The Sugar Camp Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
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The Sugar Camp Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel (Elm Creek Quilts #7)

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History is thick with secrets—and Pre–Civil War America comes to vivid life—in this stunning and suspense-charged Elm Creek Quilts novel from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini

Abolitionist schoolteacher Dorothea Granger faces the ultimate test of her courage and convictions when the national debate over slavery sets friends...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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GoldenjoyBazyll
This book predates the history of the family in all of the novels. This book highlights Mr. Ligghit... the man that Sylvia's ancestors gambled out of the cabin/ land that eventually became Elm Creek Mannor.

Mr. L, as it turns out is a mean drunk who is up to no good at every turn. His neighbors that live on the Granger Farm have a maple sugaring business. The family that lives at the camp moved in with a cranky old Uncle that no one can stand. As it turns out- the Uncle was a stationmaster on the...more
Pdoe
I don't know what it is... if a book tells me it's an adaptation of an older, more well-known story, I enjoy it. It's fun to look for the elements of the original and see how they've been adapted. When the book doesn't do that, it just feels like a rip-off.

Take "Pride and Prejudice." Move it about 40 years forward and a couple thousand miles across the Atlantic, axe out pretty much everyone except Darcy, Wickham and Elizabeth and you've got "The Sugar Camp Quilt."

It is not an entirely felicitous...more
Nathalie S
Feb 10, 2013 Nathalie S rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elisabeth Petty
This was one of Jennifer Chiaverini's finest books! There is not a mention of Sylvia or the other Elm Creek people. This is set entirely right before the Civil War in Creek Crossing (which later will become Waterford). Dorothea Granger has been asked by her irascible uncle to make a quilt which exacting pattern is unconventional. Later we find out, after her uncle's death,that the quilt is actually a map for runaway slaves to find their way to the next station on their way North to freedom. Doro...more
Rebekah
The 7th story in the Elm Creek Quilt series, Sugar Camp Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini, is different from all the other books in that it has no Bergstrom in it. This is pre-history. In The Runaway Quilt Sylvia learns of her family’s friendship with a Dorothea and her brother and how they became involved in the underground railroad accidentally through them. This story goes into how that family gets involved in it.
Dorothea’s Uncle hid a station on his farm while they lived there with him because h...more
Donna
The Sugar Camp Quilt novel takes us to the year 1849. This starts out with Abel Wright, a neighbor to the Grangers, who is on his way to purchase his wife's freedom from her owner. His wife is a slave and he wants to get her away from the slavers before she is sold off.

Jacob, uncle to the Granger's, wants Abel to wait until after the crops are in. But Abel insists he needs to go now or his wife may not still be there.

Once Abel returns with his wife, Constance, the Granger's go over to welcome he...more
Rachel
I can't seem to write a review without giving any of the exciting details away and all my favorite spots, so, I will say it was a thrilling combonation of mystery, history, and a little romance. :) Again, Jennifer Chiaverini weaves a beautiful story around the making of a quilt, family, and history. Loved it!

For some reason the author chose to include copy-cat lines and scenes from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Emma occasionaly throughout. Although fun, I found that a bit uncreative to c...more
Cheryl
Dorothea and her parents live with Uncle Jacob near Elm Creek Farm. Mr. Liggett, who burned maple trees (not used for maple sugar) and embarked upon a harebrained scheme to raise racehorses, bought a slave women and brought her to his farm. Citizens of Elm Creek Valley, led by Dorothea's parents of Thrift Farm, called the law on him. …demanded release since by law if once in the North, she was immediately free. He claimed she was his wife — she denied. Jacob has Dorothea make a special quilt wit...more
Loralee
Dorthea Granger has had a hard life. Her family's farm flooded and they lost most of their earthly possessions including the quilt tops that she had painstakingly made for her hope chest. They have no where to go except her mother's brother. Her Uncle Jacob is a stern man. He has a strong work ethic and shows his disapproval when anyone isn't pulling their load.

