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MARIE BOSTWICK was born and raised in the Northwest. She and her family have moved a score of times, living in eight US states and two Mexican cities and collecting a vast and cherished array of friends and experiences. She has three handsome sons and now lives with her husband in Connecticut, where she writes, reads, quilts, and is active in her local church. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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  • Series: Center Point Premier Fiction (Large Print)
  • Hardcover: 495 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point; Lrg edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161173407X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611734072
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,725,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Narma on April 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ms. Bostwick has done it again! She has enticed me to New Bern, Connecticut to spend time with all of the beloved personalities of the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop. We are re-introduced to "The Lovebirds"; Evelyn and Charlie, the "Queen of Quilting"; Virginia, Madelyn, Tessa, Ivy, Wendy, and Dana just to name a few. It takes a little while to get reacquainted with Margot, but once you do, you will follow her as she attempts to mend family discord by inviting her estranged Sister; Mari (Mariposa) and Niece; Olivia, to join in Christmas Dinner with their Parents and some of Margot's friends from the quilt shop. Sadly, this meets with heart-wrenching disaster and the start of a journey of self discovery that Margot had never anticipated. Many paths appear, including those of heartache and sorrow, frustrations with family, love found in the most unexpected places and a new sense of courage and self-esteem Margot never thought possible in this, her fortieth year. Along the way, she is reunited with ex-beau, commitment-shy; Arnie Kinsella , and is introduced to the "New guy in town", the handsome and down-to-earth, divorced attorney; Paul Collier, who is also the father of introverted 11 yr. old son, James. Where does suave and too charming Geoff Bench figure into all of this? Or does Margot really want him to?? When Rev. Tucker suffers from a heart attack and has to be on sabbatical during his recovery, The New Bern Community Church Board chooses a temporary replacement for Rev.Tucker with the well-known and respected Pastor Philip Clarkson's offspring, counting on awe-inspiring sermons when little do they know this will be the newbie's first pulpit and, as the parishioners find out, is a person full of surprises!Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Meg Cox VINE VOICE on May 3, 2012
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I'm a big fan of this whole series, but there is no question that readers can enter the story in any book because Marie Bostwick does such a good job of introducing the cast of characters that populate the series. This particular one features the very satisfying blossoming of a wallflower, a woman who has never done a great job of putting herself forward, but finds herself in a situation where the consequences are dire if she stays passive.

Bostwick always puts her characters in harm's way, especially in the emotional sense, and works in situations and life crises that make for real page-turners. If you are also a passionate quilter, as I am, it's fun to read about characters who share your addictive passion: there is usually at least one character in each book that is sure she will never make a quilt, but then she gets sucked in and finds enormous satisfaction in the craft.

These are books to savor, and pour yourself into when you need a little escape from life. Long live the Cobbled Court quilt shop, and all my favorite characters!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pandaroo on May 6, 2012
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Yet again I get transferred to New Bern, CT. A wonderful story about faith, family and relationships that captures your heart. Marie Bostwick knows how to write a story that pulls in those of us who have read all of the other Cobbled Quilt books as well as making it easy for anyone new to this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on July 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a story with a happy ending and everyone likes those. I really did want to visit Cobbled Court and visit with the women there, and i don't even quilt. The characters were well crafted and i felt that I knew them all (i may not have liked them all but i could see spending time around the frame with them. i even liked it though I said I didn't want anything else that had to do with breast cancer. For survivors it sometimes gets a little much with everyone who thinks that breast cancer is the worst thing in the world. It's not, especially if you have access to health care. Good quick read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By (Sunshine) Judy K Burgi on August 16, 2012
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I loved this book. I picked it up every chance that I could. This is the first book that I have read by Marie Bostwick; I know it won't be the last. I loved how her characters made this book come to life. Her portrayal of each one fit perfect with her story line.

Margot Matthews was turning 40 and had hoped to let her birthday pass unnoticed. Her friends had other intentions. Life in New Bern, Connecticut fit her perfectly. She never regretted leaving the corporate world for a slower pace working for Evelyn the owner of Cobbled Court Quilts. Margot had made some wonderful friends since moving to New Bern. However, she thought she would be married with a family of her own by now. She figured that wasn't in God's plan for her and so she tried to accept life living single. Margot's life starts to change drastically with the death of her sister.

Philippa Clarkson didn't start out wanting to walk in her Father's foot steps as a pastor. It wasn't until after the death of her husband she accepted God's calling and relocated to New Bern to temporary fill in as an intern pastor while the current pastor recovered from a heart attack. This would be Philippa's first church. The pulpit committee was expecting a Philip A Clarkson the son of the well known pastor Philip R Clarkson. Needless to say it was a bit of a surprise to the pulpit committee when they found out that Philip was really Philippa.

This book is filled with love, acceptance, and forgiveness. I can't forget to mention Grace, God's Grace. While reading this book I went through many emotions. I was happy, sad, and angry. I had moments of laughing out loud and moments of crying. There are some tough issues and some tender moments. They were handled perfectly.
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