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

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

From the Publisher
"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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602853256
Publisher:
Center Point Large Print
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Series:
Cobbled Court Quilt Series, #1
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(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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