The Aloha Quilt

The Aloha Quilt

Book - 2010
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Another season of Elm Creek Quilt Camp has come to a close, and Bonnie Markham faces a bleak and lonely winter ahead, with her quilt shop out of business and her divorce looming. A welcome escape comes when Claire, a beloved college friend, unexpectedly invites her to Maui to help launch an exciting new business: a quilter's retreat set at a bed and breakfast amid the vibrant colors and balmy breezes of the Hawaiian Islands. Soon Bonnie finds herself looking out on sparkling waters and banyan trees, planning quilting courses, and learning the history and intricacies of Hawaiian quilting, all the while helping Claire run the inn.

As Bonnie's adventure unfolds, it quickly becomes clear that Claire's new business isn't the only excitement in store for her. Her cheating, soon-to-be ex-husband decides he wants her stake in Elm Creek Quilts, which threatens not only her financial well-being but her dearest friendships as well. Luckily she has the artistic challenge of creating her own unique Hawaiian quilt pattern to distract her--and new friends like Hinano Paoa, owner of the NÄ Mele Hawai'i Music Shop, who introduces Bonnie to the fascinating traditions of Hawaiian culture and reminds her that love can be found when and where you least expect it.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010.
ISBN: 9781416533184
Characteristics: ix, 321 p. ;,23 cm.


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Jun 27, 2012

I've read a few others in the "Elm Creek Quilts" series but enjoyed this one the most. This novel re-newed the spirit of "Aloha" for me. You learn a bit of history of the Hawaiian Islands and Queen Liliuokalani's Crazy quilt that she sewed while under a forced imprisonment in her own palace.

Dec 17, 2011

Great book, and you don't have to be a quilter to enjoy it! I really enjoyed learning a little about the history of Hawaii. Which, was a bonus to the already well written pages of the book. Mahalo!

Sep 06, 2011

I have enjoyed this series quite a bit. Again, the author did a great job in depicting Hawaiian history and I was fascinated by the development of quilting in Hawaii. I would have given this book a 3.5 if possible. The story is a bit melodramatic, especially with the heavy-handed behavior of the ex-husband and a little bit in her relationship toward her friend, esp. in the past.
Unfortunately, the story of having to start over after so many years of marriage is not an exaggeration, and the support that "Bonnie" gets is heart-warming.

Jul 11, 2011

Great read and learned about
making quilts, which I will not be
doing. Looking forward to the
next book about the Aloha Quilter
also the continuation of Bonnie and
Hinano's story.

May 07, 2011

Large Print good read excellent history of hawaaii quilting
loved this book

Jun 03, 2010

I'm a quilter, and have lived in Hawaii - first time reader of Chiaverini's books. A quick read, with requisite moments describing the lead characters quilting, relatively engaging story. What I appreciated was the very accurate portrayal of Hawaii and the local culture and history.

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