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Product Details

  • Series: Cobbled Court Quilts
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758222572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758222572
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bostwick makes a seamless transition from historical fiction to the contemporary scene in this buoyant novel about the value of friendship among women. When Evelyn Dixon's marriage ends, she leaves Texas and drives north until New Bern, Conn., captures her heart. There she pursues a dream of opening a quilt shop, and with little money and a lot of determination, she turns a derelict building into a haven for the crafty set. But three women who show up for quilting class end up learning about more than stitching and batting. Chilly, wealthy Abigail Burgess; her angry 19-year-old niece, Liza; and recently laid-off Margot Matthews all have different reasons for being there, but when Evelyn, having just learned she has breast cancer, breaks down, the trio unites to support her. Evelyn's illness and recovery are the catalysts that force the others to re-examine their own lives, while hints of a possible romance for Evelyn add a complementary thread to the friendship, community and illness story lines. Bostwick's polished style and command of plot make this story of bonding and sisterhood a tantalizing book club contender. (Nov.)
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''Bostwick makes a seamless transition from historical fiction to the contemporary scene in this buoyant novel about the value of friendship among women . . . Bostwick's polished style and command of plot make this story of bonding and sisterhood a tantalizing book club contender.'' --Publishers Weekly

''Bostwick succeeds admirably in this departure from historical fiction . . . This is a pleasant story of friendship, with a message of starting over despite the odds. It will remind readers of Debbie Macomber's popular The Shop on Blossom Street. The first in Bostwick's 'Cobbled Court' series, this comforting book is highly recommended.'' --Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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."

Customer Reviews

The story is well written, characters well developed.
Barbara K. Acchino
The story of the Cobbled Court friends and how they came together is one that enriches the spirit and gives life lessons of friendship and hope for the future.
need to read
I picked the book up at the library at 2 p.m. and started reading it around 5 p.m. and finished it at 2 a.m. in the morning.
JoJo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By C. Dionne VINE VOICE on October 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Evelyn Dixon's life was forever altered the day her husband of almost thirty years announced that he wanted a divorce. With the knowledge that she has to go on with life, she decides to take a road trip and winds up in the cozy little town of New Bern, Connecticut. There she finds the perfect place to make her dreams a reality - only it's not as easy as she'd hoped and life has a few additional curveballs heading in her direction.

For Evelyn opening a quilt shop is a dream come true but there's a lot of work involved and the building she's renting has some issues that put her way behind her intended `grand opening day'. Once she finally opens her good friend Charlie recommends she envision exactly what she wants her shop to be and set about making it a reality. One way she can think of to draw attention to her shop is by participating in the Quilt Pink Event. Women would come in to the shop and quilt a block for a quilt that will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to breast-cancer research.

Women quickly began signing up and sharing their own stories - all while advising Evelyn to go in for a check-up. She follows their advice and the day before the big event at her shop Evelyn receives the news that she has breast cancer. She never dreamed that such devastating news could result in her forming friendships that will carry her through her treatments and beyond.

Abigail Burgess, her niece Liza, and Margot Matthews all have very different reasons for attending the event at Evelyn's quilt shop but once they learn of her predicament the women gather around her and ensure that she has the support she needs to get her through her ordeal.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
A Single Thread is a beautiful book. I think it will speak to so many women - women married and divorced, women who have achieved dreams and women who have packed dreams away, women who have been left by men, and women who have had to start all over at one point, or many points, in their lives. Evelyn's a great character, finely drawn, and Abigail is so real I can see her and hear her clearly in my head. So much of what Abigail and Evelyn say rings so true, so authentic, I almost had to laugh. It's difficult to write with different voices and to make the characters sound different from each other, but Marie Bostwick has done a super job with it. Don't be scared away by some of the real life problems these ladies encounter, it's handled well and you'll keep wanting to read...
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81 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Gracie Mastic on June 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book while I was on vacation a few weeks ago. The story line was familiar to many women. Although I was thinking; as I read it, that it was a pleasant read but not going to win any literary prizes that there was a part of the story line that caused me to decide that I would not be passing this book along to my friends. The preaching of the writers belief system turned me totally off. I don't need to read a work of fiction to determine my personal value system. There are many books that cause one to to think about moral situations this book was out right preaching. Thanks but no thanks I won't be reading anymore of this series.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Chanel on May 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Marie Bostwick's novel got me reading fiction again, after a hiatus of several months. For this I am grateful. In fact, if I had the kind of job where I could afford to stay up past midnight reading, I would have done it. But since I work with kids, well, impossible to read late and keep my focus. What I enjoyed, though, was reading the book every morning over coffee and my breakfast.

I won't go into the details of character and plot; several other reviewers have done that quite thoroughly. I enjoyed the characters immensely, especially their distinct voices; giving each character a separate voice is not an easy thing to achieve. Mary Dell is a hoot, and Abigail's background story and evolution were such fun to discover.

I read the book at a time when I needed a much-deserved spirit lift. Middle-Age Confidential: My Life as a Date (This Could be a True Story)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By need to read on June 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
This was my first reading of Marie Bostwick's novels. I liked this story enough to keep reading her. The story of the Cobbled Court friends and how they came together is one that enriches the spirit and gives life lessons of friendship and hope for the future. There is a bit of romance and trial with a character development that surprises.
For those who like a gentle read (no scenes that give nightmares for those late night readers) with vibrant characters, wit and humor, and have a creative compassionate soul then this one is a great read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on October 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just finished this book this morning, but would have finished it last night if I didn't have to get up this morning to send the kids to school. It's been awhile since I've gotten a book where it just kept my interest from the first page to the last. I am glad to report that this book, Bostwick's first contemporary book, fits the bill. Bostwick is more known for her historical fiction and now, she has jumped into a contemporary arena and I am excited. This book is just absolutely wonderful. It has in-depth looks of two main characters, who are so different from one another as far as one can see. There is Evelyn, a woman whose husband divorced her after 30 years of marriage. She leaves Texas to live in a small New England village to open up a quilting shop. Then there is Abigail, a wealthy woman who keep people at a distance, not daring to let anyone get too close to her. They began the most unlikely of friendships along with Abigail's niece, Liza, and another woman, Margot, who has been let go of her job in NYC and moved to New Bern, Connecticut.

When Evelyn finds out that she has breast cancer, her entire world seems to have fallen apart especially since she hasn't been in New Bern for very long. The other women are drawn in to help her throughout the entire time Evelyn was fighting cancer and together, they discover truths about themselves that they didn't even realize that they were harboring. The events brought them all closer together in such a positive way, that it makes the reader long for cozy friendships like these women have, through thick and thin. It is about four women staying close to one another and while the cancer subject can be heart-wrenching, it is an easy read, very cozy and very comforting.
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