A Single Thread (Cobbled Quilt Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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

Library Journal
Upon relocating to New Bern, CT, Texas divorcée Evelyn Dixon opens up a quilt shop, bonding with three women who show up for her class. In this first entry in her "Cobbled Court" series, New York Times best-selling author Bostwick (mariebostwick.com) deals frankly and realistically with breast cancer, from its detection to feelings of fear and loss to the struggle for recovery. Narrators Pam Ward and Lorna Raver alternate chapters, fully inhabiting their respective characters. A strong series starter; highly recommended for all. [The Kensington pb original was favorably compared to Debbie Macomber's The Shop on Blossom Street, LJ 10/15/08; two subsequent titles in this series, A Thread of Truth (2009) and A Thread So Thin (2010), are also available from Blackstone Audio.—Ed.]—Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758285492
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: Cobbled Quilt Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Bostwick

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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  • Posted April 20, 2010

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    A book that I couldn't put down

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    A Single Thread is Marie Bostwick's best book so far!

    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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    written uplifting character study

    In Fort Worth, Texas, Evelyn Dixon thought her life was pretty good. That is until she figuratively receives two shotgun blasts into her gut. First her husband informs her he is leaving her second she learns she has breast cancer. Needing to get away, Evelyn moves to New Bern, Connecticut where she opens up a quilting store. As she begins to heal, Abigail Burgess, her niece Liza, and Margot Matthews enter her store. Each has issues with Abigail and Liza struggling with the sudden death of the latter¿s mom and Margot looking for a job hopes quilting will bring her fresh contacts. These four begin to bond one stitch at a time. --- Although the inspiring single thread that runs through this well written uplifting character study is not new as there are a bunch of examples out there, Marie Bostwick provides warn look at starting over while coping with at best a life changing emotional issue. The story line is driven by four women who each are coping with difficult poignant problems that lead to them finding a sisterly bond with one another as the power of friendship helps each of them deal with the deck dealt them. --- Harriet Klausner

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    I loved it!

    A book to be shared! Wonderful characters. I felt I was right there in that little town and in each locale.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Must read....

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    A Good Read

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2009

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    A wonderful story and my first must read of 2009

    In Marie Bostwick's A Single Thread, We find Evelyn devastated by her husbands demand for a divorce after nearly 30 years of marriage. She picks up the remaining pieces of her life and moves from Texas to a small town in Connecticut. In New Berm CT she finds what she's been missing her dream business of a quilting shop and a community that helps rebuild her shattered life, and then just when she thinks she might just make a go of it, she gets hit with an earth shattering blow. And she learns that a single thread keeps them all together, the thread of friendship.<BR/>This book is like comfort food or a fire on a snowy day, it's filling and satisfying, it's warm and sad and funny and encouraging. The characters are so great you want to meet them all in person. And the writing is such that you can close your eyes and see the authors story in your minds eye. It's a brilliant piece of work, but nothing less than I'd expect from a master story teller like Ms. Bostwick.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    It's about time!!

    Finally, a comtemporary story without gratuitous sex and violence! You keep it up marie

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Great book

    I have read all of this group. Loved everyone. Hope she continus with the quilting books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    The story of friendship..

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    A Single Thread

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Great quilting these

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    I don't know how I've managed to miss Marie Bostwick's books!!  

    I don't know how I've managed to miss Marie Bostwick's books!!  Now that
    I've read the first book in her quilt shop series, I've become a huge
    fan.  The power of community, friendship, and courage is superbly
    exemplified in this story about Evelyn and her newfound life and
    friendships.   After a painful divorce, Evelyn left Texas and moved to
    Connecticut , where she gave all her funds and energy to try living her
    dream life.  Having her own quilt shop has been a dream she put on hold
    after becoming a wife and mother.  Now the pain of divorce has opened a
    door for her to truly take charge of her life.  But her dream is having
    many bumps in the road to success.  Refurbishing an old building is
    taking so much more time, money and energy than she's anticipated.  When
    she gets ill, she almost gives up hope of success or even survival. At
    the same time, other women in town are having their own
    problems.  Perfect, popular Abigail is finding that money really can't
    make for perfect happiness.  Her young niece, whom she's never met, is
    picked up for shoplifting and becomes Abigail's charge for the next
    thirteen months.  Never mind that they get along like oil and water, and
    are finding combining their lives is more than either one can bare.
    Through the difficult needs of these three woman and Margot, a women of
    great faith who definitely needs a job after losing her present one, a
    charming Irish restaurateur , and Abigail's life long  legal advisor,
    this story builds on the SINGLE THREAD of friendship.   Just as various
    scraps of materials can be color matched , styled and sewn together to
    create a beautiful quilt, friendships built on necessity, trust, faith,
    courage, and love can create bonds of friendships that are held together
    through hardships and successes!  I am definitely planning to read
    through the rest of the books in these new found treasures of quilt shop stories!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    Recomend

    Beginning of a good series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    First Book I've Read By This Author, It Won't Be The Last

    Newly divorced Evelyn Dixon needed a change. She drove from Forth Worth, TX to the town of New Bern, CT, happened upon an old run down shop for rent and realized that she'd found a new home; a place to make her dream of owning a quilt shop a reality. She loved quilting and she was determined to make this new business work even though people told her it wouldn't last. Abigail Burgess Wynne, the wealthiest woman in New Bern, had many acquaintances but her attorney, Franklin, was her only friend. Her life consisted of cocktail parties and board meetings. She gave money to worthy causes, but only because it helped her public image. She distanced herself from anything hands on and there was no one she'd allow to get too close. Liza Burgess, Abigail's niece, lost her mother (Abigail's sister) to breast cancer and she was hurting. When she acted out and got herself into trouble, her Aunt reluctantly came to her aid. Although they were family, they weren't the least bit close because for years and years Abigail had been holding on to a particular secret that destroyed family bonds. Margot was unemployed and in need of work. She was not happy with her situation but this didn't keep her from caring about the happiness of others. When she saw that Evelyn was in need it didn't matter that she barely knew her; this true Christian woman jumped right in there to lend a hand. When there's a lot of scenic description in a story, I usually don't like that because it doesn't matter to me how many trees there are or what commercial buildings and homes look like, but the author described New Bern in a way that made me feel like I wanted to visit Connecticut. I began to wonder what kind of life Evelyn was going to have in this imaginary place and that's what kept me turning the pages. I like the way the author told the story from Evelyn and Abigail's points of view. I liked both characters but I mostly looked forward to Abigail's take on things. She was funny. I also like how Evelyn, Abigail, Liza and Margot started a quilting circle and became friends. They supported each other in times of crises, worked through issues and helped each other to grow. I learned quite a bit while reading this book. The story has a lot of valuable information about quilting techniques, what it takes to run a business, and, most importantly, the importance of early breast cancer detection and the different treatments. A Single Thread is an enjoyable, thought-provoking read. Bostwick wrote her first contemporary novel with wit and honesty. This is the first book I've read by this author and I look forward to reading more of her stories.

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Highly recommended- You'll be glad you read it

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Highly recommended

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Great Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    A Single Thread

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I greatly enjoyed this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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