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The Aloha Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts #16)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,172 Ratings  ·  486 Reviews
Another season of Elm Creek Quilt Camp has come to a close, and Bonnie Markham faces a bleak and lonely winter ahead, with her quilt shop out of business and her divorce looming. A welcome escape comes when Claire, a beloved college friend, unexpectedly invites her to Maui to help launch an exciting new business: a quilter's retreat set at a bed and breakfast amid the vibr ...more
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 22, 2010 Barb rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle aged to older women, fans of Hawaiian culture, quilters and other crafters.
I saw this as a new book coming at the library and decided to give it a try. I am not a quilter, so have not read any of the prior books in the series, but I have been to Hawaii a couple of times and love the culture and history. I did not have high expectations for this book, but I was wrong. The word I would use is "rich". My enjoyment of the books stems from several aspects. 1. The character of Bonnie: someone who grows during the course of the book and learns more about herself than almost a ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Alysia rated it liked it
I bought this book years ago when Boarders bookstore was closing and everything was 75% off. This was a cover love purchase and when I realized it was part of a series I put it down to search out the first book in the series. Now that it's four years later and I have jumped around in the series, I finally finished this book. This in indirectly the book that started my love of this series so coming back to it from a long hiatus was a nice change of pace.
Unlike the other books in the series, this
Dec 24, 2011 Jean rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those who like Hawaiian settings
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I loved that it was set in Hawaii and that Chiaverini did a good job of incorporating Hawaiian geography, history and language into the book. I also liked the story. What I hated was the main character Bonnie's split personality. Here is a woman that has been hired as a consultant to help set up a quilt camp because of her expertise and her business experience (she owned a business) and yet she has the most naive, inexperienced, nearly laughable re ...more
Jul 10, 2010 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: july-2010
I've been a big fan of the Elm Creek series but this one fell a little short for me. While the information about Hawaii was interesting and vital to the plot Chiaverini presented it more as a history lecture than an interwoven part of the plot as she has in her other books.

There just weren't a lot of surprises in the this book-you could see everything coming a mile away and when it finally happened (long after you knew it was coming) it was pretty anti-climatic.

Also the whole Bonnie and Craig
San Frazier
May 08, 2012 San Frazier rated it it was amazing
So i am totally in love with these stories. I was not sure how I would like them but they are fantastic. The stories are just about women betting the odds and how you can survive heartache and disappointment and still come out better of than when you started. It tells the story of B, she was having trouble in her marriage. Well as the name of the book lets you know she ended up in hawaii where she grew to become a better woman for herself. As women we have such a hard to transitioning from mom b ...more
May 12, 2010 Jackie rated it it was ok
I have enjoyed most of Mrs. Chiaverini's books. This one was a bit of a disappointment to me. I often thought, as I was reading, that I was attending a lecture. Either a history lecture or a lecture on marriage/divorce/human relationships. Somehow it wasn't as enjoyable a read as her other books have been.

Some of the prose seemed so calculated, as though the author thought up a certain line and then created the circumstances to fit. This particular one is a good example: "Even those things she l
Apr 14, 2011 Rayni rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rayni by: Fav author
I have been reading these books for several years now. I was excited to see this book featuring Bonnie. I think the main reason I picked it up was because it was a new book. It's the newest one out with 2 more coming out this year. The books really don't need to be read in order, according to Chiaverini. I haven't read them in order either.

I was interested in learning about Hawaiian culture and history. I'm ashamed to admit I didn't - & still don't - know about the history of Hawaii. Though
Apr 08, 2011 Joanna rated it it was amazing
This is the first Elm Creek Quilts book that I read, actually listened to, and it got me hooked on the series.

Since this book takes place solely in Hawaii I got little connection to the Elm Creek Quilters and Sylvia and was totally in the dark about who everyone was. So, of course, I had to start reading the rest of them but not in order since my library doesn't always have them available and I was not sure of the order in the beginning of my foray with Elm Creek Manor and the quilters.

