From New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick comes a beautiful novel of sisterhood lost and found - and of the ways we create the rich tapestries that encompass the past and the future.
The economic downturn has hit New Bern, Connecticut, and Tessa Woodruff’s herbal apothecary shop, For the Love of Lavender, is suffering. So is her once-happy 34-year marriage to Lee. They’d given up everything to come back to New Bern from Boston and start their business, but now they’re wondering if they made the right decision. To relieve the strain, Tessa signs up for a quilting class at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and, to her surprise, rediscovers the power of sisterhood - along with the childhood friend she thought she’d lost forever.
Madelyn Beecher left New Bern 20 years ago and never looked back. But when her husband is convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and she’s left with nothing but her late grandmother’s cottage, she is forced to return to the town she fled. Unfortunately, the cottage is in terrible shape. Madelyn’s only hope is to transform it into an inn. But to succeed, she’ll need the help of her fellow quilters, including the one friend she never thought she’d see again - or forgive. Now Madelyn and Tessa will have to relive old memories, forge new ones, and realize it’s possible to start over, one stitch at a time - as long as you’re surrounded by friends.
Marie Bostwick was born and raised in the Northwest. She and her family have moved a score of times, living in eight U.S. states and two Mexican cities, and collecting a vast and cherished array of friends and experiences. She has three handsome sons and now lives with her husband in Connecticut, where she writes, reads, quilts, and is active in her local church.
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©2011 Marie Bostwick (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Bostwick’s writing is warmly nourishing, emotionally compelling… quiet yet powerful.” (Chicago Tribune on the Cobbled Cour series)
West Sunbury, Pa.
This is a great series. It is clean, easy listening without being boring, if fact there are many lesson reminders that you were taught as a young person.
I recommend this series highly, just make sure you start with the first book and continue to the last.
I am awaiting more in this series, or another series from Marie.
I felt that book #4 was a good story but that it did not necessarily "connect" to the 3 previous ones. It just felt disconnected with the characters OR maybe there just was not enough of the past characters in this story.
I found the story a little preachy and predictable. If you like stories about the rich who have fallen on hard times and middle age people still love-shy this book is for you.
The characters seemed to be so real. Marie Bostwicks writing is superb. I couldn't stop listening it was a great book. The series is so interesting. Inspirational for my own life.
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 have enjoyed all the books in this series, and this one was no exception. They are such nice books, such good stories and characters. I am not a quilter and I really love this series.
Madelyn redoing the house on her own.
Madelyn's voice was fine - Tessa's was very boring.
Maybe - but with different readers.
If you've already been following the Cobbled Courts series, then, yes continue with this one. The addition of at least two characters gives the series more options for future books.
I liked the character development in this story.
The narrator who portrays Tessa is a little droning and depressed sounding at times.
I really could have done without the sexually related steamy scenes. They could have been much less graphic and still been effective.
Overall, this was an enjoyable book showing the value of friendship and loyalty as well as learning to put others before yourself. I appreciate that the author does not belittle Christianity but shows it to be a respectable position.
I've listened to all of the books in this series, and enjoyed them all. It is a "christian" fiction, which I wasn't aware of when I bought the 1st book. I'm not a religious person but I thought the charactor's faith seemed to flow well with the story. It was a part of telling who the charactor was and the motivations for their actions.
Even though each book centers on 2 new charactors, all the charactors from the previous books play a minor role. It's all about real life situations and believable solutions.
This was an enjoyable, well-written story by the author, but the narration was difficult to listen to. The voices did not seem to fit the characters in the story and I felt did not do it justice. I'm glad the story was well written and interesting, right up until the end or I would have given up because of narration that I thought was not a good fit. I'm glad to see that the next book in the series has different narrators. I really do want to hear what happens to some of the other people in New Bern, CT. It sounds like the kind of place that I wouldn't mind living in!
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