My Opinion: I truly enjoyed this book. It is told from the viewpoint of Virginia Eide and, as I read it, I felt liked I learned everything I could about her and grew through her. The story grows as she grows and becomes less of a little girl and more of a young women. It is a book that you can read on a rainy day, curled up with a blanket and a cup of Hot Cocoa.
My Rating: * * * * 4 stars - such a good book all the way around.
Synopsis: Chiaverini’s latest offering is another in her series of novels intended for the holiday season. To follow The Christmas Quilt (2005), The New Year’s Quilt (2007), and a novel leading up to Thanksgiving (The Quilter’s Kitchen, 2008), she needed to get a little more inventive this time. The Quilter’s Holiday concerns a tradition taking place the day after Thanksgiving. The quilters’ circle gathers at the Elm Creek manor for a daylong marathon to create holiday decorations or gifts. The group pauses in their work for a scrumptious potluck lunch of dishes made from Thanksgiving leftovers. This year, in the midst of an early snowstorm, they also renew an old cornucopia tradition. Each quilter inserts a quilt block into an antique cornucopia, representing something for which they are especially thankful. Although the novel is a continuation of the long-running Elm Creek series, it may also be read as a stand-alone story evoking the holiday spirit. Longtime fans of the series will learn more of the quilters’ backstories and get delightful hints of what will follow in subsequent novels. A must for series fans.
My Opinion: This is another book in the series "The Elm Creek Quilters". I have enjoyed all of the books in this series but I liked the way that this one told the stories of the current quilters - I prefer the life stories verses the history style books in this series.
My Rating: * * * Three stars :-) Yes, I enjoyed the book but I also found that I skimmed quite a bit of it because information was repeated within chapters as the story was told from the different points of view.
Synopsis: Having fled his Indiana home after his brother's tragic death, Chris LaRue must overcome his bitterness to reconcile with his father, who is seriously ill.
My Review: My mom gave me this book and told me that I wouldn't be able to put it down and she was right. From the first chapter to the last I wanted to read to find out how it ended. And . .it ended it well!! This is another book that is told from the different points of view of the main characters in the story so you really see the minds of those telling the story. I love how it really is a story of the Prodigal Son but in so many ways (it all comes together at the end and you will know what I'm talking about )
My Rating: * * * * * Yes, that is 5 stars. It really was that good - I think I could pick it back up today and re-read it and learn more about the characters.
I have finally picked this book back up and am doing it with my daily devotions. It has been so long since I started this book that I've actually started it over again and, amazingly, as I read the introduction chapter, I didn't even remember 1/2 of what I had read before. I've really slowed down with this book and feel like I will take so much more away from it this time.