Threading the Needle (Cobbled Quilt #4)
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Threading the Needle (Cobbled Court Quilts #4)

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From New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick comes a beautiful novel of sisterhood lost and found—and 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 mar

Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2011)
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Viviane Crystal
Madelyn Beecher has been giving the good life for many years, spending willy-nilly and never wondering where a penny is coming from. Hers is a marriage of convenience, as she is the trophy wife, beautiful and able to make her way through upper society without a blip. She lacked knowledge and so was thought beautiful but dumb at one time but quickly remedied that by slowly reading through the dozen books her husband, Sterling Baron, insisted she read. All in all, Madelyn has overcome the horrible...more
Judy Iliff
Marie Bostwick's Cobbled Court series just gets better and better. I was a little disconcerted when I realized the main characters from the previous books didn't play as big a role this time as they have in the past. After I "got over" that, I thought the book was wonderful. All of these books are really stories of strong friendships among women as well as quilting. They are a joy to read, and I always learn something about myself or something to hopefully make me a better person when I read the...more
Sep 04, 2011 Michele rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that has enjoyed Debbie Macomber's books.
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as part of the Good Reads First Reads Giveaway. I loved it! I had never heard of this author before I entered the giveaway for her book but I am now going to locate the rest of her books from this series so that I can read them also. :) Her style of writing is smooth & easy. It makes you feel like you're right there & part of everything going on. I had a hard time putting the book down & doing other things. LOL! It took me almost a month to read the book but that...more
I love this book. Reading Marie Bostwick's books are always comforting and relaxing and definitely inspiring. This book is a refreshing change of pace about two old friends who reconnected again 30 years later after an incident in middle school that caused a split between the two of them. The other familiar characters of Cobblestone Court are there but they're mainly in the background as occassional characters, so this is a nice change of pace in Bostwick's collection of excellent books! I love...more
This is the first book I've read by Marie Bostwick, but it certainly won't be the last! She writes about real people facing real-life situations. She is a Christian author, but doesn't get preachy and neither does she create her characters as someone we could never live up to. Of course, writing about quilters and old houses adds immensely to her charm for me! This is the 4th in a series of "A Cobbled Court" books, so I'll be going back and reading the rest. Hope you enjoy her writing as much as...more
Threading the Needle by Marie Bostwick

Another book in this sweet and easy reading series. I enjoy these reads like a good cup of coffee with a friend! I think most women would really enjoy living in a town that has such a great circle of “crafting” friends. It wouldn’t need to be quilting - almost anything that is a shared interest would be something to build a circle of friends around. I know that I would love quilting in an environment like this so that is something I can connect with as I’ve...more
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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
Nikki Barrett
Sometimes returning to your hometown brings you newfound joy and happiness that is unexpected. This is the story that features two women who have done just that. Madolyn and Tessa. They were once good friends, until the early teen years when Tessa turned on Madolyn and said some pretty hurtful things. Madolyn wasn't quite like everyone else, but at her young age had gone through some terrible times and dealt with loss. She needed a friend, and that friend was Tessa.

Now, years and years later,...more
This is book #4 in a very sweet series. This book focuses less on the characters of the previous 3 books, but focuses on 2 new characters who were children in New Bern and left, but now returned. Definitely a feel good story.

"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
Once again we find ourselves back in New Bern, CT. Tessa Woodruff grew up there and has now returned home with her husband. He has started a small farm and she has opened an herbal shop called For The Love of Lavender. At the age of 12 she told her best friend that she no longer wanted to spend all her time with her. As a grown up she regrets what she did but finds that she has to face her friend once again. Madelyn's husband is very rich but when he is convicted of a Ponzi scheme, he is sent to...more
At the age of twelve, Madelyn Beecher and her best friend Tessa Kover had a misunderstanding that ended their friendship. Madelyn lived with her father's mother Edna, an aloof and unpleasant woman who abused her granddaughter, who had few friends and was considered odd.

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
With her fourth installment in the Cobbled Court Quilting series, Ms. Bostwick introduces us to two distinctly different women who, once friends, tragically fell apart as children and, only now after experiencing separate trials and heartaches, find healing and restoration in renewal of their friendship. As Tessa and Madelyn, with the help of the growing Cobbled Court quilting circle, both learn there's little we can do on our own when hard times hit. Loss, grief, failure, mistakes...they all re...more
Romancing the Book
Review by Valerie: For those of you that read like to read books about lifelong friendships, this one’s a must! In the newest book from the series, two friends, Madelyn and Tessa, tell their stories from childhood into adulthood in alternating chapters. While Tessa has what seems like the normal family life a child should have, Madelyn does not. After years of being inseparable, their friendship splinters and ends as boys and growing up enter the picture.

