The Union Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

The Union Quilters An Elm Creek Quilts Novel Chiaverini has once again written an intense and beautiful book so much so that readers will almost hear the hollow echo of the fife and drum as they immerse themselves in every compelling page Truly

  • Title: The Union Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
  • Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Chiaverini has once again written an intense and beautiful book so much so that readers will almost hear the hollow echo of the fife and drum as they immerse themselves in every compelling page Truly unforgettable BookPage In 1862, the men of Water s Ford, Pennsylvania, rally to President Lincoln s call while Dorothea Granger marshals her friends to wield their Chiaverini has once again written an intense and beautiful book so much so that readers will almost hear the hollow echo of the fife and drum as they immerse themselves in every compelling page Truly unforgettable BookPage In 1862, the men of Water s Ford, Pennsylvania, rally to President Lincoln s call while Dorothea Granger marshals her friends to wield their needles for the Union Meanwhile, Anneke Bergstrom hides the shame she feels for her husband s pacifism gifted writer Gerda Bergstrom takes on local Southern sympathizers in the pages of the Water s Ford Register and Constance Wright struggles to help her husband gain entry to the Union Army despite the color of his skin As the women work, hope, and pray, the men they love confront loneliness, boredom, and danger on the battlefield But the women of the sewing circle also forge a new independence that will forever alter the patchwork of life in the Elm Creek Valley.

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    1. Right away The Union Quilters struck me as more of a stand alone historical fiction novel then an Elm Creek Quilts novel. Since I love historical fiction this is just fine (and lovely, and perfect) by me! If anything I would compare this book to The Sugar Camp Quilt by Chiaverini (hands down my favourite book in the series) as it wasn’t quite as light as the other Elm Creek Quilts books. The actual quilting theme was secondary in this novel and I found that the story really was focused upon th [...]

    2. This is definitely one of the better Elm Creek Quilters books although totally set in the past with no mention of Sylvia, Sarah and the other present day quilters. I have read some of the other reviewers who thought that the descriptions of the battles, conditions in the field hospitals and other aspects of the war were too harshly portrayed. Not at all. Compared to what it probably really was like this was portrayed as a cake walk. Abraham Lincoln remarks, "If there is a place worse than hell, [...]

    3. In 1862 Water’s Ford, Pennsylvania is a busy place. Most of the men are off to war to fight for the Union. The woman are rallying to support the cause. They are holding fundraisers, sending bandages, food and supplies. They are using their needles to make quilts to send to hospitals. The also create a very special quilt that will reach out well beyond Water’s Ford.Gerda Bergstrom takes on Southern sympathizers in the pages of the local newspaper. Anneke Bergstrom deals with her husband pacif [...]

    4. Finally finished! So much of this book is dry as dust. Reads like a recitation on the civil war; too much "tell me" with not enough "show me" especially with the characters. I really only found a few paragraphs where I could tell what the character was truly feeling."But she could not overcome the dull lethargy that had settled upon her in the wake of -- death. (avoiding a spoiler) She could not bear to hear again how her husband was a hero, that he had died for a noble cause, and that her own s [...]

    5. I listened to the talking book from the New Mexico Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. I'm so blessed by this program. I've always enjoyed books by this author and was delighted by this one as well. The characters are rich and aptly depicted. The history lesson was excellent. It is set during the Civil War. As I listened my husband often remarked how realistic this was. The center of the story is the ladies of the sewing circle and their families and friends. As always I look forwa [...]

    6. Handicrafts are great. Sadly they are becoming lost arts and people move to things like digital design. But I am one of the people keeping them alive by practicing them. Another way that they are being kept alive is by the serge of popular novels that center around knitting clubs and quilters. We've all spotted them in book stores and at libraries and I've been reading a few that have been catching my eye. Most of them are light and fluffy, like Harlequin but if you trade sex for needlework. And [...]

    7. Love it! I love historical fiction, and this one was really good. It features strong but not superwoman type female characters, which I love. Set during the Civil War, it gives both the experiences of the men who went off to fight and those they left behind. There was one storyline that seemed to change from what was acknowledged by everyone throughout the entire book to the exact opposite at the end, that of Jonathan and Gerda, which kind of left me asking, "Wait, what?" but I think I understan [...]

    8. I'm sorry but this story is just not that interesting. I thought I would enjoy it because I am a quilter. But it seems more geared to a civil war history buff. There were so many dates mentioned and news type information rather than story line. I had to read the first chapter twice to get all the characters straight in my head. There were more than a dozen adult characters mentioned in the first chapter and then the children. It was just too much. I also felt that the character, Gerda is unlikea [...]

    9. Jennifer Chiaverini is definitely moving onto new ground - exploring different characters - Sylvia Compton's progenitors, back at the time of the Civil War. I like character studies and usually find myself very drawn to her characters. However, this book spends way too much time discussing military strategy and gives you plenty of potent images of the horror of war. And for the first time ever in Chiaverini's books, I didn't find her characters very likable. They were certainly flawed in pretty [...]

    10. When I am in the mood for something fast and easy, I love to catch up on the Elm Creek Quilts series. THis one was great in that I had just ready another Civil War story. Someday I will learn to quilt

    11. I really liked parts of this story but some of the military parts seemed to drag. The one thing that annoyed me was the continual description of Jonathan's integrity. I did not find his treatment of his wife and Gerda honorable at all.