Dorthea dreams about furthering her education and marrying someday, but at the age of 19, both dreams seem like just that--dreams. Whil...more
Charlotte
I've heard from several friends that the Elm Creek Quilt serves by Jennifer Chiaverini were good books. This was my first, and while it was very readable, I didn't find it to be outstanding writing. The book is set in the days of the Underground railroad and the turmoil between abolitionists and pro-slavery. It is centered on the character of Dorothea Granger, a young woman whose family had lost their farm, and moved into the home of her Uncle Jacob. Uncle Jacob was stern, and often judgmental o...more
Melissa
One of the many books in the Elm Creek Quilt series by Jennifer Chiaverini, this book could actually be more of a stand alone than any of the others. The only commonality it has with the other books are that some of the characters were briefly mentioned in a story in one of the other books. Aside from that, this is a book all its own.

We are first introduced to Dorothea, a young woman who lives with her Uncle and parents on her Uncle's farm. Her Uncle Jacob is a strict man and the family, while l...more
Mollie Matusick
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Heather Murphy
May 04, 2008 Heather Murphy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that love to live and live to love!
Recommended to Heather by: Sarah G.
My favorite line in the book was “Men too often confused success with moral worth.” Moral conscience is a theme in this book. I enjoyed reading it because it was interesting by the 17th page whereas it usually takes me at least 50 pages to be engrossed. Also, it wasn’t too compelling that I couldn’t responsibly put it down and concentrate on more important matters. That’s the way I like books. Another very important quality to me is that the characters were praiseworthy each in their unique ways...more
Lora
I thought this was an interesting story and I liked all the historical details that the author put into this book. I think the story could have been fleshed out a bit, and I thought the author spent too much time building up to the climax and then just like that ended the story, just felt cut off at the end.
I have not read any other books in this series, so I understand this is the prehistory to those books. I think you can easily read this book without having read the others.
One thing I thought...more
Karen
This is the first book by this author which I have read, although a quilter relation says she's read them all and really likes them. It is set in a pre-Civil War period in Pennsylvania--which as a state not too far from the South had many pro-slavery citizens as well as abolitionists. the time is also when the laws of the country favored the owners of runaway slaves, and so hiding escapees was dangerously illegal in many ways. The heroine, Dorothea, is pitted against several men who suspect her...more
Charlotta Norby


Years ago I read several of the first Elm Creek novels. Initially, I really liked them, but after a while I thought they got a little tedious or almost repetitive. It was almost always more or less the same story; the 4-5-6 quilters were having camp at Elm Creek manor, and then there would be somebody - either among the quilt teachers or the students - who was going through a personally difficult time which everybody helped her get through. So I stopped reading her books for several years and h...more
Joanna
Apr 01, 2011 Joanna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone especially if interested in The Underground Railroad movement or slavery
I actually listened to this book in the car as I drove to and from work everyday about an hour total unless I run errands as well.

At first I was prepared to be disappointed because Sylvia, Sarah and the other Elm Creek quilters were not in the story at all. But this is an intriguing and informative tale of not only runaway slaves and the Underground Railroad but some pre-history to the Elm Creek series, even though it's the 7th in the series.

The greasy Mr. Liggitt (not sure of spelling since I'...more
Julie Barrett
Sugar Camp Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
Wanted to read all the books in the series and this one sounds fascinating.
Dorothea is making Uncle Jacob's quilt. He had a certain design but to her the squares did not make sense.
Once you realize what they are depicting the secret will be out. The story tells of the times before the war when slaves were owned by others.
She hopes to get the quilt done for Christmas day to surprise him. She really labored over it and he didn't seem to appreciate her best w...more
Fred Ann
My interest in quilting is increasing with each |Chiaverini novel I read. The Sugar Bush quilt has introduced me to the quilt block pattern, Delectable Mountains . I also have chosen fabric to make a Sawtoth star quilt. Perhaps after reading a few moe Chiaverini books I hall embark upon making a sampler quilt. The sugar Bush quilt portrays a very difficult part of American history devoted to thew aiding of runaway slaves using the underground railroad to Canada, I am loving these stories.
Kim
I enjoyed, as I have all of them so far. However, I kept waiting for it to tie in with the other 6 in the series. It talked about the location of Elm Creek, but not the people. I was surprised where it ended. Yet, I very much enjoyed it - minus the fact it was about slavery. That crap has GOT to end in every way, along with the prejudice. God made us all, loves us all, and expects we all love each other. Easier said than done, but some are a little more behind than others.
Helen
There are something like thirteen books in this series, but I think it's more like a multi generational saga than a series. The story is set in 1849 when the anti-slavery groups were just beginning to exert themselves and the Underground Railway was setting up its routes, stations and guides. What I liked best about this book was the way characters revealed totally different characteristics as the story went on. There is a full range of types in this small village and the feelings of the 'townie...more
Catherine
Although this book is part of the Elm Creek Quilts series, it could actually stand alone, and could easily be read and understood by anyone who has not read any of the other Elm Creek Quilt novels.

