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)
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!!
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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I really enjoy this series about women quilting together, sharing their faith, their joys and their sorrows . . . I am not a huge fan of narrator, Xe Sands, whose voice tends to be whiny at times, but this book, it wasn't as grating . . . the family dynamics of Mari and Margot with their parents was gut wrenching BEFORE Mari's untimely death, and even more so afterward, when Margot's father took it upon himself to fight for custody of young Olivia, despite the fact that Mari clearly left instructions that she wanted her sister, Margot to raise her little girl . . . many ethical dilemmas were presented as the family visited little Olivia in the hospital following the accident, and prepared for the legal battle over custody . . . including an unscrupulous social worker and lazy court system . . . and in the midst of the fight comes a lady pastor, as precious as can be, and a nice, nice man who catches the eye of 40-year-old Margot . . . who has recently sworn off romantic relationships entirely . . . this is a clean, Christian story . . . with a wonderful circle of quilting friends . . . and plenty of wonderful surprises along the way . . . God is good . . . all the time . . .
I love to multi-task with Audible!
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.
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.
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.
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