But thi
Aug 08, 2010 Margaret rated it liked it
This is the lastest book in the elm Creek quilt series. It is set in Hawaii (on Maui) this time. One of the orginal founders of the Elm Creek quilters is going through an ugly divorce when Claire a friend from college invites her to come and help get a quilting camp started. The descriptions of Maui make you want to get on the next plane. I liked learning about Hawaiian quilting and how the patterns are so indivual with meaning to the quilter. Also the history was something I didn't know much ab ...more
Julie Barrett
Jun 12, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
The Aloha Quilt
Have liked this series book after book. Love how the quilts tell the story.
This one starts out with Sylvia, the owner who is sending Bonnie on her vacation and to Clare who runs a quilt shop on the island.
Bonnie is divorcing Craig after he had found another online. He now wants to drag things out with hopes she'll give up her portion of the money they made from his estate furniture antique sale.
They have planned to open a new quilt camp like the one Sylvia runs in PA. The inn is
Aug 27, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: crafts, quilts

I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Chaiverini's Elm Creek Quilt novels. That being said, if you haven't read much of the series (or any) this review is probably not going to be that helpful for you. You could probably read them as stand-alones in a pinch, but having the background on all of the characters really helps. Especially for this book, where the backstory of the main character is especially relevant.

Bonnie is still reeling from her pending divorce and the infidelities her husband Craig has been
If you are looking for a light fluffy read, that will not kill any brain cells in the process, this is a book for you.

What I liked about the book was the history it gave on Hawaiian quilting. I cannot fault the author for that. I have been to Hawaii several times and have tried my hand at Hawaiian quilting. I still have the unfinished pillow top I started in 2001. This book has encouraged me to pick it up again.

What I disliked about the book was how the author seemed to think she needed to creat
Alissa Bach
3.5 Stars.
As this book came to me as a "must read recommendation," I checked it out. It went quickly enough and I did enjoy reading about the historical tidbits of Hawaiian quilting mixed into the plot. But teh book was also a bit weird for me too. Typically I read books where the main character's age is closer to my own rather than my mother's. When I'm not partaking of my library's Teen Department (where I work) collection, that is. It was also a different genre than I would normally pick up.
Feb 21, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked that this book focused on Bonnie, and grew her character quite a bit.
Grace Fullerton
Jun 22, 2016 Grace Fullerton rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who need a vacay to the islands
A lot of fiction set in Hawai'i is fantastical with little substance. Jennifer Chiaverini was a pleasant surprise. The description of the scenery and the native language was thoughtful and placed in a way that most readers would understand the words in context. I speak some Hawaiian and have been to Hawai'i and all the words were used correctly and are actual words from Hawai'ian language so no this is not phony-baloney. The history of Hawai'i was very sensitively touched on in different parts o ...more
May 25, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Elm Creek Quilter Bonnie has had a rough time of it with her divorce and the vandalization of her quilt shop, which she had to close. To escape, she flees to Maui, where a close college friend wants to start a quilt camp like the ones at Elm Creek Quilts. As Bonnie helps her, learns about Hawaiian quilting, and explores the island, her mood improves. Also helping is local ukulele maker and player Hinano, who despite his contentiousness and tendency to dismiss all tourists as ignorant and dismiss ...more
Apr 29, 2010 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: series, chick-lit, library
This book focused on Bonnie. She takes a temporary job setting up a quilt camp in Hawaii as she tries to put her life back together after her marital problems. It was interesting to see one of the characters in a different setting than Elm Creek Manor and we got to meet some new characters. The story was about coming to terms with life changes and having an aloha spirit of caring and forgiveness. I liked it and I really loved all the Hawaiian history in it and she discovers the islands.
Another season of Elm Creek Quilt Camp has come to a close, and Bonnie Markham faces a bleak and lonely winter ahead, with her quilt shop out of business and her divorce looming. A welcome escape comes when Claire, a beloved college friend, unexpectedly invites her to Maui to help launch an exciting new business: a quilter's retreat set at a bed and breakfast amid the vibrant colours and balmy breezes of the Hawaiian Islands. Soon Bonnie finds herself looking out on sparkling waters and banyan t ...more
Apr 29, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: craft-fiction
The last couple of these I read were historical, so it was nice to get back to the modern characters. This one focused on Bonnie, who waits for her divorce by traveling to Maui to help a friend open a quilt camp. A lot of interesting information about the Hawaiian style of quilting and some nice observations on the nature of friendship. Less repetitive than previous entries, and now I'm waiting for more on the new crop of Elm Creek Quilters.
Feb 10, 2015 Deane rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Because I so enjoyed a trip to Hawaii a few years ago, the title of this book caught my eye. If I were a quilter, I would likely find the book amazing with all the detailed descriptions of how to make an Hawaiian quilt plus the 'quilt talk' among the quilters involved in both Hawaii and Elm Creek. What I found more interesting was the history of Queen Liliuokalani...she was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian islands. She felt her mission was to preserve the islands for their native reside ...more
Kathleen Dixon
Aug 13, 2015 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it
I think Bonnie is one of my favourite characters in this series - I've liked each segment that has focused on her. This time she gets the whole book, and it's a nice tale about a woman finding herself after going through a nasty marriage breakup and the loss (unconnected) of her quilting shop.

