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Stitches in Time (Georgetown #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,657 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
When an antique bridal quilt appears under mysterious circumstances at the vintage clothing shop where Rachel Grant works, she is fascinated. She has never been able to resist handmade textiles from the past, for she believes that through the ages, women wove protective magic into their fabrics in order to mark the important events of their lives: birth, marriage, and deat ...more
Paperback, 387 pages
Published December 9th 1998 by HarperTorch (first published 1995)
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Great book!! This book has so much in it that I don't even know where to start.

There's a mystery surrounding the antique quilt that arrives at the vintage clothing store where main character Rachel works. There's smart and funny inter-play between the very different and interesting other people in the story. There's in-depth examinations of the superstitions and magical beliefs and practices of various cultures. There are restless spirits, and what appears to be a possession of one of the charac
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Rachel is finishing up her doctoral dissertation when she is drawn in to helping out at a vintage clothing shop - and is perhaps possessed by the spirit of a long-dead woman whose unparalleled skill at quilting conceals a darker history. This book is a conundrum- on the one hand, it's a reasonable creepy mystery and has Michaels' interesting academic conversations and likable characters, and I've remembered the plot vividly since my first reading, but on the other hand Rachel herself isn't very ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable. The quilting theme was interesting and the story line, as well. Main character an annoying bitch - but hey.
Nancy Chabot
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a long time ago. But the story has always stayed in my mind. When I think of a favorite book, it certainly is among the ones I preferred reading.
Kathy Jackson
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book expecting for it to go to the middle of my reading list to read during the summer “sometime”. However, the description kept coming back to me until I could no longer resist reading it. The whole premise of a quilt being handed down from generation to generation plus how it takes so many hours that a women feel they have sewn their soul into the quilt fascinated me. My younger sister is making a quilt for her bed and each square required a lot of embroidering as well as sewing ...more
Dec 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished up the Georgetown trilogy of Barbara Michaels books. Of the three, I think I like this one best; it's got the most complex set of characterizations, and some unusual manifestations of creepiness. There's good followup appearances of Pat and Ruth from Ammie Come Home as well as three of the four principals from Shattered Silk, Tony, Cheryl, and Karen--though now she's Kara, having changed her name as a symbol of breaking away from her old life. (She's a strikingly different character her ...more
Sue Lyssa Stone Shaffer
A trio that tempts the mind & heart

From "Ammie, Come Home" to "Shattered Silk" to "Stitches in Time": these books represent masterworks of paranormal mysteries & refined delights of humor blended with the best of "women's studies".

305+ years ago I read the first book, "Ammie Come Home" with its gentle yet terrifying exploration of ghost stories & quiet introduction to the concept of cultural anthropology. I found this delight in one of my mother's Reader's Digest Condensed Books. It
May 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
There's a bit of confusion initially, as Karen from the previous book has been renamed Kara and has undergone a personality transplant, but other than that, the other characters are consistent. Cheryl, Tony, and Mark from the previous book have more than bit parts, as well as Ruth and Pat from the first book. The main character in this one, Rachael, is thoroughly unlikable. She has a selfish personality, even before outside influences, so it was totally unbelievable for Adam (who she insults fro ...more
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
I grabbed this from the library to complete a reading challenge, not realizing it was the third in a series. It was a fast read about a cursed bridal quilt, belonging to a woman who lived over 150 years ago. The plot was interesting, but I would've liked to see a bit more follow through. I also didn't get a good grip on who the characters were and where the magical knowledge came from. I'm positive I would've enjoyed it more had I started with the first book. it ended up just being "okay."
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-read
I found this to be a charming book, for those with an interest in fabric arts and women. However, it is somewhat weird. I rated the book lower because the explanations of the black magic were rather rushed and flippant. Somewhat sad story about the creator of the object in question: the quilt. Perhaps more time should have been given to that.
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance, gothic
Well, it's another for the "not favorite" column of this author's works. I generally find Barbara Michaels very readable, even if I don't really likeall that I'm reading, so though I grumbled and rolled my eyes and took notes for the sole purpose of griping in my review ('cause I'm mean like that), I have to grudgingly admit that she managed to pull me through yet another book. I wanted to see what would happen-- whether or not my suspicions would be confirmed. (They were.)

