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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,442 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Chiaverini Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Elm Creek Quilts Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781449867553
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In 1862 the men of Water’s Ford, Pennsylvania, rally to answer Mr. Lincoln’s call to arms, spurring the women of the Elm Creek Valley into their own battle to preserve the nation.

Dorothea Granger, dismayed by her scholarly husband’s bleak descriptions of food shortages and illness in the soldiers’ camps, marshals her friends to “wield their needles for the Union” and provide for the men’s needs. Anneke Bergstrom’s pacifist husband does not enlist, but his safety becomes her shame—one that compels her to work ceaselessly for the Union cause to prove her family’s loyalty. A gifted writer committed to hastening the end of the war, Gerda Bergstrom takes on local southern sympathizers in the pages of the Water’s Ford Register, risking the wrath of the Copperhead press—and the jealous wife of the regimental surgeon she loves.

While the women work, hope, and pray at home, the men they love confront loneliness, boredom, and harrowing danger on the bloody battlefields of Virginia and Pennsylvania. Anxious for news, the women share precious letters around the quilting circle, drawing strength and comfort from one another as they witness from afar the suffering and deprivation their husband, brothers, sons, and sweethearts must endure. It falls to the Union Quilters to provide for the soldiers, run farms and businesses, and protect their homes and families when the Confederate army threatens the Elm Creek Valley. Their new independence will forever alter the patchwork of town life—in ways that transcend even the ultimate sacrifices of war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating...We seldom think beyond the battles and the generals, but the story of the home [front] is a compelling one. Although we might know how the big picture turned out, the individual stories presented here are rivetingly new.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “[The Union Quilters] captures a nation in their deepest tumults of transition. Finely woven stories of mutual support and affection.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “A reliably heartwarming and accessible story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Chiaverini has once again written an intense and beautiful book—so much so that readers will almost hear the hollow echo of the fife and drum as they immerse themselves in every compelling page.”

    BookPage

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jk | 2/17/2014

    " This is the least favorite of all the Elm Creek Quilters books. But if you are a Civil War buff - you will love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 2/16/2014

    " Jennifer has done it again. I couldn't put it down once I opened it. I always look forward to more from this author and I'm never disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merrybeth Morford grindahl | 2/14/2014

    " I liked this book because it talked about issues of the Civil War era that are glossed over or not even discussed in school. It helped me relate to the people of the time by talking of issues that are still important today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 theknitsmith | 2/14/2014

    " Not as good as some of her earlier works. Fairly disappointing but good subject matter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 2/5/2014

    " Audiobook CD copied to iPhone "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 1/28/2014

    " As I'm not American, I have only a limited interest in the Civil War. And even if I was, the schoolbook-like descriptions of battles and the parties involved would have been too much. I read these books to get into the lives of the quilters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/26/2014

    " I am really enjoying learning about how the women of Elm Creek Valley's quilting bee devised an ingenious business plan to keep Water's Ford, Pennsylvania functioning during the Civil War in 1862. Jennifer Chiaverini does a terrific job weaving the stories of these amazing women around and through the history of that time period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stasha | 1/25/2014

    " Not my favorite of the series- more historical and a great reminder of the rights women "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ndshill | 1/20/2014

    " I like history, quilting, and Jennifer Chiaverini. I learned that one of the amazing characters in this book was in fact a real person. I like the way quilts in her books have a life of their own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Porter | 12/31/2013

    " The complex relationships made this an interesting historical fiction story about the Civil War. The quilting as a means to support the war effort made for a fascinating insight into the lives of the women left behind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Sherman | 10/9/2013

    " read only if you like quilts and history, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 9/18/2013

    " Library e-book Have read many of her other books - This wasn't one of the best but OK "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 9/1/2013

    " It is a departure from her normal books. It has very little to do with quilting. It focuses on the Civil War and Sylvia Bergstrom's relatives who first moved to Elm Creek. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrianne | 7/2/2013

    " I couldn't finish reading this book. I tried, but just couldn't get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audra | 5/2/2013

    " Great historical fiction book. I really enjoyed the characters and the time period. I could see the battles in Gettysburg and I liked the strong women in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane S. | 5/1/2013

    " Strong women holding it together while their men are fighting for the Union army during the civil war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/20/2013

    " I liked it, but felt more was needed... somewhere. Maybe more quilt references as have run through all her books. The history was good, the outcomes were predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 1/29/2013

    " I always enjoy her books, enjoyed historical references to civil war events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianna Kemper | 9/24/2012

    " Although it was hard to revisit the Civil War, this book was excellent. Quilting is amazing as a craft, but these women used for so much good during the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Torrey | 12/10/2011

    " A great book but heartbreaking to see all they went through but also encouraging to see how hard they worked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Long | 9/2/2011

    " This book was full of wonderful historical references that brought the Civil War to life in great detail! I thoroughly enjoy this series, and appreciate how she brings these characters to life (whether it is the modern day quilters or their ancestors). I eagerly await the next in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 8/10/2011

    " Enjoyable book. This book happens at the same time as the Lost Quilt. I was able to learn more about the civil war. Some of the book was hard to read, because of the consequences of the war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 7/12/2011

    " I was bored part of the time reading this book. Was like reading a history book on battles of the Civil War at times. Not what I was looking for this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janetkc7wvy | 5/8/2011

    " I have enjoyed every book I have read by this author. Setting during the Civil War. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Chiaverini

Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the New York Times bestselling Mrs. Lincon’s Dressmaker, The Spymistress, Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival, and the Elm Creek Quilts series. She has also written numerous collections of quilt patterns inspired by her novels, and her quilt patterns have been featured in publications such as Country Woman, Quiltmaker, and Quilt. A former professor of writing at Edgewood College and Penn State, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.