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Oh Boy! Elm Creek Quilts book series is on!!!

Did you already know that?  I didn’t.  I started this book series a LONG time ago, and read the first two books.  While looking around for something to distract me from Outlander (taking a break…got kind of too intense for me), I recalled the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini fondly and wondered if had them.  Sure enough! They are there!

I’m so excited to have just finished The Cross-Country Quilters and start The Runaway Quilt.  The Cross-Country Quilters was great, except for a single scene that didn’t ring true.  In the book, one quilter comes to the house of another quilter, and GASP! she didn’t ask nor was she invited to see the sewing room.  WTH? Really?  I don’t know any quilter who that would fly with.  If I went to my quilting friend’s house and they didn’t EXPECT to show off their sewing room, I’d be offended. Like maybe I’m not that close a friend after all? Or maybe they hide dead bodies in the sewing room?  Either way, red flags galore, am I right?  But otherwise it’s a cute tale of 5 different ladies at varying points in their lives.  All coming from different stations in life, it’s a pretty well-told tale of how they all come together and forge a friendship over quilting.  I was hooked.  Lots of fun descriptions of quilts, quilt blocks, quilting techniques, fabric, etc.  Oh, the other thing that didn’t ring true, was a scene where they are in class, and they don’t discuss the types of sewing machines they use at quilt camp.  Hmmm…Jennifer gives details on the #10 Between used to hand quilt, but skips the brand name of the machine in the classroom? Really?  I guess there are copyright issues? Or doesn’t want to be seen as endorsing a specific brand?  I’m not sure…but if I were there, I’d be all over what type of machine they were using.

Now, I’m struggling a bit with The Runaway Quilt.  It’s a bit over the top with the inner turmoil of Sylvia, the main character, and the preachiness of her relative, whose journal she is reading.  I’m not saying slavery isn’t a horrible stain on our country’s history, I’m just saying, some of the Amazon reviews about future books being more political might be showing a bit here in this 4th volume of the series.   I wanna say, I get it, I get it.  Preaching to the choir, here.  Well, we’ll see how it plays out.  I suppose the topic is impossible to write about without passionately disavowing it.  This is why I don’t write fiction, I’d just gloss over things and assume the reader is on board my way of thinking.

Anyway – I’m excited to share with y’all that there is an offer for two free Audibooks JUST for trying them out for 30 days.  I hate to sound like an advertisement.  I’m seriously pushing for you to hurry up and try the first book in the series, The Quilter’s Apprentice: A Novel (The Elm Creek Quilts)
, and the second book, if you liked the first, Round Robin: An Elm Creek Quilts Book (The Elm Creek Quilts)
. (Those links are to Amazon books, links to below)

First here’s the deal:
Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks

Second, here are the first two books in the series:
The Quilter’s Apprentice: Elm Creek Quilts, Book 1

Round Robin: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

I like Audio Books a LOT.  I put in my ear buds and listen while I sew, cook, clean or work (cough cough).  And play them in my car when I’m commuting to work.  Lots of time to kill and what a great way to kill them.  If I exercised, I’d probably listen to audibooks then too!  I’m hoping to get my friend Robin to try out the Elm Creek Quilts series through Audible as well.  I’ll report back how she likes them.  She’s an award winning Long Arm machine quilter…so you know she’s bound to have an opinion on them!