Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book review and Giveaway

Next week, April 2nd, the 20th novel in Jennifer Chiaverini's The Elm Creek Quilts series will be released in softcover. The good folks at Plume (member of Penguin Group) sent me a copy to review and an extra to giveaway.


Jennifer Chiaverini's  "The Giving Quilt"  reacquaints us with familiar characters and introduces a few new ones, quilters gather to spend a week at Elm Creek Manor for a very special purpose. This is not your average quilt retreat, during their stay at the historical manor, the participants enjoy the many amenities of the vast property, learn new skills and form new friendships, but it is not all about what they are gaining...it is about giving,  you see, the quilts they create this week are to be donated to Project Linus.
While you won't find mystery and intrigue.....no page turning drama, many readers may relate to the story. Much of the book takes place far from Elm Creek Manor, chronicling the lives of 5 women, who each have their own reason for attending the retreat, we are taken to their home towns, where we are witness to their everyday life, struggles and triumphs.

Here is your chance to win a copy of The Giving Quilt along with 3 Elm Creek Quilt lapel pins. Entering is simple, just leave a comment in this post, answering the question below.

Are you a fan of the Elm Creek Quilt series? If so, which is your favourite or least favourite of the books....if you have not yet read any of them, (what are you waiting for?) would you start back at the beginning or jump in with the current novel?

I will draw a random winner on Tuesday April 2nd, please be sure I have a way to contact you.

Find a chapter near you  Project Linus     Project Linus Canada     Project Linus UK 



27 comments:

Gill said...

Not sure if I can join in from England??? I've never read any 'Elm Creek' books but I'd like to !!

Terry said...

I never heard of these books but they sound really good. I'd love to read them.

Joyful Quilter said...

I've never read an Elm Creek book, winning would definitely make me read them cause I'd have to start at the beginning.

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Robbie said...

I haven't read one of these in the Elm Creek series forever! Forgot all about them...how could I! They are a good read and I'd encourage folks who might not win to pick up a copy at their library or book store! Guess I should make a trip there as well! :)

Szamóca said...

I have never read an Elm Creek novel, but would like to. Never ever read a book about quilting, either. Have to look it up on amazon, I guess.

barbara woods said...

i would love to win and read one , thanks

Michelle G said...

I have read all of the Elm Creek novels and love them. My least favorite is the Wedding Quilt because she wrote in the future looking back and I thought it didn't have the same effect as her other novels.

M-R Charbonneau said...

I love the Elm Creek Quilts books. My least favourite one (and I can't remember the title) was when one of women was losing her quilt shop and her marriage at the same time. Thanks for the giveaway!

Celia Ambrose said...

It's hard to pick a favorite. I think Round Robin was interesting compared to her first book. I haven't read her newest one yet. thanks for the give away.

Jo Ferguson said...

I've heard of the books but have not read one, yet. I'm in the process of starting a group to make charity quilts. As a result, this particular title appeals to me. So, I would start with this one. Thanks for the giveaway and posting the Linus links.

ruthiequilts said...

I am a big Elm Creek Quilts fan!!! I have all the books, except the first 3 which were in 1 book that I loaned and never got back. Wah!!!

I am also an avid pin collector! When Jennifer C. came to our local library, I was almost as excited to get the pin as I was to meet her! (And that says a lot!)

Thanks for the fabulous give away! Those of you who haven't read them, they're a must read by quilters! (And anyone else who enjoys a good book!)

Royce said...

Oh excellent give-a-way! I guess the story that is the most memorable for me was where they were searching for the quilts from her childhood. When she found one in a gift shop and the owner had made a jacket out of it. Gads who could do that to a beautiful old quilt.

Library Lady said...

I love to read especially books about quilts.
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet E.
von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

tich said...

I have heard a lot about the Elm Creek series, but have never read one. I once saw an interview with the author on the Net. she sounded a really interesting lady.

Maggie R said...

I never heard of these books but they sound really good. Thanks for a chance to win
HUGS
Maggie
ps I have a giveaway too pop by and enter

Cathy H. said...

I haven't read any of her books yet, but I've been wanting to. I would have to start with book one, which I think I'll request from the library right now! Thanks for the chance to win her newest book!

Sherri D said...

No need to enter me in the contest...I have one of her books, as yet unread! Just saying hi though, so HI! :D

hueisei said...

I've never read any 'Elm Creek' books but I'd like to check it out.

Elizabeth said...

Right now I am reading "The Aloha Quilt". I have enjoyed SOOO many of Jennifer's books it is difficult to choose a favorite. I look forward to reading the new one.

Monika said...

I have read some of her books a while back and enjoyed them. Like you say not too mysterious just an enjoyable read with lots of quilting in it. The story I remember best (though I can't recall the title) is where the husband takes up quilting after his wife dies, he decides not to give away her stash and finds his own style - it was very touching. If you accept entries from NZ, I would love to win and give it to my best quilty friend :-)

Deanna said...

I have read most of her books, and loved every one of them.
Would love to win this one. Thanks for the chance to win.

Joanne said...

I love the Elm Creek series and my favourite one is The Aloha Quilt, but all the ones that I have read have been wonderful. Thanks!!

Lynda said...

Jill, I had not heard of this series before. I will ask our guild Librarian if we can order a set. I am an avid reader and might need to start at the beginning and "catch up" to the new book! Thanks for the book review and chance to win her new book.

Quiltsmiles said...

I read one of the Elm Creek Books years ago and enjoyed it. I'd love to be included in your giveaway.
Recently read The Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards and loved it. Jane

1of4 said...

I've read them. My favorite is the first, because it introduced me to the world of quilt retreats at elm creek!

Karen Martin said...

I've read a couple and they are all great. Can't remember the title, but it was a Christmas quilt.

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