The Oysterville Sewing Circle (Signed Book)

The Oysterville Sewing Circle (Signed Book)

by Susan Wiggs

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“Stitched together with love, this is a story just waiting for your favorite reading chair. With her signature style and skill, Susan Wiggs delivers an intricate patchwork of old wounds and new beginnings, romance and the healing power of friendship, wrapped in a lovely little community that’s hiding a few secrets of its own.”
   — Lisa Wingate, New York Times Bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

The #1 New York Times bestselling author brings us her most ambitious and provocative work yet—a searing and timely novel that explores the most volatile issue of our time—domestic violence.

At the break of dawn, Caroline Shelby rolls into Oysterville, Washington, a tiny hamlet at the edge of the raging Pacific.

She’s come home.

Home to a place she thought she’d left forever, home of her heart and memories, but not her future. Ten years ago, Caroline launched a career in the glamorous fashion world of Manhattan. But her success in New York imploded on a wave of scandal and tragedy, forcing her to flee to the only safe place she knows.

And in the backseat of Caroline’s car are two children who were orphaned in a single chilling moment—five-year-old Addie and six-year-old Flick. She’s now their legal guardian—a role she’s not sure she’s ready for.

But the Oysterville she left behind has changed. Her siblings have their own complicated lives and her aging parents are hoping to pass on their thriving seafood restaurant to the next generation. And there’s Will Jensen, a decorated Navy SEAL who’s also returned home after being wounded overseas. Will and Caroline were forever friends as children, with the promise of something more . . . until he fell in love with Sierra, Caroline’s best friend and the most beautiful girl in town. With her modeling jobs drying up, Sierra, too, is on the cusp of reinventing herself.

Caroline returns to her favorite place: the sewing shop owned by Mrs. Lindy Bloom, the woman who inspired her and taught her to sew. There she discovers that even in an idyllic beach town, there are women living with the deepest of secrets. Thus begins the Oysterville Sewing Circle—where women can join forces to support each other through the troubles they keep hidden.

Yet just as Caroline regains her creativity and fighting spirit, and the children begin to heal from their loss, an unexpected challenge tests her courage and her heart. This time, though, Caroline is not going to run away. She’s going to stand and fight for everything—and everyone—she loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062971531
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 301
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Susan Wiggs, author of more than fifty novels, has been featured on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," and is a popular speaker locally and nationally. She is the recipient of three RITA awards and four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. Her novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have made national bestsellers lists, including the USA Today, Washington Post and New York Times lists. She is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier, and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book.

Khristine Hvam has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, placed three times as a finalist for the prestigous Audie Award, and won the Audie Award for Best Narration in 2012 and 2013. She studied acting for the theater and film, and her voice can be heard in Pokemon, World of Warcraft, and in various television and radio commercials.

