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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758232152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758232151
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 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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''Stitched into the heartwarming second installment of Bostwick's contemporary New England quilters series is an unbreakable thread of friendship and faith.'' -- Publishers Weekly

''Highly recommended.'' --Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

A while back, my publishing house asked me to update my biography. I wrote two versions. This is the one that DIDN'T make it onto the cover.

"Marie Bostwick was born and raised in the northwest, where, being an overweight and socially awkward child, she collected a whole closetful of imaginary friends that are with her to this day. She graduated from college in 1984 with a bachelors degree in Communications (because it was the only degree that didn't require a statistics course) and a double minor in self-loathing and procrastination. Marie married while she was young and extremely fertile, quickly giving birth to three sons, who are now grown up and don't call nearly as often as they should.

Marie is the published author of a bunch of books. No kidding, a bunch. Like ten. She continues to be amazed by this. So does her high-school English teacher.

When not writing, Marie spends way too much time on Facebook and window shopping for RV's on the internet. Marie loves to quilt. She really, really does. However, her enthusiasm for quilting outstrips her natural talent. This is at least partly because she has the attention span of a gnat and no math skills (see statistics course avoidance above). She is also pretty nearsighted which makes it hard to stitch a consistent quarter-inch seam. After sunset, it's darned near impossible.

Marie likes to garden but is too scattered to give her garden the attention it deserves. The same can be said of her other hobbies -- piano, knitting, guitar, punchneedle embroidery, cooking, and kayaking. (Marie doesn't actually own a kayak but she wants one.) Marie has killed every single houseplant that has ever had the misfortune of coming into her possession. She hasn't balanced her checkbook since the late 80's and can never find her purse, glasses, or car keys.

Fact is, the only thing thing Marie truly knows how to do well is write, so please buy this book, if only to keep her from becoming a burden to society."

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The author draws you into the story of these richly developed characters.
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Love the way the author is able to intertwine the lives of these women who become each other's most fervent supporters and true friends.
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Warning - if you read one of the books in the series, you'll want to read them all!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on May 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
Reading this book is like coming home to a very familiar place with cheerful faces smiling at you as you walk into the door. Ever since her first book in the series, "A Single Thread," I have come to love her cozy books about women, friendship and quilting. I am not a quilter but I hope to eventually make a quilt of my own someday. Reading again about Evelyn, the owner of the Cobbled Courts Quilt Shop and breast cancer survivor; Abigail, New Bern's richest woman and her lawyer boyfriend, Franklin; Margot, the peppy former marketing advertiser who now works for Evelyn; Liza, Abigail's niece and artist-in-training and Garrett's (Evelyn's son) girlfriend; all are beloved characters back into the fold again. This time, Bostwick adds another character, one who struggles with domestic violence, being displaced and having to fight for her children's safety and custody; Ivy. Ivy is a young woman living on the lam when a wrong turn landed her in New Bern. Slowly beginning to heal from the injuries inflicted upon her by her husband, Hodge, both physical and mental, Ivy begins to hope that perhaps there is a life for her after all. Then it all comes crashing down when inadvertently, she was featured in a short video advertisement for Evelyn's special project she is spearheading with Mary Dell, on the issues of breast cancer. Hodge found her and Ivy began to wonder if her life would ever be hers to claim again.

This book takes a different turn from the attention being so focused on breast cancer. This time, Bostwick studies the issue of domestic violence and how it wrecks havoc not only into the victim's life, but also in the lives of her children.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mama Knits on June 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Let me start by saying that I enjoyed this book for what it is. It's the kind of book that snares you into a group of friends and makes you feel empathy and sympathy for the characters.

If I didn't have a caveat to this praise, though, I would probably not have decided to write a review. The "but" in this review is that the book is very poorly edited. It seems as if someone took a first draft and printed it. There are words left out of sentences, words left in that appear to not belong there, and at least one inconsistency in a character's name. What is a very simple, summertime read is slowed when the reader has to stop and figure out what words are missing or what ones need to be omitted or rearranged to make sense of the sentence.

All in all, the story is a nice, typical group-of-women-friends-taking-on-the-world story. I'm sure that I'll read another of the author's books as a summer diversion. However, someone at the publishing house needs to find another career.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wrathobetty on July 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm usually a mystery reader but this book has such rich characters that I couldn't put it down. It's a serious book with a serious message but the touches of humor and the strength of the characters really drew me in. I loved the first book in the series, A SINGLE THREAD, too. In fact, I liked it so much that I gave copies to all my friends for Christmas and they loved it just as much as I did. Sometimes when books become series they subsequent titles tend to let you down, but that's not the case here. This book was every bit as good as the first. I can't wait for the next one.

Some reviewers have mentioned typos in the book. I suppose there must be but if there are I didn't notice them. Maybe I was too caught up in the story to care. The bottom line is, this is a great story that will make you laugh, cry, and cheer for the women of New Bern!
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