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The Oysterville Sewing Circle

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,813 ratings  ·  405 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
Hardcover, 384 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
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
Lori Tatar
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
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Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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

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
May 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs was a wonderful story about Caroline Shelby, her life, her friends, her love, her family and her determination. Caroline never thought she would return to her childhood home of Oysterville to live and definitely not with two children. Growing up Caroline wanted to leave Oysterville, Washington to become a famous designer in New York. She was on her way, when her mentor and boss stole her clothing line and her best friend died from an overdose leaving ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, romance, womens-lit
Susan Wiggs and her books have long been favorites of mine in the past. After not reading one for awhile, I decided to jump back into with this one and while it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be, it was still a delightful(mostly)read for me. Mostly because the subject matter includes domestic violence and that could be a trigger for some. Just a heads up.

Carolyn left Oysterville ten years previously to study fashion to fulfill her lifelong dream of working in the world of high fashion as
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelli Estes
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Julie Barnard
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book - definitely worth reading. I will probably read more books by this author.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a powerful story of how heartbreak can find healing.
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Goodreads for my Advance Readers Edition of The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs. To be honest, after seeing the title, I was not sure this book would be something I would enjoy. If I had to change anything about the book, I think it would be the title.
However, if you are looking for a good summer read then this will be a good choice. I have not read very many books by Susan Wiggs, but I did enjoy reading this one. She attacks many difficult topics revolving around women such
Chris Conley
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a marvelously redemptive book!!! Susan Wiggs has created a world full of wounded people who work together to find their way to a better life. Wonderful book.
Carol Ames
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was excellent. The characters were to real I want to go to Oysterville. It is so timely in its message but also a great romance. I loved every minute of it. It was not what I thought it would be but is so much more. I really loved it. I couldn’t put it down.
Lisa Cobb Sabatini
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs from Goodreads.

The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs is a story about women facing their struggles, growing in strength, and making their own paths in life. This book reminds readers that there is betrayal and cruelty in the world, yet there is also friendship and love. The author taps on all of the reader's emotions as protagonist Caroline navigates through her experiences of love and loss, rollercoaster ci
When I started this book I did not know if I would like it or not, because it seemed slightly cheesy like a hallmark movie kind of story and that is really not my kind of thing but even though it did have those hokey kind of moments there was a deeper more important story dealing with domestic violence and women being harassed and taken advantage of by men, and how necessary it is for us women to not only stand up for themselves but to come together in friendship and support to be each others al ...more
Tracy Smith
I really enjoyed this book by Susan Wiggs. I haven't read many by her, but will definitely looking for more. This story starts out in the big city of New York in the midst of high fashion, designers, and glamorous models. Tragedy then turns the tides, and our main character, Caroline Shelby returns to her hometown of Oysterville, Washington to learn how to become a mom, a woman's advocate, and a best friend and wife to her long time crush from years past. Come follow her journey of ups and downs ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
received an early copy from Goodreads.
This was an amazing book.
I enjoyed the interaction between the ladies as they became friends and associates, and what they ended up accomplishing between them.
I also enjoyed how Caroline became a real mother with the two kids she was guardian of, after their mother died.
I would recommend this book.
Carolyn Breckinridge
The Oysterville Sewing Circle is an interesting and sweet read, but a difficult novel to rate. There are numerous facets to this story, some executed quite well, others a little less. The plot line focusing on the main character's love for the fashion industry opens up a world of apparently realistic cut throat practices and abuses. The author has developed several strong, complex and likable main characters, and throughout the novel, she places a heavy emphasis on the importance of family and c ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital-arc-read
I hesitated to dive into this one, and yet I snatched up the opportunity to read it the moment I saw it. Susan Wiggs is an automatic buy author for me, and I was thrilled to get early access to a digital copy before the release date.

From the beginning it felt a little different from her other books, but I really enjoyed it. There are some hard subjects, hard feelings, and yet a wonderful portrayal of the feelings of family, friendships and love. When, I say hard subjects, in touch with the curr
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caroline Shelby returns home, something she never expected, with two children, something else she never expected. After a scandal and a tragedy, Caroline returns home to rebuild her life and start over.
Life in New York has opened Caroline's eyes and now, she sees the secrets that are hiding, even in idyllic Oysterville. So, she decides to start a sewing circle, a place where women can support each other and share their strength. Touching and moving, I just couldn't put it down.
Kris Dickinson
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
I liked it. The ending seemed a little rushed but other than that, it was a good story line. The part about the dog even had me crying. Its the sign of a good author when they can evoke emotion like that. The 'Sewing Circle' parts could have been more but the author did well with what she did put.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

The Oysterville Sewing Circle turned out to be a lovely story with multiple themes – and everything I expected from this author. Particularly after last year’s marvelous Between You and Me.

First of all, this is a story about home – the Robert Frost version of home being the place that when you have to go there, they have to take you in. Because as the story begins, Caroline Shelby is returning to tiny Oysterville because she needs to take refuge. Her life h
Jessica Higgins
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The kind of special book that is made for book clubs! Women helping women and a warmth throughout that will leave readers smiling as they turn the last page.

After setting off for the big city to launch a career in the fashion industry, Caroline Shelby has worked hard to prove herself to have it all explode in her face. With nowhere else to turn, she returns to her hometown of Oysterville, Washington. She isn’t returning alone, coming home with her are two children that become orphans when their
Caroline left the small coastal town of Oysterville to chase her dreams of being a designer, and has worked in New York for several years, now the ‘design assistant’ to a much more famous man. With her sixth entry in the ‘young up and coming’ designer contest, she finally hits on a winner and is excited to make her mark. Until her ‘boss’ steals her designs and everything falls apart. Just adding to that trouble, Caroline’s best friend and model, Angelique and her two children Flick and Addie hav ...more
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