The Lover's Knot (Someday Quilts Series #1)

The Lover's Knot (Someday Quilts Series #1)

by Clare O'Donohue

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Book #1 of the Someday Quilts Mystery series

In the tradition of Jennifer Chiaverini and Emilie Richards, a debut quilting mystery

Nell Fitzgerald is thrilled when she receives a gorgeous handmade quilt in a lover's knot pattern from her grandmother Eleanor as an engagement gift. Her joy is short-lived, however, when her fiancé announces he's calling off the wedding. Heartbroken, 25-year-old Nell flees New York City for her grandmother's home in quaint Archers Rest. In this small town Eleanor's life revolves around her quilt shop, Someday Quilts, and the members of the shop's quilting circle.

When the body of a local handyman known for his flirting is found in the quilt shop, murdered with a pair of quilting scissors, Nell finds herself drawn into the case, and drawn to the handsome police chief. As a pattern of clues begins to emerge, one of the prime suspects is Nell's ex-fiancé, whose arrival in Archers Rest seems suspicious. The ladies of the quilting circle continue to piece together their quilts as Nell unravels the mystery. For quilters and mystery lovers alike, The Lover's Knot is a delightful and promising debut.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452289796
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Series: Someday Quilts Series , #1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

CLARE O’DONOHUE is a freelance television writer/producer. She produced television’s most popular quilting show, Simply Quilts, on HGTV, and she is currently producing and writing for a variety of television crime shows, including Forensic Files. This is her first novel.

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Lover's Knot (Someday Quilts Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really don't read mystery books, and if Lovers Knot had not been recommended to my by a friend, I don't think I would have read it, and that would have been my lose.

There is more to this book than, the mystery part. It is also about a young woman coming into her own, and it is amazing how life "is" like making a quilt...

If you enjoyed the Ya Ya Sisterhood books, than you will love this book too. What are you waiting for...buy this book...Are you still reading...Buy the book already.

