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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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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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 02-21-17

Book Five . . . Wonderful Story

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 . . .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.<br/>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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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!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen F
  • Richland Center, WI USA
  • 09-17-12

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!

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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!

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  • Patricia
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 07-15-12

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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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 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kim
  • Bernardston, MA, United States
  • 05-13-12

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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Great story, terrible narrators

Where does Ties That Bind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story was good but the two narrators were terrible. I thought the story was really good though.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was terrible. One narrator that played Margo was depressing. She always sounded like she was almost in tears. Even when something good was happening, she was morose. The other narrator was even worse. Her New York accent was atrocious. She never heard of words that end in "er". Everything was the letter "a". Annoying beyond belief to hear motha, fatha, leccha (lecture), eitha (either),, told a (told her). She ruined what was a very good character and made her sound like a street hard kid from the Bronx.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The story yes, the narrators no.

Any additional comments?

The story was very good, liked following the Cobble Court characters. It was like visiting with old friends but was very disappointed that the experience of the story was greatly reduced but the narrators.