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The Oysterville Sewing Circle

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,935 ratings  ·  696 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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 17th 2019 by HarperCollins (first published August 13th 2019)
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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
    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 e
    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. ...more
    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!
    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
    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
    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 bo
    Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    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
    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
    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
    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-
    Sue Em
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    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
    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
    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 Caroli
    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
    Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: romance, arc, 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 hig
    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
    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  ·  review of another edition
    Such a powerful story of how heartbreak can find healing.
    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 thin
    Chris Conley
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    OK, so I downloaded this audiobook via Overdrive because the title begins with the letter "O" that fits so well into my many Goodreads challenges. Also, I like the author Susan Wiggs. What I thought was going to be a fun "listen" turned into something quite more. Topics such as domestic abuse, sexual assault, drug abuse, and fashion piracy were covered in detail from beginning to end and without any glossing over. I liked the story told in two timelines and was impressed with the author's mentio ...more
    Maureen Caupp
    Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book is both heartbreaking and inspirational and filled with such well written characters. This story touches on the important issue of domestic violence and the devastation it causes to so many. It is heartbreaking reading about the fictional characters, because you realize that real people have suffered through so much emotional and physical abuse. It is also full of love, the story of family (both the one you were born with and the ones we create, and the inspiring strength that can be c ...more
    Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What an amazing book! I loved every minute of the heartwarming story. A very hard book to put down because I had to see what would happen next. Awesome ending too! I highly recommend reading this book.
    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 p
    Jenny Shifler
    Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I loved everything about this book. Made me want to pull my sewing machine out of the basement. Highly recommend!
    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.
    Although the book does contain serious social themes, overall it was a soap opera, albeit an entertaining one.
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