The Oysterville Sewing Circle

A Novel
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
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The number one New York Times best-selling author brings us her most ambitious and provocative work yet - a searing and timely novel that explores the most volatile issue of our time - domestic violence. 

At the break of dawn, Caroline Shelby rolls into Oysterville, Washington, a tiny hamlet at the edge of the raging Pacific.

She’s come home.

Home to a place she thought she’d left forever, home of her heart and memories, but not her future. Ten years ago, Caroline launched a career in the glamorous fashion world of Manhattan. But her success in New York imploded on a wave of scandal and tragedy, forcing her to flee to the only safe place she knows.

And in the backseat of Caroline’s car are two children who were orphaned in a single chilling moment - five-year-old Addie and six-year-old Flick. She’s now their legal guardian - a role she’s not sure she’s ready for. 

But the Oysterville she left behind has changed. Her siblings have their own complicated lives and her aging parents are hoping to pass on their thriving seafood restaurant to the next generation. And there’s Will Jensen, a decorated Navy SEAL who’s also returned home after being wounded overseas. Will and Caroline were forever friends as children, with the promise of something more...until he fell in love with Sierra, Caroline’s best friend and the most beautiful girl in town. With her modeling jobs drying up, Sierra, too, is on the cusp of reinventing herself.

Caroline returns to her favorite place: the sewing shop owned by Mrs. Lindy Bloom, the woman who inspired her and taught her to sew. There she discovers that even in an idyllic beach town, there are women living with the deepest of secrets. Thus begins the Oysterville Sewing Circle - where women can join forces to support each other through the troubles they keep hidden. 

Yet just as Caroline regains her creativity and fighting spirit, and the children begin to heal from their loss, an unexpected challenge tests her courage and her heart. This time, though, Caroline is not going to run away. She’s going to stand and fight for everything - and everyone - she loves.

©2019 Susan Wiggs (P)2019 HarperAudio
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Best listen I’ve had all year! I loved it!

This is not the average romance novel. Almost taken from the past couple years’ news of the abuse of powerful men or women you might see in your neighborhood or at the grocery store. It is a message to society that men cannot get away with assaulting, demeaning, robbing women of their dignity and self esteem. It is a novel of hope and the power of women coming together and saying NO MORE; women are strong. Together women are a force that must be reckoned. It is bittersweet to see justice served after such a brutal tragedy. It is a triumph of hope for women and our daughters to be recognized as intelligent, creative, and loving humans. It also recognizes that there are men who do support and share happy partnerships.

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  • 08-26-19

Great story

The story was excellent but I didn’t like the narrator. She read in a contrite way when there was sadness and annoying ways when it was romantic or tender moments

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Sweet Chic Lit

This is one of those books you listen to while doing other things and not really miss anything. I did like the book because it was in my “vacation genre “.

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Nasal narration. Too many platitudes.

I wanted to like this book. It’s based in the northwest. The connection to the me-too movement was compelling. But there were just too many platitudes. The story was too predictable as well.
The nasal narration was often irritating and unvaried.

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The oysterville sewing circle

I did not like the reader. The story was ok but I could hardly tolerate the readsr

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More Now, Less Then

I loved the book's premise of women supporting other women through difficult times. However, the author spent more time (read hours and hours) rehashing Caroline, Will and Sierra's childhood then telling us about their adult lives.

It made absolutely no sense that Will would stay married to Sierra for 10 years when they wanted such totally lives. It was fine that she wanted a fashion career but stringing Will along with promises of starting a family was just cruel.

I enjoyed the relationship Caroline developed with her friend's children when she suddenly became their guardian, proving that love makes a family rather than DNA.

Best of all, the author gave an honest portrayal of domestic abuse, showing that dominant men are not romantic heroes but actually violent predators who hate women.

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oh,, please!

Once again, a book that gives women the message that no matter how strong and independent a woman is, she simply can't live without a man and children! Why can't we have strong independent women characters who want or need neither? When are we ever going to get over romance? According to the dictionary, "romantic" is defined as: "characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality." In this book, Will couldn't live without Sierra until, of course, he couldn't live without Caroline. And that will last until one or the other of them falls in love with somebody else and can't live without them. Why do we think we have such a high divorce rate? This ronantic crap doesn't last. Women get real! Romance is just hormones, nothing more. Remember that all of those women who were at the sewing Circle meetings were women who were very abused by those men that they once thought were the loves of their lives. Statistically, the most dangerous place for any woman is in her own home because the likelihood of her being abused is very high. So, while I appreciate the women supporting each other in this book, it was awful to have most of the book be about some stupid romance. What a huge disappointment not to mention how boring. Ho hum.

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Very nice story and a very good narrator

My only complaint about the story was that jumped in chunks of time and it would’ve been nice if each chapter had perhaps had a timestamp on it because things were just moving out of sorts for me

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we need more storytelling like this

great book. engaged from the beginning. hard story, hard truths. women empowered. inspiration is always welcome

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Tissue please!

Yes Audible, I did enjoy this program! Wow, that ending left me a soggy mess! The last hour took a wild turn! It was a really good book that broached on several serious issues. Abuse against women, drug abuse and overdose. I recommend this book but be aware, I don't ever remember f-bombs in a Susan Wiggs book i have ever read, but this one had several. Still an excellent book.

The narrator, Khristine Hvam is wonderful, as usual!

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