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The Aloha Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts #16)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,554 ratings  ·  428 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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Barbara
May 22, 2010 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Jean
Dec 24, 2011 Jean rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Rebecca
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
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Margaret
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
San Frazier
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
Jackie
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
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Rayni
Apr 14, 2011 Rayni rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Melissa

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
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Janice
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
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Joanna
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
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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.
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Sue
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.
Sorcha
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
Sharon
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.
Jane
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
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Cheryl
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.
Michelle
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
Jeri Collins
Nice book. I've read a couple in this series. Luckily, I had read the book that set up the divorce in this story. A couple of things bothered me: 1) it's set in Hawaii and does a nice job of discussing Hawaiian lore and using Hawaiian terms. BUT, the main part of the story takes place at a B&B with a Hawaiian name (sorry don't remember the name). Never once, in referring to the hotel, was the entire name not used. Really? Isn't it common to say: "I'm going back to the hotel" or "I'm going ba ...more
Rachelle
I've read only the first book in this series and didn't realize that I skipped over 14 books. However I get them feeling that they are all pretty similar anyway. I enjoy some of the central themes of these "quilting novels"... that of sisterhood, love and friendship. The setting is beautiful Hawaii and it was fun to learn a bit about their unique history and culture. Bonnie, the main character, is going through a nasty divorce and the novel is kind of her healing process as she works through thi ...more
Ann Busbey
Another hit from this prolific and poignant author. I chose this book first of all because I love Jennifer Chiaverini's work and secondly because I have an impending trip to Hawaii. It did not disappoint. Hawaii is a state I know little about and is so culturally different from the continental United States that I felt compelled to learn more so as not to be an "ignorant tourist". After reading The Aloha Quilt I want to know even more about Hawaii's history, even though it shames me on behalf of ...more
Donna
A member of the Elm Creek Quilter's, Bonnie Markham, is facing a lonely winter. Her quilt shop is out of business and her divorce is looming. A friend, Claire, unexpectedly invites her to Maui to help her start a new business, the Aloha Quilt Camp. Soon she finds herself on one of the beautiful Hawaiian islands.

Claire's new business brings some new excitement into Bonnie's life as does the fact that her cheating husband wants her stake in Elm Creek Quilts, which threatens her financial well bein
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Barbara
Apr 11, 2010 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Chiaverini fans, quilters.
So now I really want to go to Hawaii! They have very cool quilts!

This new installment in the Elm Creek Quilts series leaves Pennsylvania far behind and spends most of its time in Hawaii. Chiaverini focuses on Bonnie, one of the founding ECQ women, who's going through a nasty divorce but joins an old friend to launch a quilters camp/retreat set up in Hawaii. It was a good way of exploring new territory--the islands, some little-known history, and a different quilt style--but still maintaining a
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I hadn't planned on reading any more Elm Creek Quilter books. However, this one was sitting alone on a shelf at the library and I went ahead and picked it up. If nothing else, I thought it would prove entertaining. I was surprised at how original it actually was. This one is number 16 in the series and several of the books have been rehashes of previous books which is rather annoying. The Aloha Quilt wasn't a rehash, which was refreshing.

In the Chiaverini tradition of giving every single charact
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Susan
Jan 11, 2012 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Elm Creek Quilt Novel fans or others see my review
Recommended to Susan by: No one I ordered it with Christmas money:)
Over the Christmas break one of the books I read, The Aloha Quilt, continues the story of Bonnie Markham, who recently lost her Grandmother's Attic quilt shop. Bonnie, also going through a divorce, after many ears of marriage, is invited to Hawaii by her long time friend and college roommate, Claire to help open a Quilting Retreat in Claires newly acquired Bed and Breakfast.

While in Maui, Bonnie comes to realize her divorce and loss of her beloved business is not the end of her dreams but a new
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Yoonmee
I guess I shouldn't have expected too much from this book; I mean, it's obviously a "chick lit," easy reading book, but, hey, sometimes I expect cheesy chick lit and find a gem. Plus, sometimes it's fun to relax and read something that doesn't require much thinking. While this book did satisfy my desire to read w/o having to think, sadly, this was not a gem. I picked it up b/c I enjoy reading books about Hawaii, set in Hawaii, and/or written by locals in/from Hawaii and I wanted to learn more ab ...more
Linda S.
After so many books in the Elm Creek Quilts series, I realized that I really do not like the way Jennifer Chiaverini writes. Her characters are very one dimensional, and most of them are frankly unlikeable. I like the IDEAS of her books--a place of camaraderie and friendship for women, away from the pressures of family, work, etc.--but I do not like her execution of that idea. I enjoy the historical backgrounds but not the characters or the morals with which she likes hitting you over the head. ...more
Cindy
I have read all of the Elm Creeks books, and I loved that this book returned to the original characters and quilting. The book follows Bonnie, as she moves to Hawaii temporarily to help her old college friend start a quilt camp based on Elm Creek. If you'd enjoyed Bonnie in the previous books, you will enjoy this book. To me, the characters lacked depth, and I just didn't enjoy the story which reflected on Bonnie's unhappy marriage, and her interaction with her soon to be ex-husband during her d ...more
Michelle Robinson
This was a thouroughly enjoyable novel.

I was not familiar with the series and picked it up simply because it looked interesting when I last was in the library.

For an audiobook to listen to, I prefer to choose authors that generally limit the amount of profanity in their works, as I have children around when I am cooking, etc. This book did not disappoint in that sense.

I found the charachters to be believable and interesting. I did feel that Bonnie's response to what her friend had done was a bi
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Carol
I really enjoyed this book. This is a later book in the elm Creek quilt series. It is set in Hawaii (on Maui) this time. One of the original founders of the Elm Creek quilters, Bonnie,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 individual with meaning to the quilter, and how the patte ...more
Ida
I love all the Jennifer Chiaverini quilting books. I was introduced to these by my dear friends, Kris Leishman and LaRue Fillerup, both of whom actually do quilt. I don't, but the characters in these books and the light, easy going plots are enough to make them enjoyable. Chiaverini is no great word-smith but she's a good story teller and she creates realistic, likeable women.

In this book you get the conclusion to the sad story of BOnnie's failing marriage. It takes place in Hawaii rather than
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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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