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The Quilter's Homecoming (Elm Creek Quilts #10)

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A Roaring Twenties adventure unfolds in Jennifer Chiaverini's latest bestselling Elm Creek Quilts novel.

Newly wed in a festive yet poignant ceremony at Elm Creek Manor, bride Elizabeth Nelson takes leave of her ancestral Pennsylvania home. Setting off with her husband, Henry, on the adventure of a lifetime, Elizabeth packs the couple's trunk with more than the wedding quil

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2007)
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Natcat77027
This is a book about Sylvia Compson's cousin Elizabeth and her husband Henry. Elizabeth shows up in an earlier book in Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek series and she and Henry move to California. This book is their story. At first, I was not as interested in the story because a lot of the Elm Creek characters only show up in the first chapter. I also didn't think that I'd be interested in Isabel & Rosa's story. However, as I kept on reading and the two stories started to intertwine, it becam ...more
Christine
I should admit I'm already a fan of this series of books by Chiaverini. But this is one of the best in my opinion. It's about a young newlywed couple who come west in 1925 to the Conejo Valley (called something else) to take ownership of a ranch the husband purchased. A major catastrophe causes their life to be vastly changed and it's interesting to see how they make the best of their new circumstances. The fact that the book takes place where I live made it personal for me and enhanced the stor ...more
Julie Barrett
The quilter's homecoming by Jennifer Chiaverini
1920's newlywed Henry and Elizabeth Nelson leave PA for CA where they had purchased land to work. When they realize they've been swindled they are forced to work on the land.
The story starts out with their meeting when Elizabeth's family was at Elm Creek, the family house during the summer and Henry's family lived in the farm next door.
All the years of writing letters to one another-she does go out in the city with other men and she really wants He
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daysgoby
This is the first (and probably the last) I have read of this group of books - The Elm Creek Quilts Novels. It started out slowly - young newlyweds starting out traveling across the country, having bought a ranch. Then they arrive and all is lost - the papers they have are forgeries and they have no money and nowhere to live.

Amazingly, instead of selling something (they brought trunks full of wedding gifts) and hopping the train back home, the husband squeals something about his pride and how he
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Teresa
I picked this up because it was a Kindle deal of the day. The story was pretty good, but I enjoyed the setting -- the Conejo Valley in the early 1900s. It was a surprise to me, and it was fun reading about familiar landmarks.
Trish
Not bad. I mean, I must be addicted to these things...I listen to one a week at least. At least I admit they keep my attention. Another reader says they are not too taxing when one has brain fog. That is it, exactly. And I always feel I am at the mercy of libraries and publishers when it comes to audiobooks. I have to rely on them--I couldn't afford the number of audiobooks I listen to in a month. Besides, these are reliably at the library when I ask for them. Old enough to have been gone throug ...more
Melissa
Yet another book in Chiaverini's extensive quilting series. However, unlike the last book I was gushing over in the series (Circle of Quilters) this one didn't capture me as that one did. Its not that Chiaverini didn't write a good novel, its only that once again, this novel departed from the usual cast of characters and instead told a story from the past. As there are so many books in the series and they mostly can be read as a stand alone, I'm not going to describe them here, but instead just ...more
Maureen Timerman
This one is cousin Elizabeth Nelson's story. It begins just after her wedding to Henry. We are on the train West, they are so much in love and can't wait to get to California and their new Ranch.
Henry has saved and given all of his money to buy the new ranch, and he can't wait to get there. His dreams are being fulfilled. He has all the proper paper work, and knows he is going to be a success..with his Triumph Ranch! How things work out is devestating. Going from owners, to workers in a few day
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Barb Terpstra
I hadn't read an Elm Creek Quilt book for quite some time. It was on sale in the kindle store, I was looking for something light and thought this would fit the bill.

The story was actually better than I expected. Not that I don't like Chiaverini's books, but it was different from her earlier books. There was more character depth, and less quilting comparisons. Sure, quilts still showed up in her books, which I liked, but the quilts were incidental to the storyline.

