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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emilie Richards Narrator: Isabel Keating Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Shenandoah Album Novels Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781482978773
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Sam Kinkade is finally feeling at home as a minister in rural Toms Brook, Virginia, content with his life and Shenandoah Valley congregation. But his plans to welcome the area’s growing Hispanic community are being met with resistance. Fortunately, when the church-run community center is threatened, a stranger named Elisa Martinez walks through his door and Sam realizes he has found a woman capable of building bridges. Elisa isn’t looking to make connections. She has come to Tom’s Brook to hide. But despite her fears of discovery, she is enchanted by the beautiful work of—and the friendship offered by—the women who invite her to join their quilting circle. And even though she fears the consequences for both of them, she finds herself powerfully drawn to Sam, and to the generations-old love story rooted in the town’s past. Will she and Sam repeat the past, or can they find the love and the freedom they seek at last?

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Quotes & Awards

  • Endless Chain is a novel with depth and style, as refreshing and sweet as Sam Kinkade's idealism. And like Sam, Emilie Richards refuses to preach when a little inspiration will do just fine.”

    WNBC.com

  • “Heartfelt.

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Charming.”

    Library Journal

  • “Richards seamlessly joins contrasting and complementing elements—an intriguing political mystery, a long-forgotten local tragedy, and a contemporary love story—in an emotionally charged and transcendent tale of the ways love and faith can triumph in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 2/10/2014

    " It was a fairly good read. I was getting a little impatient for the heroine's story to unfold. A few things didn't sit right with me in this book. 1. He didn't think he HAD to report child abuse... he thought it was up to his own discretion. 2. He waited until he fell in love with someone else before he broke off his engagement, and yet he was supposed to have very strong morals. 3. the whole climax thing at the end I found confusing and not well thought out. I am not sure why he got more jail time, and how convenient that her political troubles could be taken care of withing 6 months. A little too far fetched for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/29/2014

    " I loved this book. It's not great literature but a heartwarming read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 1/21/2014

    " This was a fun read but also teaches a lesson on intolerance of the Latino community in America. It is a mystery too :). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Frances | 1/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed this - it took me a while to figure out it was the second in a series to "Wedding Ring" which I'd read quite some time ago. Now I'm eager to read the 3rd. I think the author's combination of quilting, character development (which is great) and her tackling social and psychological issues make these books a really interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 1/20/2014

    " While this novel has many elements of the unrealistic romance, and more than that, a Christian romance, I have to give it kudos for supporting the cause of of our unjust involvement in Central America. Additionally, it showed the human side of undocumented workers - and why would they be presented any other way (but they are). And, as if there wasn't enough about man's inhumanity to man, she threw in a a little story about slavery and the Underground Railroad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 1/19/2014

    " Highly recommended from my Mom. So far so good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/7/2014

    " I went straight into this book after Wedding Ring. I was pleased to meet Helen and quilters again, and to see further into Tessa's life. This story is Sam's. By the end some tears were shed, and I had been fully engrossed in this book, again the sense of community was outstanding as ER explored the issue of integrating 'outsiders' into a place. A wonderful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Jenkins | 1/6/2014

    " Part of the Shenandoah Valley series. I really liked the whole series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnkellybennett | 1/3/2014

    " This book didn't disappoint. The author has a way of keeping you reading until the very end. She leaves out just enough to keep you guessing. I loved the connection between Elsa and Sam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 12/26/2013

    " This story is pieced together like a quilt and shows the way people's lives connect with each other in a community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/25/2013

    " Cute book - Easy read - enjoyable - not too heavy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/22/2013

    " This one is about a single pastor in a small town and a Hispanic woman with a secret. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/7/2013

    " I mainly read this because my mother-in-law loaned it to me and loved it. I was surprised that I actually really enjoyed it. I would actually give it somewhere between 3.5 and 4. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Odetta | 11/27/2013

    " Another book where the reader makes or breaks the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 9/23/2013

