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A Single Thread (Cobbled Quilt #1)

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Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever.

It's a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she's found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn's wake-up call to get busy chasing he

Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Kensington
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Nov 26, 2008 GoldenjoyBazyll rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jennifer/ Barbara
Shelves: favorites, fiction
"I always tell students that quilts are made up of straight lines, but that isn't true. Quilts are made of broken lines, just like life. Over and over again, we try and walk a straight path but run into dead ends, sharp corners and uneven ground that cuts us off and forces us to change direction. Sometimes it's painful, other times joyful. But it isn't until you take a moment to stand still, step off the line, and back away that you finally see the truth. Those unexpected turns and startling abo ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Jackie rated it liked it
Having read a few other reviews, I'll just chip in my "two cents worth". I enjoyed this book. I agree that it isn't full of anything really new. But: I did not feel manipulated. I enjoyed the characters. I mostly liked the dialogue. And I just plain enjoyed the reading of this book.

One particular thing that jumped out at me: the absence of the foul language that so permeates books today. It is possible to write something that most people enjoy without resorting to such unpleasantness, this book
Katrina Burchett
Mar 09, 2009 Katrina Burchett rated it really liked it
Newly divorced Evelyn Dixon needed a change. She drove from Forth Worth, TX to the town of New Bern, CT, happened upon an old run down shop for rent and realized that she’d found a new home; a place to make her dream of owning a quilt shop a reality. She loved quilting and she was determined to make this new business work even though people told her it wouldn’t last.
Abigail Burgess Wynne, the wealthiest woman in New Bern, had many acquaintances but her attorney, Franklin, was her only friend. He
Jul 26, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was ok
Yet another book about strong women, struggling women, rallying women, blah blah blah. And guess what! Happy endings for everyone - all neatly tied up in a bow. Everyone falls in love, resolves their issues, gets healthy and lives happily ever after helping the less fortunate and kicking the bad guy to the curb. Reminded me way to much of Blossom Street, which was worse in terms of prose, but very parallel in storyline.
This one was very predicable, characters luke warm in the likeable department
I enjoyed this story of friendship and quilting. It does have a serious health issue that is linked to a couple of the characters which was moving. The story of how they all come together in support makes for good reading and the end result will take us on to more books.
Cathy Daniel
Sep 30, 2014 Cathy Daniel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Omg BEST BOOK EVER! I loved these characters and am literally mourning the fact they aren't real lol. I cried, laughed, got mad and squealed over it! I'm so happy this is the first of 6? Books in this series! MUST READ FOR ALL
May 07, 2009 Bonnie rated it really liked it
This is a gentle, wonderful story about the miracles of friendship and is testament to the saying that "when one door closes, another one opens". This happens for Evelyn, the main character in A Single Thread. Evelyn's husband of close to thirty years surprises her one day with the announcement that he wants a divorce. This changes the course of Evelyn's future and she ends up moving from Texas to a small town in Connecticut. Evelyn has always had a dream to open a quilt shop and she is able to ...more
Gloria Bernal
Nov 15, 2008 Gloria Bernal rated it really liked it
This is the first contemporary novel Marie has written. Her previous novels were historical fiction based around wartime which I personally found myself enthralled in. She is one of the most gifted writer I have come across in recent years.

This one is written well and features a group of women who come together through quilting, not an original concept as there are countless others but Marie pulled
these women together well. Each quilter has her own story and cross to bear, also not unique but I
Kelly Roll
Jan 12, 2009 Kelly Roll rated it liked it
I normally dislike the type of books wherein everyone rallys around a person in need and that person in need soldiers bravely on.
I also found the writig in the book a little akward and the ending predictible.
However, having said that this book also drew me in in spite of my dislikes. There was something appealing about Abigal Burgess and the relationship with her niece as well as the depections of individuals coming together as a community.
Mar 30, 2009 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
I really enjoyed this book. It was a well-written, heartwarming story about some strangers with different backgrounds that become good friends after meeting at a breast cancer fundraiser (Quilt Pink) held in the shop of one of the women. The chapters are told in first person from the perspective of the different women which you would think would bug me, but it didn't. :-) Maybe it was because I could see part of myself in most of the characters.
May 22, 2009 JayeL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009, second-reading, 2013
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Evelyn has recently divorced and is unsure of her future. A spur of the moment decision leads Evelyn to New Bern intending to enjoy the fall colors and have time alone to contemplate her life. There she discovers an old shop, long abandoned, that she envisions as the quilt shop she has often dreamed of opening.
Abigail is the town benefactor, well liked, but holds people at a distance. When circumstances force her to take in her long estranged niece, Liza, she and Liza conflict from the start. L
Mar 19, 2009 Vivian rated it did not like it
I couldn't wait to start this one, it got such great reviews from critics and readers alike. Evelyn Dixon has always dreamed about opening up a quilt shop. After her divorce, she relocates from Texas to New Bern, Conn. and after dealing with several issues connected to the old building she purchased for her shop and apartment, Evelyn's doors finally open. Here she forms friendships with several women with stories of their own.

