Category: book reviews – fiction

Heart Sisters: Be The Friend You Want To Have (and a giveaway)

Do you have a heart sister? As I was drawn into the title of a new book and publisher’s description, I eagerly signed up to review an e:copy of this book in exchange for sharing my honest opinion:

 

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Heart Sisters is for women who want to both be and have better friends and want a helpful guide to take them through the process. Author Natalie Chambers Snapp uses her own and others’ stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships. Healthy boundaries, honesty, tact, sharing, and agape love all play a part in being and maintaining a circle of close confidants. She also deals with the inevitable challenges that face many relationships including how to handle conflict; life changes like a new baby, move or divorce; and when it is right to “break-up” with your friend.Discussion questions, space to journal, photos, and quick interviews of healthy female friendships are included within each chapter.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Natalie Chambers Snapp is first and foremost a follower of Jesus, then wife to Jason, and mom to one spunky daughter and two spirited sons with a crazy amount of energy. Choosing to follow Jesus at 27, Natalie is passionate about sharing the grace, mercy, and truth of God’s love. She lives in the Midwest with her crew and tries to keep it simple by writing about the faith found in the everyday mundane. The outpourings of her heart can be found at www.nataliesnapp.com in the fleeting moments between being a wife and mother.

MY REVIEW:

First, I would have liked the publisher to have provided a better description of the book.  The current description for this book is quite generic and lacks clarification that this book is a devotional book which emphasizes the author’s religious viewpoints and personal perspectives on friendships with girlfriends.  I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that approach, but some could easily pick up this book thinking the content will be completely different and not enjoying the read.    Maybe categorizing this book as a religious self help book for friendships, may have been more appropriate.


There are many quotes to the bible in this book, combined with the author’s perspective on these quotes, along with her insights on friendships.  At the end of each chapter she lists several questions that would be helpful to a book club to create a group discussion, but these questions are intended to help the reader delve deeper into the material that has been shared.


While I can’t recommend this book to all women, it could be a good read for any woman that is active in their church group, looking for religious devotionals and tips for creating friendships with other women in their group.  If you are interested in reading such devotional books, I hope you get a chance to check out this book.  You may also want to let your Church Librarian know about this book.

I’m sure I share this sentiment with this author…… I wish you many Heart Sisters, whom you may create with those in your church, quilt group, or any woman you want to form a great friendship with.  I feel a true Heart Sister is a wonderful friendship.


DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

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One grand prize winner will receive:

 This giveaway is hosted by Natalie Chambers and is on Facebook.  The Prize Bundle includes:

— A $100 Visa cash card to put toward a nice dinner or lodging
—A copy of Heart Sisters
—A manicure kit
—A summery polish
—A disposable camera (to document your fun)
—A clutch

Enter today by clicking here to enter this giveaway on Facebook. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 17th. Winner will be announced May 18th on Natalie’s blog

You can find Natalie at:

http://nataliesnapp.com/

http://nataliesnapp.com/blog/

 

Masterpiece Marriage

Today I’m truly delighted to be able to share insights with you about a new fiction book for a sweet romantic story, set in the 1800s, with heartwarming characters that include a goal oriented educated “English” woman and a business man who owns a  textile in Philadelphia.  The story unfolds around a quilting bee, with the key characters negotiating to achieve their personal objectives thinking they would fulfill their life, but they later realize they can find greater happiness in a common goal.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Gina Welborn is the author of several novels and novellas, including “The Heiress’s Courtship.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers; the president of Faith, Hope and Love; and a founding member of InkwellInspirations.com. She lives in Cache, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband and their five children. Visit her online at GinaWelborn.com.

PRESS RELEASE:

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs. Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.

He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs.

Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.

Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?

MY REVIEW:

The Quilts of Love novels are written by a variety of authors, that each share a unique story where characters come to life, we learn about their challenges, their dreams, their heartbreaks.  Yet each book leaves us feeling like we’ve made new friends and we want to celebrate happiness, when they find it, after what may be a long life journey.  And, every story is centered around a quilt or quilting!

