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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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    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 07-03-11
    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 07-03-11 Member Since 2009

    West Sunbury, Pa.

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    "Just a hint."

    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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Brentwood, CA, United States 10-06-11
    Bill Brentwood, CA, United States 10-06-11 Member Since 2006
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    "heartwarming and uplifting"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    11-25-11
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    "new author for me"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Te.Love Catonsville, MD 08-17-13
    Te.Love Catonsville, MD 08-17-13 Member Since 2013

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    "The narrator(s) ruined this for me..."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bookworm Austin, tX, United States 05-28-14
    Bookworm Austin, tX, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Good Yarn in a Quilt shop"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Single Thread to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Single Thread?

    Cancer battle


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrators


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

    Margo. She cares for others and has a a good giving heart.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Pennsylvania 04-16-14
    Andrea Pennsylvania 04-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Rooting for the characters in this book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna United States 08-26-12
    Ronna United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story of friendship, community and faith!"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Old Saybrook, CT, United States 11-19-11
    Deborah Old Saybrook, CT, United States 11-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "An easy and enjoyable listen"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 12-27-10
    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 12-27-10 Member Since 2006
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    "started slow but turned out good"

    I started this listening and it was very slow but after an hour it turned out pretty good. it was worth it

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    Lyny Texas 07-26-14
    Lyny Texas 07-26-14 Member Since 2011

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    "A Quilter's Saga"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love quilting, a little romance, good characterization, and some drama beteen families and illness then this is the book for you!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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