Elizabeth and Henry set off to C
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Denise
I just reread this book in preparation for the new Elm Creek Quilts Novel that has just come out (Sonoma Rose) that is a follow up to The Quilter's Homecoming. I knew that I had read The Quilter's Homecoming but the details of the book were gone from my memory banks. Now that Elizabeth and Henry's and Rosa and Lars stories are fresh in my mind, I am anxious to read Sonoma Rose. Of course, I am always anxious to read a new Elm Creek Quilts novel as this is one of my favorite series. (And I don't ...more
Nathalie S
This one was my least favorite book of this series. We found out the behing-the-scene story of Sylvia's beloved cousin, Elizabeth who follows her husband Henry Nelson to California where he has purchased a cattle ranch. I could smell a rip-off a mile away, especially in the 20s where it was all about going to California and getting rich. But anyhoo, I thought Henry behaved like a jerk for most of the book even though Elizabeth, who is in just a much of a mess as he is, through fault of her own, ...more
Donna
In the Quilter's Homecoming, there is a roaring twenties adventure. When Sylvia was a child she had a favorite cousin, Elizabeth Bergstrom, whom she always, always wanted to spend all her time with whenever she was at Elm Creek Manor. However, Elizabeth was in love with a neighbor, Henry Nelson. Sylvia was upset when Elizabeth and Henry were to marry. She tried her best to make Henry not like Elizabeth. She was unkind to Henry to say the least.
Henry had purchased a ranch, Triumph Ranch, in Calif
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Sarah Wilson
This book was a nice, easy read. It is skillfully written, and contrary to what the title may imply, you don't have to be "into" quilting to enjoy this book. The quilts in this book were meaningful to the main character because they symbolize home, family, love and hope. They are also reminders to her of beloved family members who made the quilts and left a piece of themselves in their handiwork.

The main story is about Elizabeth and Henry who are newlyweds. In the beginning, it is set in the ea
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Emily
Jennifer Chiaverini is one of my go-to 'comfort food' authors. Her stories of women, friendship, family, and quilting always keep me engaged. They are just complex enough to keep me engaged but not too complex to overwhelm me when I am struggling with so much brain fog. While I enjoyed The Quilter's Homecoming and always enjoy when Chiaverini takes a historical fiction approach, this book seemed a bit weaker and sloppier than some of her others. She seemed to struggle with how to wrap up the cha ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Book 10 in the Elm Creek Quilter's series. This one goes back in time to the 1920s and the depression years in California. Like the other books, it involves an ancestor of Sylvia Compson, and like all her other ancestors, this woman quilts. Chiaverini has a nice formula. She writes about quilting, family, women and relationships and ties it all together with facts about quilting and patterns.

I enjoyed this novel, although not as much as I've enjoyed some of her others. This one was a very fast
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Joy Perry
This is a quick and pleasant read as are all of Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilter's books. This book follows Elizabeth, Sylvia's cousin and her new husband Henry. As newly weds they leave Pennsylvannia for the new home they have purchased in California, Triumph Ranch.

But all is not what it seems, the ranch they thought they had bought turns out to belong to the Jorgensens who are third generation farmers. The Jorgensen's very generously hire Elizabeth and Henry and they settle in to try to
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Michelle
This is the 10th book in the Elm Creek Quilters series and this one is a purely historical story. We see Elizabeth, the older cousin of the current owner of Elm Creek Manor as she and her newlywed husband, Henry travel to California to start a new life in the 1920's. Her family has given her 2 quilts as wedding gifts and they play a role in the story. When they arrive, they find that they have been victims of a fraudelent land deal and their life savings are gone. Instead of owning the farm, the ...more
Linda Bogaard
I like historical fiction, so combining the history of two main families was interesting to me.
Also learned more about the settling of the agricultural valleys in CA in the early to mid-1900's. As with most things, the more things change, the more they stay the same -- there are still unscrupulous people who run scams on the innocent and unsuspecting. Shows the good and bad of human nature that has been that way since the beginning of time.
Kim
Although this book was great, I did knock off a star because I was very much looking forward to continuing with the story from the previous book in the series. It took a while before I accepted that this book was an entirely different story than the previous one.

