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The Aloha Quilt

(Elm Creek Quilts #16)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,281 ratings  ·  594 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, 324 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 20, 2010 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
Mar 02, 2015 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
May 27, 2010 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
San Frazier
May 08, 2012 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
Jul 08, 2010 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
Mar 31, 2011 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 now
Apr 01, 2011 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 t
Aug 07, 2010 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
May 12, 2010 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
Kristin R
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Read this in Hawaii, so it was fun to learn about some Hawaiian history and about Hawaiian style quilts.
Aug 27, 2012 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
Andrea Nemeth-newhauser
True to her purpose of weaving American history and women's history into all of her books, Jennifer Chiaverini takes us to Hawaii with Bonnie, one of the Elm Creek Quilters. Though not a quilter myself, I find her presentation of the art form fascinating, and as a result, I immediately recognized two Hawaiian quilted cushions at someone's house the other day. So I can say I definitely learned something reading this book while also having fun.

The other thread running through all these books is fe
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this at the Maui Aquarium to read on the plane. At first it was disappointing because another divorced woman sob sob. I ended up loving it. I learned so much about quilting, especially the unique Hawaiian method. I also enjoyed all the background History of Maui and the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy. I especially loved the remembrance of the Queens Quilt which was so unbelievably beautiful. The story of her overthrow is so sad. This just might be my next book club selection.📚
Kay Mcgriff
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Even though I don't quilt, I'm enjoying the books in this series that someone donated to my library. I'm definitely ready now to visit Hawaii! ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the education on Hawaii and their traditions; quilt and others. It was one of the best I’ve read in the series.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Jennifer Chiaverini’s books. Nothing heavy, but a pretty good story and lots of sewing.
Tooki Proctor
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Interesting to get a different perspective on Hawaiian history, but was bugged by the idea that the Hawaiian quilting style is unique to those islands. Other Polynesian styles have developed in a very similar way, notably Tivaevae in the Cook Islands and Tifaifai in French Polynesia.
Did want to give Craig a really good smacking!
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was chosen for our newly reorganized neighborhood book club! It tells the story of a woman losing her husband to divorce and how she is able to go forward with life again because of her quilting friends, who lend much support and help to her. I also especially loved all the descriptions of Hawaiian traditions and history. Makes me want to visit there again!
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
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, series, chick-lit
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.
Apr 29, 2010 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. ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A deeper involvement into Bonnie's life, of how she patches her life up again after it fell to pieces. Beautifully written, you almost feel like you're in Hawaii, and the Hawaiian traditions that are described makes you want to go and participate yourself! ...more
Sep 11, 2013 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.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked that this book focused on Bonnie, and grew her character quite a bit.
Lori Palmer (Palmer's Page Turners)
A delightful book! The author clearly did her research about Maui and the Hawaiian culture. I learned a lot, and loved the characters! I was sad when the book ended!
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have never read any of the Elm Creek Quilt series, but as I am familiar with and a fan of Hawai’i and Hawaiian quilting I picked “The Aloha Quilt” up to read. I really enjoyed this book. The story is pleasant and real and the author did excellent research into Hawaiian customs, history, and quilting. I thought that I had caught her writing something incorrect, but she had used lack of knowledge as a scene in the book and presented the correct information later. There has been some commenting o ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: light-reads
2.5 stars. I've read most of the Elm Creek Quilts books and after a while they all just blend together. This one is different in that it takes place in Hawaii. There is a lot of good historical information about Hawaii, but as usual the characters are fairly shallow. Bonnie is almost unlikeable with all her self doubts and judgmental attitudes. She needs to grow a spine and get over herself. There is some manufactured drama from her divorce and an over the top spat with her friend Claire. But li ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first of this series I've read, I spotted it at a used bookstore that I like to go to and picked it up. I've done a little quilting so can relate to that part. It was a light read, very interesting in the Hawaii history parts, and about Hawaiian quilting- I did not know any Hawaiian history at all. And the thought of a quilt camp- I'd like to experience that when retirement comes. I'd really enjoy that. I thought some things seemed contrived, I had a hard time accepting the problem b ...more
Tina Schrader
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it

The Aloha quilt is part of the elm creek quilters series, but it is a stand alone book.
Bonnie, in the middle of an ugly divorce, joins her friend Claire on Maui as a consultant to open a quilt camp.
While on Maui, she has to deal with the divorce, business and friendship challenges, and drafting a new future for herself.
She also learns about the history of Hawai’i and the Hawaiian quilt traditions.

I think it is a wonderful book to read if you travel to Hawai’i, have been here or want to go here
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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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