Ms. O'Donohue you have me hooked. When is the next one due to be released?
VikkiNYC More than 1 year ago
I adored this delightful book. These are character I wanted to meet who lived in a town I wanted to visit. The author gave me a clever mystery, a love story, and enticed me with the fascinating tradition and art of quilting. This author made me want to quilt and I don't even sew. It was both believable and whimsical. I really can't tell how much I enjoyed it - it's perfect for a day at the beach or when you are curled up on your couch.
twinkleSA More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun read. I loved not only the mystery but the quilt talk and creative designs ideas that one gets from the book. This one I had a hard time putting down but I am a quilter and love a good mystery.
Doodle_Buddy More than 1 year ago
Quilters and non-quilters will love the characters in The Lover's Knot. Eleanor owns the Someday Quilts quilt shop in Archer's Rest on the Hudson. Quaint but not sickeningly so, romantic but not dripping in it and a bit of a mystery for good measure. Clare O'Donahue's characters are people we have all met and liked and sometimes loved. Each one has potential to become friends with the reader as the series moves on. Our heroine, Nell, makes some mistakes but finally finds her way to lead us through the town with curiosity and courage. If you quilt or sew, the joy of the craft comes through. If you don't, you just might find yourself looking for a quilt group or class to get you started. Nell is right, you know. All your cares melt away as you handle the fabric and create a work of art. Clare, you must know this since you have more than likely melted yours in creating the fabric of this lovely book.
librarygirlCG More than 1 year ago
If you like mysteries and quilts you'll like this book. It takes you to a place you'd like to visit, Archers Rest, and introduces you to people you'd like to meet like Nell, Eleanor and Barney. I hope the author carries these characters into future books. There is the mystery of course but you also get a side story of relationships, not just romantic which there is, but also about a group of women and an old, deaf, lovable dog. What else does a book need except a mystery, quilts and a dog.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twenty something Manhattan based publisher Nell Fitzgerald is stunned when her fiancé Ryan informs her he is not ready to marry. Upset, she decides to leave town to visit her grandma Eleanor Cassidy in Archer's Rest to help her elderly relative recover from a nasty fall and somewhat based on the lovely wedding quilt her grandmother and Friday Night Quilt Club made for her. Eleanor, who owns Someday Quilts, hires local handyman Marc Reed to expand her store. He outrageously flirts with the newcomer and Nell enjoys his attention. Ryan arrives and ends up brawling with Marc over Nell. Soon after their fight, someone scissors Marc to death at Someday Quilts. Local police chief widower Jesse Dewalt investigates knowing many of the townsfolk hared the womanizing Marc and is aware of the brawl with Ryan, who wants Nell back. Instead she tries to prove his innocence one stitch at a time. --- This is an engaging Hudson River Valley amateur sleuth that will remind cozy fans of authors like Maggie Sefton. Although Nell has no experience and no cause to investigate placing herself in danger, she makes for a fine detective. Lighthearted fun as the relationship triangle (to include Jesse not Marc) supersedes the mystery. --- Harriet Klausner
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After a broken engagement, Nell heads to her grandmother's home in small town Archers Rest, New York, for a little TLC. Her grandmother runs a quilt shop, and, although Nell is not a quilter, she soon gets caught up in the expansion of the business and the Friday night quilting club. The local handyman, who has a reputation as a lady's man, is working on projects at Nell's grandmother's house and shop. His attentions to Nell boost her wounded self-esteem, but it leads to trouble when her ex-fiance, Ryan, shows up. Soon the handyman is dead and Ryan is high on the list of suspects.This series has been compared to Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts series, and it's an apt comparison. The quilting theme and the casts of characters are similar, yet it doesn't read like the author is trying to copy Chiaverini's formula to recreate her success. O'Donohue's voice is different. I do think that this series will appeal to Chiaverini's readers, particularly those who are also cozy mystery fans. Nell demonstrated a tendency to interfere with the police investigation, but the young and handsome police chief has tolerated it reasonably well so far. I'll have to see if I can be as tolerant as the police chief. I'll probably lose interest if she keeps up this kind of behavior as the series progresses.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: "I'm fine," I said between sobs.When Nell Fitzgerald's grandmother Eleanor asks what colors she wants for her wedding quilt, Nell is ecstatic. She's over the moon when the finished quilt arrives, but she comes crashing down when her fiance calls off the wedding. Heartbroken, Nell packs a bag and hurries to Archer's Rest, the small town on the banks of the Hudson River where her grandmother lives. There Nell can recuperate and make some sort of plans for the future.Nell's grandmother's life has always revolved around her quilt shop, Someday Quilts, and the members of the shop's quilting circle. Eleanor is having repairs done to the building, and when the local handyman she hired is found stabbed to death in the shop, Nell finds herself drawn into the case-- primarily because her ex-fiance followed her to Archer's Rest and he's now a suspect in the murder. The women of the quilting circle may be piecing together their quilts, but Nell is piecing together the clues that will lead her to the killer.This may sound strange, but I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Don't get me wrong, I always expect to enjoy any book that I pick up to read, but some books have little extras that make them that much more pleasurable.One of those little extras was the strength of O'Donohue's characterizations and the cast she introduced. Nell may be heartbroken, but she's also intelligent, determined, and has plenty of common sense. Her grandmother Eleanor is a strong woman who dearly loves her granddaughter, but she's also willing to let Nell live her own life and make her own mistakes. Of course this doesn't mean that Eleanor's not going to give her some sound advice from time to time. While Nell's getting interested in the local police chief, I'm looking forward to learning more about him in future books. Last but not least, the quilting circle is filled with interesting women. On the strength of the cast of characters alone, this is a very promising series.I was also pleased to see how large a part quilting played in the book-- and not just piecing and sewing them together. O'Donohue includes quilt design as well as information on the set-up and running of a quilt shop. I could see all the colors, hear the scissors cutting through the fabric, and smell the cloth as I turned the pages.A wealth of characters and artistry, a small town setting, and an interesting mystery to solve... all these pieces came together to create a fun reading experience. I'm definitely continuing with this series!
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I finally pulled this from drawer three, chest one of Mt Git'r'Read. Yes, that's how I store some (a lot) of my TBR books, but that's a blog for another day.This turned out to be a 'danger book' for me. The kind of book that has you staying up later at night to read just one more page or so or ten or so....and realize that you really are getting up in four or so hours, so really should put the book down now. The chapters are short, the story is smooth, the characters are well drawn, and it's a really good mystery. I like how Nell gets drawn into helping with the investigation. You know how I am with that part of the amateur sleuth/cozy mystery...that part's gotta ring at least a good chunk true and this one is one of the chunkiest. And, once again, I want to learn how to quilt. I do this after every Jennifer Chiaverini or Earlene Fowler, too....would that I had a creative bone in my bod...I don't so I will read about those who do. Five quilting is murder beans.....
