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The Oysterville Sewing Circle

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  10,764 ratings  ·  1,607 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author brings us her most ambitious and provocative work yet—a searing and timely novel that explores the most volatile issue of our time—domestic violence.

At the break of dawn, Caroline Shelby rolls into Oysterville, Washington, a tiny hamlet at the edge of the raging Pacific.

She’s come home.

Home to a place she thought she’d left forever
ebook, 432 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by William Morrow
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Katie B
3.5 stars

This was my first Susan Wiggs novel and I liked this one enough to want to check out her other books. I appreciate her attempt at exploring some heavy subjects in this story however there were a few things in the book that I felt weren't developed to their potential. This has been a common thing with books I have read recently. Just because I know early on how it will probably end, I still need to feel like everything unfolds naturally rather than rushed or glossed over. Don't get me wr
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 rounded up to 4 Stars

Women's fiction isn't my usual genre of book to read. My reading wheelhouse is usually biographies, historical fiction or literary fiction. But, there was something heartwarming that lured me in about this book cover, and thus I entered and won the Goodreads Giveaway for this kindle book. I guess I was primed for a dose of light reading, which centers around the beach town of Oysterville, Washington.

As the book begins, Caroline is driving on a foggy night, having come a
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Since she had left home right out of high school, she had dutifully visited a few times at Christmas… That seemed to satisfy the family and also preserved her status as the official black sheep. Every family needed a pet, her brother Jackson used to joke.

I’ve had my heart broken so many times, it’s all scar tissue…

“Turns out my ‘perfect’ husband pulled the oldest trick in the book. He took up with an associate at the law firm, plotted a slick exit, and brought my life to a screec
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Caroline never thought she would be returning to her childhood home of Oysterville and definitely not with two children that weren't her own.

Caroline had wanted to leave as badly as any young person and head to New York City. Caroline did make it big in New York until a famous designer stole her clothing line.

Her loss and the death of her friend had Caroline returning with her friend's two children because Caroline had no idea how to take care of a child let alone two.

Caroline had a loving, supp
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
What a wonderful, winding tale of going home and discovering yourself. Caroline Shelby returns home to Washington State with two children she’s adopted after her best friend suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances and after being abuses. Having lost her career in the fashion industry and struggling to figure out how to raise two kids, she forms a domestic abuse support group and begins picking up sewing projects, as well as reconnecting with old friends.

The characters completely made this
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I won this book from Goodreads. So thank you!

Now on to the review. ****Warning, some minor spoilers ahead****

I thought this book was decent, but not a great read. It was very repetitive and not as deep as I would have liked. I think the subject matter (domestic abuse, drug abuse, sexual assault) is important and am glad Susan Wiggs tackled it, but I wish she'd gone deeper. I also wish that some of the characters in the book that were in the Sewing Circle (abuse victims) had been m
May 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
The writing on this was pretty atrocious. The same general points were restated over and over and OVER again throughout and it got very tiring very quickly. Also the romance (what there was of it) was kind of sketch with him being married at the beginning to her supposed best friend. Basically, it was all over the place trying to provide conflict and then going on and on about the conflict, but it was mostly self-created conflict. I am not talking about the physical/mental abuse victims and surv ...more
Debbie Oliphant
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book from this author and I loved this story.

Carolyn is an aspiring fashion designer who suddenly finds her dreams crushed by another designer. She not only has to start over, but she is also the legal guardian of her best friends young children. She is forced to go home to start over and has no idea how she is going to dig herself out of the hole she is in. She begins by reconnecting with her family and some old friends.

The story has many layers especially with the supporting
Lori Tatar
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed The Oysterville Sewing Circle. Believe me when I say, it is not what it appears at first glance, and that is by design. It handles some pretty heavy topics, primarily domestic abuse, in a way that is easy to take in and not feel overwhelmed by the message. This is a story for women, about women and about love, and not just following our passions, but finding them as well. It illustrates how our lives are our own, even when they are not. This was a great read!
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The Oysterville Sewing Circle" opens up with Caroline Shelby returning to her small town in Washington, right off the Pacific Ocean. She has two children with her and you know they are not hers, but you know something bad has happened and you piece together why she has them. Caroline was a big fashion designer in New York before it all went to Hell, forcing her to return where she comes from. She has 4 other siblings and her family owns a seafood restaurant back in Oysterville. Caroline sees Wi ...more
I chose this book because it mentions sewing, and it mentions Oysterville. I love Oysterville - have spent many vacations there up the northwest tip of the peninsula that tucks Washington in to the continguous United States. The thumb of the mitten that is Washington.

I love words and wordplay and in my high school days discovered Willard Espy. Oysterville was his home, and many of the little town buildings still stand. When you get tired of Oysterville you can go drive one of the longest drivea
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Caroline Shelby was a rising star in the fashion world, on the cusp of living the dream she sat out to achieve a decade ago. However, after a famous designer sabotages her career and her best friend dies, leaving Caroline as guardian to her two children, she’s left scrounging for a way forward— professionally and personally. And while she never thought she’s return to her childhood home of Oysterville, her family and old friends might be the only people who can help her navigate the new life thr ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where shall I begin? I loved this book and rounded up to five stars for that reason and because I feel like a sh*t when I am petty or jaded. The book is a yin yang combination of happy and sad themes: wake up to violence again women, illegal immigrant issues, Me Too, Raising Helen, First Wives Club, and (my personal favorite) Baby Boom. The story opens with a famous male fashion house designer stealing the designs (and quashing the dreams) of talented, hardworking, (naïve), young, aspiring fashi ...more
T.J. Fox
Overall: 2.5/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5 Stars
Believability: 3/5 Stars
Personal Opinion: 2/5 Stars

I had a really hard time trying to rate this as I went into it expecting to love it, but I really didn't.

