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!
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.
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!
Oh, there was so much that was bad about this book that I do not know where to begin! Why do we even care about Ivy, as she is lying to everyone all the time? Stories of abuse are not what I call 'entertainment' and this one was certainly a dud. I did not even finish listening as I got so frustrated with Ivy's whining and constantly trying to run away.
I wish she had not written this book. Her first book was more entertaining. This one is not worth the trouble.
The narrator for Ivy had a whining voice, which, while appropriate for the character, grated on my nerves.
I would say I was frustrated and disappointed in this book. I had hoped to listen to it while I was in my sewing room, but I simply could not get through more than half the book before I gave it up as a waste of time.
Don't bother. It is not worth your hard-earned money!
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.
I would not recomend. I did not know I would be getting into scenes like what she protrays in living color. I prefer books that do not glory in sordid details.
yes, excellent narration
Mom of three
I enjoy this series very much. The characters are well-developed and very real and I like them all. The audible version was read by two different women which added to the variety and listening enjoyment. As an added bonus I am now learning to quilt! It's something I can do while listening to books!
Expression, clear definition of who is currently narrating
Even though this book featured 2 different main charactors, I felt I already knew them from the minor roles they played in book one.
The story line from book 1 continues... it's just the different lives of the main charactors that's changed the flavour of it.
I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to start the next one in the series!
Marie Bostwick writes beautiful novels about the people of fictional New Bern Conneticut. They all work @ Cobbled Court Quilts. This particular book follows Ivy, a young mother on the run from an abusive marriage. In the end Ivy must face her abuser and her demons to find her self confidence. This is an in-depth and believable story about spousal abuse and the toll it takes on society and it's victims. Ms. Bostwick writes in an engaging and believable style to present a story worth hearing. One without the, seemingly common use of fowl language and gore, that seems to attract some readers theses days.
Evelyn: She has created her dream of Cobbled Court Quilts and is the glue that hold the different characters together. She is not without her insecurities and doubts. So she comes across as believable. A close runner-up would be her scotsman 'friend' Charlie. He waits patiently, cooking his way in to her heart.
Differing voices for the characters. They make them real and individual.
personally, I really enjoy Audible books 90% of the time! There are times when I want to settle down with my hardback books, but I am an Audible listener for life!
I really like every character and each of their quirks and their assets.
This series always provides moments of tenderness and tears plus the happy times and joy.
I am looking forward to the next Cobbled Court book!
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