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Monday, April 4, 2011

Brief reviews: The Quilter's Apprentice; The Gift of the Magi

The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini, AF, c1999, 2004, Playaway audio, 8.5hrs, Narrated by Christina Moore, rating=3.5

"When Sarah and her husband move to Pennsylvania, she takes a position helping Sylvia Compson prepare her estate for sale after the death of her sister. Sylvia is also a master quilter and offers to share the secrets of her creative gifts with the younger quilter. During her lessons, the intricate, varied threads of Sylvia's life begin to emerge." (Goodreads)
If you like homely stories ...quilting, young and old ladies, history, etc. then you'll enjoy this book.  A warm and rich story with interesting quilting tidbits.  Also, Ms Moore did an outstanding job at narrating.  You can distinctly separate the characters unlike some audio actors.  Amazing!

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, AF, 1905, 32p, rating=4

"Set in New York at the turn of the century, the story centers on a young couple and the sacrifices each must make in order to buy the other a gift." (Goodreads)
A great example of the power of short stories to move.  This is a marvelous story of love.  A wonderful reminder of the goodness in marriage ... or true lovers in general.


  1. Jinky,is the Jennifer Chiaverini part of a series? I want to think that I read a quilting series written by this author.

  2. Love gift of the Magi sooo much!

  3. The Gift of the Magi is a forever favorite! Did you notice that when she counts the coins, they don't add up for real?


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