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Threading the Needle (Cobbled Quilt #4)

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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

Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2011)
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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
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
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
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
Cathy Daniel
Excellent book! Glad I have the next one ready to start reading!!
This is the 4th in the Cobbled Court series, based in a small New England town (New Bern). It began when Evelyn moved from Texas after her husband left her for a younger woman. She started a quilt shop and the books revolve around all the women (and some men) who frequent the shop & love quilting.

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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
Liz Collins
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This is another story of God's provision if we just get out of His way. This book may not be a "page turner", but it is one that you'll want to read. It's a book that you want to come back to and spend some time in New Bern (the small town where the book takes place). The way Marie Bostwick describes the scenes and characters it makes you want to visit and become part of the crowd. If you like quilting, you'll have an even deeper appreciation and understanding of the story line.
Nan Williams
Another uplifting book about nice people who encourage their friends. This is just a series of books about "nice" people. These are people with real, current and devastating problems but who struggle to help their friends and to befriend those who need help. It's about friendship and love and promoting the best in humanity and our society.

This book and the others in this series are very uplifting, encouraging and promotional of the goodness of mankind. I'm very thankful for Marie Bostwick and he
This Cobbled Court Quilts book is really well done. The main characters are Madelyn and Tessa, both of whom have come back to New Bern after years away, for different reasons. Madelyn's story is especially well told, and her efforts to establish a B&B in New Bern are interesting to follow. This book focuses on financial troubles, especially of the independent business owner, but there is a lot more to it. This series has gotten better with each book, but should be read in order to understand ...more
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,
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
Well this next book in the series was much better! I am glad I kept reading! I personally don't care for romance novels and even though there is romance in this series, there is more to it than that! The romance is tasteful and sweet, but after reading these books I see that they remind me of the small town I grew up in. Everyone knew and cared about one another. I have enjoyed these very much! A perfect summer read for me!
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.
Upon rereading my review of Bostwick's A Single Thread (the first book of the series) today, I was amazed by what I believe to be the growth and development of her writing skills throughout this series. The only, and I do mean only thing that disappoints me in the whole series is the proselytizing; no one in these books can seemingly be truly happy until/unless they "find God," attend a Christian church every Sunday, and pray. That just bugs me, though I realize it is just my own personal comfor ...more
Mary Elizabeth O'Connor
While I enjoyed the story itself, and the stuff about quilting, the preaching is just too blatant for me. I much prefer being "shown" the lessons in way the people behave, than to have the characters actually quoting the Bible, and preaching to each other and the reader, etc. It's distracting to me, and I want to like the books more, but this aspect makes it difficult to love them.
Susan Belau
Madeline and Tessa, friends as children, meet again as adults and renew their friendship. Not too much with regular characters except for Madeline's history with Abby. She had an affair with Abby's first husband. Abby forgives and expresses understanding. Madeline starts a bed and breakfast that soon converts to a quilt retreat center.
Shelley Sides
Another awesome story

Each book in this series is different, yet connected and so very real. The characters are so real, they ring true. The issues the author covers are handle well, just like in the other books, I so much recommend this book- the whole series!!
In this fourth entry in the Cobbled Court Quilts, we are introduced to Tessa and Madelyn, two relatively new residents of New Bern. As Tessa's business, Love of Lavender, fails, Madelyn's inn garners national attention. I enjoyed this book, just not nearly so much as the volumes that center around Cobbled Court Quilts. After all, that's what I read them for, the quilting!
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.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Cobbled Quilt (7 books)
  • A Single Thread (Cobbled Quilt #1)
  • A Thread of Truth (Cobbled Quilt #2)
  • A Thread So Thin (Cobbled Quilt #3)
  • Ties That Bind (Cobbled Quilt #5)
  • Between Heaven and Texas (Cobbled Quilt, #6)
  • Apart at The Seams (Cobbled Quilt, #7)
A Single Thread (Cobbled Quilt #1) A Thread of Truth (Cobbled Quilt #2) A Thread So Thin (Cobbled Quilt #3) Ties That Bind (Cobbled Quilt #5) Between Heaven and Texas (Cobbled Quilt, #6)

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