A Single Thread (Cobbled Court Quilt Series #1)

A Single Thread (Cobbled Court Quilt Series #1)

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by Marie Bostwick
     
 

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Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. . .

It's a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she's found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn's wake-up call to get

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Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. . .

It's a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she's found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn's wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn't. Little does Evelyn imagine it will bring a trio like Abigail Burgess, her niece Liza, and Margot Matthews through her door. . .

Troubled and angry after her mother's death, Liza threatens to embarrass her Aunt Abigail all over town unless she joins her for quilting classes. A victim of downsizing at the peak of her career, Margot hopes an event hosted by the quilt shop could be a great chance to network—and keep from dying of boredom. . .

As they stitch their unique creations, Evelyn, Abigail, Liza, and Margot form a sisterhood they never sought—but one that they'll be grateful for when the unexpected provides a poignant reminder of the single thread that binds us all. . .

Praise for the Novels of Marie Bostwick

Fields of Gold

"A touching story."—Patricia Gaffney

"Gripping, heartwarming."—Dorothy Garlock

On Wings of the Morning

"Will set your heart to soaring!"—Debbie Macomber

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Editorial Reviews

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"By the time you finish this book, the women in A SINGLE THREAD will feel like your own girlfriends—emotional, funny, creative and deeply caring. It's a story filled with wit and wisdom. Sit back and enjoy this big-hearted novel, and then pass it on to your best friend." – Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of Just Breathe

“Bostwick makes a seamless transition from historical fiction to the contemporary scene in this buoyant novel about the value of friendship among women . . . Bostwick’s polished style and command of plot make this story of bonding and sisterhood a tantalizing book club contender.” –Publishers Weekly

“. . . a pleasant story of friendship, with a message of starting over despite the odds. [A SINGLE THREAD] will remind readers of Debbie Macomber’s popular The Shop on Blossom Street. The first in Bostwick’s “Cobbled Court” series, this comforting book is highly recommended for public libraries.” –Library Journal

“Bostwick's warmly nourishing, emotionally compelling novel is quiet yet powerful.”  – John Charles, The Chicago Tribune

“In A SINGLE THREAD Marie Bostwick beautifully captures the very essence of women's friendships— the love, the pain, the trust, the forgiveness— and crafts a seamless and heartfelt novel from them. Evelyn, Abigail, Margot, and Liza are as real and endearing as my own closest friends, and as I turned the last page I felt that sweet, satisfying sorrow in having to say goodbye that marks the work of a writer at the top of her game.” – Kristy Kiernan, author of Catching Genius and Matters of Faith

“This novel is written for women who have been inspired, or have inspired themselves.”  –RT BOOKreviews

“What a wonderful story of strength, character and friendship. Ms. Bostwick has written a story so touching that it pulls at your heartstrings and doesn’t let up till you finish these women’s stories. She takes you on a journey with them and allows the reader to feel the same emotions as these women do. With the obstacles each must face, you cannot help but wish for a happy ending in these women’s lives. If you need a wonderful book to touch you and maybe even change your future path, I highly recommend adding A Single Thread to your book collection.” – Matilda, Coffee Time Romance

“This is a beautiful, feel-good story that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys books about women and their relationships.” –Working Girl Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Bostwick makes a seamless transition from historical fiction to the contemporary scene in this buoyant novel about the value of friendship among women. When Evelyn Dixon's marriage ends, she leaves Texas and drives north until New Bern, Conn., captures her heart. There she pursues a dream of opening a quilt shop, and with little money and a lot of determination, she turns a derelict building into a haven for the crafty set. But three women who show up for quilting class end up learning about more than stitching and batting. Chilly, wealthy Abigail Burgess; her angry 19-year-old niece, Liza; and recently laid-off Margot Matthews all have different reasons for being there, but when Evelyn, having just learned she has breast cancer, breaks down, the trio unites to support her. Evelyn's illness and recovery are the catalysts that force the others to re-examine their own lives, while hints of a possible romance for Evelyn add a complementary thread to the friendship, community and illness story lines. Bostwick's polished style and command of plot make this story of bonding and sisterhood a tantalizing book club contender. (Nov.)

