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Book
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First Edition.
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New York : William Morrow, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019].
Description:
290 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Just weeks before Christmas, severe wintry weather damages the church hall hosting the Christmas Boutiquean annual sale of handcrafted gifts and baked goods that supports the county food pantry. Determined to save the fundraiser, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson offers to hold the event at Elm Creek Manor, her ancestral family estate and summertime home to Elm Creek Quilt Camp. In the spirit of the season, Sylvia and the Elm Creek Quilters begin setting up market booths in the ballroom and decking the halls with beautiful hand-made holiday quilts. Each of the quilters chooses a favorite quilt to display, a special creation evoking memories of holidays past and dreams of Christmases yet to come. Sarah, a first-time mother expecting twins, worries if she can handle raising two babies, especially with her husband so often away on business. Cheerful, white-haired Agnes reflects upon a beautiful applique quilt she made as a young bride and the mysterious, long-lost antique quilt that inspired it. Empty nesters and occasional rivals Gwen and Diane contemplate family heirlooms and unfinished projects as they look forward to having their children home again for the holidays.
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ISBN:
9780062841131 (hardcover)
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2
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0
Control Number:
215235
Call Number:
F Chi
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0
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Author Notes
Jennifer Chiaverini is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago. She used to be a writing instructor at Penn State University and Edgewood College. She is the author of the Elm Creek Quilts series and four volumes of quilt patterns inspired by her novels. She is also the designer of the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster Fabrics. Among her most recent works, is the New York Times bestselling novel, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker. <p> (Publisher Provided) Jennifer Chiaverini is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago. She is an American quilter and author. Her books include the Elm Creek Quilts series as well as five collections of quilt patterns inspired by her novels. She designs the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster Fabrics. She was also a writing instructor at Penn State and Edgewood College. <p> Jennifer is also the author of bestselling novels Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, The Spymistress and Mrs. Lincoln's Rival. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Sylvia Bergstrom Compson (Female), Teacher, Married, Quilter, Master quilter; runs a quilting school; holds the annual Christmas Boutique at Elm Creek Manor
Sarah (Female), Married, Pregnant, First-time mother; expecting twins;
Agnes (Female), Reflects on a quilt she made as a young bride; and a mysterious long-lost quilt
Gwen (Female), Empty nester; Diane's rival; thinks of family heirlooms and unfinished projects
Diane (Female), Empty nester; Gwen's rival; thinks of family heirlooms and unfinished projects
Genre
Fiction
Domestic
Psychological
Topics
Female friendship
Quilting
Quilts
Christmas
Fundraising events
Christmas
Family
Setting
Waterford, Pennsylvania - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Pennsylvania - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
Large Cover Image
Trade Reviews

  Library Journal Review

Last year, Sylvia Bergstrom and Andrew Compson surprised everyone by inviting them for a Christmas Eve party that turned out to be their wedding. They both know how lucky they were to reconnect after so long apart, and the newlywed feelings have yet to fade. The Compsons find themselves with an opportunity to host another special event for the community after the church hall is damaged, and they relocate the Christmas boutique to Elm Creek Manor. The Elm Creek quilters rise to the occasion and are ready to help, but first they need a little time to work out their own troubles. Chiaverini's dedicated fans have had a 20-year wait for this installment in the series, and to return with a Christmas-themed story feels appropriate. VERDICT The charm of the setting and characters is as strong as ever, with nicely dramatic highs and lows. New readers will be as happy to find a long backlist as longtime readers will be to spend time with old friends.

  Booklist Review

Chiaverini enchants readers with the latest installment in the Elm Creek Quilts series (after The Giving Quilt, 2012). When an accident at the Good Shepherd Church renders the building unusable for the Christmas Boutique, the annual fundraiser for the county food bank, Sylvia Bergstrom is approached in hopes that her ancestral home of Elm Creek Manor can be used as an alternative venue. Of course, Sylvia says yes she has been a loyal supporter of the Christmas Boutique over the years. But Sylvia and her crew of Elm Creek Quilters have only four days to get the manor ready and word out to potential customers. Reading Chiaverini's long-awaited return to Elm Creek is like taking a favorite quilt out of storage and cozying up with the memories it inspires. Told from the points of view of each of the Elm Creek Quilters, The Christmas Boutique allows the reader either to get to know or revisit favorite characters. A story of friendship and memories, this is a perfect read to enjoy during the holidays.--LynnDee Wathen Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Sylvia Bergstrom Compson throws open the doors of Elm Creek Manor to host the town's annual Christmas Boutique.With its recently restored community rooms, the manor is the perfect place to host the fundraiser. A suggestion to hang holiday quilts over the booths in the ballroom has every woman scrambling to find the perfect piece and reminiscing over events that spurred her to take needle to fabric. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first novel in her extensive Elm Creek Quilts series, Chiaverini's (Resistance Women, 2019, etc.) latest installment is rich with detail: Each chapter reads like a short story, telling the tale of a particular woman's motivation to design and craft a particular quilt. Whether inspired by love or grief, the resulting artwork is described with astonishing attention to design, workmanship, and symbolism. Chiaverini also explores how the practice of her craft transforms each woman's emotional life, each stitch bringing her closer to a sense of peace. For the foyer, Sylvia chooses the family's Christmas Quilt, commemorating generations of quilters, each of whom struggled to complete the piece. Her sister-in-law, Agnes, chooses an appliqued cactus-block piece, recalling her discovery of a mysteriously hidden quilt and the quest to find its maker. Yet a few dark events overshadow the merry festivities, causing two quilters to debate whether they can contribute anything to the Boutique, and such omissions may mean losing their places in the community. But Elm Creek is a forgiving society that rewards each woman's courage in facing her demons and confessing her sins. Devotees of the Quilts series will relish these new episodes, and new fans will delight to discover such a well-stocked back catalog.A warm portrait of women bound by craftperfect for fireside reading. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p>New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini returns with a delightful Christmas-themed installment in her beloved Elm Creek Quilts series--a captivating, heartwarming tale sure to become a holiday favorite.</p> <p><br> <br> Just weeks before Christmas, severe wintry weather damages the church hall hosting the Christmas Boutique--an annual sale of handcrafted gifts and baked goods that supports the county food pantry. Determined to save the fundraiser, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson offers to hold the event at Elm Creek Manor, her ancestral family estate and summertime home to Elm Creek Quilt Camp.</p> <p>In the spirit of the season, Sylvia and the Elm Creek Quilters begin setting up market booths in the ballroom and decking the halls with beautiful hand-made holiday quilts. Each of the quilters chooses a favorite quilt to display, a special creation evoking memories of holidays past and dreams of Christmases yet to come. Sarah, a first-time mother expecting twins, worries if she can handle raising two babies, especially with her husband so often away on business. Cheerful, white-haired Agnes reflects upon a beautiful appliqué quilt she made as a young bride and the mysterious, long-lost antique quilt that inspired it. Empty nesters and occasional rivals Gwen and Diane contemplate family heirlooms and unfinished projects as they look forward to having their children home again for the holidays.</p> <p>But while the Elm Creek Quilters work tirelessly to make sure the Christmas Boutique happens, it may take a holiday miracle or two to make it the smashing success they want it to be.</p> <p>Praised for her ability to craft "a wonderful holiday mix of family legacy, reconciliation and shared experiences" (Tucson Citizen), Jennifer Chiaverini once again rings in the festive season with this eagerly awaited addition in her beloved series.</p>
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