Hello! I'm a full-time nurse, part-time reader, chef, gardener and stylist! Love all my hobbies. Oh, and mother to Marley (shih-tzu) and Sam
This book simply was not a book for me. It was just too soft. I could not develop much feelings for the characters and the storyline. It was like a Hallmark movie. No depth and no substance.
I don't know how I've managed to miss Marie Bostwick's books!! Now that I've read the first book in her quilt shop series, I've become a huge fan. The power of community, friendship, and courage is superbly exemplified in this story about Evelyn and her newfound life and friendships.
After a painful divorce, Evelyn left Texas and moved to Connecticut , where she gave all her funds and energy to try living her dream life. Having her own quilt shop has been a dream she put on hold after becoming a wife and mother. Now the pain of divorce has opened a door for her to truly take charge of her life. But her dream is having many bumps in the road to success. Refurbishing an old building is taking so much more time, money and energy than she's anticipated. When she gets ill, she almost gives up hope of success or even survival.
At the same time, other women in town are having their own problems. Perfect, popular Abigail is finding that money really can't make for perfect happiness. Her young niece, whom she's never met, is picked up for shoplifting and becomes Abigail's charge for the next thirteen months. Never mind that they get along like oil and water, and are finding combining their lives is more than either one can bare.
Through the difficult needs of these three woman and Margot, a women of great faith who definitely needs a job after losing her present one, a charming Irish restaurateur , and Abigail's life long legal advisor, this story builds on the SINGLE THREAD of friendship.
Just as various scraps of materials can be color matched , styled and sewn together to create a beautiful quilt, friendships built on necessity, trust, faith, courage, and love can create bonds of friendships that are held together through hardships and successes! I am definitely planning to read through the rest of the books in these new found treasures of quilt shop stories!
The author develops the individual personalities well, putting them in authentic situations. She also deals with the many emotions involving breast cancer and its effects on the victim, family, and friends. This really hit home to me.
I liked Charlie, the curmudgeon with an Irish heart of gold. But I could relate best with Evelyn, the main character, and her many battles.
I enjoyed the development of Abigale's character, but thought the reader tried to make her sound TOO old. After all, she's 62 in the story, not 82!
Charlie - only if he is cooking!
I enjoyed this story very much, but it began to get preachy about halfway in, and I just wanted to zip past that. I don't need religion in my audiobooks unless I specifically order one that is about religions.
The story was far from compelling and the narration was near to off-putting. But the story was enough to keep it all afloat and I did finish it. It was a good audiobook to listen to while housekeeping as you would not miss much if your attention was momentarily drawn away. There was no smut in it or obscenities and that was refreshing. The characters were interesting enough to get me to listen to the next book in the series. Not a great listen but a good one.
I normally stick to mysteries, thrillers, and the like. This was a mystery in its own right. You just never know what life holds in store for you and when you found out what t is, you don't know how you will get through it. Very good book, great narration, didn't want to stop listening.
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Oh my! This book was amazing. It went from a woman who was broken from a late-in-life divorce, to a strong woman who walked through the fires and out the other side with friends by her side and a new life to live. This was so inspiring to me as a woman, but it will be even more so to anyone who has struggled with cancer themselves or has a loved one struggling.
Editor for over 25 years, for 35 books in the R.E. appraisal area & CEO of my own small biz. Got my MFA in creative writing at age 67. :D
Well written but somewhat heavy handed in the religious area. One abortion fuels lifelong regret. Lots of church going and praying (on the sly). Breast cancer, quilting and close friendships. Betrayal by a sister and retribution. Nonetheless, I felt these women were real people and I particularly enjoyed the good dialogue.
As a fellow quilter this story hit home on so many levels. Quilting is therapeutic, healing, and calming. Such a great story and an invitation to all those non quilters to give it a try and see how your life changes for the better.
I really enjoyed listening & getting to know the personalities. Good story, but I didn't realize how sad it was to be as that wasn't part of the description. But happy too...
It was just ok as far as the story goes. It was a feel good story and I knew what was coming with each new issue. There is nothing bad about the story, but it was boring in my opinion. The performance by the readers was really good and kept me interested.
I just don't like stories of this nature so probably nothing.
I would like the movie better so yes I would.