The Oysterville Sewing Circle
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 e ...more
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.
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 ...more
2019; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada
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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 bo ...more
To do what is best for the children, Caroline retu ...more
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- ...more
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 ...more
As Caroline returns to Oysterville after 10 years in New York City, she's a different person than ...more
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 Caroli ...more
Carolyn left Oysterville ten years previously to study fashion to fulfill her lifelong dream of working in the world of hig ...more
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 ...more
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 thin ...more
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 p ...more