Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Night with Jennifer Chiaverini



Wednesday night Bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini made another stop on her tour for The Giving Quilt.  I am a little new to the Elm Creek Quilter series and was interested in learning more about this bestselling series, which include quilter books with the specific patterns from her books. 

The Giving Quilt also involves the project Linus which provides quilts for families of soldiers dispatched overseas.

Synopsis:

“Why do you give?” asks Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper in The Giving Quilt, the New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s artful, inspiring novel that imagines what good would come from practicing the holiday spirit each and every day of the year.

At Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving is “Quiltsgiving,” a time to commence a season of generosity. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quilters—a librarian, a teacher, a college student, and a quilt-shop clerk among them—gather for a special winter session of quilt camp, to make quilts for Project Linus. (In real life, Chiaverini has long been active in this charitable organization, dedicated to providing handmade quilts and blankets to children in need.)

The Giving Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts NovelEach quilter, ever mindful that many of her neighbors, friends, and family members are struggling through difficult times, uses her creative gifts to alleviate their collective burden. As the week unfolds, the quilters respond to Sylvia’s provocative question in ways as varied as the life experiences that drew them to Elm Creek Manor. Love and comfort are sewn into the warm, bright, beautiful quilts they stitch, and their stories collectively consider the strength of human connection and its rich rewards.”  Amazon.com

   Jennifer has created a fictional world of the Elm Street Quilters that readers wanted more.  She also likes to introduce new characters all the time within the series.  She has a passion for American History and bringing out the female characters .The series is not meant to be read in order but if you would like to know the specific order visit http://www.jenniferchiaverini.com .

She has two books coming up:

Elm Creek Quilter Guide Companion to the series and will be out in August

January 15th of this next year Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Alexandrea Weis Brings the Healing Touch!



Thank you Alex for sending me this novel.  Broken Wings has a different focus than her Nicole Beauvoir series which is animal rehabbing.

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Pamela runs a wild life rehab center just outside of New Orleans.  Carol her friend of the family helps to run the business.  It is totally dependent on donations and goodwill of others.  Also the support of her ex-husband Bob.   A surprise helper shows up to work off his community service.  Daniel is vet from the Iraq war.  The rehab center becomes a place of healing for him.  Pamela has pushed men away since her ex has left.  Will Daniel get through Pamela’s line of defense?  Can he show her that she doesn’t need to be dependent on Bob?

My Thoughts:

Another great novel by Alexandrea Weis?    This story follows an animal rehabber and her work.   The story is sprinkled with facts about the work of the animal rehabber, and what it takes to run this kind of facility.  The wild animals that reside there.  Lastly most importantly the kind of love to take care of these animals.  You might be surprised by a visit of some characters you from her previous series Val Easterling and Lance Beauvoir.

I felt that the novel started a bit slowly but picked up the pace after fifty pages.  The story is told well.  I sometimes find myself impatient with wanting the characters to move faster than the pace of the story.  While I am impatient occasionally I find myself satisfied in the end. 

Rating:

4/5

Please stop by and share your love of animals with Alexandrea Weis on Facebook or her website.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Ready Set Cook with Beth Harbison




We are reading When Doubt Add Butter as the book club book of the month over at Chick Lit and Other Fiction.  This is Beth’s latest work which of course focuses on food.
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Synopsis:

Gemma has been serving up delicious dishes five days a week to her clients, and then doing some catering on the weekends.   She has some interesting clients such as the Van Houghtens, the mysterious Mr. Tuesday, Lex the department store owner, and Willa.   Gemma serves up the meals in the midst of challenging demands of her clients.   An interesting mishap with one of her clients leads to challenges for Gemma to maintain her business.  She shares all her trials with her cousin Penny who is expecting her latest child any minute.  Will Gemma be able to meet the demands of her clients?  Will she find out who Mr. Tuesday really is?

My Thoughts:

I have read one other book by Beth Harbison and I have to say that I really liked When in Doubt Add Butter.  I found the topic of the baking and or cooking for her clients really interesting.    There was also always hope for Gemma’s situation also you never who you might meet.    Great story with a mix of mystery and humor.    I look forward to reading my next Beth Harbison book.

Since cooking is the focus of this book what is your favorite recipe?  We are sharing our favorite recipes over on Chick Lit and Other Fiction. 

Please stop by Beth’s Facebook, twitter, or website.

Rating:
4/5

Sunday, November 4, 2012

In My Mail Box The Week of November 3, 2012


The Sugar Camp Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts)      
The Sugar Camp Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini and am going to her signing this week.

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In the Shadow of the Banyan  by Vaddey Rattner  

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