While there are now 24 novels in the Quilts of Love series, they are each stand alone novels, which you can read in any order.  I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed everyone of the Quilts of Love series and looking forward to reading more.  Their newest book “Masterpiece Marriage”, by Gina Welborn, may very well be my favorite.  Gina did a fantastic job painting the characters, the scenery and the plot, whereby two lead characters could easily be happy going after their life goals on their own, but yet while they are completely different people, they also compliment each other and bring out the best in each other.  Gina, brings her characters to life in this delightful historical romance.

This was a fun read, which I would happily recommend to others.

Full Disclosure:  I won a copy of this book, but I am sharing my honest opinion in this review.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

There are actually a couple of giveaways.

Quilts of Love is hosting a giveaway where you could win:

— A Kindle Fire
Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn
Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven
Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey

There are two ways to enter this first giveaway:  One for Facebook users and another for  non-Facebook users.

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For followers of QuiltShopGal, I’m hosting a giveaway where you can win the copy of this book that I reviewed. But due to limited funds for shipping, sadly I can only offer this giveaway to followers that live in the US.  If you want to enter this giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter form below:

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You can find Gina Welborn at:

https://www.facebook.com/ginawelbornauthor
https://twitter.com/gina_welborn

You can find Abingdon Press at:

http://www.abingdonpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AbingdonPress
https://twitter.com/AbingdonPress

You can find Quilts of Love at:

http://www.quiltsoflovebooks.com/
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The Quilt Fairy

The Quilt Fairy is a romantic short story, by Beverly Farr.  QuiltShopGal found it a delightful sweet read for anyone, but definitely a “must read” for all quilters!

The book is focused on a House Fairy, who can also be called a Quilt Fairy.  And it is written by Beverly Farr, who writes an inviting story about Margaret, the Quilt Fairy.  Without giving away the story, I think we’d all welcome Margaret into our home to stay forever.  And, after you read this book, I think even if she doesn’t come to live with you, you’ll carry the Quilt Fairy in your heart.

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This book was a fun read that quacked me up. I thoroughly reading about Fairies that help in the Garden, as well as the House.  But when it came to being a Quilt Fairy, I pondered if we’d have so many UFOs if we had a Quilt Fairy living with us.

This book is currently a free downloadable book on Amazon, but I’m not certain how long it will be free.  Either way, I hope you’ll also enjoy reading the Quilt Fairy.  And, if you have already read this book, please share your thoughts too!

You can find Beverly Farr at:  http://beverlyfarr.wordpress.com/

 

 

Scraps of Evidence – Excellent Murder Mystery (Five Stars – * * * * *)

SewCalGal is delighted to be able to share insights with you today on another book, published under the Quilts of Love imprint, by Abington Press.  

Scraps of Evidence, by Barbara Cameron is an excellent murder mystery, which SewCalGal gives five stars (* * * * *).  This is a delightful read that you’ll not want to set down and when you are finished you’ll want more.  As the book finishes in a way that looks like it could be a perfect setting for a follow-on book, I’m certainly hopeful that Barbara Cameron will write a sequel to this wonderful book.  Either way, I’ll be happy to read more books by her, as well as anything in the Quilts of Love series and I’m pretty confident you’ll feel the same way after you read this book!

PRESS RELEASE:


About the book: 


A quilt holds the clues to life and death.


Tess has taken some ribbing from her fellow officer, Logan, for her quilting hobby. He finds it hard to align the brisk professional officer he patrols with during the day with the one who quilts in her off-time. Besides, he’s been trying to get to know her better and he’d like to be seeing her during those few nights a week she spends with her quilting guild. 

Then one afternoon Tess and Logan visit her aunt in the nursing home, and the woman acts agitated when Tess covers her with the story quilt. Aunt Susan is attempting to communicate a message to them about Tess’s uncle. There’s a story behind this quilt, they realize, one that may lead them to a serial killer. Will they have a chance to have a future together, or will the killer choose Tess for his next victim before they find him? 

About the Author: 



Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the author of more than 35 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Barbara currently resides in Edgewater, Florida. Find out more about Barbara at BarbaraCameron.com and Amishliving.com.

You can find this book in the online store for Quilts of LoveAmazon, or other online book stores.



Quilts Of Love – A Promise in Pieces and Giveaway

SewCalGal has enjoyed reading various books in the The Quilts of Love series.  They are all what I classify as “sweet reads”, with stories of love, loss, hope, faith, tradition and new beginnings.



