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The Wishing Thread: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Woven into every item the Van Ripper woman knits is magic. Magic

Woven into every item the Van Ripper woman knits is magic. Magic that cost a sacrifice to be granted. Three Van Ripper's reunite in Tarrytown, NY after the death of their aunt. Now they must find their footing in the new life opportunity that has been handed to them.

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Woven into every item the Van Ripper woman knits is magic. Magic that cost a sacrifice to be granted. Three Van Ripper's reunite in Tarrytown, NY after the death of their aunt. Now they must find their footing in the new life opportunity that has been handed to them.

This was an enchanting tale. I really enjoyed watching the “forced” reunion, the different personalities Lisa Van Allen created in her characters interactions and bond of the three sisters that even a separation could not destroy.

No knitting skills required to find this book completely enjoyable! The characters alone carry this story well but the descriptive writing style will wrap you in its warm embrace and keep you there till the end. Simply put this was a sweet, warm, magical story. 

I received this ARC copy of The Wishing Thread from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 3, 2013.

Written by: Lisa Van Allen
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books 
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
ISBN-10: 0345538552
ISBN-13: 978-0345538550
Rating: 4
Genre: Paranormal, Woman Fiction

posted by Sailon on August 27, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

I liked the story - as promised, it's very reminiscent of Sarah

I liked the story - as promised, it's very reminiscent of Sarah Addison and Alice Hoffman. The book utilizes the same symbols -like the phone tree from the movie version of Practical Magic - with a spin to fit this plot.

The downside, there's a lot of telling dispersed...
I liked the story - as promised, it's very reminiscent of Sarah Addison and Alice Hoffman. The book utilizes the same symbols -like the phone tree from the movie version of Practical Magic - with a spin to fit this plot.

The downside, there's a lot of telling dispersed with showing.

Despite that, I found myself looking forward to my next reading session with this book. The characters hooked me: a thirty-something eldest sister (Bitty) who married for security after a childhood in poverty and now has two kids; the twenty-old year social dweeb (Aubrey) who just happened to be a virgin and the guardian of their magical childhood home, The Stitchery, which was both a blessing and a curse to the family; and the rebelling younger sister (Meggie) who ran away, looking for...(no spoilers). I wanted to know where the characters were going as the story unfolded.

I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book in exchange for a review. There were some editing mishaps but they should be fixed in the final version.

posted by Angie_Lisle on August 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Good find

    Good book. My only issue with it is too much about knitting. Also the author was repeatative in relying information. After a few times, i found myself saying "i get it already...move on".
    But all in all agood story, enjoyable and a fast read. I really loved the characters.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    I liked the story - as promised, it's very reminiscent of Sarah

    I liked the story - as promised, it's very reminiscent of Sarah Addison and Alice Hoffman. The book utilizes the same symbols -like the phone tree from the movie version of Practical Magic - with a spin to fit this plot.

    The downside, there's a lot of telling dispersed with showing.

    Despite that, I found myself looking forward to my next reading session with this book. The characters hooked me: a thirty-something eldest sister (Bitty) who married for security after a childhood in poverty and now has two kids; the twenty-old year social dweeb (Aubrey) who just happened to be a virgin and the guardian of their magical childhood home, The Stitchery, which was both a blessing and a curse to the family; and the rebelling younger sister (Meggie) who ran away, looking for...(no spoilers). I wanted to know where the characters were going as the story unfolded.

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book in exchange for a review. There were some editing mishaps but they should be fixed in the final version.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Recommend

    Interesting enjoyed the magic, treatment of family issues and the love story between Vic and Aubrey. Setting would be an interesting place to visit especially around Halloween.

    I would read other books by Lisa van Allen and will search for some at the library.

    With the questions at the back, I can see how it could be discussed at a book club but I personally wouldn't suggest it for ours.

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