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The Oysterville Sewing Circle: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I received an arc copy of this book. Susan Wiggs combines the horrors and secrecy of domestic abuse and the unexpected complications of adoption in this story of family strength and perserverance of women supporting each other. The characters become very real and the story flows without repetitive descriptions. I recommend this book.
gaele 11 days ago
Caroline left the small coastal town of Oysterville to chase her dreams of being a designer, and has worked in New York for several years, now the ‘design assistant’ to a much more famous man. With her sixth entry in the ‘young up and coming’ designer contest, she finally hits on a winner and is excited to make her mark. Until her ‘boss’ steals her designs and everything falls apart. Just adding to that trouble, Caroline’s best friend and model, Angelique and her two children Flick and Addie have sought refuge in her tiny apartment. Angelique won’t speak of the bruises she’s got over her body, and when she’s discovered dead from an overdose, Caroline has no choice but to head home with the children, to keep them safe and start to find a new direction for her life. Throughout the devastation, Caroline only wants answers and opportunities: answers to who killed her friend, and why so many women are killed by abusive partners, and to reclaim her confidence in her designs. With Addie and Flick traumatized and unsure, she’s first providing them some security and family love – her whole family has stepped in to welcome and care for the children and Caroline – allowing them the chance to heal and grow. Adding to that burden is the reappearance in her life of her summer-crush / soulmate now married to her best friend. She’s determined that nothing will convince her to stick around, and a relationship isn’t in her cards – it’s all about Flick and Addie and her designs. And then, discovering the extent, even in her small town, of the women who have been abused, she starts a support group – a group that is making differences in support and in the lives of the women who attend. From starting her own small design business on line to getting noticed by the ‘big guns’, Caroline is building a life in Oysterville, and helping others to reclaim their own sense of purpose and dreams – all in a safe environment. Full of stories of abuse and hope, the struggles with parenting (especially when you aren’t expecting it) and the sweetness of the children’s acceptance, their open hearts and the loving way in which the community comes to support people and business alike – this is a story of redemption, hope and opportunity – with a healthy dose of ‘how to help’ thrown in. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
bookchickdi 12 hours ago
You don't need to know anything about sewing to appreciate Susan Wiggs' latest novel, The Oysterville Sewing Circle, as the sewing circle is not exactly what the name implies. Caroline Shelby is trying to make a name for herself as a designer, working in New York City for popular designer Mick Taylor. He has used many of her designs for his sucessful line, and Caroline is on the cusp of becoming famous herself as she is entered into a contest for new designers, and poised to win with her creative designs for pregnant women and new moms. Her new life takes a turn when Taylor steals her designs and then her best friend Angelique dies, leaving Caroline with two young children to care for. Caroline drives Flick, six years old, and Addie, five years old, across the country to her family home in Oysterville, Washington. Caroline's family takes them in, even though Caroline hasn't been close to them since she left town for New York ten years ago. Her mom and dad own a restaurant on the waterfront, and her two sisters and two brothers are all a part of the restaurant business. The first person Caroline runs into as she enters the town is the man she has loved since she was a young girl. Will and Caroline were best friends as children, and just as they were beginning to become something more than friends, beautiful Sierra moves into town and sets her sights on Will. Will, Caroline and Sierra were best friends, until Sierra and Will became a couple and a heartbroken Caroline stepped aside, never telling Will of her feelings. With Caroline back in town, they all resume their friendship, but things have changed. Caroline comes to love Addie and Flick, and has to decide whether to pursue legal guardianship of them. When she designs some cute outfits for them to go to their new school, the parents at the school love them and Caroline soon finds herself designing children's clothes. She also feels guilty about her friend's death, and wants to help women who are suffering from domestic violence- thus, The Oysterville Sewing Circle is born. With the help of her sisters and some friends, they create a safe space for women to come and share their stories and get help. Wiggs creates characters that are believeable and in this time of such discord in this country, it's wonderful to read a story about people who genuinely care for each other and root for each other to win. Even in the conflicts between characters, each one is a good person trying to be true to themselves. The difficult subject of domestic violence is handled with honesty and dignity, and it reminded me of Dorothea Benton Frank's The Hurricane Sisters, which also dealt with the subject. (My review is here.) I hope that Wiggs' returns to Oysterville again, as there are more stories to be told here; I'd like to know more about the Shelby siblings. I recommend The Oysterville Sewing Circle for anyone who likes a story of resilience and friendship.
Anonymous 1 days ago
loved the story the charactors highly recommend it
SheTreadsSoftly 3 days ago
The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs is a highly recommended heartwarming domestic drama. Caroline Shelby returns to Oysterville, Washington, a small town on the Pacific coast, after living in New York for ten years. After a career as a fashion designer/seamstress who was working her way up to some major recognition, her success collapses due to an unscrupulous employer and subsequent blackballing by the fashion industry. Caroline is struggling along, but when a tragedy occurs and she is suddenly the guardian of her best friends two children, five-year-old Addie and six-year-old Flick, she knows she needs to return home in order to take care of the children. She also needs help after being suddenly thrust into the role of mother to two grieving children. Caroline never thought she would return to the small town of Oysterville, but once there, she knows she made the right decision as she has the support available to help her raise her children. With her arrival is the complication that her childhood best friend, Will, is now living there with his wife, Sierra, another friend. Caroline never really got over her feelings for Will, but is able to set that aside. Caroline also reconnects with Mrs. Lindy Bloom. Lindy is the woman who inspired Caroline