Sad, happy and exhilarated.
When I read Marie's first book, A Single Thread, I was hooked. The ladies touched my very soul, because I could relate so closely with each one. A master quilter, breast cancer survivor, and peoples struggles in relationships..past and present. This time I felt really depressed at the beginning. Not sure if I was struggling in my own life with situations I had no control over and as both Philippa and Margot had to do, I had to turn them over to God. It had a great and happy ending which I think all books should have, thanks Marie!
I am uncomplicated.
The main character is flawless and very self depreciating. Unfortunately, she is also quite stupid. Her ex is a terrible, terrible person. Her father is a terrible terrible person. The guy, what's his name, who is appointed by the court to make a recommendation as to where Olivia where live is a terrible terrible person. I mean these are just awful people with no redeeming values that I can see. But it is all wrapped up pretty as can be in a New York minute (or in the last couple of chapters). Also, Margot recovering from her near rape as if it never happened. Really? Also, does the author not like men because the worse of the worse people in this book were all men. The women were all pretty saintly.
I liked the performers in this book. That is if Margot was suppose to be as insipid as she sounded (which I believe she was).
I was surprised that Olivia was cured so incredibly fast and became a well adjusted perfect little girl within minutes. Talk about miracles. All in all this book had very little redeeming qualities. The only one I can see was Reverend Tucker. I loved Reverend Tucker and that whole story line but it was only an aside in this book. But Margot and her family and ex and all that was just plain dull. Margot fell in love with Paul but thought that Paul was in love with someone else until the very end. Then wedding bells for the happy couple Margot and Paul in a half chapter. It seems the author just wanted to end this dull book as fast as she could and it shows.
I cannot believe that there is nothing in the description stating that it is a religious book. I saw that it was a book about quilters and I wanted to read a book about quilters - NOT a religious book disguised as a book about quilters!! I emailed Audible weeks ago about this and have heard NOTHING back. I am very disappointed.
This is a well-written novel, but I was bored with the main character who is too flawless and devoid of real emotion to be interesting, and I was unaware that this was a Christian novel. Had I known that last bit, I never would've purchased it.
The story centers around a small town church and its believers. Like any small town, everyone knows everyone, there's plenty of gossip and unfounded rumors, and there are the stereotypical characters. The first few chapters that introduce the MCs really pound on their faith, yadda, yadda, yadda and novel ends with a small-town miracle, in which "God" neatly answers all the MC's prayers, and a bunch of over-used quilt metaphors.
If you are Christian, I imagine you might very much enjoy this novel. If not, even if you're an avid quilter as I am, find another novel on which to spend your credit.
The narrators were both great for this book although in a few places they forgot to continue dialogue in a particular character's voice, which made it confusing for those small parts.
Always looking for something new to to explore in life. Over 50, artistic, quilting is a passion. A long drive and a good book are the best
Dual readers made the story richer. Both brought warmth and humanity to Margot and Philipa.
The performance of the Philippa character's voice had an annoying New York accent and she was from Boston!
I wish I was aware of the religious overtones before buying this book.