The women in these books all have a life thread to quilting in their family histories.  A new book is released every month and features contemporary and historical romance, as well as women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery.  SewCalGal has been drawn to the endearing characters in this series, touched by their stories, and delighted with each read. Thus, I was delighted when given the opportunity to read and write a review on a new book in this series, “A Promise in Pieces“, by Emily T. Wierega.






PRESS RELEASE:


About the book: 
A baby quilt touches many hearts as it travels from family-to-family and through generations.
After the end of World War II, Clara Kirkpatrick returns from the Women’s Army Corp to deliver a dying soldier’s last wishes: convey his love to his young widow, Mattie, with apologies for the missed life they had planned to share.
Struggling with her own post-war trauma, Clara thinks she’s not prepared to handle the grief of this broken family. Yet upon meeting Mattie, and receiving a baby quilt that will never cuddle the soldier’s baby, Clara vows to honor the sacrifices that family made.
Now a labor and delivery nurse in her rural hometown, Clara wraps each new babe in the gifted quilt and later stitches the child’s name into the cloth. As each new child is welcomed by the quilt, Clara begins to wonder whatever happened to Mattie—and if her own life would ever experience the love of a newborn. Little does she know that she will have the opportunity to re-gift the special quilt—years later and carrying even greater significance than when it was first bestowed.
Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the author: 
Emily Wierenga is a former editor, ghostwriter, freelance writer and staff journalist, a monthly columnist for The Christian Courier, and the author of Save My Children (Castle Quay Books, 2008), Chasing Silhouettes (Ampelon Publishing, 2012) and Mom in the Mirror (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Emily resides in Alberta, Canada. This is her first novel.
Emily has a youtube video where she shares insights with you on this story, that I hope you enjoy watching as I did.
 

If you have problems viewing this embedded video you can watch it directly in Youtube by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RayXAR105Os

My Review:

Emily T. Wierenga has done an exceptional job telling a story that spans well over 50 years.  Clara, the main character in this book, is a strong woman, that leads an interesting life being a nurse in WWII caring for injured soldiers.  But while strong, she is better at loving others than letting others love her. And while she deals with grief and healing over her lifetime, major steps that help her grow and learn to accept love are through a special signature quilt and her journey with this quilt.
This book was an inspirational read, which I found difficult to put down. And when I finished, I was left eager to read more books by this new author, as well as books published through the Quilts of Love imprint, by Abingdon Press.  It is a good, clean read with a well constructed story that was simply fun to read.  

Clara has found a spot in my heart, along with the special memory quilt she created and story that travels with it.
 
 

Did I Mention A Giveaway?


There are actually three giveaways.
 
1) Quilts of Love has agreed to give a copy of “A Promise In Pieces” to one lucky follower of SewCalGal that lives in the US, as they will be shipping the book directly to the winner.  Simply complete the rafflecopter form below to enter.
Join the Quilts of Love Facebook Parties

Quilts of Love is hosting two parties on Facebook that you may want to join the fun.  And you can win prizes too!
 
2)  Quilts of Love is hosting a special giveaway on Facebook where one lucky winner will receive:

 

  • $200 to spend at Emily’s favorite shops, Noonday Collection &Vibella (Click through to learn more about how these companies exist to create change in the world!)

 

 

  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga

 

 

  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson

 

 

  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

 

 

Click here to enter: 

https://www.facebook.com/quiltsoflovebooks/app_181492755297047

This giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog.
3) Quilts of Love is also hosting a “Quilting Bee” Facebook party with Emily and other Quilts of Love authors on May 29th.  You  could win a $200 “Women Helping Women” shopping spree by participating in the Quilts of Love Quilting Bee Facebook Party:

RSVP on Facebook for an evening of book chat, quilting tips & tricks, prizes, and more!


You can find this book in the online store for Quilts of LoveAmazon, or other online book stores.
 

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Book Review and Giveaway: A Road Unknown

Today, I’m happy to share insights with you about a new Amish Fiction book that makes for a delightful read, as well as a giveaway for a $200 Visa Card.
 