and taught her to sew at her sewing shop. What Caroline learns now, as an adult, is that Lindy was abused. This knowledge along with the stories of other women inspires Caroline to start the Oysterville Sewing Circle, a domestic violence support group and business where women can join together to encourage, support, and assist each other through the abuse and secrets they keep hidden. The writing is very good in The Oysterville Sewing Circle, a women's fiction domestic drama. The narrative alternates between the present and past. The past events cover both Caroline's time in NYC and her childhood in Oysterville. The NYC sections explain what happened to her and how she became the guardian to Flick and Addie. Her childhood backstory covers her friendship with Will and Sierra, and her fleeing to NYC. The chapters set in the present show how Caroline is adapting to motherhood and flourishing under her current circumstances. Wiggs has shown the way to integrate current social topics and concerns (illegal immigrants, domestic violence, MeToo movement, drug usage, unethical employers) seamlessly into a novel without throwing every controversial topic into one novel. Wiggs then subsequently handle the topics in a serious, sympathetic, and feasible manner. The characters are complex and react in a believable manner; they are full of clear abilities, faults, longings, secrets, and hidden strength. Caroline's ability to start up a business with talented people available to help her is a little farfetched, as is the love story. Some serious threads of the plot are summarized rather easily, but you sort of know right at the start what is going to happen. And you know what, it's all okay. It may be predictable, but there are some wonderful highlights and serious topics, all handled in an understandable and thoughtful style. This is a perfect choice to read for escapism and entertainment. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
perriknows 3 days ago
Wow…this one was at some points a bit boring, then absolutely fabulous! I felt the flashbacks to childhood were a tedious and slow moving. I wanted to skip over them but thought there might be a point to going back over childhood friendships and issues. Then you get closer to the end and realize why you needed all the backstory! This book deals with so many difficult issues. Domestic Violence, unethical work practices, lost love, divorce, addiction, and choice. These are masterfully worked into the pages where we also find romance, a helping hand, family ties, healing, and justice. For Caroline, an idyllic childhood opens to a fairy tale opportunity that was lost so quickly. Work, wit, talent, and resilience help Caroline move forward when she feels like she’s a failure. For Will, his time as a young teen in Oysterville helps him realize what he wants in the future. Injury, loss of first career, and returning to Oysterville works for him, but his wife Sierra sees it as a step backwards. The Oysterville Sewing Circle is not a romance, but it is. It’s not about sewing, but it is about bringing together discarded pieces to make a whole. Susan Wiggs is usually an auto buy author for me, but I almost didn’t purchase it because of the cover! I’m so glad I decided to go with my enjoyment of her writing and get it. Not a 5-star read for me because I felt some of it dragged, but a solid 4.5-star read.
GratefulGrandma 6 days ago
The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs was a wonderful story about Caroline Shelby, her life, her friends, her love, her family and her determination. Caroline never thought she would return to her childhood home of Oysterville to live and definitely not with two children. Growing up Caroline wanted to leave Oysterville, Washington to become a famous designer in New York. She was on her way, when her mentor and boss stole her clothing line and her best friend died from an overdose leaving behind two children. Caroline had been named their guardian. With her loss and the death of her friend had Caroline had no idea how to take care of a any child, so with the encouragement of her mother, Caroline was on her way back home. But returning home will mean she will have to face her past, both the good, and the bad. Given the size of the town it will be difficult to avoid running into Will Jensen, a friend from her childhood who broke her heart when he married her best friend, Sierra. This story is told in two timelines, the present and Caroline's life as a teenager. I enjoyed both timelines equally and enjoyed getting to know not only Caroline, but her family and friends. Caroline is a a great character. She is one of those women that could have given up with everything that has happened to her, but she digs down and finds that strength within and picks up her life, and makes it a success. It is not easy, there are bumps along the way, hurdles to overcome, but she does it, not just for herself, but for Flick and Addie. She is also someone who cares about others and begins a group to support women who are victims of Domestic Abuse. As we get to know Will, her best friend and secret crush from her youth, I want to slap him. He gave up a wonderful woman for her best friend who was a bit flighty and somewhat selfish, although if that had not happened, they would not be where they are now. The secondary characters, her family and friends, support and encourage her which adds to the story. I really enjoyed this book. It handles some heavy topics, primarily domestic abuse, in a way that is easy to take in and not feel overwhelmed by the message. It also deals with date rape as a form of domestic abuse as well as assault. This is a story for women, about women and about love, and not just following our passions, but finding them as well. It shows us that even when we think there is nothing left for us and we are doomed to live the life that we have been thrust into, that there is something else, other opportunities and people to help us if we have the strength and are willing to take the chance to move on. I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy an empowering story of friendship and new beginnings. I listened to this book and enjoyed the narration by Khristine Hvam. She is a wonderful narrator and her performance added much to my enjoyment of the book. She gave voice to the various characters, especially Caroline and Will. The story flowed for me and I will definitely look for more books narrated by Khristine Hvam. The publisher, HarperAudio, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
sbart84 8 days ago
An amazing read dealing with hot topics of today. Caroline, had never expected to return to her hometown of Oysterville with two kids in tow. Life changes quickly when Caroline finds herself unemployed in the fashion industry in New York and a friend of hers ends up dead, leaving two little kids to Caroline. Caroline returns home to family and friends and starts up her new business in fashion design. She hires ladies who have gone through rough patches in their life's involving domestic abuse. That forms the Oysterville Sewing Circle, a wonderful support group. Her childhood best friend of summer vacations, Will has also returned home. Their friendship develops into much more. An amazing read that I had a hard time putting down. The story is told in present and past, loved the friendship of Will and Caroline. The topic of domestic abuse was told in a way, that brought tears to my eyes. This is a book that I highly recommend.
