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I love this series and I love these characters!
May 20, 2014
In New Bern, Connecticut there's a shop called the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop. Evelyn Dixon owns it. Ivy Peterman works there. So does Virginia, Evelyn's Mom. On Friday nights Evelyn, Ivy, Virginia and a few other women meet to supposedly sew quilts. Oh, they actually do some quilting but mostly, they help to solve one another's problems and cheer one another on. It is a quilting circle but really, it's more of a friend circle and they are about to make a new friend. Gayla Oliver is a college counselor who lives full time in New York and has a cottage home in New Bern. Gayla was doing some work on her home computer when it went all hinky and somehow a document came up on the screen that wasn't meant for Gayla's eyes. It was a memo~~a MEMO! ~~written several months prior from her husband, Brian, to Gayla. That memo contained a confession and a request for a divorce. Brian had been unfaithful.
Shaken to her core and stunned, Gayla flees their New York apartment and heads straight to the cottage in New Bern. Her best friend Lanie tells her to immediately call a lawyer and begin a divorce! Lanie has been through this whole cheating thing and no one knows more about the ins and outs of divorce than Lanie. But, Gayla isn't ready to take that step. And Brian has made it clear that he wants to keep his family together. Gayla decides that she's going to take the summer as a "sabbatical" of sorts. She's going to try new things. She's going to figure out who she is and who she wants to be~~and if either of those include continuing to be Brian's wife.
Ivy Peterman, a name you may remember from previous Cobbled Court books, has so much going on in her life. She's mother to Bethany and Bobby. She's a student trying to get her college degree~~slowly. She works at the quilt shop and she's also the liaison for the local women's shelter to try to help abused women get back on their feet by finding them jobs. There was a time when Ivy WAS an abused woman needing that help. With all of that going on, the last thing Ivy needs is for her abusive ex-husband Hodge to be getting out of jail and wanting to see his children. Sometimes life is just so hard. And sometimes life sends you some wonderful surprises!
As a group, all of the women in the quilting circle inspired by Gayla's declaration decide to take their "summer sabbatical" and try new things. Even Virginia, whose 85th birthday is approaching, says she's got some new things that she wants to try too!
I love this series and I love these characters. Ms. Bostwick nails female friendships and she also has a handle on the highs and lows of relationships. Not all marriages are perfect and not all friendships are perfect. There are some very real issues faced in Ms. Bostwick's 6th, and quite possibly, last book of the Cobbled Court Series. Though I'll be sad to say goodbye to the women in the quilting circle, I feel as though this book is quite possibly the author's best writing and neatly ties together the lives of these layered characters. Even though each book of this series stands alone, once you read one, you'll want to read them all. And watch out for some comedic fun in APART AT THE SEAMS with some of the "sabbatical" scenarios. Funny stuff!
Well done Ms. Bostwick.