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Ties That Bind | [Marie Bostwick]

Ties That Bind

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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“This is one very talented writer…Watch her star rise!” (Debbie Macomber, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Andrew Calhoun Falls, SC, United States 09-22-12
    Andrew Calhoun Falls, SC, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful book!!"
    Where does Ties That Bind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin and Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    Phillipa was my favorite character. I loved her honesty, sense of humor and spunk!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when Phillipa told her "story".


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a sequel!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Waller, TX, United States 09-07-12
    Laurie Waller, TX, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Love to listen to recorded books while driving, gardening and cleaning house!

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    "Real and Heart-warming"
    What did you love best about Ties That Bind?

    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'.


    What about Bahni Turpin and Xe Sands ’s performance did you like?

    It enhanced the listener's understanding to have these two talented performers 'voice' the very individual thoughts and experiences of the two main characters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol A. Smith Marquette, MI United States 07-11-12
    Carol A. Smith Marquette, MI United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Surprise! Christian Fiction"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Ties That Bind to and why?

    Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street books.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    Do you think Ties That Bind needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    If a book is Christian (or any other heavy-handed religious) fiction, please state that up front so customers are not unpleasantly surprised.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 12-20-12
    Sandra Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful and heart warming!"
    What did you love best about Ties That Bind?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen F Richland Center, WI USA 09-17-12
    Karen F Richland Center, WI USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story for kindred spirits in quilting"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TANEYVILLE, MO, United States 08-16-12
    Amazon Customer TANEYVILLE, MO, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Marie captured my attention!"
    If you could sum up Ties That Bind in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, happy and exhilarated.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-15-12
    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2010

    Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.

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    "a real tear jerker"

    Loved the story, cried in at least 3 different places. A wonderful story about love, loss, family, friends, and faith.
    Narrators were excellent.

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    Kim Bernardston, MA, United States 05-13-12
    Kim Bernardston, MA, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2011

    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

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    "Best in the series"
    Have you listened to any of Bahni Turpin and Xe Sands ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dual readers made the story richer. Both brought warmth and humanity to Margot and Philipa.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 07-12-14
    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I really enjoyed the characters!"

    The two main characters were read by two different women and this added so much to this story. Both readers were very good. I enjoyed the story and the character development was outstanding--I really related to their reactions.

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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 04-22-14
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2012

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    Great story but I would have preferred the abridged version. I found myself fast forwarding through a few chapters. Their were two narrators. One which I liked very much but the minister, Phillippa, had an annoying voice. Good message.

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