sandralb 8 days ago
Susan Wiggs is one of my go to writers. I have read 45 or more of her books. I love this authors voice. She will take you on an unforgettable journey with solid, beautiful storytelling. What makes this story so outstanding, it isn't what readers are expecting, but it will be what they need. I was a little concerned when I say the book was about domestic violence. But as always Ms. Wiggs does a wonderful job covering a sensitive subject. You will find yourself reading late into the night. You will not want to put it down. I received a complementary copy of this beautiful book from the Publisher through Goodreads. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
paulalala09 10 days ago
This novel is a compassionate and telling one about lost love, lost career, and new beginnings woven into a tapestry that includes the ravages on women of spousal abuse. It is uplifting many times, hard at others. Truly a heartfelt novel that is not to be missed. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
jbarr5 10 days ago
The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs Starts out with listings of other works by the author which I think I've read them all and enjoyed. Dedication which I have no idea why but will find out by the time I've read this and a table of contents. Caroline arrives back in town and sees her old boyfriend with a bunch of guys running.....Love new words I'm learning and I know they won't be overused. She rushes to get the young boy, not her kids and then rushes back to young girl. Coach Jensen had held onto the young boy for her... Then we get to the story about when Caroline is in NY and she's in the middle of a fashion show-for Mick... Love hearing of the design world and the sewing parts of it, so interesting and recyclable using things others would've tossed away. Had tears come to my eyes when she learns on the runway that Mick's stolen her designs and used them for himself.... So realistic, up to date with undocumented pregnant model... Blacklisted and then her best friend who's pregnant moves in with her and the children There is so much to this story about love romance sewing helping others, handling anger, making it through difficult times, surviving and finding out the truth. Wow hits her when she finds out who really killed her friend, didn't see that coming but now the dedication makes sense to me. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards domestic abuse. Learned so many cool things reading this one-Krav Maga for one-maybe it'll help my grandson with his disease/illness. Note from the author, acknowledgements, about the author and publisher are also included at the end. Received this review copy from HarperCollins Publishers via William Morrow at NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
Katie__B 11 days ago
3.5 stars This was my first Susan Wiggs novel and I liked this one enough to want to check out her other books. I appreciate her attempt at exploring some heavy subjects in this story however there were a few things in the book that I felt weren't developed to their potential. This has been a common thing with books I have read recently. Just because I know early on how it will probably end, I still need to feel like everything unfolds naturally rather than rushed or glossed over. Don't get me wrong though this was still a good read. The fashion world might be glamorous but it is also cutthroat, a fact Caroline Shelby is well aware of having worked in the industry for 10 years in New York City. She decides to return to her hometown of Oysterville, Washington not only because she is unemployed but also because she has recently become legal guardian of her deceased friend's children and she's going to need the help of her parents and siblings. But returning home will mean she will have to face her past, both the good, and the bad. Given the size of the town it will be difficult to avoid running into Will Jensen, a friend from her childhood who broke her heart when he married her best friend, Sierra. When Caroline decides to form a women's support group, she learns that she's not the only one with a deep secret. There's a lot of heavy subjects in the story like domestic violence, addiction, and sexual assault so I would take a pass on this one if you are just in the mood for a light and breezy read. Unfortunately because there was a lot of different things going on , I thought the story as a whole suffered because nothing felt fully developed. It's like the story would focus for while on the sewing circle, and then bounce to the whole love triangle thing, then briefly mention the kids. I feel like you get to the endpoint and it's not as entirely satisfying as you hoped because many parts of the story just felt glossed over. Keeping that in mind, I'm not saying this isn't a good book, rather because of these things, it didn't hit the great or awesome mark for me. Still recommend especially if you like books about women supporting other women. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advance copy in exchange for a review!
Reader4102 11 days ago
This story features Caroline Shelby, a fashion designer in NYC, whose designs are stolen by the man she thought was her mentor. Because he was the better known designer and had some power, he was able to blackball her from the industry. When Caroline’s best friend Angelique, a fashion model, is found dead of an apparent overdose, Caroline who’d agreed to be Angelique’s children’s guardian, takes them in. With no career left to her in NYC, she and the kids drive across country to her hometown in Oysterville, WA. Caroline never had any desire to be a parent, has zero parenting skills, and acts on instinct and memories of growing up with her four siblings. She soon learns that Oysterville, like NYC, is no stranger to domestic violence, Caroline’s guilt about not knowing Angelique was in an abusive relationship grows. She wants to do something to help the survivors of domestic abuse in her small town – thus is born the Oysterville Sewing Circle. This a fast paced novel that tells the story of Caroline growing and learning to be both a mom and a success in life. Wiggs’ characters are well drawn, especially Caroline, Addie, and Flick. The plotline is unique as is the setting. There are times when Wiggs’ gets a little preachy about domestic violence, but they are far enough apart that the reader won’t start sighing heavily. While the reader is not party to the violence, Wiggs treads carefully with the topic. If you want a book that is hard to put down, is well written and moves along at a spritely pace, then this is the novel for you. You’ll want to put it near the top of your reading list. Thanks to William Morrow Publishing and Edelweiss for a free eARC.