Invited by an old friend to set up a Quilting Camp at the friend's hotel in Hawaii, Bonnie finds herself tempted to stay. Assailed by her husband's vicious verbal attacks and determination to not let her ha
Sep 29, 2014 Jane rated it it was ok
Like most quilters I suppose, I had that one big project that I'd tired of and put aside for a year or more. I recently decided I had too much time and money invested in it not to finish it. So to help while quilting that boring border I listened to The Aloha Quilt on audio. It was far from my favorite Elm Creek book, but did provide distraction.

In this one Bonnie Markham escapes from her failed marriage and failed quilt shop to visit her friend Claire in Hawaii. She helps Claire start a quilt c
Mar 02, 2015 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loved this book!!! I usually don't like any books that take place after 1900. This is set in modern times. It follows Bonnie as she goes to Hawaii to help a long time friend set up her own quilt camp. Bonnie is going through a really bad divorce. She makes new friends, meets a man that may end up as more than a friend. However her old friend has kept a secret from her, which may end their friendship. She also may have to give up her shares in Elm Creek Quilt camp to keep her husband from destroy ...more
Sep 11, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Chiaverini is one of my favorite authors since she published the Elm Creek Quilt series. I want to travel to Hawaii -- this book gave me a taste of Hawaii along with a good story.
Mar 23, 2015 Bobbie rated it really liked it
I'm not a quilter, but love the Hawaiian culture. I was surprised and pleased by the history and culture the author put into this novel. It's sad that so many of us on the continent don't know the history of Hawai`i, so I appreciate when authors use a fun book to insert some learning.

However, I was very disappointed that the reader of the audio version badly mispronounced "Haleakala". A professional researches the proper pronunciation of words she/he is unfamiliar with, rather than trying to "fa
Amy Reade
Aug 18, 2016 Amy Reade rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've read in the Elm Creek Quilt series and I'll definitely read the other books in the series. What I loved the most about it was the setting- I could imagine the inn along Front Street in Lahaina, not far from the banyan tree. The characters were interesting- Hinano was one of my favorites, along with Midori and Claire. Claire was fascinating- I couldn't decide if I liked or disliked her, and that's part of her charm as a character. You take the good with the bad.

I wasn
Jan 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Was looking for something light to read on a cruise to Mexico during the holidays and found just the right thing. I loved the character of Bonnie (love our name!), the Hawaiian history and descriptions of Maui having been there a few times myself. I also liked the ukelele crush-friend and where the relationship was headed. The character of Craig (especially the ending...who acts like that?!?) needed some work, I one can be that one dimensionally rotten. Still, a good read like most ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Joyce rated it liked it
This was a very entertaining book - I grabbed it from the shelves of a cruise ship and was fascinated with the cover and the title. It satisfied my interests concerning Hawaii and quilting and the personal relationships involved in this novel. I noticed that the author's books are mainly centered around quilting which intrigued me, but not enough to read more books about it. I discovered some very interesting facts about Hawaii and because I was on vacation, it was a great book to digest and a q ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Megalion rated it liked it
Really enjoying this so far. Being asked to come set up a Quilting getaway at a newly overhauled B&B on Maui? Pure deliciousness!

I'm fond of all things Hawaii so when I discovered this book's existence in the Elm Creek Quilters series... I had to read it! I'm a yarn crafter (knit & crochet), not a quilter but I can easily appreciate the discussions of quilting. Also normally, I'm a stickler for reading a series in order but with this series, I've jumped around. It's rather conducive to
Mar 04, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
In this continuation of the Elm Creek Quilt series (#16), Bonnie is the focus of the story. She is in the middle of a contentious divorce, her quilt shop is closed, and she is trying to figure out where to go with her life. When an old friend invites her to Hawaii to act as a consultant for setting up a quilt camp at a bed and breakfast, she decides to take the plunge. Bonnie has to deal with Claire's conviction that she is in Hawaii to stay, but enjoys learning about both the Hawaiian tradition ...more
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