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A Single Thread (Cobbled Court Quilts) Paperback – November 1, 2008
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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
“. . . a pleasant story of friendship, with a message of starting over despite the odds. [A SINGLE THREAD] 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 for public libraries.” –Library Journal
“Bostwick's warmly nourishing, emotionally compelling novel is quiet yet powerful.” – John Charles, The Chicago Tribune
“In A SINGLE THREAD Marie Bostwick beautifully captures the very essence of women's friendships-- the love, the pain, the trust, the forgiveness-- and crafts a seamless and heartfelt novel from them. Evelyn, Abigail, Margot, and Liza are as real and endearing as my own closest friends, and as I turned the last page I felt that sweet, satisfying sorrow in having to say goodbye that marks the work of a writer at the top of her game.” – Kristy Kiernan, author of Catching Genius and Matters of Faith
“This novel is written for women who have been inspired, or have inspired themselves.” –RT BOOKreviews
“What a wonderful story of strength, character and friendship. Ms. Bostwick has written a story so touching that it pulls at your heartstrings and doesn’t let up till you finish these women’s stories. She takes you on a journey with them and allows the reader to feel the same emotions as these women do. With the obstacles each must face, you cannot help but wish for a happy ending in these women’s lives. If you need a wonderful book to touch you and maybe even change your future path, I highly recommend adding A Single Thread to your book collection.” – Matilda, Coffee Time Romance
“This is a beautiful, feel-good story that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys books about women and their relationships.” –Working Girl Reviews
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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)
It was...different than I'd expected. The main plot focuses on Evelyn's fight against breast cancer, and how she overcomes her struggles with help from her newfound friends, quilting, and just a bit of luck. Of course, that's only the main plot - there are several side plots that help keep the story interesting through the entire book.
The POV switches between Evelyn Dixon and Abigail Burgess Wynne, the two characters who grow and change the most throughout the story. I liked how the story rotated between the two women, because while Evelyn's story was tragic and inspiring, Abigail's was just as much so. Neither of them start off as terrible people, but they both definitely change for the better by the end of the book.
There was an underlying Christian message to the book, but the religious aspect of it all wasn't shoved down your throat. It didn't feel like the author was sitting there, screaming, "BELIEVE IN GOD AND EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT PERFECTLY!!!" Instead, the book admits that things aren't always perfect, believing in a religion or not. But it's getting through the hard times that make us enjoy the peaceful ones all the more, and shape who we are as a person.
I enjoyed the various relationships in the book. Everyone was well-written, and I understand the author when she says she could write more books about the people of New Bern. They certainly seem worth writing and reading about.
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I started this book thinking it would be the same nice, sugar and spice faith novel. But, it was so much more. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Russell Masartis
I love books that takes life challenges and shows how you can make it through with the help of friends and the Lord . Great analogies too. This was a great read!Published 23 days ago by Highlander
Can not wait to read book 2. I wish it did not end. I would love to live n New Bern and be friends with all those women😊Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Reading this reminded me why I love to quilt. Love giving them away more than keeping. Learning the secrets of these amazing women makes a person realize very one has there own... Read morePublished 1 month ago by sue schancer
Excellent read. Wonderful to see new friends come together and old wounds healedPublished 1 month ago by Mary Van De Brake
Been a long time since I gave a 5 star rating but this definitely rates 5 Stars. Modern women with life issues (breast cancer) meet in a quilt shop BUT the story is soooo much... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was my first book of Bostwick's, & I've already downloaded more! I love reading books in a series, revisiting old characters.Published 3 months ago by Mona Kotenbrink