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The Wishing Thread: A Novel

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2 out of 2 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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4 out of 4 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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  • Posted May 16, 2014

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    This was an amazing book! The magic was perfect, the sisters wer

    This was an amazing book! The magic was perfect, the sisters were perfect, Tarrytown was perfect. In a world where magic just may be possible - people still shun it and the Van Ripper sister responsible for guarding it. The Stitchery has been a place of magic for generations, knitting solutions for the residents of Tarrytown for generations. But when a death in the family brings the Van Ripper sisters back home for the first time in years, things take an interesting turn.




    The Wishing Thread has so much happening that each page flew past. The Van Ripper sisters have a relationship that is anything but good, but we get to watch as they come to terms with their past and make new lives for themselves. We get to watch a town struggle for survival against the inevitable push of progess. There is romance and heartbreak - betrayal and forgiveness - and a couple of cute kids that end up being the glue holding much of it together.




    For lovers of contemporary family dramas - this will offer so much more than you are used to and I'm sure you will love every minute of it.




    *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Very good reading

    I loved the book and the premise of the book. Some of us like a little 'magic' in our lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Wonderful, wonderful magical book!!!!

    Great read!

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    Posted September 3, 2014

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