Come home to Marie Bostwick’s poignant novel of new beginnings, old friends, and the rich, varied tapestry of lives fully lived.
At 27, having fled an abusive marriage with little more than her kids and the clothes on her back, Ivy Peterman figures she has nowhere to go but up. Quaint, historic New Bern, Connecticut, seems as good a place as any to start afresh. With a part-time job at Cobbled Court Quilts and budding friendships, Ivy feels hopeful for the first time in ages.
But when a popular television quilting show is taped at the quilt shop, Ivy’s unwitting appearance in an on-air promo alerts her ex-husband to her whereabouts. Suddenly Ivy is facing the fight of her life—one that forces her to face her deepest fears as a woman and a mother. This time, however, she’s got a sisterhood behind her: companions as complex, strong, and lasting as the quilts they stitch.
©2009 Marie Bostwick Skinner (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Stitched into the heartwarming second installment of Bostwick’s contemporary New England quilters series is an unbreakable thread of friendship and faith.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Highly recommended.” (Library Journal)
This is the 2nd in the series and the 2nd Bostwick book for me. I again felt captivated with the new and returning characters from the first book. I love the way she continued developing the characters without forgetting their history from the first book. I was captivated from start to finish. Would recommend the series!
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 never had any interest in quilting - ever! I was looking for a series with a good set of characters to replace those I had already finished and this author certainly filled that gap. The characters are endearing and when you finish the book you feel like you lost your best friends - these are the best kinds of book!!! Now, I want to learn to quilt!
The characters are everyday women with real trials and triumphs.
They each bring their character to life.
This book is like "comfort food", it is good for your soul. It is easy to become involved in the lives of these great characters.
Characters picked right up from the previous story, which was good. I listened to the 4 stories in a row and now am going back to give the review. I did not make a mental note of any negative so that is good. I would recommend the stories series to anyone.
Enjoyable intro to another New Bern resident and her story.
Author & reader have a nice blend of woe and joy woven into the days and events in my home state.
Cobbled Court series books are an easy read/listen. They are not especially deep or nail biters, but very pleasant and if you are a quilter or a cancer survivor as I am, there are so many thoughts, emotions and actions you can relate to. I'm assuming the same is true for abuse survivors and divorcees. I enjoy these books and will continue with the series. The characters are very believable, especially if you've been or are from the South.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Another great in the Cobbled Court Series, the second installment finds Ivy Peterman fleeing her abusive husband, with her two kids, Bethany and Bobby . . . running from one women's shelter to another . . . until ending up in New Bern . . . where she finally finds some roots . . . and some wonderful accepting and loving friends . . . I was pleased as punch to "meet" Abigail, who is filthy rich, quirky as all get out, and her niece, who is the only one bold enough to talk back to her . . . as generous as she is rich, Abigail takes on Ivy's cause, as does, Franklin, Abigail's attorney boyfriend . . . and the entire quilt circle comes around Ivy with love and support as her bully of a husband arrives trying to steal her kids from her and force her back home . . . hooray for Marie Bostwick for having the courage to take on the issue of domestic abuse, which is a happening in families, behind closed doors, in all walks of life and every income level . . . she did it tastefully . . . and lovingly . . . without shying away from the truth . . . and as always, she included time for quilting and laughter . . . I am enjoying this series more and more . . .
If there is someone out there who is living a life of spousal abuse, this book may help. There's information, support, and Biblical quotes which will pull you up and guide you. No, this isn't a book that "throws" the Bible at you. And if you are a quilter, that makes the story line even better. Quilting gives a person time to reflect. Everyone needs time to do that. Most of all enjoy this book!
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