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Library Journal

Bostwick succeeds admirably in this departure from historical fiction (e.g., On Wings of the Morning). When divorce forces Evelyn Dixon to leave her Texas home, she impulsively drives to New Bern, CT, where she finds the perfect neglected building to turn into a shop. When her business struggles, a new friend suggests a special event to keep it going. On the day Evelyn holds a Quilt Pink event for cancer, she discovers that she herself has breast cancer. Following the event, she falls apart in front of three women, including the town's wealthiest woman and the woman's troubled niece. Not surprisingly, the three women become Evelyn's friends and assist with the shop while she undergoes treatment, and everyone's lives change. Despite the predictability of the plot, this is a pleasant story of friendship, with a message of starting over despite the odds. It will remind readers of Debbie Macomber's popular The Shop on Blossom Street. The first in Bostwick's "Cobbled Court" series, this comforting book is highly recommended for public libraries.
—Lesa Holstine

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758222572
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
Cobbled Court Quilt Series, #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
152,739
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Marie Bostwick Skinner was born and raised in the Northwest. Since marrying the love of her life twenty-four years ago, she has never known a moment's boredom. Marie and her family have moved a score of times, living in eight U.S. states and two Mexican cities, and collecting a vast and cherished array of friends and experiences. Marie has three handsome sons and now lives with her husband in Connecticut where she writes, reads, quilts, and is active in her local church.

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A Single Thread (Cobbled Quilt Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
ababaigalit More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story of friendship, bonding and how life's upsets can be blessings in disguise. Whether or not these are common experiences, what is uncommon is finding someone who can write well about them. Bostwick does just that. She allows us to experience the very real and true to life feelings of the two storytellers without lapsing into sentimentality or glibness. I was absorbed with her characters, immediately wanting to know their stories. No matter the ending, she always leaves me wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful book - it is not just for quilters - it is for all women. I also know that Marie is a quilter. I also heard this is a book series and the second book will be coming out soon and that she is working on the third right now. I can't wait to read the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful, must read book. She could be any one of us, ....or one of our friends, or family. Made me stop and think about how someone might be going through an ordeal we know nothing about. Its so easy to give a smile, ...and it just might do wonders for someone else even if you never know it.
WOCKJ More than 1 year ago
I read the book in 2 days. Couldn't put it down. I like contemporary stories and this was one. A real life story.You'll love it and the others in the series too.
PatLee More than 1 year ago
A book to be shared! Wonderful characters. I felt I was right there in that little town and in each locale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, a comtemporary story without gratuitous sex and violence! You keep it up marie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of this group. Loved everyone. Hope she continus with the quilting books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable book to read. It reminded me a lot of "The Friday Night Knitting Club". Although the story is set in a quilt shop and revolves around a circle of friends that quilt or have connections to the shop, the book touches very little on quilting and instead focuses on the life and times of the friends. The author has done a wonderful job of creating a cast of characters; each character is unique and the characters intertwine wonderfully. There are a couple of conversion errors in this Nook book but they were not such as to ruin the overall pleasure of reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out really slowly and was uncomfortable because it was written in the first person. After a while, I got into the characters and I really enjoyed the book. Be patient, it's worth it.
cartdog More than 1 year ago
Bostwick was recommended to me by someone in my on-line quilting group. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it combined two of the things I love the most -- quilting and New England. I was quite proud that, even as something of a neophyte to quilting, I knew what many of the patterns and techniques were. The story itself reminded me of me -- moving all alone from Texas to New England and finding that was "home" all along. I look forward to reading more of her work. (And I recommend readers check out her web site.) Hey, it's not "great literature" but it is thoroughly enjoyable and reading it is a great way to spend a weekend -- if you can pull yourself away from quilting. Would a non-quilter enjoy it? I think so and one might even find herself discovering a new love for an old craft.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a chance to meet the author and she is a really nice person. I loved this series and the characters Marie has put into this book. You will definitely want to read it if you like reading stories about quilters.I liked it even more then the Elm Creek Series. Marie does a great job with this series. Once you read the first one, you'll be hooked.
Sas-sy9 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for all the quilters and other ladies who love to read a good story that will touch your heart ... and for those of us who have been diagnosed with cancer and treatment, having friends to help us through this This is one in the series and I plan to purchase the rest of the books in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. It is the kind of story you wish went on and on with the characters. If you like quilts and quilt shops or just a story about growing and striving for aa goal and making to friends, you will liket this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book twice. It is very good. It covers several different kinds of relationships. The book is well written. I will check the author out to see if she has written other books.
sewdream More than 1 year ago
Beginning of a good series.
BeeBH More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story, I am recommending this to all my friends and family!
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This story touch my heart in so many ways. These are real characters living out problems, hopes, dreams, sorrow and friendship, just as we experience in our own daily lives. The subject is tough but the lesson is true to its word. We can overcome with God and those who we love by our side. Thank you for such a great book.
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It's great read. Little of quilting, lots of relationship building and friendship.
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I really enjoyee this book. I felt like I really got to know the characters. I was sad to have my book end, but glad there are others in this series. MELISSA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome Book!