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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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    kwt 07-09-13
    kwt 07-09-13

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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."
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    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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    sooz Redding, CA 96001 07-08-13
    sooz Redding, CA 96001 07-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A bit slow.......and two narrators??"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you recommend A Single Thread to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Did Pam Ward and Lorna Raver do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Was A Single Thread worth the listening time?

    I wish I could say yes. I did learn, however, that I have to be wary of books with more than one narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't a bad story......just bad interpretations....and sluggish.

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    Karla B. Sargent JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY, US 07-06-13
    Karla B. Sargent JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY, US 07-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Abagail sounds like she's in her 80's, not 62!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have gotten a different voice for Abagail.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Could you see A Single Thread being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably a Hallmark.


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad. It was a heartwarming story, but I really had trouble getting past the narration.

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    Laurie M. 07-03-13
    Laurie M. 07-03-13
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    "Good listen!"
    Would you listen to A Single Thread again? Why?

    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!


    What does Pam Ward and Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The readers bring life and personalities to the characters. I got to know them well with the way they spoke.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Friendship is what really matters!


    Any additional comments?

    I love to listen to books while I sew and quilt. I like novels around this topic, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Veedersburg, IN, United States 06-11-13
    Debra Veedersburg, IN, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I loved, loved, loved it!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The compassion and the touching story lines.


    Which character – as performed by Pam Ward and Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    I like all the voices. I could easily tell who was whom.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Single Thread and why?

    Again, because of my age I think I liked Evelyn the best.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amy 03-07-13
    Amy 03-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great series!!"

    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!

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    Sandra 12-30-12
    Sandra 12-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful book!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Single Thread to be better than the print version?

    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!


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    Frances Little Egg Harbor, NJ, United States 10-14-12
    Frances Little Egg Harbor, NJ, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely wonderful!"
    What did you love best about A Single Thread?

    The story is beautiful as are the friendships that have developed as between the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    They make the characters come to life and seem so real as if you could be friends with them.


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

    No need to renamed it - it fits the story pertfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    Please continue writing this series!

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    Debra Bedford, TX, United States 08-21-12
    Debra Bedford, TX, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring read."
    If you could sum up A Single Thread in three words, what would they be?

    You can change


    What other book might you compare A Single Thread to and why?

    Friday Night Knitting Club, similar story line.


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

    Good voices for characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, laughed.


    Any additional comments?

    no other

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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