A Thread of Truth (Cobbled Quilt Series #2)

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Come home to Marie Bostwick's poignant novel of new beginnings, old friends, and the rich, varied tapestry of lives fully lived. . .

At twenty-seven, having fled an abusive marriage with little more than her kids and the clothes on her back, Ivy Peterman figures she has nowhere to go but up. Quaint, historic New Bern, Connecticut, seems as good a place as any to start fresh. With a part-time job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and budding ...

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Overview

Come home to Marie Bostwick's poignant novel of new beginnings, old friends, and the rich, varied tapestry of lives fully lived. . .

At twenty-seven, having fled an abusive marriage with little more than her kids and the clothes on her back, Ivy Peterman figures she has nowhere to go but up. Quaint, historic New Bern, Connecticut, seems as good a place as any to start fresh. With a part-time job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and budding friendships, Ivy feels hopeful for the first time in ages.

But when a popular quilting TV show is taped at the quilt shop, Ivy's unwitting appearance in an on-air promo alerts her ex-husband to her whereabouts. Suddenly, Ivy is facing the fight of her life—one that forces her to face her deepest fears as a woman and a mother. This time, however, she's got a sisterhood behind her: companions as complex, strong, and lasting as the quilts they stitch. . .

Praise for Marie Bostwick's A Single Thread

"Enjoy this big-hearted novel, then pass it along to your best friend." —Susan Wiggs

"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

"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

"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

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Publishers Weekly

Stitched into the heartwarming second installment of Bostwick's contemporary New England quilters series (after 2008's A Single Thread) is an unbreakable thread of friendship and faith. Following a pattern similar to her first (in which shop owner Evelyn Dixon fought breast cancer), Bostwick centers the action around a serious struggle: on the run from an abusive husband, Ivy Peterman and her children, Bethany and Bobby, find refuge in the New Bern, Conn., women's shelter. There, Ivy meets philanthropist Abigail Burgess Wynne and through her lands a job at Evelyn's shop, Cobbled Court Quilts. After 18 months of peace, Ivy's appearance in a Quilt Pink Day promotion, draws out her violent husband. When he appears at Evelyn's shop to confront Ivy, newfound friends and perspective give Ivy the strength to stand up to him, begin divorce proceedings and learn that hiding from fears won't resolve them. Bostwick switches effortlessly from Ivy's poignant story to quilting circle updates, keeping fans in the loop and on their toes with a surprising bit of marriage news. (June)

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Bostwick brings back familiar characters in the second Cobbled Court novel (after A Single Thread), with the focus switching to Ivy Peterman. In fleeing an abusive husband, Ivy ends up in New Bern, CT, where she and her children find refuge at an apartment complex for victims of domestic abuse. When the town benefactor takes an interest in them, Ivy finds a job—and friends—at Cobbled Court Quilts. The companionship of these women proves vital when Ivy's husband shows up, demanding that she return and, when that fails, accusing her of kidnapping their children. VERDICT A Single Thread focused on breast cancer; here, Bostwick highlights domestic abuse in a story that emphasizes the importance of friendship. Given those themes, as well as the details about quilting, this novel should appeal to fans of women's fiction, especially those who enjoy needlecrafts. A similar title is Kate Jacobs's The Friday Night Knitting Club. Highly recommended.—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ


—Lesa Holstine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758232151
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Cobbled Quilt Series , #2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 137,870
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

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    Excellent book! Since I'm a quilter I can identify with the closeness of regulars in a local quilt shop. Delightful, entertaining summer read!

