New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick welcomes listeners back to picturesque New Bern, Connecticut - a perfect place for a woman whose marriage is in turmoil to discover a new pattern for living....
Twice in her life, college counselor Gayla Oliver fell in love at first sight. The first time was with Brian - a lean, longhaired, British bass player. Marriage followed quickly, then twins, and gradually their bohemian lifestyle gave way to busy careers in New York. Gayla's second love affair is with New Bern, Connecticut. Like Brian, the laid-back town is charming without trying too hard. It's the ideal place to buy a second home and reignite the spark in their 26-year marriage. Not that Gayla is worried. At least, not until she finds a discarded memo in which Brian admits to a past affair and suggests an amicable divorce.
Devastated, Gayla flees to New Bern. Though Brian insists he's since recommitted to his family, Gayla's feelings of betrayal may go too deep for forgiveness. Besides, her solo sabbatical is a chance to explore the creative impulses she sidelined long ago - quilting, gardening, and striking up new friendships with the women of the Cobbled Court circle - particularly Ivy, a single mother confronting fresh starts and past hurts of her own. With all of their support, Gayla just might find the courage to look ahead, decide which fragments of her old life she wants to keep, which are beyond repair - and how to knot the fraying ends until a bold new design reveals itself....
©2014 Marie Bostwick (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
The women in this story were more focused on their problems and I found the story overall just depressing. I was kind of bummed.
I loved this book and all the others by Marie Boswick. I am missing a couple I think and am anxious to find them as they all link together. Wonderful stories.
I love books about friends with believable lives helping each other through times good and bad. Quilt groups, knitting groups...whatever just add fun to the interesting story. As for the performances, the British male voice was a little odd but other than that, the narration was good. There were a lot of characters so at times I was confused trying to remember them all, especially if they weren't the main characters, but all in all I enjoyed the story very much.
wonderful series the story telling by this author is real life and grab you and hold on until the finish I can't wait till the next book come out.
the only problem I noted is continuity... dates and stuff matching up... Gayla and Bryan were married for 27 years but we're married in 1993? Isn't it 2013 in this story? Bethany calls Ivy mommy when in Franklin's office and it is mentioned that she hasn't called her that in years. but at the beginning of the story (during computer issue) she calls her mommy.
I love this series and I have read all of them but I have to say that the further into the series she gets, the farther Marie gets from the basic premise that she started with....quilting. I read these books for the relationships between the women and what goes on "in the quilting circle". Books 1-3 were GREAT. 4 and 5 wandered far afield and now this one is very far afield from the origins of the series.
The characters were very well defined and each one was so very different.
I especially enjoyed Virginia's outlook on life.
The celebration of Virginia's 85th Birthday.
I think the title is very appropriate and I cannot think of a better one.
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