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)
West Sunbury, Pa.
I wrote a review for the 4th book, but if you happen to check out the 1st book in the series, here goes. This is by far a wonderful series. It is both clean and interesting. Just make sure you start with the 1st book and continue to the 4th. When I say 4th, I hope this is not the end of the series. I highly recommend this series.
I don't know if Marie Bostwick is a quilter, but she epitomizes the wonderful quilters I know. They quilt hearts together as well as fabric and knowing them improves the fabric of our lives.
I had never read Ms. Bostwick's books when I downloaded this book. I really enjoyed her careful creation of each character and back story and the way she weaved their lives together. It was a serious read with many opportunities to laugh and cry with the characters! I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
It took a minute for me to realize why I couldn't get into this book...it was primarily the "elderly" narrator (there were two: one read in a younger voice-sometimes too young for the character; while the other read for the older women characters in a very old, matronly voice). Her voice didn't help the book at all. It kind of grated on my nerves and I wasn't sure why she felt characterizing 40-50-60 year old women as if they were 100! Her pitch and tone when changing characters was confusing. Also, I wish the author hadn't waited so long to flesh out the characters. I may listen to another book, but I will steer clear of the reader.
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!
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 started this listening and it was very slow but after an hour it turned out pretty good. it was worth it
Good character development. Story is read by the two main characters, switching over every other chapter. You will find yourself rooting for these women and girls. Quilting is one of the main themes in this story, so if you are a quilter you may identify with this story even more.
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.
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.
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!
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