I don't think I'd ever
Bishalakhi Ghosh
Dec 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am a fan of Ms. Peters but this book is a very difficult read!

The genre is interesting and so is the premise however there is little to nothing on the history of the "haunting" but more and more about possession, demon, supernatural, witchcraft... But not necessarily interesting has it seems like a paper presentation and one-sided conversation rather than delving into the subject/s .

The characters don't make things easy. Its really difficult (at least for me) to connect with anyone in this bo
Kat Lebo
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stitches In Time, Georgetown Trilogy Book #3
by Barbara Michaels

Note: The first few paragraphs are of a personal nature, so you might want to skip to paragraph 5!

If you follow my reviews, you already know that this summer I decided I would read/re-read the novels written by the late Barbara Mertz, whether written as Barbara Michaels or as Elizabeth Peters. I started with books wasting away on my "to-read" bookshelf. then decided I'd read the Barbara Michaels works first. The first novel of Michae
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed in this book.The characters were very 2 dimensional.They were not believable.And the storyline was kind of all over the place. I love Barbara Michaels but this was not her best work.
Henry Ca
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
It is a good strange story. I have read some Barbara Michaels novels and they are just fine. It's a good nice story.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, drama
I wasn't sure what to expect with this novel, since the author is new to me and I haven't read any others in this series- but I actually really enjoyed it. It surprised me in several ways. First, it was its own contained novel. The characters seemed to be recurring, but that didn't prevent me from grasping each personality and how they interacted with one another. I didn't care for Cheryl or Pat at all. Thankfully the former bowed out about one third into the book and didn't reappear- she was to ...more
Feb 20, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a little different than the 3 previous Barbara Michaels' books that I have read. Where the supernatural is sometimes hinted at, this was the first one I read that featured it as a main plot element to the story. It still takes a secondary role to that of the mystery itself and the interpersonal relationships of the characters, but it's still rather important to the story. It's actually what drives those relationships. What I enjoyed about it though was the way it was treated. It wasn't ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, e-book
One of the best EP/BM books I've read so far, although weaknesses abound. I give it four stars instead of three because GR doesn't allow three and a half.
Points for a heroine with a spine & the animal anecdotes that ring all too true, although a little over the top; Ok, a lot over the top. Too many animal distractions.
The quilt fades out, no pun intended. Too bad, because the dated feminist & Wiccan stuff only detracts, but I really like the original premise, that women, like men, used w
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural
This is a very Barbara Michaels book. I didn't realize, picking it up, that it was part of a series, of which I'd read the first but not the second. I will have to pick up the one in the middle now, though I don't think it matters to the story much.

A very straightforward ghost/possession story involving a cursed quilt with a nice answer to the mystery of exactly who made the thing and why. And of course throughout the characters bicker over feminism in a way that seems very retro, to the point w
Michaels, Barbara - 3rd in Georgetown series

When an antique bridal quilt appears under mysterious circumstances at the vintage clothing shop where Rachel Grant works, she is fascinated. She has never been able to resist handmade textiles from the past, for she believes that through the ages, women wove protective magic into their fabrics in order to mark the important events of their lives: birth, marriage, and death.

