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Wedding Ring (Shenandoah Album #1)

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Needing time to contemplate her troubled marriage, Tessa MacRae agrees to spend the summer helping her mother and grandmother clean out the family home in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. But the three women have never been close. Helen, the family matriarch, is domineering and sharp-tongued. Nancy, Tessa's mother, appears to be little more than a social climber. And Tessa he ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Mira Books (first published July 1st 2004)
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Renee
Jan 17, 2010 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I started reading this book several months ago but had to put it down -- it was bringing up feelings in me that weren't conducive to going to sleep. I decided to try again because I'd survived reading about the intergenerational conflict in Prospect Street -- if I could enjoy that book (and get enough sleep) maybe I was ready for this one, too. I'm glad to say I was.

Wedding Ring is centered around three generations of women who are reunited when the Nancy, the daughter and mother, gets a call te
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Pat
Nov 04, 2011 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story about the 3 generations. Actually, there were 4 generations but you have to read it to get the picture.

The Grandma, Helen was raised in the country and very poor. They made the most of everything. I was , yes, I think I can say this honestly, speechless when I read that Helen knew of someone who took the thread out of the flour sacks and saved it and crochet doilies with it. My Mom is like the Grandma. She used to save nearly everything. Reading this book made me think sadly,
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Liz Balaam
Jul 12, 2013 Liz Balaam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After chapter 1 I was not sure I wanted to carry on, as it didn't immediately grip me. However, not being a quitter with books, I decided to press on. By the end of Chapter 2 I had fallen into this book with a resounding thump and had to ask myself why on earth I had thought I would not enjoy it. This is about Helen, Nancy and Tessa. Three generations of women, bound by blood, but with little else in common - or so they thought. Nancy and Tessa, mother and daughter, find themselves thrown togeth ...more
Kathryn
Wedding Ring was a reread for me, and I am so pleased I chose to do so by the audiobook version. I loved it the first time I read it, and totally fell in love with the characters and story line all over again as I listened to it. To be honest I had forgotten many details of the story - I just carried the general feel of the story with me. Now I have a refreshed memory of it!

Isabel Keating does a fabulous job in the narration. I loved her Helen voice and the way she just totally brought her to li
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Kathryn
Dec 26, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Currently rereading: By listening to the audiobook.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was my second by ER. I loved the way she explored the relationship of the women (Helen, Nancy and Tessa)who ranged three generations. Helen is a wonderful character and I enjoyed meeting up with her in Endless Chain as well. I also loved the way ER explored the relationships of Tessa and Nancy with their husbands. And what the death of a small child had done to Tessa and Mack. I also loved the setting in Sh
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Kate Vale
Oct 05, 2015 Kate Vale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First in the Shenandoah Album stories, it revolves around three generations of women: Helen, crotchety quilter and hoarder, Nancy, the social climber, and Tessa, griever of the loss of her 5-year-old daughter.

When Helen needs help, her daughter (Nancy) and granddaughter (Tessa) move in with her, determined to set things right, which includes moving Helen out of the messy house and cleaning it up in order to sell it. Those goals gradually change when Tessa discovers all manner of secrets in the h
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Cindy
Sep 23, 2013 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I picked up Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards because, as a quilter, I can’t resist books with a quilt-related theme. Wedding Ring is the story of 3 generations of women, and how they each struggle to work through the difficulties of life. The youngest, Tessa, lost her daughter to a drunk driver. Her mother, Nancy, struggles to find true meaning in her life and marriage, and Helen, the grandmother, has withdrawn from her life, and become a pack-rat. As the three women spend the summer together, th ...more
Christy Lewis
Jan 19, 2016 Christy Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story that encompasses 3 generations of women. They come together one summer to clean up the farmhouse where the 87 year old matriarch of the family lives. They all 3 have suffered a great deal of pain in their lives for different reasons. The granddaughter, and daughter find out truths they never knew. Heartwarming and healing.
Robin
Oct 05, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For when you need an easy read...
Mary C
Feb 10, 2009 Mary C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so surprised at what a great story this is. I picked it up at the local quilt shop because I ran out of books.

