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Book 1 of 5 in the Cobbled Court Novel Series

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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. 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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"By the time you finish this book, the women in A SINGLE THREAD will feel like your own girlfriends—emotional, funny, creative and deeply caring. It's a story filled with wit and wisdom. Sit back and enjoy this big-hearted novel, and then pass it on to your best friend." – Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of Just Breathe

“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

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Product Details

  • Series: Cobbled Court Quilts (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758222572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758222572
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (369 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I picked up this book a long time after it was written but I feel its message is as powerful as the day it was written. The characters are vibrant and I felt that after meeting them, I would be friends with them forever. I hated to have the story end. I could recommend this book to any of my friends.
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I picked up A Single Thread because it looked a lot like The Dress by Sophie Nicholls, minus the magic. I really enjoyed The Dress, so I figured I'd go a head and give this book a try.

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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