There were three very distinct pieces to this book. The piece of the story that inspired the title and is the support group that Caroline creates. The piece that is Caroline's relationship with Will. And the piece that is Will's relationship with Sierra. Each piece, when completely separated from the o
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2019; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada
(Review Not on Blog)

I was interested in knowing more about the Oysterville Sewing Circle, and was disappointed how little of it was actually in this novel. While waiting on finding out more about the OSC, I sort of read the rest of the story in passing. I enjoyed this novel but also felt like there was something lacking due to my previous statement. I found that Wiggs handled domestic violence well for a lighter book. I have been a fan of
Jamie Rosenblit
The Oysterville Sewing Circle is the second of Susan Wiggs' books that I have read in the last year and I find myself wondering why I haven't read more! TOSC was important without being preachy and informative without being textbook-like. Touching on issues such as domestic violence (ranging from date rape to spousal abuse and beyond) and addiction, and the wake of destruction that can be found in the aftermath, I found this book taking me on a rollercoaster of emotions and finished the last pag ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read

While I was reading, I kept thinking about how this is a story about change. Major life circumstances push Caroline Shelby to both leave her beloved job as a fashion designer in New York City and move back home to her parent's house in tiny Oysterville, Washington. She has one of her best friend's children with her after a quick and necessary decision to become their legal guardian. Caroline has no experience with parenting, but she is certain that she wants 5-year-old Addie and 6-year-old
Caroline Shelby left the quaint town of Oysterville, Washington for NYC with the dream of making it big in the fashion industry. After ten years of hard work, her career was about to take off when it was sabotaged by her boss. She's struggling to get back on her feet when her best friend, Angelique, a beautiful model, comes to her for help. After a tragic moment, Caroline finds herself guardian of Angelique's two young children, Addie and Flick.
To do what is best for the children, Caroline retu
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Although the book does contain serious social themes, overall it was a soap opera, albeit an entertaining one.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I had high hopes for this book because of the way it was described as a story about a support group for women who had experienced any sort of physical or emotional abuse at the hands of spouse, lover, acquaintance and though there was some of that, the overriding story was about Caroline who leaves her little town of Oysterville with the dream of pursuing a career in fashion design in NYC. She begins to make her way working with an established label until two things happen: t
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adoption, romance, abuse
Oysterville Sewing Circle is a support group for abused women started by Caroline. She comes home to Oysterville as her career in NY flops. Her best friend Angeline died and Caroline is sad that she didnt prevent the abuse by some unknown man. There are a lot of moving parts to this story. It wasnt confusing but I felt more interested in some parts than in others. I probably picked this novel because of a silly reason, a title that includes the word Sewing. I love to sew but there is but just a ...more
Sharon Huether
A heart warming story of a woman, loyal to her friend...taking in her friends children after she died of a drug overdose.
Caroline worked in the fashion industry in New York City, as a designer, until her boss stole her ideas and claimed they as his own.
She leaves New York and goes back to her home town of Oysterville, Washington with her best friends children.
She starts the Oysterville Sewing Circle as a place of healing for abused women, then they joined with other groups to make a strong stat
Kelli Estes
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I just finished reading the galley of this beautiful story and I know other readers are going to love it as much as I do. It is the heartbreaking story of abuse and the powerful healing that can happen when women pull together.
Sue Em
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Caroline decided to return home to Oysterville, WA after a series of catastrophic events in NYC. Her hard won career as an emerging fashion designer plummets after her employer/mentor stole the designs from her first collection. But even worse, her best friend dies from an overdose leaving Caroline as guardian to her two small children Now it's back to where she always felt safe, but always wanted to leave, to find a way to remake her life, and make these children feel safe. Well written book th ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet and slow burn kind of book for the first two thirds but then the last third really took off and delivered....far more than I was expecting. This book addresses some gritty topics like betrayal in the workplace and domestic violence but does it in a thoughtful and empowering way. I love it when you can see a character grow in a book and I am impressed when an author can write about something I have no interest in (fashion/sewing) and make it so compelling that I begin to be inter ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book as I always enjoy anything by Susan Wiggs. It is what I'd call an issue driven book, which is both good and a little not so. However the characters were real and the story while "a little coming together very conveniently", it was heartwarming and sad as well. I guess a book like this encourages us to be aware and to stand tall.
I really enjoyed this book! Susan Wiggs has a way of writing from her heart!
A very relevent subject matter in the way the "Me to" movement has finally come to the forefront
in our lives. So proud of these brave women and my sisters.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read most of Susan Wiggs' books and her new book is definitely my favorite. It's got everything you need for a great novel - well written characters, a fantastic plot and a beautiful setting. There's some romance, lots of family love along with learning to overcome defeat. It's also about domestic violence that occurs in every level of society and is often hidden from other people.

As Caroline returns to Oysterville after 10 years in New York City, she's a different person than the girl wh
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I got an Advance Reader Edition at ALA Midwinter and it was fun to meet the author there, too!

Caroline returns to her hometown of Oysterville, Washington because she has no other choice. While her design career in New York ended in disaster, the real tragedy was the death of her dear friend, Angelique, from an accidental drug overdose. Angelique worked as a model and named Caroline the legal guardian of her two children, Flip and Addie. Being a parent is often overwhelming for Caroline, but with
Julie Barnard
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book - definitely worth reading. I will probably read more books by this author.
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