    This book is a wonderful take of a woman who owns a quilt shop and how she reaches out to another community member to give her the help she needs all the while remembering the help she received from strangers in her time of need. The bonds that are built between the women in the book and how these bonds change them and enrich their lives.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    A wonderful read about a tragic issue

    In A Thread of Truth we get our second look at New Bern Connecticut and Evelyn Dixson and her friends and associates of Cobbled Court Quilts. As we pick up from the last book and Evelyn's dealings with Quilt Pink and her own fight with breast cancer we also meet meek and mild and not all truthful Ivy Peterman who's on the run from an abusive husband, she finds New Bern by mistake and becomes immeshed in the small town life and comfort of it. And in the blink of an eye her sanctuary is crushed and her very life endangered.
    This novel is amazing in that Marie brings us face to face with two tragedies of our world, breast cancer and marital abuse. She is honest and decisive about what to expect and consequences of abuse and we get a birds eye view of it from one very frightened but very strong woman. The characters who we readers are introduced to are very real and the ones we get reacquainted with from A Single Thread continue to entertain and enlighten us and they are warm and friendly The story is unique and New Bern is a town that every one of us wishes were our home town. The dialogue is wonderful and flows freely, the images I get from reading are very vivid and real. It is an amazing story and the only thing I find fault with which in no way reflects the author is the editing, there were numerous mistakes in the text and that is truly unfortunate.
    All in all if you love a great read filled with drama and real life struggles, where the pages flow like water and could easily finish the read in one sitting, don't mind keeping the tissues close and don't mind your heartspeed increasing, then this novel is for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    a good read especially for women who sew &knit.

    enjoyed #2 as much as #1 Bostwick is a good writer, looking foreward to #3

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    If you loved A Single Thread . . . .

    This author writes exceptionally well about characters she brings to life. Like her first book in this series, it is a difficult book to put down.

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    Wonderful Book!

    Once again Marie Bostwick has written a great book with a fantastic story line full of witty dialog and wonderful characters. This series is a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    A must read for any woman quilter or not who ever had a bad relationship with a man!

    I really did not think that a "quilting" themed book would be such a great read.
    Please don't think you need to know a thing about sewing, or quilting to love this story or the others in the series.
    Quilting is a time honored way women came/come together to support each other. OK so nowadays it sounds sappy but I am only 28 & I can say that the simple stitches you sew together bind you closer than sisters. I had always sewn alone but these books inspired me to try a group, so I started one of my own.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

    Really good book!

    I have read this author before and I liked this book as well as her other books. She writes a good story that is very enjoyable! Give it a try.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Good Read

    I loved the book but found was tooo many typos. This book should have been edited more carefully. If you can get past the typos, you can't put the book down.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Excellent read

    Second book in the series. Great characters, plot, and everything that makes a great story and a good read!

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    ENJOYABLE!

    I was looking for a book to read & stumbled across A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick. I enjoyed the book & as soon as I finished I bought A Thread of Truth. The first book flows nicely into the second one. You'll meet Evelyn, Margot, Abigail & Liza along with all the other characters. The women come from different walks of life, face their own struggles & form a lasting friendship. Both books are heartwarming-hard to put down. My suggestion is to get both books but read A Single Thread first.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    A wonderful story

    Ivy Peterman left an abusive marriage to insure her children six years old Bethany and eighteen months old Bobby are safe from their father Hodge. She relocated with her kids in historic New Bern, Connecticut hiding their destination from her raging husband back in Pennsylvania. At a shelter there, women's shelter philanthropist Abigail Burgess Wynne arranges with Cobbled Court Quilts owner Evelyn Dixon to hire her to work part-time at the shop.----------------

    However, her idyllic world crashes when a TV show Quilt Pink Day is filmed at the popular store. Her former spouse Hodge sees Ivy on TV and is coming to beat the snot out of his wife and make her and the kids go home with him. His anger is fueled by eighteen months of her not being his punching dummy. He may be a tough bully, but he is unprepared for the knitting sisterhood protecting his former frightened family and kicking him to the curb.---------------

    The second New Bern England quilters' tale series (see A Single Thread) is a wonderful story that looks at the impact of abuse on the victims as Marie Bostwick makes a case that it takes a community of caring people to stop the violence. Readers will enjoy learning how the knitting circle is doing especially Evelyn who battled breast cancer with the support of her friends. However, this is Ivy's saga as she chose flight twice before (from her stepfather and her spouse), but with the support of the Cobbled Court crew she chooses fight this time to the cheering of readers.-----------------

    Harriet Klausner

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