Threading The Needle (Cobbled Quilt #4)
From New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick comes a beautiful novel of sisterhood lost and foundand of the ways we create the rich tapestries that encompass the past and the future. . .
The economic downturn has hit New Bern, Connecticut, and Tessa Woodruff's herbal apothecary shop, For the Love of Lavender, is suffering. So is her once-happy thirty-four-year marr...more
Overall Rating 4.75
Character Rating 4.5
Story Rating 4.5
Audio Rating 5.0
NOTE: This is the 4th book in the Cobbled Court series but stands on its own. This is the first one in the series that I have read/listened too and didn't feel like I was missing much at all.
What I Loved: Both leads in Threading the Needle, Madeline and Tessa, both had characteristics that made me fall in love with their stories. Madeline's journey from awkward child that people thought was lazy to making it ...more
Here's a quote that, for me that sums up the impact of Bostwick's books (told to Madelyn):
“You want to know how to chan ...more
I really enjoyed getting to know Madelyn, the main character. She was pretty off centered, leading a very different life than the one she ended up leading. It was interesting to see her go through so many changes.
Now, years later, both women find themse ...more
Most of the books revolve around one of these women. The reader gets to know them through an explanation of their past as well as the present. This book was a bit different as the main two character ...more
Decades later, Madelyn's wealthy husband Sterling Baron is arrested for running a Ponzi scheme, and with no money and nowhere else to go, she reluctantly returns to New Bern, Connecticut, to the house she inherited from her grandm ...more
"The economic downturn has hit New Bern, Connecticut, and Tessa Woodruff's herbal apothecary shop, For the Love of Lavender, is suffering. So is her once-happy thirty-four-year marriage to Lee. They'd given up everything to come back to New Bern from Boston and start their b ...more
Now, years and years later, ...more
"If you're just looking to reproduce somebody else's idea, you might as well buy a paint-by-numbers kit. Quilting isn't about replication. It's about self-expression, making it work, and making your own rules." - Virginia ( I would also add that it can be about re-purposing, reusing and recycling!)
"Quilting fabric is calorie-free, nontoxic, ...more
Threading the Needle is the most recent in Bostwick's Cobblestone Court Quilt series. I know that Marie is an accomplished and dedicated quilter. I am not, but do not find the books overly focused on that craft. They are definitely "chick" books, but each is stan ...more
Yes advertising is expensive, but word of mouth via the Internet works. Participating in some online forums, or referrals from the quilt store with cooperative marketing would have made the process a lot less stressful for the character (and tiresome to read!)
Still, it was not a negative experience, and I so like B ...more
The 4th in the Cobbled Court series, this was an excellent friendship based story, just as good as the first two in the series.
Two friends, Madelyn and Tessa, were friends as children until something happened to break that apart. Both leave their home town and live different lives, until a change in circumstances brings them both back to New Bern.
This is a story of Second Chances, you can improve your life to the better, despite the wrong choices you made in the p ...more