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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:
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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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by theknitsmith | 2/14/2014

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

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