bearette24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this first book in the Someday Quilt Mystery series. It's about Nell, a young New Yorker who comes to visit her grandmother after her relationship fails. In her grandmother's small town, she meets the members of a quilting circle, and then finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery. I thought this book had better writing and more depth than many mysteries, while still being light and entertaining.
Jeanomario on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is cast with characters you would like to know, though not always in believable situations. A murder.....really? In this idyllic haven of a place, twisty attractions between single and sort-of single adults is contrived and a bit tiring amid the investigation of a murder. Theft maybe, secrets among adults, sure, but a murder? This story is trying to contain too many elements of fiction, but the characters are likable and folksy. Besides, quilters may like to think that drama is possible in a quilt shop!
maggiebishop on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In The Lover¿s Knot, Clare O¿Donohue takes the reader on a follow-the-clues journey that puts the reader squarely in the thought process of Nell, a career woman with a wavering fiancé. Nell¿s stay with her grandmother in a small New York town is interrupted when the town¿s bad boy is found stabbed to death with scissors in her grandmother¿s quilt shop. Nell discovers parts of herself ¿ cooking skills, quilting, and true feelings for the fiancé ¿ while racing the town police to solve the mystery. Satisfying read. that shows why and how women quilt.
laws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am not a quilter but I enjoyed this book very much. I can't wait until the next one. I do hope that Nell and Jesse end up together as a friendship was starting at the end of the book. I know there is something there. Nell left NYC after her fiance Ryan told her was not ready to get married. She went to her grandmother Eleanor's house in Archers Rest. Nell did not plan on staying long but her grandmother broke her leg and a murder accured at Eleanor's quilt shop. Nell wanted to help in the murder investigation and also with her grandmother. It was great to see the closeness of the women in the quilt club and how they stuck together and helped each other. I would love to learn how to make a quilt.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nell Fitzgerald is thrilled when she receives a gorgeous handmade quilt in a lover¿s knot pattern from her grandmother Eleanor as an engagement gift. Her joy is short-lived, however, when her fiance announces he¿s calling off the wedding. Heartbroken, 25-year-old Nell flees New York City for her grandmother¿s home in quaint Archers Rest. In this small town Eleanor¿s life revolves around her quilt shop, Someday Quilts, and the members of the shop¿s quilting circle. When the body of a local handyman known for his flirting is found in the quilt shop, murdered with a pair of quilting scissors, Nell finds herself drawn into the case¿and drawn to the handsome police chief. As a pattern of clues begins to emerge, one of the prime suspects is Nell¿s ex-fiance, whose arrival in Archers Rest seems suspicious. The ladies of the quilting circle continue to piece together their quilts as Nell unravels the mystery.I enjoyed the book but didn¿t love it. The whole romance thing between Nell, her ex-fiancee Ryan and the police chief, Jesse, was all pretty predictable.Stop here if you don¿t want any spoilers.Who the killer was surprised me but the way they treat Nancy is so unrealistic. Hello? She murdered a guy. Even if she thought he stole her money he didn¿t have the scissors raised upright so it¿s hard to imagine that he was going to try and hurt her. Then the other quilting club members act like it¿s no big deal that she killed a guy other than oh darn. In addition, a police officer letting a civilian continue with all the things Nell did seems pretty unbelievable as well. Jesse kept threatening to arrest Nell but never did. I would think in real life a cop would because she was seriously intervening in the investigation and might have messed up any evidence that could convict the murderer. Even in small towns would they be this lenient?I know it doesn¿t matter but I also wonder what the deal was between Ryan and Amanda. Did they have a one night stand? An affair? Did they love each other? Anyway, it was a quick fun read as long as you don¿t focus on it being realistic.
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
In this first book of the series we are introduced to Nell Fitzgerald as she receives a beautiful quilt handmade by her grandmother and The Friday Night Quilting Circle to celebrate her engagement and her upcoming wedding. Her grandmother owns a quilting shop, Someday Quilts, in Archer's Rest on the Hudson River. Nell was overjoyed to receive the gorgeous quilt with the Lover's Knot pattern, but her joy quickly turned to despair as her fiancee, Ryan, told her he just wasn't ready to get married. It becomes a true Lovers NOT! A heartbroken Nell takes her belongings that were mostly already packed to move to her new apartment with Ryan and leaves New York behind and heads to her grandmother and Archer's Rest for comfort, time and space to figure out what to do now that her life has been turned upside down. She is welcomed with open arms by her grandmother and all the ladies in the quilting group. While Nell is trying to sort out her life, her grandmother takes a terrible fall and Nell decides to stay until she recuperates. She has also talked her grandmother into expanding Someday Quilts into a vacant building right next door and knows she must be her grandmother's eyes and ears on the project so it is completed quickly and to her grandmother's exact specifications. Things are going fine until the handyman hired to complete the project is found dead in the store. Guess who arrived in town just around the time of the murder? Nell's ex-fiancee and he becomes the prime suspect. Nell and the ladies of the quilting circle are drawn right into the investigation and try to piece together the clues to "help" the sheriff pin down the killer seamlessly. I LIKED IT!!!! I love reading series books one right after the other, the authors and characters grow and evolve right before your eyes. This author knows quilting, she worked on the HGTV show, Simply Quilts, for four seasons, eventually becoming the Supervising Producer. But after reading these books I have learned that she is also quite a storyteller. You can tell just by reading the author's words she is a true quilter that understands the tactile life of finding the perfect fabrics for the perfect quilt. She also knows how to piece together a good mystery. Stitch those things together, add a hint of romance and humor and you have a cozy mystery. Her words not only drew me into the mysteries but into the Someday Quilts shop. It was almost like I was going through the aisles, feeling, touching the fabrics. Stacking the fabrics, standing back viewing how they would compliment and contrast with each other. I used to spend hours searching for just the right fabric choice, calculating the yardage and choosing the right pattern. These books not only entertained me with their mysteries but brought back some truly wonderful memories. I think if I could change one thing in my life it would be to follow my bliss after high school and have worked on my crafts and maybe opened a craft store instead of studying and working in the accounting field, minus the murder, of course. I have to thank Mary at Plume for sending me this wonderful series for review and I hope there will be many more adventures forthcoming in the Someday Quilts Mystery Series!! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from Plume Books, a Division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I