This was an accurate account, from what I know, of farming in the early 1900's. I enjoyed the story of the apricots and only wish there'd been more about the sheep.
Kimberly
I love the Elm Creek Quilt series. This novel tells the story of Elizabeth, Sylvia's beloved cousin, and what happens to her after she marries Henry Nelson and heads for California. The young couple encounter topics of the 1920s--prohibition, con artists, shorter hemlines and bobbed hair.

Elizabeth, in a sad story of devastating loss, has to sell her quilts from home in order to survive. The chimneys and cornerstones quilt made by her Aunt Lucinda and the wedding ring quilt that she has dreamed o
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joyce lynn
ok, this is one of those semi-bad health days that has me needing to rest some. which means, i got to read! ahh, isn't that terrible?! 8^)

anyway, what a phenominal story, as her others have been so far! i loved the way she woven in the past w/ the present. i also loved the lessons weaved thru-out the story. again, tho, i STILL want to run out and find a quilting "club", but ... alas, there are none around here! 8... i WILL perservier, tho, and somehow teach myself so that i can at least make som
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Beth Peninger
I'm on a kick to finish some of the Elm Creek Quilter books that I haven't yet read. Because they are such easy reads, they are also pleasant ones.
The interesting thing about Chiaverini's series is that they don't go in a chronological order. They flit between centuries and various family members and yet you manage to track and understand how the stories all come together in the books written in present day.
The series appeals to me because of the art and stories (history) that is weaved into a
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Erin
I would actually give a 3.5. The reason I wouldn't go all the way up to a 4-star rating is the ending just happened too fast for me. I liked the story, loved all the history of the 1920's and what life was like settling in the west. This is one of my favorites in this series. To enjoy this book, you would not have to read the others to understand the storyline. Some of the characters show up in other novels but there isn't a continuing story line.
At first I thought Henry was a little jerk. But a
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Debra
Listening to this entry in the Elm Creek Quilters cycle is like returning to a comfortable room after a long absence - it is familiar, but with differences both subtle and major.

This book is set in southern California, not Pennsylvania. Sylvia is a petulant child here -- series followers will smile at the roots of the imperious yet vulnerable adult she will become. Yet the main action follows Elizabeth during the first months of her marriage.

I enjoy it, would not have missed it, and definitely w
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Dawn Gutsch
I really liked this book even though it seemed very different from the rest of the series up to this point. As a Califonia girl I was able to relate to the locations and the history of the areas in CA which was interesting.
Kim
This is the first book of the Elm Creek series that I've read. Jennifer's writing style is plain and simple-easy to read at leisure. It's easy to follow the characters and the ending was an interesting twist.
Annette
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Nancy
This is my second time through this book. I listened to it at bed time, and while I was getting dressed. I really enjoy Jennifer Chiaverini's books. I enjoy the characters, and the stories about the people, and their families. I like to quilt, and I enjoy the conversations about the quilting of others. This book takes a newly wedded couple out to California, where they are expecting to start their lives, with a newly purchased ranch. Things don't work out as the expected, and it puts a strain on ...more
Karen
Of the Elm Creek Quilt books that I've read thus far, this has proved to be the most serious. It's setting is mainly in California in the 1920's. There are mentions of quilts throughout, but it really deals with the abuse of a husband toward his wife. It also centers around a newlywed couple who travel to California having purchased a farmstead -- site unseen -- only to find that the purchase was a hoax. Providence puts the two couples as neighbors and the newlywed wife is able to provide friend ...more
Jo
I really loved this book! Generally I've preferred to "contemporary" Elm Creek Quilts books to the "historical" ones, and this book started very slowly, so I was expecting to rather trudge through it, but after a couple of chapters (possibly when I worked out the connection between the two storylines) it became very gripping. Couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it off at work because I couldn't bear to wait until I got home in the evening. There were a few parts that I found vaguely unse ...more
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Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as six collections of quilt patterns inspired by her books. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. About her historical fiction, the Milwaukee Journal Se ...more
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