I wish that I could say that I loved this book, but I couldn't even fi
May 23, 2009 Audrey rated it did not like it
This is some of the wort female-driven crap I've ever read. It's filled with insipidly bad dialogue, gag-worthy contrived plotlines, and eye-rollingly predictable characters. She tries to put together this clunky piece of garbage by using cheap manipulative female drama elements, like death, divorce, adultery, quilting (by far the worst metaphor I've ever seen used in a book) and breast cancer. One gets the impression she stole all the material off of some Lifetime: Television for Women movie fr ...more
Apr 26, 2009 Marsha rated it it was amazing
The characters of this book are so well developed. You can almost see the people as they walk through the cobblestone streets of New Bern, CT. After reading this tome, I better understood the specific challenges of fighting breast cancer. I'm looking forward to Bostwick's next novel coming out May 2009.
 Barb Bailey
Oct 28, 2011 Barb Bailey rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were very well developed. When I finished the book I wished I could take a short trip to New Bern CT and visit the Cobbled Quilt shop and meet these friends and take a class ! This book is about so many things, changes in our lives, hope, endurance , encouragement and the importance of friendship. I will be reading more from this author.
Ret Yeager
Oct 21, 2016 Ret Yeager rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a fast paced thriller, this is not the book for you. The author does a great job of character development and interaction. Quilting plays a part in this story but the way the most unlikely of people become friends is the crux of the plot. Great examples of "walk a mile in my shoes before you judge me".
Feb 27, 2009 Violet rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this. It started out slow, but about midway through it got really compelling. It does have some of the traits I generally dislike in women's fiction (some predictable plot lines, although there were some nice twists in this one, and all-to-convenient solutions. Where in real life can I find a rich fairy godmother?) but overall, it was very entertaining and heartwarming.
Jan 21, 2013 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Cling to your friends and be a friend to others. The need for friendship is the single thread that we all have running through us."
This novel was a very nice reprieve from some of the heavy WWII/Nazi Germany novels I have tried to read recently. It was refreshing to read about kindhearted people who were willing to encourage and help each other out during times of need. The characters are all interesting and well-developed. The plot deals with some serious life issues - but the author treats them with respect and seems to be quite aware and knowledgeable of how these difficult things affect a person and his/her relationship ...more
May 15, 2012 Ronna rated it it was amazing
I don't know how I've managed to miss Marie Bostwick's books!!  Now that I've read the first book in her quilt shop series, I've become a huge fan.  The power of community, friendship, and courage is superbly exemplified in this story about Evelyn and her newfound life and friendships.  

After a painful divorce, Evelyn left Texas and moved to Connecticut , where she gave all her funds and energy to try living her dream life.  Having her own quilt shop has been a dream she put on hold after becomi
Dec 09, 2012 Trish rated it really liked it
In the first chapter our heroine Evelyn describes an early childhood encounter with shelves and shelves of towels in graduated colors, colors merging almost imperceptibly into one another, though the color wheel. Right away I was listening. This is a book about women’s community formed around the craft of quilting. Several of the women were actually resistant to this notion in the beginning, which further endeared me to the author.

Things weren’t going especially well for Evelyn, who had recently
Apr 19, 2013 Maki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 thr
Dale Harcombe
Jun 02, 2013 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it
This was a charming, easy to read book which I greatly enjoyed. I admit to being a sucker for books about crafts that I have no aptitude for. A Single Thread is one that deals with quilting but so much more than that. It is about friendship, love, loss, the challenges of life and second chances.
After the demise of her marriage, Evelyn Dixon moves to the town of New Bern where she opens a quilt shop. There she meets Abigail, a wealthy well connected person in town, her niece Liza and Margot curre
Apr 07, 2012 Lindsey rated it it was ok
First of all, this book was a beautiful story of a woman's struggle with diagnosis, treatment and dealing with breast cancer. I thought that part of the story was well done.

Other than that, it's not one of my favourite books. I felt some of the characters to be a bit contrived and some of the situations a bit too convenient. The romantic pairing up of everyone at the end of the story is a little over the top, and some of the christian references a little too cheesy.

The story is narrated by 2 wo
Nov 23, 2009 Ruth rated it liked it
Evelyn and her husband were the owners of a 3000 sq. ft. house in Texas. When they renovated their kitchen, her husband told her that they were going to put in the granite countertops because they were going to live in that house for the rest of their lives and he wanted to have something that would last. Little did she know that a few months after that he would stand in that kitchen and tell her that after 25 years he wanted a divorce. The countertops lasted, the marriage didn't. Evelyn's only ...more
Dec 05, 2011 Carol rated it liked it
Recommended to Carol by: Book group pick
Shelves: fiction
This was the perfect book for December. It was an easy read about middle-aged Evelyn who needs to make it on her own after her husband dumps her for the younger woman. She relocates from her Texas home to a small in Connecticut where she decides to follow a life-time passion for quilting by opening The Cobbled Court Quilt Shop. Though not all is happy, the story never makes you feel like stopping reading.

The story examines friendships, women’s issues, self-worth, teenage angst, love, loyalty, b
Jun 04, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evelyn Dixon finds a new life in a small Connecticut community after her husband's surprise divorce announcement sends her looking for a new beginning. Evelyn finds her new life in New Bern, and there meets 3 "angels" that come into her life to help her transition and she enters their lives as a new friend and provides each of them a new path in their lives. Yes this book is predictable, yes it has a storybook happy ending, yes maybe even a bit "sappy", but the author does explore the insecuriti ...more
Aug 07, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
I really like the way she writes. She keeps your attention in the story.
This is about a woman who lives in Texas, gets a divorce and has to start all over again.
She is visiting a lovely small town and sees an unoccupied building that looks like it would be perfect to start a quilt shop. (What a neat idea!!)
The rest of the book is about how much her life changes, the friends she makes, and the wounds that are healed as she evolves.
I think this is also the first book in a trilogy. A trilogy that I
Jul 27, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Great read! I love a book that comes to life for me - as if I'm in the theater watching everything unfold right in front of me. A Single Thread did that for me. I could picture the characters, the facial expressions, the town, shop, the street...When I finished the book I remember thinking "why did I wait so long to read this?" It was in my TBR pile for a year or more. But then, someone I love was just diagnosed with breast cancer, so maybe this was when I was meant to read it. I like to think s ...more
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Marie Bostwick is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of uplifting historical and contemporary fiction. She lives in the state of Connecticut and travels fequently to sign books, speak to reading groups, and meet her readers.
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