But there is more than good in the quilt's magic power.
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I really enjoy the books Barbara Michaels writes. However, Stitches in Time just didn't work for me. I didn't like the main character who is lusting after the husband of a friend. I didn't like the woman that Karen (now called Kara) from Shattered Silk has become; her original kindness is now deeply buried. Kara's husband Mark was mostly a placeholder. I didn't like the woman that Cheryl has become -- fussy and scatterbrained. Tony is mostly there as a plot device. About the only people I really ...more
Ginger Leroy
Jul 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I've always liked Barbara Michaels' writing. I absolutely did not like this book. I found the dialog to be on the sexist side. The plot itself...was alright. Told succinctly its a rather exciting plot and she could have done so much more with it then she did. Kara is a graduate student working on her thesis. Superstition and craftmanship (like sewing, needlepoint, etc across cultures) She gets a job in a vintage clothe store and then the weirdness begins. It seems a group of quilts are left in t ...more
Jul 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
I read this book because I recently listened to another Barbara Michaels book on audio. I knew nothing about the author, but the audio book was read by one of my very favorite narrators, so I must have picked it up for that reason. I didn't care much for that book (The Black Rainbow--for one thing, the title has nothing whatsoever to do with the rest of the book!), but when I looked at reviews, several reviewers complained that that book is much worse than her usual fare. So I figured I'd try on ...more
Aug 25, 2007 rated it liked it
This one always kind of creeped me out--I can handle ghosts just fine, but witchcraft/voodoo/dark magic type stuff really freaks me out for some reason. But I keep rereading it anyway, because Adam is just such an interesting character to me. He's big and quiet and has a beard and a child-like innocence that really kind of set him apart from your typical love interest in books like this. I just like him. That's all. I wish there were more dudes like him in romancy books--all those violent, long- ...more
Terri Tinkel
Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm not sure I really enjoyed this story. It had witchcraft and a lot of interesting information about quilts and antiques but I found the writing difficult to follow. Often a descriptive paragraph would begin and I wasn't sure who the subject was until the end of the made for confusion for me. The last 1/4 of the book really got interesting and the storyline picked up but I had to force myself to finish the book just to figure it out. The characters were very quick to agree on ev ...more
Ann Boytim
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rachel is a grad student but works part time at a store that sells vintage wear. A box appears on the doorstep of the shop and in it are three antique quilts. Rachel is working on her thesis about objects with spells etc. Strange and crazy things start to happen and Rachel feels and does things she would never normally do. A thief tries to steal the quilts and the police become involved and take the quits away. Finally the owner of the quilts is found and wants to sell them. The one quilt is tak ...more
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm liking the Barbara Michael's books....she's a little odd but for the most part they are well written. The subject is usually a little on the fantasy side, witches, spirits, hocus pocus kinda stuff but not deep & dark.
This book reflects a curse placed on a hand made quilt. While it does uncover the mystery at the end I would have liked to have seen the past events dispersed more through the body of the text. Sort of a twofer kind of story.
I will be getting more of her books from the libr
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had liked these previous two books so I bought the last one but I didn't want to read it for a while - Rachel the main character has a crush on a married man, whose wife adores her. I didn't like to read until Adam showed up. I had really enjoyed since then.

It was fun to read when the characters I know from the previous books, such as Pat, Ruth, Kara, Tony and so forth. I felt Kara, who changed her name, was very different from the previous one.

I liked the romance part. I cried when I found
Kiwi Carlisle
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
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Jul 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
I started this book in an abridged audio version and was enjoying it enough that I couldn't get over the feeling of missing out on stuff. So, I returned the audio to the library and bought the book. I really liked her characterization and enjoyed the mystery spiked with a little romance. This book also contains one of my all time favorite quotes, "Sardonic laughter was a homeopathic protection against total disintegration."
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Barbara Michaels was a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also wrote as Elizabeth Peters, as well as under her own name.

She was born in Canton, Illinois and has written over fifty books including some in Egyptology. Dr. Mertz also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Egyptology.
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  • Ammie, Come Home (Georgetown, #1)
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“Denied outlets for their creative talents in literature and the fine arts, women poured their hidden frustration and suppressed need for expression into the spheres delegated to them by the dominant male society. Needlework has been, in most cultures, a traditional female occupation. Spinning and weaving, sewing and embroidery…” Rachel” 0 likes
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