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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

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2011)
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Linnea
May 14, 2014 Linnea rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2011 Viviane Crystal rated it it was amazing
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
Anna
Jan 31, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it
Madelyn and Tessa were best friends until peer pressure, boys and other influences drove them apart. Tessa carried the guilt of disowning Madelyn, and Madelyn sought love through the admiration of boys, and eventually became the trophy wife of a wealthy investor. Tessa returns to their hometown of New Been seeking a simpler life with her husband. Madelyn returns reluctantly when her husband is accused of fraud. She moves into the home left to her by her grandmother, who raised her after her ...more
TheGeekyBlogger
Jan 28, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read, audiobook
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
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Judy Iliff
Sep 28, 2011 Judy Iliff rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
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 ...more
Michele
Sep 04, 2011 Michele rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Rachel
Jun 21, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
Jul 16, 2016 Bonnie Eldridge-labaff rated it it was amazing
I have totally fallen in love with this series. The more books I read in this series the more I wan to read. I am inspired to learn how to quilt and I am searching locally to find a quilting class. I would be a beginning but I have cross stitched and scrapbook so I have a good eye for color and pattern. What struck me most with this book was that even when we make mistakes we can pick ourselves up and make a better life for ourselves.
Gab
Nov 16, 2016 Gab rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely story about the friendship a group of women in a small town share. They are brought together by quilting, but the book is about so much more than that. Madelyn and Tessa were childhood friends who had a terrible fight when they were teenagers. They both moved away from New Bern only to return 30 years later. Madelyn returns under horrible circumstances as her husband had just embezzled millions of dollars through an investment scheme. Tessa and her husband buy a farm and pursue ...more
Elizabeth M. Haraldsen
Enjoyable

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.
Readstoomuch
Nov 17, 2016 Readstoomuch rated it really liked it
Another wonderful and fun book in the Cobbled Court series! I have the next one on hold!
Mandolin
Jan 17, 2012 Mandolin rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Romancing the Book
Oct 31, 2011 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
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
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Michele
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
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Marlyn
Jun 20, 2011 Marlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-stories
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
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Liz Collins
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Melissa
Aug 25, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
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
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Ruth
Nov 22, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
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
Nikki Barrett
Jun 04, 2011 Nikki Barrett rated it really liked it
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,
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Lynda
Sep 02, 2011 Lynda rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Rebecca
Feb 06, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: haveread
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,
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Lynn
Sep 13, 2014 Lynn rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Karen Kinsella
Apr 15, 2013 Karen Kinsella rated it it was amazing
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
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Linda
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 ...more
Pamela
Jun 07, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-read-2015
Not my favorite of the Cobble Quilt books...it took too long for Tessa to wake up and realize that her retail only store was not going to work for a niche product in a limited market.

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
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Heather
Mar 28, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quilt-fiction
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
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R.
Mar 27, 2014 R. rated it really liked it
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
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Lisa
Jun 26, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quilting
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
Arlene
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 ...more
Suzanne
Jun 10, 2011 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-boods-read
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 ...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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Cobbled Quilt (7 books)
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