In her compelling, beautifully crafted novel, New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick celebrates friendships old and new - and the unlikely threads that sometimes lead us exactly where we need to go.
Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to matchmake, even though Margot has all but given up on romance. She loves her job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the life and friendships she’s made in New Bern, but she never thought she’d still be single on her fortieth birthday.
It’s a shock to the entire town when Philip A. Clarkson turns out to be Philippa. Truth be told, not everyone is happy about having a female pastor. Yet despite a rocky start, Philippa begins to settle in - finding ways to ease the townspeople’s burdens, joining the quilting circle, and forging a fast friendship with Margot. When tragedy threatens to tear Margot’s family apart, that bond - and the help of her quilting sisterhood - will prove a saving grace. And as she untangles her feelings for another new arrival in town, Margot begins to realize that it is the surprising detours woven into life’s fabric that provide its richest hues and deepest meaning.
©2012 Marie Bostwick (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“This is one very talented writer…Watch her star rise!” (Debbie Macomber, New York Times best-selling author)
No. The combination of the heavy Christian slant and the voice of one of the narrators spoiled this experience for me. I might listen to another Marie Bostwick book, now that I know it's Christian fiction--I'd just tune out the heavy-handed parts, just as I do with overdone sex scenes--but I won't listen to another book from this narrator.
Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street books.
Xe Sands sounds tired, bored and condescending, which results in the narrator coming across as passive and tired. If I'd noticed she was one of the narrators I would not have purchased the book.
I liked the characters and the story. Regular church-going choir member that I am, the heavy-handed Christian elements were quite a bit too much for me.
If a book is Christian (or any other heavy-handed religious) fiction, please state that up front so customers are not unpleasantly surprised.
This book would rank in the top 10% of the books I have listened to. It is a great story, and the narrators did an excellent job.
Phillipa was my favorite character. I loved her honesty, sense of humor and spunk!
Yes, when Phillipa told her "story".
I wish there was a sequel!!
Love to listen to recorded books while driving, gardening and cleaning house!
Well written with believable characters who live, love and touch each others' lives in what only appears to be random events. One can definitely envision the Father's hand 'working all things for the good for those that love Him'.
It enhanced the listener's understanding to have these two talented performers 'voice' the very individual thoughts and experiences of the two main characters.
While Christian fiction sometimes gets a bad rap, I would hope that more would give this genre a try. This book isn't preachy or shoving Christianity in your face, however moral dilemmas and life altering decisions are faced by everyone. This is a sweet story and shows the bond of sharing a mutual hobby. Many people know that it starts becoming more about the people than the hobby. I really liked this book and might read more from this author. Great narration keeping two different characters alive throughout.
Even though life has given you lemons, the reciept for lemonaide varies from person to person.
It's a great listen, I really enjoyed the series and was sorry that this is the last book.
When I started to listen to this book it was a sad time for me personally and the story started out sad so I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed at first. But I have enjoyed all of the other books in this series by Marie Bostwick so I didn't give up. It turned out to be a much different story than I had anticipated and am not disappointed at the end. I am a quilter and I love stories that I can relate to like the ones by this author. Makes me feel like I could be one of the characters in the story!
Sad, happy and exhilarated.
When I read Marie's first book, A Single Thread, I was hooked. The ladies touched my very soul, because I could relate so closely with each one. A master quilter, breast cancer survivor, and peoples struggles in relationships..past and present. This time I felt really depressed at the beginning. Not sure if I was struggling in my own life with situations I had no control over and as both Philippa and Margot had to do, I had to turn them over to God. It had a great and happy ending which I think all books should have, thanks Marie!
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
Loved the story, cried in at least 3 different places. A wonderful story about love, loss, family, friends, and faith.
Narrators were excellent.
Always looking for something new to to explore in life. Over 50, artistic, quilting is a passion. A long drive and a good book are the best
Dual readers made the story richer. Both brought warmth and humanity to Margot and Philipa.
There are some surprises on Ties That Bind. The title gives a hint toward what happy relationships might take place. Enjoyed continuing reading more about this lovely little town and these hood friends.
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