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.
"[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)
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.
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.
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!
The narrators should try to sound similar when talking as the other's character. It was confusing in the beginning. I was halfway through the first part when I finally got used to it.
Probably not in audio form. Even though the story was sluggish, some might enjoy reading it instead of listening to it. I'm a quilter and the short synopsis got my attention. But there wasn't enough story concerning quilting. There's a connection, of course, but not enough to recommend this to my quilting friends.
No, not really. It's as if they took their own interpretations of the characters and didn't even try to sound similar to the other's vocal-take of a character. After I got used to the back-&-forth I started preferring one's voice interpretation over the other's interpretation of the same character.
I wish I could say yes. I did learn, however, that I have to be wary of books with more than one narrator.
It wasn't a bad story......just bad interpretations....and sluggish.
Yes, it's heartwarming and shows that people of different decades can be good friends. However, I found some of the characterizations to be stereotyped, especially the wealthy.
I would have gotten a different voice for Abagail.
Absolutely. I could barely listen to Abagail. She's supposed to be 62? I'm in my 60's and know many women my age. None of us sounds that old. We sound more like Evelyn. The author must be very young.
Probably a Hallmark.
Too bad. It was a heartwarming story, but I really had trouble getting past the narration.
I would listen to it again at a later date. The story held together well and I was able to keep all the characters straight in my head. It was an easy listen and a good story. This was my first listen to this series and I have the others on my wish list now!
The readers bring life and personalities to the characters. I got to know them well with the way they spoke.
Friendship is what really matters!
I love to listen to books while I sew and quilt. I like novels around this topic, too.
I related to a lot of the content of the story; one of the leads is about my age, she is going thru a health scare and has a son who can't seem to get out of the computer programming office to find a girlfriend!
The compassion and the touching story lines.
I like all the voices. I could easily tell who was whom.
Again, because of my age I think I liked Evelyn the best.
It made me want to find a group to start quilting (or knitting or sewing). I just think having a group like this would be nice.
I am so loving Marie Bostwick and this series!! I don't quilt and probably won't learn but I've gotten so caught up in the town they live in and the characters lives. Hope there is a book six!
I didn't read the hard copy but I've really enjoyed this audio version, enough that I'll be buying the next book in the series.
This is a christian fiction, something I didn't realize when I made the purchase. However... I didn't find it "preachy" but rather added to the charactor's personality. Her faith is faulty and she 2nd guesses many of her life choices, but in the end, it's her faith that pulls her through the hurdles in her life.
The story felt real and is totally believeable. I was sorry that it had to end. I can't wait to start the next book in this series!
The story is beautiful as are the friendships that have developed as between the characters.
It draws you in and makes you wish that you were with these women in the quilting shop every Friday night to share their experiences.
They make the characters come to life and seem so real as if you could be friends with them.
No need to renamed it - it fits the story pertfectly.
Please continue writing this series!
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