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Stitches in Time

(Georgetown #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,894 ratings  ·  136 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 ...more
Paperback, 387 pages
Published December 9th 1998 by HarperTorch (first published 1995)
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Kristen
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
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nancy Bolduc 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.
Rebekah
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read-2017
***Many Spoilers throughout****
I closed Stitches in Time contemplating what I had finished and thought, “That was a great book.” I had remembered it being my least favorite of the so-called Georgetown trilogy, from my first, and, I think, only read more than 2 decades ago. I remembered being surprised and dismayed at Kara’s personality change and less than blissful marriage with Mark after the seemingly happy ending of Shattered Silk. But upon this reread, I thought it added depth and character
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Lyssa Sue 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
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Aya
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 ...more
Kate
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
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
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Kathy
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.
Julie
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very strong characters. The expected good writing. Quite weak plot.
Natalie
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, paranormal
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 ...more
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
Angela
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 ...more
Elena Santangelo
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, ghosts
Another re-read. Wanted a ghost story to read for Halloween season and this fit the bill nicely. The thing I love about Barbara Michaels novels such as this is how she can take a specific subject of domestic history (in this case, quilts, and the superstitions associated with needlework). Not only an interesting story, but a fascinating subject.

Only one thing I don't like is how a lot of her male characters tend to "man-splain." I had more tolerance for it in the past, now it annoys me, I think
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Lara
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, ...more
Namiko
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
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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."
Rosamond
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.
Maggie
Nov 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: mystery-series
This is my favorite of the author;s written under this name. I reread it at least once a year since that first time over a decade ago. The line that always hits me the hardest is when Racheal (the heroine) is quoting a woman who was asked to sell a quilt she had made. The woman said she had stitched her soul into the quilt.
Michael
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
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Marybeth
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I'd say that I didn't like a Barbara Michaels book, but now I know why I haven't wanted to read this one again after having read it over 30 years ago. It took me far too long to warm up to the main character, and I never did end up liking Rachel much. There was a lot of initial confusion with Kara that wasn't cleared up until halfway through the book. At first I thought she was a new character, especially because her personality was much more aggressive than I remembered, on top ...more
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
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Kathi
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is my first Barbara Michaels and although this book is the third of a series, it does stand alone. It one point the author tried to summarize back stories and things got a little muddy, but it only lasted about a page.

I loved the way that quilts and textile arts were woven into the story (pun intended). The background "why" wasn't clarified til the final pages, which was frustrating.

Books with paranormal themes are not my usual forte, but I have added the first two books of this series to
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Andrea
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I haven’t read a Barbara Michaels book in a long time.
Stitches in Time involves Rachel, s doctoral candidate, and Cheryl and her sister-in-law Kara who own a boutique selling vintage linens and designer clothing. Rachel ventured in to the boutique; as a budding anthropologist her thesis covered the use of needlework and hidden messages.
There is a spirit involved in this story. In the beginning Michaels uses italic type to distinguish the thoughts of this spirit. Later on in the story it becomes
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Rebecca
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The last of the Georgetown books, and it did not disappoint. SIGH...I'm going to miss this series. Subtle supernatural, good mystery, likable, relate-able characters, even though the books are set 50 years in the past. Well...they were current when written, truth be told. I LOVE authors of that period, Barbara Michaels, Mary Stewart, Andre Norton (scifi), Georgette Heyer (Regency romance)...I love them all, and buy them whenever I can find them!
Mariella Deliyannis
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
3,5 stars for my first Barbara Michaels book. Lovely setting (new England in winter and Christmas), goofy characters, a nice paranormal activity (of which I wanted more) and interesting denouement. I found out that she also wrote as Elisabeth Peters and it was a very pleasant surprise as I love her Amelia Peabody books. She is a gentle favourite and I turn to her books when I need something easy and flowing, an escape land that refreshes me and in many cases teaches me.
Pamela Harner
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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Cat
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read the series backwards by accident, but it was fun even that way to piece the threads (pun intended) of the interconnected characters.

Don't underestimate this because it's a trade paperback from a while ago. There's textile conservation, female anthropologists, vintage clothing and creepy witchy stuff all rolled up into a good mystery.
Susan James
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third George Town book. Page turning romantic suspense.

This book concerns itself with three mysterious quilts. One of which was meant as a curse. Following this mystery it to its interesting conclusion was a joy. I’m so sad it’s over
Laurie
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.
Lisa
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
It's a light entertaining book with a predictable romance and a rather silly premise about a haunted quilt and a curse. However, I did learn a few interesting things about antique quilts and linens.
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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.

Other books in the series

Georgetown (3 books)
  • Ammie, Come Home (Georgetown, #1)
  • Shattered Silk (Georgetown, #2)
“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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