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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

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Love those characters from Cobble Court Quilts!

I've read all of this series and I've enjoyed all of them! the characters are well-rounded and enjoyable to read about. Makes you want to go and move to Connecticut!

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Glad I listened again

I'm so glad I purchased this series. I'm sure I'll enjoy these recordings for years!

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 02-27-17

New Courage, Best Old Memories, Stitched Together

This series is one that causes women to think, to love and to have compassion for one another . . . to stop being so quick to judge their sweet sisters about the path they have taken . . . or even more so the one that has been thrust upon them, many times through no choice of their own . . . Apart at the Seams hit me hard, with many emotions . . . first off, I did not like Lanie, Gayla's "friend" . . . whom I suspect, deep down, was jealous of Gayla and Brian's 26 year long marriage . . . at the first inkling of trouble, Brian went from "the last good man on earth" to a cheating scumbag, not deserving of a second thought . . . Gayla's retreat to New Bern was a godsend, no matter how many dishes she threw and broke . . . and cooler heads prevailed there . . . and best of all, LOVE, FAITH, and JOY prevailed there . . . Phillipa's clear head and talk with Gayla after she totally lost her head a second time, was a high point of the story for me . . . I loved the additional stories of Ivy and Dan, and of the 85-year-old sky diving, Virginia . . . I applaud Marie Bostwick for taking on life's hard issues in her books, which some listeners may find difficult . . . I always find that she is not heavy handed in the telling of her stories . . . not hitting anyone over the head with the Bible . . . yet those of us who love the Lord are nearly always pleased with the resolutions that come forth . . .

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Apart at the seams

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.

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Craft groups are the best!

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.

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good storytelling

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.

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loved it

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.

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I was awake until 4 a.m. listening to this book

What made the experience of listening to Apart at the Seams the most enjoyable?

The characters were very well defined and each one was so very different.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Apart at the Seams?

I especially enjoyed Virginia's outlook on life.

Which scene was your favorite?

The celebration of Virginia's 85th Birthday.

If you could rename Apart at the Seams, what would you call it?

I think the title is very appropriate and I cannot think of a better one.

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  • RV
  • 06-01-14

Not nearly as good as earlier books

What disappointed you about Apart at the Seams?

The women in this story were more focused on their problems and I found the story overall just depressing. I was kind of bummed.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Depression

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good read

Wonderful story. A little "churchy" but not distractingly so. Narration enhanced the story. Liked lots.

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