 
Press Release on “A Road Unknown
 
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PRESS RELEASE

RELYING ON GOD TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION

CAMERON SHARES A STORY ABOUT FINDING ONE’S WAY IN THE MIDST OF UNCERTAINTY IN A ROAD UNKNOWN

10/11/13 | Seattle:  When you come to a fork in the road, how do you decide where to go when your heart tells you to go left but your head says right? Barbara Cameron takes readers on a journey of new experiences, uncertainties and faith in the first book in the Amish Roads series, A Road Unknown(Abingdon/February 4, 2014/ISBN: 978-1-4267-4059-6/$14.99). Although set in a quaint Amish backdrop, we’ve all faced the same dilemma as Cameron’s lead character who feels as if she is being pulled in two different directions.
Elizabeth Bontrager wants to change her life, and with her upcoming rumspringe, or “running around,” she has just the opportunity to do so. She’s been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings. However, Elizabeth can’t decide which path to take: Goshen is her home, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds inviting. Considering it’s also home to her Englisch friend, Paula, Elizabeth decides to pack her bags and see what Paradise has to offer.
Will the small town of Paradise live up to its name? And will Elizabeth be able to handle the new pressures and challenges of life outside the Amish community? When Elizabeth meets Paula’s friend, Bruce, she quickly learns he wants more than a friendship. The same might be true of Saul Miller, her new boss at the country story that sells Amish products to the Englisch community. As the two compete for her attention, Elizabeth is surprised to realize she misses her family and becomes even more uncertain about where she belongs. She has a choice to make: return home or embrace this new life and possibly a new love.
With all the hype about Amish youths breaking away from their roots in recent reality television shows, Cameron sets some common misconceptions straight about the Amish in A Road Unknown. “These shows are extremely inaccurate and don’t resemble any Amish I’ve ever met.” Cameron explains. “Some have even been discovered to be actors. We have many misconceptions about the Amish youth: they’re going wild and so on and that their parents condone or ignore such behavior. This isn’t true.” Studies have shown that nearly 90 percent stay in their Amish communities and join the church.
Cameron hopes A Road Unknown will help readers gain a better understanding as to how to find the right path in life. “Anyone feeling at a crossroads in life should stand back and ask God for guidance,” Cameron advises. “Jumping impulsively is almost always a problem although you can over-analyze things. Listen for divine guidance and always pay attention to the still small voice you have within.”
The journey doesn’t end here; Cameron is completing the Amish Roads series with two more books, Crossroads and One True Path. Each release in the series tells the story of a young person facing choices about her next phase of life. The young women in all three installments learn that love finds you when you least expect it and sometimes it takes the courage to take a different road to find the true path to love and happiness.
To keep up with Barbara Cameron, visit BarbaraCameron.com or become a fan on Facebook (Barbara Cameron Reader Page).

ADVANCE PRAISE

“Life should be a dream for Elizabeth Bontrager. At last, she has everything she’s been longing for: less responsibility, more freedom, a little adventure. And yet this season in her life quickly turns complicated after she finds herself the object of attention of two men, one Amish and one Englisch. Barbara Cameron writes a delightful, page-turning story about a young woman living out the ups and downs of Rumschpringe in A Road Unknown, the first in her new Amish Roads series.” ~ Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of Lancaster County Secrets series
“Once again, Barbara Cameron performs writing magic and delivers a heartrending, spirit-filled story that’s sure to please her fans…and add many more to the list! A Road Unknown is filled with realistic characters, believable dialog, picturesque settings and a powerful story are only a few of the reasons this one will end up on your “keepers” shelf!” ~ Loree Lough, award-winning author of 100 books.
Barbara Cameron

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the author of more than 38 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award.
A Road Unknown begins the Amish Roads series, her third Amish series for Abingdon Press. Cameron’s previous Amish series include the Quilts of Lancaster County and Stitches in Time. Two of her collaborations, An Amish Christmas, Expanded Edition, and An Amish Gathering, landed on the Christian bestseller lists. Both of Cameron’s novellas in those anthologies were finalists for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Award.
She is a former newspaper reporter and a member of the local Volusia County Romance Writers of America chapter. Some of her non-fiction titles include the Everything Weddings on a Budget Book, Her Restless Heart: A Woman’s Longing for Love and Acceptance, and the Everything Roberts Rules of Order.
Cameron currently resides in Edgewater, Florida.
To keep up with Barbara Cameron, visit BarbaraCameron.com or become a fan on Facebook (Barbara Cameron Reader Page).
Find out more about Barbara at http://barbaracameron.com.

