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A Single Thread: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1 | [Marie Bostwick]

A Single Thread: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1

Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....
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Publisher's Summary

Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever.

It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t.

Little does Evelyn imagine it will bring a trio like Abigail Burgess, her niece Liza, and Margot Matthews through her door. Troubled and angry after her mother’s death, Liza threatens to embarrass her aunt Abigail all over town unless she joins her for quilting classes. A victim of downsizing at the peak of her career, Margot hopes an event hosted by the quilt shop could be a great chance to network—and keep from dying of boredom.

As they stitch their unique creations, Evelyn, Abigail, Liza, and Margot form a sisterhood they never sought—but one that they’ll be grateful for when the unexpected provides a poignant reminder of the single thread that binds us all.

©2008 Marie Bostwick Skinner (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] buoyant novel about the value of friendship among women…a tantalizing book club contender.” (Publishers Weekly)

“[A] pleasant story of friendship, with a message of starting over despite the odds…this comforting book is highly recommended.” (Library Journal)

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    Beverly Flovilla, Georgia, United States 06-18-14
    Beverly Flovilla, Georgia, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2012

    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

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    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.

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    Liza United States 03-27-14
    Liza United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A feel good story with something for everyone"
    Would you listen to A Single Thread again? Why?

    Perhaps. The story was easy to listen to and not detail-oriented, so it might be too boring for a second listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the religious faith of the characters was introduced subtly and was not excessive for non-believers


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Liza told her Aunt Abigail she was going to tattoo her name on her neck.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the voices of the four women well enough to purchase the next book in the series. I admit the spool of thread on the front cover drew me in, and the book included just enough about sewing to please my crafty nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 03-10-14
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2011

    I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

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    "A new favorite author!"

    I adored this book. It deals with the very serious topic of breast cancer but the characters in this book fill your heart and you long to be part of their circle. As you read you find yourself wanting to go explore New Bern, Connecticut in the hopes of bumping into these characters. Although I was never interested in quilting, I find that now I want to learn to quilt! I have not yet looked up New Bern to see if there is a quilt shop, but I will!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Indio, CA, United States 03-05-14
    Claire Indio, CA, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Delightful"

    A story of more than one lady whose life wasn't the perfect dream. The main character Evelyn Dixon got the short end of the stick in her marriage, but it turned out to be one of the best things that could have happened. The other character, Abigail, will have you wondering what her story was and how a single thread would weave her into your heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen A. Martinek Texas - groan 01-31-14
    Maureen A. Martinek Texas - groan 01-31-14 Member Since 2014

    cognitively misplaced

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    "Light-Hearted, Entertaining"
    Where does A Single Thread rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Towards the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is fun


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a book, not a rollercoaster


    If you could rename A Single Thread, what would you call it?

    A Single Thread is fine


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, 15 words do not make a review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan STOCKPORT, OH, United States 12-21-13
    Susan STOCKPORT, OH, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful"
    If you could sum up A Single Thread in three words, what would they be?

    Nice wholesome story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were described so well they became alive in my mind and I fell in love with each of them. The story message was clear and made me want to be part of the quilt circle. I loved this book and will continue the series!!


    What about Pam Ward and Lorna Raver ’s performance did you like?

    Very nicely done. Each character was brought to life through the story and performance.


    If you could take any character from A Single Thread out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Abigail. She became my favorite early in the book, I enjoyed her growth and humor!!


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    Mary Tecumseh, OK, United States 10-09-13
    Mary Tecumseh, OK, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspirational"
    What did you love best about A Single Thread?

    I enjoyed the honesty of each character, who exposed their humanity with negative as well as positive personality attributes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked all the main characters, but enjoyed the slow development of Abigail as she opened up her heart and mind without changing who she was in personality.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several, but the one that comes to mind is when Evelyn's Texas friend,( Carol Ann was it?) came to push Evelyn out of her depression by refusing to let her indulge in self pity.


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to reading more books by this author. I hope to recommend book to friends who have been touched by breast cancer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer SAVANNAH, GA, United States 08-15-13
    Kindle Customer SAVANNAH, GA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Eh - not bad but not really all that good"
    Was A Single Thread worth the listening time?

    I suppose listening to it was not so bad. I was actually quilting as I listened. The plot was a bit conceived, though the characters were well developed. Having two narrators was interesting - I did like the switch back and forth. I don't quite know what other reviewers mean about the religious tones of the book. While there is a brief mention of faith and Christian views, I did not think it was overly done. Overall, the book was a pleasant escape while I was in my sewing room.


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    kwt Orem, Utah United States 07-09-13
    kwt Orem, Utah United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2012

    mama_karen

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    "Lovely touching story"
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    If you like quilting and girlfriends and stories of courage through adversity, then this is your book. I enjoyed it, but don't think I'll get the sequels.

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    Debra Arlington, TX, United States 07-08-13
    Debra Arlington, TX, United States 07-08-13
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    "Great start to a series."
    Any additional comments?

    Evelyn Dixon is newly divorced and looking for something. She's not sure what it is, but when she happens across New Bern, Connecticut, she finds it. The it in this case is a charming little shop in a cobbled court. She vows to open a quilt shop there, Cobble Court Quilts. As she is getting the shop up and running and making new friends, she is blindsided with a breast cancer diagnosis.

    At the same time, we are getting to know Abigail, a philanthropic millionaire with only one living relative, a nineteen-year-old girl named Liza. When Liza is arrested for shoplifting, Abigail is forced to take responsibility for the girl. As they live together, and get to know Evelyn, their lives begin to change.

    As we get to know the shop of characters of this book, the reader gets to know that family that is Cobbled Court Quilts. This is book #1 of a series and I am already eagerly anticipating the rest of the series!

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