Now, years later, both women find themse...more
Bought for Myself
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
Liz Collins
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If you think quilting is just for old fuddy-duddies, think again! This is a fun book of friendship and following your dreams. Here are a few favorite quotes:

"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
This was a good stand alone novel in the Cobblestone Court series. Madelyn and Tessa, childhood friends, have both returned to New Bern, Connecticut to start new lives. Tessa and her husband Lee have started both a farm and an herbal products shop called A Touch Of Lavender. Although the poor economy is starting to affect both enterprises, Tessa thinks they can weather the financial storm. Madelyn has no where else to go but to the run down cottage her grandmother left her. Because of her teenag...more
Another winner. It was nice to meet new women that were childhood friends that had a falling out but were brought back together later in life. Madeline had some rough issues to deal with but made a success from them. Tessa was the peacemaker. The rest of the ladies of the club were a minor part of the book. The incorporating of Matthew 19:24 was the awakening for Madeline. Now on to book five, then Have to wait until May for the series to continue.
This is the 4th in the Cobbled Quilt series and I loved it just as the first three. I don't quilt but I do Scrapbook and make cards and the community of women in this series reminds me of the women that I have met over the years around various crafting tables.

It's a feel-good book for women of all ages and all walks of life.
Dorothy Timm
This was one of my favorite books ever, the story of the friendship of two mature women. They had had a falling out early on, a very typical type of one, of two pre-pubescent girls where one develops different interests and shuns the other. However, I loved the story of them coming back together, the "bad" girl becoming successful. Anyone who's a fan of Debbie Macomber will no doubt be a fan of this book.
Enjoyed getting back into this series since I have been away from it for a while. I still love the characters! I am ready to know more about Madelyn's journey though so I'm hoping she gets included in later books as well!
Karen Kinsella
I'd really give this 4-1/2 stars... for it's genre it is far, far better than most. The cover suggests a comparison with Debbie Macomber, but Marie Bostwick's books are quite a bit better than those of Macomber, though not as well known.

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
I like to listen to a book while I'm in my sewing room sewing. The quilt themed books Re the best because they are easy to listen to. Not complicated. Not sure about the 4 stars, that might be more of a a 3.75.
Dec 11, 2011 Linda added it
This book is a lightly read novel that brings with it some interesting views of women entroproneurs (sp?). Tow best friends break their friendships in their yourng years and find themselves moving back to their home town as adults. They are both starting businesses for supporting themselves. One starts a business based on the need of the area and one starts a business on the love she has of herbs. They both get something they did not bargin for in their lives as business women. Both join a quilt...more
Marian Sofferin
Really enjoyed this book. The characters at Cobbled Court Quilts are easy to relate to and make me feel at home. Time to start on book five of the series.
3.5 stars - I enjoy listening to this series while I walk.
A positive and enjoyable series.
This is the story of two women who had been best friends as children. Tessa has come back to New Bern with her husband to open her herbal apothecary shop where she sells her lotions, soaps and other products that she makes from the herbs she grows on the small farm she and her husband have started. Her estranged friend Madelyn has come back under different circumstances when her husband is convicted of a Ponzi scheme and she is left with little else except the clothes on her back and her grandmo...more
Marianne Stehr
In this novel about faith, friendship and forgiveness, the characters are likeable and in depth. It reads like a magazine article about friends. I read this as a stand alone novel, however there are a few before it. I enjoyed that in the tradition of books like The Firday Night Knitting Club Series the women have a crafty hobby that brings them together, yet in this book I feel it was one of the first in the genre to include the male dynamic into the storyline. I enjoyed the book and have found...more
I had a hard time getting into the book at first. I admit, it was expectation of what I wanted to read. I was waiting for "my" friends at the Cobblestone Quilt Store to lead off the story.... but instead found 2 new main characters I didn't know. But, I am glad I continued reading. What delightful friends these new characters became and I didn't want the book to end....... I wanted to see how they changed and grew in their new adventures. Marie, please continue the series. I want to see what hap...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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