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The Wedding Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #18)

The Wedding Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #18)

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by Jennifer Chiaverini
     
 

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The New York Times bestseller celebrates one of America’s most romantic and enduring traditions

As her daughter’s wedding day approaches, Sarah McClure reflects upon Elm Creek brides past and present—the traditions they honored, the legacies they bequeathed, the wedding quilts that contain their stories in every stitch.

Unexpectedly,

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The New York Times bestseller celebrates one of America’s most romantic and enduring traditions

As her daughter’s wedding day approaches, Sarah McClure reflects upon Elm Creek brides past and present—the traditions they honored, the legacies they bequeathed, the wedding quilts that contain their stories in every stitch.

Unexpectedly, Caroline confides, “I wish I had a wedding quilt, one I made myself.” Sarah yearns to grant her fervent wish, but even the most talented novice would be daunted by the task of stitching, mere days before the wedding, a worthy symbol of the couple's bonds of love, commitment, trust, and hope for the future. Turning to her cherished friends, the Elm Creek Quilters, Sarah asks them to pool their creative gifts. As the women stitch, their memories render a vivid pastiche of family, friendship, and love in all its varieties.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This latest installment in the popular Elm Creek Quilts series proves to be a mild, unambitious addendum. In the run-up to protagonist Sarah McClure's daughter Caroline's wedding, which takes place at Elm Creek Manor, Sarah reflects on the people and quilts who have figured in her life since she herself came to the manor as a newlywed. The resulting stories recap the plots of previous books, which may bore fans of the series, while not offering enough context for first-time readers. The drama surrounding Caroline's wedding lacks vigor: whether the wedding ceremony will be rained out; whether or not the memory album quilt that Sarah wants to give her daughter will be completed; and whether or not the bride and groom are too young. Moreover, the novel's central relationship—between Sarah and her daughter Caroline—feels uninhabited, stilted, and overly formal. Only die-hard fans will be able to appreciate this lackluster novel. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
“An outstanding series of novels about a fascinating craft.” —Booklist

“Strong female characters … in interesting lives and times.” —New York Journal of Books

Kirkus Reviews
This 17th installment in the Elm Creek Quilts series is a disappointing pastiche of previous novels, fleshed out to little effect. It is the year 2028, and Sarah McClure's daughter Caroline is getting married. Of course the wedding will be at Elm Creek Manor, which Sarah now owns, and all the remaining members of the Elm Creek Quilters will be in attendance. Though Chiaverini begins each chapter in the future (and trots out some futuristic gadgets for fun), most of the novel consists of flashbacks to an earlier time (that would be just about now) beginning when Caroline and her twin James were born. Elm Creek Quilt Camp is a reality, thanks to Sylvia's inheritance of the manor and Sarah's ingenuity, and now Sarah and Matt are expecting twins. Though Sarah has the help of all of her friends, she really wants Matt, who spends much of her pregnancy--and almost the birth of their children--away from home helping in his father's business. Other reveries include Jeremy and Anna's coupling (as soon as Summer was out of the picture); Bonnie's romance in Hawaii that heals her broken life; and Gwen's future career in Congress. In the midst of Sarah's daydreams guests are arriving for wedding festivities; James is having a secret affair; and the spirit of Sylvia Bergstrom and the Double Wedding Ring quilt she made almost two decades ago confer blessings on the whole occasion. Unfortunately the novel's sole concern is a rather trite epilogue for each of the beloved characters, and so the story lacks both insight and plot, focused as it is with explaining, in irrelevant detail, how it all turned out. An artless endeavor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594135705
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
11/03/2012
Series:
Elm Creek Quilts Series, #18
Edition description:
Unabridged Large Print
Pages:
412
Sales rank:
937,963
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“Strong female characters … in interesting lives and times.” —New York Journal of Books

Meet the Author

 

Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as five collections of quilt projects inspired by the novels. Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker is her most recent book. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

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