Some of the most compelling characters you'll ever want to meet.
— Green Bay Press-Gazette
Chiaverini spins a bunch of compelling yarns and expertly weaves them together.
— Kirkus Reviews
“With the popularity of the book and movie Hidden Figures and the recent education thrust toward science and math, Chiaverini, best known for her Civil War-era novels featuring mostly unrecognized women, turns her keen eye for detail to another forgotten heroine: Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, the first computer programmer. This fascinating portrait of Lord Byron’s only legitimate child is not only a picture of a time and place, but of a woman struggling with her nature, passion and desire for learning. Chiaverini’s novel…is both inspirational, touching and memorable.”
—RT Book Reviews
“A compelling yet heartbreaking homage to the mother of computer science.”
Chiaverini writes a heartfelt story of Christmases past and present.
— Library Journal
Book of the Week: “An enchanting story about one woman’s struggle for intellectual recognition and independence.”
One of the Six Best Books Coming out in December: “Jennifer Chiaverini is a master of historical fiction, and her latest novel, Enchantress of Numbers, is no exception. Take a trip into the world of Lord Byron’s daughter — who also happens to be the world’s first computer programmer — and you’ll be glued to the page as you watch her straddle the line between societal expectations and intellectual aspirations.”
Pieced together more like a quilt than a driving narrative, Chiaverini's 13th novel centered around the quilting circle of Elm Creek, Pa., finds change afoot. Chapters center on the circle's various members, with a focus on backstory. First-time readers are thus not left out in the cold as Judy and her husband, Steve, prepare to leave for new jobs and lives in Philadelphia; Summer begins grad school in Chicago while boyfriend Jeremy's graduate work keeps him near Elm Creek Manor; … Bonnie isn't sure she wants to reinvent the quilt shop destroyed by vandals; and newcomers Gretchen Hartley and Anna Del Maso join the staff of the quilting camp. The section dealing with Gwen's detective work aimed at discovering the creator of a quilt rescued from a church basement lost and found is the most powerful and poignant in Chiaverini's latest patchwork confection.
— Publlisher’s Weekly