This book is set in pre-Civil War years and deals with the issues of slavery and abolition. The main character, Dorothea, is a young woman who lives with her parents and harsh uncle on her uncle's farm. Through a series of events, she becomes involved helping runaway slaves as they move through the Un...more
Valene
This book was okay but not as good as the others I have read. Not as exciting as the other quilter books that I have read. The end was more like what I like from the author. It was about a white family losing their farm to a flood and becoming basically as slaves to the white brother of the husband. The brother was very mean and firm with them and treated them like slaves. After he died they did find out that he had been running runaway slaves thru his sugar camp and helping the slave to escape...more
Debra
This title, the 7th title in the Elm Creek Quilts series, tells the story of Dorothea Granger, one of the original inhabitants of the property that would later be known as Elm Creek Farm. In the days before the Civil War, abolitionists in the northern states often served as stops on the underground railroad, assisting slaves who escaped from their owners in the south. The penalty, if caught, could be life in prison or even death. When Dorothea's Uncle Jacob, with whom her family lives, dies unex...more
Amy
This installment of the Elm Creek Quilt novels takes us back again to Elm Creek's beginnings through the eyes of Dorothea Granger. I have to admit it started out rather slowly for me and took some time to really get into it. Knowing already a few details about Dorothea's life from previous novels it is not much of a mystery as to her love interest, but it was interesting to note how the characters all came together and got involved in the Underground Railroad.

I am happy that though Uncle Jacob...more
Lorrie
Jacob operated an underground railroad station at the Sugar Camp in Elm Creek Village. He owned the farm where his daughter, son-in-law, and two children came to live with him after an unfortunate traveling accident where they lost everything. Jacob never told his family about his abolitionist involvement. Instead he had Dorothea, his granddaughter, piece him a quilt which (unbeknown to her) gave the directions to the next safe stop. Jacob died while trying to give safe passage, and the family s...more
LDL
This was my favorite Elm Creek Novel by far! Another of the Elm Creek Quilters series is set in Creek’s Crossing, Pennsylvania. In the years leading up to the Civil War, the story begins with friends and neighbors taking sides in the abolitionist debate, and as the events unfold, an extraordinary young heroine, Dorthea Granger, passes from innocence to wisdom against the harrowing backdrop of the American struggle over slavery. Armed with the Sugar Camp quilt and its mysterious symbols, she must...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Sugar Camp Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini. B.
I read this book in braille, borrowed from Library for the Blind.
This is a definite cozy, although not a mystery. In the 1850’s, Dorothea and her family and her uncle Jacob live on a farm in Maryland, which is not a state which endorses slavery, but does endorse the return of slaves to their owners if the slaves are caught fleeing to the north. This is a story about abolitionists, the underground railroad, quilting, (her books always involve quilti...more
Rush2ady
This is the first book I've read from the series. As such, I had no idea what to expect. It's surprisingly gripping and held my interest through the entire read. At times I found the characters a bit lacking in depth and nuance, but the plot always maintained a good pace, was action packed, and full of enough drama to push on in spite of my frustration with the somewhat shallow character relationships. The love story was a bit lacking...I would've liked more there. The main subject, the undergro...more
penelopewanders
Back to the Elm Creek series. This goes back to the time of the underground railroad. I didn't take the time to look back and try to figure out the relationships between these characters and the ones previously written about as Sylvia's ancestors (as I'm reading these as a bookcrossing spiral I don't have the books anymore so would have to rely on the reviews etc), but that didn't detract from the story at all. This book seemed much less about quilting and far more about the characters, the stru...more
Dianne Lipe
I learned some things concerning runaway slaves in the years leading up to the Civil War--that I liked. The story itself was a little sappy and predictable.
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Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of ten Elm Creek Quilts novels and An Elm Creek Quilts Sampler and An Elm Creek Quilts Album, as well as Elm Creek Quilts and Return to Elm Creek, two collections of quilt projects inspired by the series, and is the designer of the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster fabrics. She lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.
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