Review: Threading the Needle by Marie Bostwick

Threading the Needle by Marie Bostwick
Series: A Cobbled Court (#4)
Release Date: June, 2011
Publisher: Kensington
Page Count: 349
Source: review copy provided by publisher

From New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick comes a beautiful novel of sisterhood lost and found—and of the ways we create the rich tapestries that encompass the past and the future…

The economic downturn has hit New Bern, Connecticut, and Tessa Woodruff’s herbal apothecary shop, For the Love of Lavender, is suffering. So is her once-happy thirty-four-year marriage to Lee. They’d given up everything to come back to New Bern from Boston and start their business, but now they’re wondering if they made the right decision. To relieve the strain, Tessa signs up for a quilting class at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop, and to her surprise, rediscovers the power of sisterhood—along with the childhood friend she thought she’d lost forever…

Madelyn Beecher left New Bern twenty years ago and never looked back. But when her husband is convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and she’s left with nothing but her late grandmother’s cottage, she is forced to return to the town she fled. Unfortunately, the cottage is in terrible shape. Madelyn’s only hope is to transform it into an inn. But to succeed, she’ll need the help of her fellow quilters, including the one friend she never thought she’d see again—or forgive. Now Madelyn and Tessa will have to relive old memories, forge new ones, and realize it’s possible to start over, one stitch at a time—as long as you’re surrounded by friends…

 

Review: For those of you that read like to read books about lifelong friendships, this one’s a must! In the newest book from the series, two friends, Madelyn and Tessa, tell their stories from childhood into adulthood in alternating chapters. While Tessa has what seems like the normal family life a child should have, Madelyn does not. After years of being inseparable, their friendship splinters and ends as boys and growing up enter the picture.

Now, years later, both women find themselves returning to the town of their childhood where nothing has changed, yet everything has changed. Madelyn is flat out broke and Tessa is struggling to make a go of her herbal products store. The first time they see each other is not a happy occasion, for either of them. New Bern is a small town with gossips and eyes and ears everywhere. Both women have to deal with their memories from growing up as well as the women they are today.

When Tessa finally reaches out to Madelyn in an extraordinary gesture of friendship, she has no idea how to respond. She’s a user and she expects to be used in return. She can’t help but wonder what her former friend is up to. When a local handyman offers to help her fix up her cottage, again, she wonders what he’s up to. Somewhere along the way, Madelyn figures out that it’s her life that needs changing and not the people around her. How she and Tessa rekindle their friendship and manage to make a life where they both fit in was a joy to read. Ms. Bostwick’s writing style is smooth and flows page after page…just like someone is reading to you. For quilters, this book will be a joy! There are many references to quilting, as well as patterns just for her readers on her website!

Quote: “Maybe the New Bern of the 1960s wasn’t all that different from the New Bern of today, populated with the good and the not-so-good. In the end, maybe it all comes down to where you choose to look and what team you decide to play for.” Page 299

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We have a contest for a print copy of Threading the Needle. The book is gentle read by our reviewer and is up for grabs to a US resident.  This book is centered around a group of quilters.  To enter this contest, leave a comment letting us know if your participate in any craftsIf you aren’t a crafter, what do you do to relieve stress?  Be sure to leave your email address in your comment.  The winner will be chosen on Sunday, August 28.