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The Wishing Thread: A Novel

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  • ISBN-13: 9781410466105
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 3/12/2014
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 561
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    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.

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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*

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    Enjoyed this. Simple easy read.

    Simple, easy read. Relaxing.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Icky sweet

    If you are into walt disney you will love this. Sappy love story.

    1 out of 1 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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  • Posted November 1, 2013

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    I highly recommend.

    I highly recommend, great story! I look forward to more books from the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Wonderful, wonderful magical book!!!!

    Great read!

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Loved this book, magic and knitting and wonderful insights into

    Loved this book, magic and knitting and wonderful insights into knitting. 

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen ' knit people┬┐s most arden

    The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen
    ' knit people’s most ardent wishes into beautiful scarves and mittens, granting them health, success, or even a blossoming romance' This phrase in the description caught my eye as I do knit for many charities and some of the patterns I do use do tell a story about te one I'm knitting for.
    The Stitchery was owned by the Van Rippers and now that Mariah had died others didn't know what was to become of the store and it's magic.
    Aubrey had been raised by her aunt Mariah and she knew of some of the magic, the rest she'd have to learn.
    Every night after dinner for one hour the 3 girls would knit with their mom: Meggie, Bitty and Aubrey. What a tradition and legacy!
    One had to sacrifice something for the knitted wishes to come true-money wouldn't do it. had to be something sentimental to the one who wanted the wish to be granted.
    Love the ideas of what type of yarn to use, what stitch and for what project. When the will is read they all learn of what's to become of The Stitchery and Mariah's wishes for them, all together...
    The sisters should've moved on but that's not what happened.
    The Tappan Watch was also up in arms about the town taking over the square and there's a lot of support for the owners of the shops to stay strong.
    There are a handful of people with others coming and going and it's easy to keep track of who is who.
    Especially like the quotes from The Great Book everything about knitting and then some...
    The threads speak. Loved this book for the ideas and for the yarn itself. The magic story just spun it's own ball of yarn to be used.
    I received this book from Net Galley via Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine in exchange for my honest review.

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