The Union Quilters, An Elm Creek Quilts Novel   -     By: Jennifer Chiaverini
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The Union Quilters, An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

Plume / 2012 / Paperback

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In 1862 Water's Ford, Pennsylvania, abolitionism is prevalent, even passionate, so the local men rally to answer Mr. Lincoln's call to arms. Thus the women of Elm Creek Valley's quilting bee are propelled into the unknown. Constance Wright, married to Abel, a skilled sharpshooter courageous enough to have ventured south to buy his wife's freedom from a Virginia plantation, knows well her husband's certainty that all people, enslaved and free, North and South, need colored men like him to fight for a greater purpose. Sisters-in-law Dorothea Nelson and Charlotte Granger wish safe passage for their learned husbands. Schoolmaster turned farmer Thomas carries Dorothea's Dove in the Window quilt with him. Charlotte's husband, Dr. Jonathan Granger, takes more than a doctor's bag to his post at a field hospital. Alongside the devotion of his wife, pregnant with their second child, Jonathan brings the promise he made to his unrequited love, Gerda Bergstrom: "My first letter will be to you."

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Plume
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0452297605
ISBN-13: 9780452297609
Availability: In Stock
Series: Elm Creek Quilts

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"Chiaverini has once again written an intense and beautiful book-so much so that readers will almost hear the hollow echo of the fife and drum as they immerse themselves in every compelling page . . . Truly unforgettable."
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In 1862, the men of Water's Ford, Pennsylvania, rally to President Lincoln's call while Dorothea Granger marshals her friends to "wield their needles for the Union." Meanwhile, Anneke Bergstrom hides the shame she feels for her husband's pacifism; gifted writer Gerda Bergstrom takes on local Southern sympathizers in the pages of the Water's Ford Register; and Constance Wright struggles to help her husband gain entry to the Union Army-despite the color of his skin. As the women work, hope, and pray, the men they love confront loneliness, boredom, and danger on the battlefield. But the women of the sewing circle also forge a new independence that will forever alter the patchwork of life in the Elm Creek Valley.

Author Bio

Jennifer Chiaverini lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to the six volumes in the Elm Creek Quilts series and two books of quilt patterns inspired by the novels, she designs the Elm Creek Quilts fabric line from Red Rooster Fabrics. Her most recent book is Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.


Editorial Reviews

"Jennifer Chiaverini's strength is not only writing strong female characters, but also placing them in interesting lives and times."

"Fascinating . . . We seldom think beyond the battles and the generals, but the story of the home [front] is a compelling one. Although we might know how the big picture turned out, the individual stories presented here are rivetingly new."

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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    This review was written for The Union Quilters, An Elm Creek Quilts Novel.
    I enjoyed this book for the weaving of fact and fiction. The insight into the affect of the civil war at the level of all people in all walks of life was very interesting and gave me thoughts of a way of life I had not thought of.
  2. Barbara Beers
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    Reunited... and it read so well...
    August 19, 2011
    Barbara Beers
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    This review was written for The Union Quilters, An Elm Creek Quilts Novel.
    This is the latest installment in the Elm Creek Quilt series. I was so happy to be reunited with some old friends, Gerda, Hans, Jonathan, Dorothea, and many others, as I jumped into the book. I have never been one who enjoys history but I must say that this novel kept me interested and I think it's all because we now live outside of Richmond, Virginia and many of the places mentioned in the book are places with which I am now familiar. The Union Quilters is a story of determination, perseverance, and love.

    If you haven't read all of the series yet, make sure you read "The Sugar Camp Quilt" before this one. I can't wait until November when "The Wedding Quilt" is released.
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