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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
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Published September 1st 2012 by Mira Books (first published July 1st 2004)
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Renee
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...more
Pat
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,...more
Liz Balaam
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
Cindy
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
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.
Mary C
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.
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
Susan
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
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
Judy Iliff
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
Mary Ann Hatch
This book made me really think about relationships. How we may judge another without knowing all the pieces to their life story. It made me want to talk to my family members to learn more about their life story. I grew to love these three women the struggles they each faced. I also found it was important to let others into our lives and help us through those struggles we may face.
Marilyn Miles
This is one of those hard to put down books. I loved the language and the descriptions and the feel of the story. I wanted all three women to succeed. The relationships between these three generations of women--grandmother, mother and daughter--are sad but you will like the ending! I definitely recommend this book, and this being the first Emilie Richards book I have read, I plan to read all of the others she has written.
Amy Cooper
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I became absorbed in the characters and there stories. As a very sentimental person with a Grandmother who quilted, I loved how the story became about quilting and the stories behind the fabrics and the quilts. This was a great story to read and I actually might read it again at some point.
Barb
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...more
Michele
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
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
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...more
Emma
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
Cheryl
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...more
Denise
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
Jewett
A story that covers generational conflict and misunderstanding as well as love and especially loss with quilting thrown in.
Margaret Clemen
I love Emilie Richards Shenandoah series, set in the Appalachians. Tasty bits of Romance when I want easy comfort food.
Darcy
This one started out super slow for me. I didn't really care for any of the women, each one was cold in her own way. But as the summer went on I started to like them, of course it helped that everyone's secrets came out and you realized why the women were the way that they were.

I really liked how the women started to talk and bond on a whole new level with the quilts as a common ground. I really liked Sissy and the new start that she represented to them all.

The ending was perfect, really showed...more
Roxanne
This is the first in the Shenandoah Album trilogy. It’s all about relationships, and the author does an excellent job of developing the characters. Three generations of women (Helen, Nancy, Tessa) who have never been emotionally close, come to know each other, learn of each other’s fears, strengths and weaknesses and begin to understand the reasons why each has erected walls around herself. Nancy and Tessa end up on crotchety Helen’s doorstep to begin cleaning up her home, which has been severel...more
Kathryn
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 Shenandoah. In some ways this setting reminded my of...more
Chris
I love stories. The Shenandoah Series were worth it.
Audrey Bonnell
This was the start of a great friendship, This series took me to a place where people are a part of each others lives and help each other get through the good and bad times. When I found out this was the beginning of the Shenandoah series I had to find and read each one and I now own each one. Emile is a wonderful writer and she takes you where the story is and personally introduces you to each and every character. She draws you into this world, this space in time and you become up close and per...more
Erin
Great series to read
Mandy
Very touching. Made me cry multiple times.
Sue
Oct 11, 2012 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sue by: random used book purchase
My favorite kind of novel: a relatively easy romance. This particular novel has fairly complex character relationships. It raises such issues as inter-family relationships and inter-generational relationships, aging, the loss of a child, drunk driving, forgiveness, honesty, class differences, country vs. city. Guess I'm giving this a 4 rating rather than a 5, despite my enjoyment, because it still seems like just a little too much of a formula romance novel (boy meets girls, overcome difficultie...more
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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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