    12. This is the only book in the Elm Creek series that I haven't especially liked. It was confusing to start out since it had been awhile since I had read any of the other books that were about Gerda, Hans and Anneka so I had a hard time remembering who all the other characters were. There was also a ton of information about the Civil War. It was interesting to read some of the very vivid details but I just wasn't expecting this to read so much like a history book. I also found myself really disliki [...]

    13. In this book The Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini, the author gives a perspective of the Civil War from the perspective of a group of women and their menfolk, all residents of the small community of Water's Ford, Pennsylvania. Although the accounts of experiences in battles and imprisonment are interesting, I found the author's depiction of hte individual experiences fascinating. She describes through the experiences of a black man and his family the obstacles and prejudices that freeborn b [...]

    14. This book had me poking my Civil War-buff husband constantly, asking him if the details, settings and attitudes *really* happened. Although I am just as much of a history nut as he is, his grasp of this era is beyond me. So he was surprised at how this "fiction" novel could set up these real events without making them seem just convenient plot devices--a criticism that generally steers him away from historical fiction in general, and makes *me* wish I'd just read a good nonfiction treatment of t [...]

    15. I've been on a Civil War kick and thought this would fit right in. The story followed a few members of quilting circle and their husbands and family during the Civil War. This unique group of women felt empowered to help the men of their down when the joined up by sewing quilts, knitting socks, and participating in fundraisers. Eventually, their endeavors led them to create a hall that they were able to maintain in their own name instead of it being overtaken by the all male town council. One of [...]

    16. As a quilter I have enjoyed Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilters novels which revolve around a group of women who are drawn to each other because of their love of quilting and willingness to help others with quilting and with life’s challenges. The books are set in beautiful rural Pennsylvania and the original books sometimes refer to the history of the area. Along the way Jennifer Chiaverini spends more time writing about quilters in the past rather than the original group of women. The U [...]

    17. Though I have read a few other books written by this author, I was very dissapointed with this one. As the sequal book to "The Sugar Camp Quilt", I was looking forward to the continuation of the story. However, not only did she she sort of switch main characters and skip about 12 years forward from the last book, but the content was more mature than my preference; a short but ill-liked marital scenaro, and a slave child posed as an illegitement child fathered by a married man and the brother of [...]

    18. I decided to read this book because I like the Elm Creek Quilts series. And most of the time, I prefer if the story sticks more to quilting than this one did. Also, I have never enjoyed anything about the Civil War time period. I don't like reading about it in fiction or non-fiction and, except for Gone with the Wind, don't like movies about it. This book, while not enough to overcome a lifetime aversion, was the first book about this time period I have enjoyed. It brought home how much people s [...]

    19. If you love quilting as much as I do, you will love reading Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt Series of novels. I've read most of her books and enjoyed them all. The Union Quilters is a second story focused on the Civil War. The first of this historical time period is "The Runaway Quilt". While the women work, hope, and pray at home, the men they love confront loneliness, boredom, and harrowing danger on the bloody battlefields of Virginia ad Pennsylvania. Anxious for news the women share pr [...]

    20. Another Elm Creek Quilts book read! I am slowly making my way through this series, not in any order, but I thoroughly enjoy this series! Jennifer Chiaverini is one of my very favorite authors and I really like her style of writing. The Union Quilters was a very interesting story and full of complex storylines! I know that they say, you can't judge a book by it's cover, but the cover on this book is stunning and the story is as well!

    21. I liked this book better than I thought I would. The characters are very well-developed and it was not at all predictable. It was an interesting look at the lives of women in a small Pennsylvania town during the Civil War with several passages depicting their men's experiences in battle (Gettysburg and Petersburg).

    22. Enjoyed this book however the ending was abrupt. Almost like the author got tired of writing it. Action, action, bang, epilogue. Luckily the epilogue managed to wrap up most of the loose ends. Maybe some of the other books address some of the ends left hanging. Guess I shall read them to find out.

    23. As usual, I love this book in the Elm Creek Quilts series! I left inspired to perhaps make the quilt, The Loyal Union Sampler. This book discussed such situations as pacifism, the various difficult decisions made by both men and women and the consequences they had, as well as women putting their differences aside for the sake of supporting their men at war. Great read!

    24. I reread this book because I’m finishing the associated quilt and wanted to get back to the inspiration for the project. I’m glad I did. Although there were too many characters for me to get fully invested in their lives, the descriptions of the battles and their aftermath is powerful, as are the emotions and loyalties that aren’t as simple as you’d think

    25. Enjoyable, great characters, interesting time in history. I've read several fiction books written from the point-of-view of the South, but not many from the point-of-view of the North, so I found this to be rather interesting.

    26. The Civil War has always been of interest to me and we just visited the wonderful museum in Harrysburg, PA. So I was excited to find it was the theme of the next book in Jennifer's series. She did a tremendous amount of research and I was pleased to read more of the early Bergman's. I did go back to the Runaway Quilt and spent an hour reviewing it for background I forgot.

    27. A good glimpse of CivilWar history in a northern state, PA, from a woman's perspective.I felt it was quite accurate (not just the facts, but also life in those times), but had some day -to - day details glossed over.

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