 

 
 
 
SewCalGal’s Review of A Road Unknown
If you love Amish Fiction and can only read one book this year, make it Road Unknown.  Barbara Cameron does an excellent job creating interesting characters in a realistic, yet entertaining story, making Road Unknown a pleasure to read and leaving you eager to read the next book in this new series.  This is a sweet Amish story that shares some “bumps” in the road of life, yet shows how taking a different road can open up new opportunities.
 
 
  Did I mention a Giveaway?
 
To celebrate the release of A Road Unknown, Barbara Cameron is hosting a giveaway on her Facebook page where you could win a $200 Visa Gift Card.  Simply “like” her page and enter to win before February 27th.  The lucky winner will be announced during Barbara’s “Amish Roads” Facebook Party on February 27th. Connect with Barbara for an evening of book chat, Amish trivia, laughter, prizes, and more!

 

 

Enter Today | 2/10 – 2/27!
Barbara Cameron A Road Unknown
 

 

Fun Friday Giveaway: The Giving Quilt In Paperback

SewCalGal previously reviewedThe Giving Quilt“, by Jennifer Chiaverini, from Plume Books, when it was released in hardcopy form in October 2012.  This book is an inspirational book that I believe every fan of Chiaverini will certainly enjoy, as well as quilters that enjoy going on quilt retreats, making new quilting friends, making charity quilts, as well as simply enjoys a fun read.  It is a delightful book that will be available in paperback on April 2nd.  Yeah!

To help celebrate the release of this inspirational book in paperback, Plume Books has offered two prize bundles for followers of SewCalGal that live in the US or Canada.  Plume Books will be shipping the prize to the lucky winners.  And, each prize bundle will consist of a paperback copy of this book, as well as a special Jennifer Chiaverini Quilt pin designed for The Giving Quilt.  Each book in the Elm Creek Quilts series has a special enameled pin and they are fun to collect and wear!

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I also want to let my followers that follow via Google/Reader know that Google has announced their plans to obsolete this tool on July lst.  There are several alternatives, which I’m researching and I’d certainly like to here your recommendations for life after Google/Reader.

Please complete this raffle copter form to enter this giveaway

Don’t forget you can also find this new book at Amazon, various book stores and many premiere quilt shops.

The two winners of this giveaway will be announced on SewCalGal next Friday, April 5th.

 

 

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and a Giveaway




Jennifer Chiaverini is a well known author, frequently recognized for her delightful books in the popular series of Elm Creek Quilt books.  Her latest book “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker“, published by Dutton press,  was officially released on January 15th.  And, SewCalGal is delighted with the opportunity to review this book, along with hosting a giveaway of a copy for one of my readers.

“Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” focuses on Elizabeth Keckley, who was born into slavery, yet earned her freedom for herself and her son, through her sewing skills.  She moved to Washington, DC, where she gained recognition as being a talented dressmaker and was sought after by the elite in Washington during a time of political turmoil, pressure of elegance, yet economic disaster, not to overlook loss of life and loved ones during the Civil War.

Jennifer does an exceptional job visually stimulating the reader with the elegance of the period, where rich woman were beautifully dressed, as well as sharing insights on how a talented seamstress could earn a comfortable living with her skills, as well as teach others to do the same.  While prior books, written by Jennifer, spent time allowing the reader to get to know “all” the characters, the primary relationship in this book is with Elizabeth Keckley and Mrs. Lincoln. The  reader is drawn in to seeing this relationship evolve from the point where Elizabeth is initial hired to work for Mrs. Lincoln, to where friendship, trust and respect is formed, on through the years to when Mr. Lincoln is killed, as well as what happened to Mrs. Lincoln as she left the White House and her lifestyle in Washington.

While this book is historical fiction, it is well written and an interesting story.  Jennifer does a great job getting the reader to care about the characters, yet also paint the picture about a painful time in US history.  Sewing enthusiasts will certainly enjoy hearing about costumes of the period.  Fans of Jennifer will enjoy her story telling skills, and those that enjoy fictional history will certainly enjoy reading “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker”.  This book would also be a “must read” for book clubs, which I think would certainly enjoy the discussion that could come afterwards!