    " Coworker again. This was better then I expected with a surprise twist I didn't expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariola | 5/22/2013

    " It was an enjoyable read, not totally predictable anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 5/20/2013

    " very good book , loved the history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 1/9/2013

    " Sam Kinkade, a minister in rural Toms Brook, Va., antagonizes some of his congregation while trying to serve his ever-increasing Hispanic population. He also becomes involved with Elissa Martinez who has problems and secrets of her own. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz Wainwright | 8/19/2012

    " Librarian recommended "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stasha | 6/15/2012

    " Pretty decent, a great discussion of human rights without being preachy about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 11/6/2011

    " I liked it. But didn't love it. A bit simple in plot. Nothing that surprised me much. A love story and they wind up together ... not terribly interesting. Yet I loved the characters and would read the other books in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 9/30/2011

    " I am enjoying this writer...in that soft, spiritual way...not sure this would fit the 'needs' of everyone, but these are nice go to books for a trip, or something to play in the background while you are quilting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 5/11/2011

    " Sam Kinkade is feeling at home as minister, welcoming the Hispanic community "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Ingratta | 4/9/2011

    " Slow start great ending couldnt stop crying at the last church scene!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 12/20/2010

    " Not my favorite in the series, but still worth reading. I felt that keeping the identity of the principal character a secret during the first half of the book was contrived. All-in-all, though, I'm glad I slogged through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/2/2010

    " I loved this book. It's not great literature but a heartwarming read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 6/11/2010

    " Once again I find myself saying the same thing about Emilie Richards writing is that I liked the book, but didn't like it. The story line was okay and the characters seemed a little too false. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 6/3/2010

    " This was a fun read but also teaches a lesson on intolerance of the Latino community in America. It is a mystery too :). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 10/27/2009

    " Not my favorite in the series, but still worth reading. I felt that keeping the identity of the principal character a secret during the first half of the book was contrived. All-in-all, though, I'm glad I slogged through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/14/2009

    " Part of the Shenandoah Valley series. I really liked the whole series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim (Kimsrdnbks) | 7/9/2009

    " This is the second in the Shenandoah series. I already love hearing about the secondary characters from the first book. So glad I found a new author to binge on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 7/7/2009

    " Cute book - Easy read - enjoyable - not too heavy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/13/2009

    " I mainly read this because my mother-in-law loaned it to me and loved it. I was surprised that I actually really enjoyed it. I would actually give it somewhere between 3.5 and 4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 12/30/2008

    " Sam Kinkade, a minister in rural Toms Brook, Va., antagonizes some of his congregation while trying to serve his ever-increasing Hispanic population. He also becomes involved with Elissa Martinez who has problems and secrets of her own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 10/5/2008

    " This one is about a single pastor in a small town and a Hispanic woman with a secret. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 9/14/2008

    " Highly recommended from my Mom. So far so good! "

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About the Author
Author Emilie Richards

Emilie Richards is the bestselling author of more than seventy novels, including the 1994 RITA winner Dragonslayer. Three of her books have been finalists for Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and she was a finalist for their Career Achievement Award. Her many novels feature complex characterizations and in-depth explorations of social issues, a result of her training and experience as a family counselor.

About the Narrator
Isabel Keating won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for the Tony Award for her Broadway turn in The Boy from Oz, for which she also won a Theatre World Award.  She also starred in the long-running hit Hairspray, and made her Broadway début starring in Enchanted April.  Off Broadway she has appeared at Primary Stages, the Atlantic Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Ars Nova, among others. Her films include The Nanny Diaries and The Life Before Her Eyes, and on television, she guest starred in 3 lbs. and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Isabel has recorded a number of Earphones award-winning audiobooks.  Some of the titles she's read include Bill Floyd's The Killer's Wife, Nicholas Sparks's The Guardian, Jackie Collins's Lovers & Players, and Sebastien Japrisot's A Very Long Engagement.