The Union Quilters : Elm Creek Quilts

  • by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by Christina Moore
  • Series: Elm Creek Quilts
  • 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s beloved Elm Creek Quilts series here takes listeners back to the Civil War for a powerful tale of husbands, wives, and a nation torn apart. Fervent abolitionism rules the day in 1862 Water’s Ford, Pennsylvania. So when the local men answer Mr. Lincoln’s call to arms, wives are left behind to keep the town functioning. Fortunately, the ladies of Elm Creek Valley have an ingenious plan.

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More social history than quilting

I have read several of Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilters series books, and expected this one to be similar. It wasn't. The world of the book is the American Civil War, in a community where loyalties are divided. The production of an opportunity quilt and subsequent publication of patterns is an interesting but minor subplot. For the most part, however, the story is about the lives of brothers, lovers, and husbands at war and in the prison camps, and the communication between women and their soldiers. Once I gave in to the author's idea for the book, rather than mine, I found it every bit as interesting and rewarding as the others.
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- patrish

Men and Women of the Civil War Era

If you could sum up The Union Quilters in three words, what would they be?

Family, Roles, Fortitude


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Union Quilters?

Gerda speaking with the postmaster and realizing that he, too, has a family.


Which scene was your favorite?

The homecoming of Charlotte and the boys


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scene where Charlotte and Gerda shared their grief, believing that Jonathan was lost.


Any additional comments?

I enjoy Jennifer's historical base in all of her Elm Creek novels, but was looking for more information on the quilt itself ... the variety of patterns was mentioned but without detail, and the woman who chose the patterns had a very small role.

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- Terry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-24-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books