stories move..yet doesn't bog down in details, gives just enough.
Chiaverini falls back on her basic formula here -- a group of women with various career, family, and romantic problems, brought together by a love of quilting, who help each other get through to happily-ever-after. This group includes an aging film actress and a prominent quilt designer who's lost her mojo.
Another delightful weave of stories of women's lives as they meet together at the famous quilter's camp around which Jennifer Chiaverini's novels are cleverly constructed. I just finished this one, and experienced that feeling of sadness that the story is over. But not for long, as Ms. Chiaverini has provided us with many happy tales to make us feel good about ourselves. No violence, no serious conflicts, just life stories that make a good read.