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The Runaway Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, Bk 4)
The Runaway Quilt - Elm Creek Quilts, Bk 4
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
Alerted to the possibility that her family had ties to the slaveholding South, Sylvia scours her attic and finds three quilts and a memoir written by Gerda, the spinster sister of clan patriarch Hans Bergstrom. The memoir describes the founding of Elm Creek Manor and how, using quilts as markers, Hans, his wife, Anneke, and Gerda came to beckon ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780452283985
ISBN-10: 0452283981
Publication Date: 3/25/2003
Pages: 336
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4.2 stars, based on 132 ratings
Publisher: Plume
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed The Runaway Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, Bk 4) on + 99 more book reviews
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In this fourth book in the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, slyvia serches for evidence of her ancestors' courageous involvement in the underground railroad
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My favorite of the four Elm Creek Quilts novels. I especially enjoyed learning about the role quilts may have played in regards to the underground railroad.
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Another wonderful Elm Creek Quilt novel as Sylvia Compson searches for the meaning in an ancestor's quilt! As she searches, she uncovers family conflicts and an old secret plus a possible connection to the Underground Railroad!
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This is one of the best books in the series.... written part journal form and also telling the story. It is the story of the use of a special quilt to help runaway slaves find shelter.. A must read...
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Wonderful historical fiction about the underground railroad and how runaway slaves would know from special quilts where they could hide and be safe and how this affected those who held stops along the railroad. Very interesting!
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reviewed The Runaway Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, Bk 4) on + 32 more book reviews
I am reading the Elm Creek Quilts series in order and "The Runaway Quilt" is, by far, my favorite so far.

This book is unique from the first three in the series in that it does not center around "current" Elm Creek manor and its quilt camps, etc. The main story takes place in the late 1800's.

I enjoy historical fiction and was thoroughly captured as this story is told as Silvia reads the journal left by one of her ancestors. I always appreciate a look back at how hard people worked in earlier times, and here we are also enriched with a look at the Underground Railround as Elm Creek Farm participates as one of its stations. And the legends (relayed in the story) regarding the part that quilts may have played as signals to runaways are interesting too.

--REALLY GOOD BOOK!
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This was the best in the series... so far! All about Sylvia's roots and how Elm Creek Manor came to be. Really draws you in and keeps you interested in the lives of her ancestors. As Sylvia reads the memoir written by Gerda you feel as if you are right there experiencing it all.
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My favorite Elm Creek Quilters novel so far! I liked the way that it revealed even more of the past history of the main character's family.

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