Its very good.

Finished it and it was so good.
Kim (Kimsrdnbks)
First time I ever read this author.Diane Chamberlain recommended Millie Richards on her blog. So far it's good. Excited because it's first in a series and if I like it I can binge on her all summer.
Cheryl
May 04, 2017 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gentle read about mothers, daughters, and their relationships with husbands. How we are all tied together. The idea of cleaning up a farmhouse is especially relevant right now in my own life. Thanks Lori for sharing this book.
Amy
This book was a bit of a plod, but I finished it. Either a time passer or a time waster, not sure which. It did involve quilting, and an unexpected plot twist at the end.
Marsha Dail
Feb 15, 2017 Marsha Dail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story started slowly. The relationship between the 3 generations of women, though, was fascinating. By the middle of the book I was totally captured. :-)






































































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Elizabeth
Feb 09, 2017 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High marks for an entertaining story that some might call predictable, but I thought the author did a great job of weaving the stories of several key characters from three generations in an intelligent, compassionate, and compelling way. It transcends a typical "beach read" on many levels, especially character development and the author's skill at drawing the reader in. I often asked myself how I would react if I were thrust into the various life circumstances of these characters.

"Three generati
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Gloria Bernal
Three generation of women come together and sort out their lives. 82 yr old Helen, a quilter who has never realized her talents or opened up her feelings to her daughter Nancy. Helen's advancing years and habit of collecting junk bring her daughter and her granddaughter Tessa to see her and help her clean out her place. In the process they uncover an unfinished Wedding Ring design quilt which Helen never finished years ago. Getting Helen to talk about it isn't very easy, as communication between ...more
Michelle
This was an interesting story about 3 generations of women, each with their own struggles, coming together, although unwillingly at first, to work together to get Helen, the grandmother,'s house back in order. Through her wonderful quilts, the story of the family is played out, with each of the women having a hand in the title Wedding Ring quilt. The women become a family again and work on their individual challenges. I loved the descriptions of the quilts and it made me wish I had the time to l ...more
Susan
Nov 26, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ma-fiction, m-d
I really loved this book. For me, it is a story to be savored, a bit at a time. Wedding Ring is about 3 generations of women - mothers and daughters - who must spend the summer together cleaning up the family farm house. 83 year old Helen is a master quilter, and alot of this story is centered around her exquisite quilting. Helen, her daughter Nancy and her granddaughter Tessa all have a lot to learn about themselves, each other, what they mean to each other and how much they truly love each oth ...more
JayeL
Jul 28, 2016 JayeL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, audio, 2016, sfpl
This was a surprisingly deep book that explires the loss if a child in a serious yes not completely self destructive way. I think the cover puts it into a drugstore quick-read fluffy novel category.

This book also delves into relationships between people: mothers and daughters, husbands and wives and people in general. The tone is kind, but serious about moving the characters forward in their lives.

I was surprised at how much quiltmaking there was in this book. The author did a great job incorpor
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Natasha  Briggs
Aug 08, 2015 Natasha Briggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three generations of daughters under one roof for a whole summer. When grandmother,mother and daughter spend the whole summer together, things start changing around them. All of them fighting their own battles internally, now have to learn to get along and share some of their own burdens with each other and the people who love them.

This is a very interesting book and focusses on lots of different issues, all of which are related in the long run. Learning to love yourself and the life you are li
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Sharon Forbes
Jan 09, 2016 Sharon Forbes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Emilie Richards did an excellent job of writing in this series. I inadvertantly read the second book first, so this is the first book in the Shenandoah Album series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it tells of the relationships of Tessa, her mother Nancy, and her grandmother Helen, and their relationships with their spouses. Ms. Richards richly describes the emotions that go on between all of these characters, she draws you in, and I, for one, was captivated. The one thing that ties ...more
Tjfox
Aug 31, 2015 Tjfox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, family-drama
Powerfully emotional and beautiful, this is a poignant reminder that love isn’t always perfect, just like the people that experience it aren’t.

