A fourth novel in the popular Elm Street Quilters series explores a question that has long captured the imagination of quilters and historians alike: Did stationmasters on the Underground Railroad use quilts to signal fugitive slaves? Full-color endpapers.A fourth novel in the popular Elm Street Quilters series explores a question that has long captured the imagination of quilters and historians alike: Did stationmasters on the Underground Railroad use quilts to signal fugitive slaves? Full-color endpapers.Read Less
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Her best book yet. I even had to send a copy to my daughter. I won't part with mine. Had a lot to consider as one reads.
May 24, 2010
runaway with this book
couldnt put it down . had to read it all in one nite. awesome
Jul 5, 2007
Suspense and history
Jennifer Chiaverini has outdone herself with this book! It is the fourth in the Elm Creek Quilt series, and by far the best - both in story line, writing and the injection of suspense.
Although there are characters who appear in the previous novels, the author skillfully introduces them to the reader without the necessity of having read the first books.
This is truly a 'stay up late and read more' book!
Jun 7, 2007
the Runaway Quilt
This was my favorite book out of the "Elm Creek" Quilt series! the bits of history are fascinating for civil war buffs and have led me into research of the subject of Quilts and how they may have been used. i also have loved the charactors in this book and the rest of the series and their interaction with each other. a great book!
Apr 26, 2007
skip ahead to memoir
I read this book as part of a bookclub selection. We all agreed that it would have been a great short story had the author pulled out the "memoir" section and left it at that. However, when we chose it we didn't realize it was part of a series so some of the things that seemed rather hum-drum to us may have connected to something else in the series that we weren't aware of.-- Interesting if you like quilting; lots of facts about quilts and references to the history of them. Also interesting to get a snapshot of how the Northeast viewed slavery before the Civil War. --It is a quick read.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-02-25 Chiaverini's fourth offering in her Elm Creek Quilts series weaves a modern-day family mystery around a pre-Civil War tale of bravery, deception and the Underground Railroad. Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, proprietress of Elm Creek Quilts and a quilter's retreat, is the sole heir and last descendant of Anneke and Hans Bergstrom, German immigrants who settled in Creek's Crossing, Pa., after Hans won Elm Creek Farm in a horse race. Or is Sylvia the only one left? After a speaking engagement at a quilter's guild in South Carolina, a woman named Margaret Alden shows Sylvia a family heirloom quilt with a map of Elm Creek Manor recreated in the stitches. Do Margaret and Sylvia share a distant relative (heretofore unknown to Sylvia) who moved to South Carolina? Or did a slave of one of Margaret's ancestors make it? This thought disturbs Sylvia deeply. She believes her forebears were staunch abolitionists who were active in the Underground Railroad, aiding escaping slaves in their journeys to Canada and freedom by using quilts as maps pointing the route to safe houses. A journal written by Hans's sister Gerda and discovered in an attic trunk reveals the family secrets and the story of Joanna, a pregnant runaway who is sheltered from slave catchers by the Bergstroms and who almost becomes their undoing. Readers unfamiliar with the series may be confused trying to keep the peripheral contemporary characters straight, but the story of Anneke, Hans and Gerda Bergstrom is compelling enough to warrant sticking with Sylvia as she ferrets out the true history of Elm Creek Farm. Chiaverini manages to impart a healthy dollop of history in a folksy style, while raising moral questions in a suspenseful narrative. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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