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'm a quilter, so I was a little biased in favor of this series prior to reading it. Theya re very well written, and the storylines are modern. It does read a little like a Lifetime/ABC Family movie, but I also like some of those LOL. Lots of good "quilty-talk" for those who are into the craft, but truly, even non-quilter's who like a heartwarming story about a woman going out on her own and succeeding with the help of friends, you will like this book.
Story line was good. Character development was good. Whoever was Abigal's voice was horrid. It was hard to listen to her lines but I did. I did not let this ruin the story. I looked forward to the later stories.
This actually got me interested in quilting.
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!
cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom
I don't know how well most guys would appreciate this but this tale about women dealing with such mundane and horrible challenge as divorce, betrayal, illness and aging struck the right note for me, crafter that I am!
Say something about yourself!
Margo. She cares for others and has a a good giving heart.
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.
I truly enjoyed the characters, although all were terribly predictable. I listened intently anticipating the solutions to everyone's problem. It was reminiscent of a bible story or a church play. Everyone had redeeming qualities.
Perhaps. The story was easy to listen to and not detail-oriented, so it might be too boring for a second listen.
That the religious faith of the characters was introduced subtly and was not excessive for non-believers
When Liza told her Aunt Abigail she was going to tattoo her name on her neck.
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.
Nice wholesome 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!!
Very nicely done. Each character was brought to life through the story and performance.
Abigail. She became my favorite early in the book, I enjoyed her growth and humor!!
Exciting, Clean, Uplifting
How each of the women took care of the others in their individual ways. Very human, Also that they seemed to need to lean on God. I really enjoyed the way the author handled the part that had to do with God not pushing it on the reader but introducing God as an ally in life.
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