Every single character is richly layered in their imperfections and history and their struggles with the relationships in their life. This is a story about families and the difficulties in loving those in your family, seeing them all the way to the inside and the truth of who they are and learning to love the whole of them, not just the parts.

This tugged
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Barb
Mar 06, 2012 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I inadvertently stumbled into another series based on quilts. I am a huge fan of Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilters novels. I didn't seek out another series. I have also read a couple of Emilie Richards novels, so I was on her website seeing what else she had done, and I found that she has written a series of five novels called the Shenandoah Album series. Each book title is also the name of common quilt blocks.

This book explored three generation of women in one family who all had tr
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Judy Iliff
Nov 05, 2011 Judy Iliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Three generations of Henry women a tied together by quilting. Only the grandmother ever made quilts, but the mother and daughter always thought they were beautiful and meaningful. Helen, the grandmother, has become a recluse. Nancy, the daughter would like to move her mom to a retirement center. Barring that, she at least wants to help her mom clear out all the clutter she has gathered, stacked floor to ceiling in most rooms. Tessa, the daughter, is trying to get beyond a tragedy in her life, an ...more
Michele
Dec 08, 2011 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story about an elderly mother, daughter and adult granddaughter. All 3 women had gone through significant suffering & heartache and each had dealt with it in their own way, not realizing how their choices could affect others. When all 3 come together for a summer to help the matriarch, each of them discover things about each other and themselves. The author did an excellent job of flushing out the personalities of the women, both good & bad. Details about their lives were rev ...more
Tiffanie
Apr 06, 2014 Tiffanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tessa lost her daughter on the first day of kindergarten by a drunk driver. She's lost in grief and not sure how to move on even her marriage is suffering. She agrees to help her mom out at her grandmas farm since she's become something of a hoarder. For the summer her mom nancy and her have been cleaning up her grandma Helens house hearing stories from back in the day. Tessa finds out her parents got married as a result of Nancy's pregnancy with Tessa and that there's never been much in the way ...more
Joanna Mcdonald
Apr 08, 2008 Joanna Mcdonald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book about family and no matter how different they are, always coming together in times of need.

The three main characters, Tessa, Nancy and Helen couldn't be more different, but they are Grandaughter (Tessa), Mother to Tessa (Nancy) and Mother to Nancy (helen) and when Nancy learns that her mother isn't coping on her own, her and Tessa spend the summer renovating Helens life.

Helens reluctant at first, but as the relationships grow and they become closer they soon wonder how they manage
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Emma
Dec 22, 2012 Emma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really surprised how much people have enjoyed this book. I was genuinely disappointed by this novel when I read it back in 2006. I am not the type of person who reads a book only to tear it apart, I take a book for what it is. However, The Wedding Ring is dull and uneventful-and when something does happen it is predictable and cliched. This novel is poorly written, (attempted feel-good factor) and dull. I will never put a book down halfway, and The Wedding Ring did keep me thinking that some ...more
Denise
Jan 21, 2010 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story... very deep and sad, although I did not cry. The story of 3 women in 3 generations each who had suffered an incredible but different loss and how similarly they shut themselves down in order to survive. They discover that their coping technique has not only impeded their happiness, but has hurt the ones they love the most. By spending the summer together, each discovers that by dealing with their past, not only helps them in their own life, but helps the other women as well. By disc ...more
Cheryl
Feb 26, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book that was so full of varied emotions and events about the 3 generations in Helen Henry's family. Little did Helen's daughter Nancy and granddaughter Tessa know what lie ahead for them as they went to help clean out Helen's home and move her out.
The 3 of them learned so much from and about each other over that summer,and their own lives changed so much once they learned to relax and step back some,never easy for any of us.
The quilts described throughout added such a specia
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“She was afraid to love me," Nancy said. "I never realized it. By keeping her distance, she thought she could protect me. If she didn't love me, maybe I would escape notice. I would survive.” 3 likes
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