SewCalGal hopes you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop or book store.  Jennifer Chiaverini is also making many book signing appearances, where you may have a chance to meet her in person and get a signed copy of this new book.  


Date Event Time City/State
Jan 18 Joseph-Beth Booksellers 7:00 PM Cincinnati, OH
Jan 19 Warren County Historical Society 12:00 PM Lebanon, OH
Jan 19 Joseph-Beth Booksellers 7:00 PM Lexington, KY
Jan 20 Towne Book Center 2:00 PM Collegeville, PA
Jan 21 Vero Beach Book Center 5:00 PM Vero Beach, FL
Jan 24 Racine Public Library 6:30 PM Racine, WI

Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of many wonderful books that you may find in your local Quilt Shop or Book Store, and on Amazon.  Here are a few of her books.

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Did I mention a giveaway?
 

Dutton Books, Penguin Publishing is sponsoring a giveaway where followers of SewCalGal, that live in the US,  could win a copy of this book.  The sponsor will be shipping a copy of this book directly to the winner.

Enter via this Rafflecopter entry form. SewCalGal will announce the winner of this giveaway next Friday, when a new Fun Friday Giveaway is announced.

 

Update:  Congratulations to Jocelyn P. (Happy Cottage Quilter)

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The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

SewCalGal certainly enjoys sharing insights about new books and products. As such, I’m delighted to share my thoughts with you today about “The Giving Quilt“,  by Jennifer Chiaverini,  the latest Elm Creek Quilt Novel.


After reading this book, I have a feeling that I’ve just returned from an amazing quilt retreat, where I learned a new quilt design and many tips,  made a beautiful quilt for charity, made wonderful new friends, and enjoyed excellent meals in a beautiful setting.  It left me wanting more……

This is the twentieth Elm Creek Quilts novel, where Chiaverini does a great job, as always, bringing her characters to life in a setting that you can related to and feel as if you are a part of (or would like to be a part of).  In this novel, the setting is Elm Creek Manor, which hosts weekly quilt retreats throughout the year.  And, it is focused a particular week where the event is called “Quiltsgiving”, appropriately  held the week after Thanksgiving, where all attendees at quilt camp make quilts for Project Linus.

The GIVING QUILT definitely reminds the reader: “Giving from the heart blesses the giver as much as the recipient, and while giving may not always be easy, it is always worthwhile”.

SewCalGal loves “The Giving Quilt” and hopes you have a chance to read it soon.  You should be able to find this book in your local quilt shop, or online shop, as well as at Amazon.com.  

Jennifer Chiaverini is on a book tour, where I also hope you have a chance to meet her in person.  Here is her current schedule:

  • Tuesday, October 30 — Madison, WI 
  •  Thursday, November 1 — Cedarburg, WI and Oconomowoc, WI 
  •  Friday, November 2 — Lincolnshire, IL and Naperville, IL 
  •  Saturday, November 3 — Omaha, NE 
  •  Sunday, November 4 — Denver, CO 
  •  Monday, November 5 — Wichita, KS
  •  Tuesday, November 6 — Hutchinson, KS
  •  Wednesday, November 7 — Decatur, GA 
  •  Thursday, November 8 — Raleigh, NC 
  •  Friday, November 9 — West Chester, PA
  •  Saturday, November 10 — Hudson, OH 
  •  Tuesday, November 13 — Elm Grove, WI 
  •  Sunday, November 18 — Spring Green, WI

For event locations, dates, times, and other important details, please see the Events page on Jennifer's website (http://elmcreek.net/events).  If you'd like her to come to a book signing in your area, talk with your local quilt shops and book stores and encourage them to contact Jennifer's publisher.  If enough shops contact the publisher, it might help to get Jennifer to travel to your area.
 
 

 
Those that are able to attend her book tour, will also receive a limited edition "Giving Quilt" pin for each copy of THE GIVING QUILT you have me sign, while supplies last. The new pin for THE GIVING QUILT features a design inspired by the cover art, and you can see a photo of the pin here: http://www.elmcreek.net/TGQpin.jpg .


SewCalGal is curious – “Why do you give?”

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