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The quilter's homecoming : an Elm Creek quilts novel, Jennifer Chiaverini

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The quilter's homecoming : an Elm Creek quilts novel
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The quilter's homecoming
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an Elm Creek quilts novel
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Jennifer Chiaverini
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quilters homecoming
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an Elm Creek quilts novel
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eng
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  • In the tenth entry in her popular series, Chiaverini branches off from a flashback in he Christmas Quilt (2005) to take up the early adulthood of Sylvia Bergstrom Compson's beloved older cousin Elizabeth. Despite four-year-old Sylvia's efforts to keep her from leaving, Elizabeth Bergstrom marries neighbor Henry Nelson at Elm Creek Manor in Pennsylvania in 1925 and moves to southern California, where Henry has bought a cattle ranch. Predictably, plans go awry when the newlyweds find that Henry has been bilked; just as predictably, Elizabeth copes, as Bergstrom women do, even being charitable to those in greater need. The Nelsons' tale is intertwined with that of three generations of the Diaz family, original owners of the Arboles Valley land Henry thought he had bought, and in both families quilts prove to be the tangible expressions of their makers' emotions. Chiaverini's calm narrative blunts even tragedy as the death count reaches double figures, virtue is rewarded, and Bergstrom family ethics and the value of the craft of quilting are perpetuated. A reliably pleasant addition to the series, this should please its fans. -- Michele Leber (Reviewed 03-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 13, p59)
  • Chiaverini's latest Elm Creek Quilts installment suffers at the hands of its lackluster hero and heroine. Newlyweds Elizabeth and Henry leave Elizabeth's sprawling Pennsylvania family farm in 1925 to work a Southern California ranch Henry has bought sight unseen. As they ride the train out west, Chiaverini fills in the backstory of the Rodriguez family, the ranch's original owners, who lost the land in the 1880s. When the couple arrive in the picturesque valley, they discover they have been swindled into the poorhouse by an unscrupulous land broker who sold them a fake deed. Determined not to crawl back to their families, Henry works as a hired hand, while Elizabeth cooks for the Jorgenson family, the ranch's true owners. Dispirited and resentful, Henry rejects Elizabeth's encouragement and support, and Elizabeth must decide if the marriage is worth fighting for. On the page, the relationship between Henry and Elizabeth teeters between dull and nonexistent—which hinders the story of a young couple striving to make their marriage work. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed January 22, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 4, p156)
  • 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.In 1925 (when series grande dame Sylvia is just a child), Elizabeth Bergstrom marries Henry Nelson, who wants to give his young bride a home to match her beloved Elm Creek Manor. So Henry stakes everything he has to buy a cattle ranch in Southern California. The two pack up their wedding gifts, including a number of beautifully sewn Bergstrom quilts, and head off to what they expect will be a prosperous life. But when they arrive at the land office, poor Henry discovers he's been duped with an invalid deed, leaving the newlyweds destitute. Luckily, the Jorgensens, rightful owners of the ranch, hire Henry to work in the field and give the decidedly genteel Elizabeth a job as housemaid. Of course, the couple could wire home for return train fare, but Henry is too proud, stubborn and ashamed to go back to Pennsylvania, so it will be a long life of labor before the two can realize their dream of owning a ranch in the rapidly urbanizing California landscape. Woven throughout is the tale of the Rodriguez family, original owners of the ranch. Rodriguez descendant Rosa is trapped in an ugly marriage from which Elizabeth hopes to save her. Meanwhile, the love triangle of Rosa, her cuckolded husband and Lars Jorgensen provides a much-needed melodramatic counterpoint to the lackluster tale of Henry and Elizabeth's struggles. These strangely discordant plot lines merge in the guns-blazing finale that serves to rescue all involved.A bland and predictable addition to a series that has had both hits and misses. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2007)
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158533
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Chiaverini, Jennifer
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813/.54
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no index present
LC call number
PS3553.H473
LC item number
Q57 2007
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Elm Creek quilts novel
Series volume
0010
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  • Quilting
  • Quiltmakers
  • Quilts
  • Pennsylvania
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an Elm Creek quilts novel
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The quilter's homecoming : an Elm Creek quilts novel, Jennifer Chiaverini
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23 cm.
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309 p.
Isbn
9780743260220
Lccn
2006-50580
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Illustrations on lining papers.
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  • (OCoLC)ocm71045187
  • 4285-36160
  • (OCoLC)71045187
  • (OCoLC)ocm71045187
  • (OCoLC)71045187
  • (Pol)101778
  • (DLC)BK0006920295
  • (OUa)vtls000656057
  • (OCoLC)71045187
  • (OCoLC)ocm71045187
Label
The quilter's homecoming : an Elm Creek quilts novel, Jennifer Chiaverini
Link
Publication
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
309 p.
Isbn
9780743260220
Lccn
2006-50580
Note
Illustrations on lining papers.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm71045187
  • 4285-36160
  • (OCoLC)71045187
  • (OCoLC)ocm71045187
  • (OCoLC)71045187
  • (Pol)101778
  • (DLC)BK0006920295
  • (OUa)vtls000656057
  • (OCoLC)71045187
  • (OCoLC)ocm71045187

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