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Threading the Needle

(Cobbled Court Quilts #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,193 ratings  ·  232 reviews

From New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick comes a beautiful novel of sisterhood lost and found;and of the ways we create the rich tapestries that encompass the past and the future. . .

The economic downturn has hit New Bern, Connecticut, and Tessa Woodruff's herbal apothecary shop, For the Love of Lavender, is suffering. So is her once-happy thirty-four-year

Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2011)
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May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Marie Bostwick, but it certainly won't be the last! She writes about real people facing real-life situations. She is a Christian author, but doesn't get preachy and neither does she create her characters as someone we could never live up to. Of course, writing about quilters and old houses adds immensely to her charm for me! This is the 4th in a series of "A Cobbled Court" books, so I'll be going back and reading the rest. Hope you enjoy her writing as much as ...more
Sherri Thacker
I highly recommend ALL books by Marie Bostwick. This quilting series especially. They are all about friendship and are "feel good" books. This is my 4th one and can't wait to read the next one. Why have I waited so long to read them???
Viviane Crystal
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Madelyn Beecher has been giving the good life for many years, spending willy-nilly and never wondering where a penny is coming from. Hers is a marriage of convenience, as she is the trophy wife, beautiful and able to make her way through upper society without a blip. She lacked knowledge and so was thought beautiful but dumb at one time but quickly remedied that by slowly reading through the dozen books her husband, Sterling Baron, insisted she read. All in all, Madelyn has overcome the horrible ...more
Judy Iliff
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Marie Bostwick's Cobbled Court series just gets better and better. I was a little disconcerted when I realized the main characters from the previous books didn't play as big a role this time as they have in the past. After I "got over" that, I thought the book was wonderful. All of these books are really stories of strong friendships among women as well as quilting. They are a joy to read, and I always learn something about myself or something to hopefully make me a better person when I read ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Madelyn and Tessa were best friends until peer pressure, boys and other influences drove them apart. Tessa carried the guilt of disowning Madelyn, and Madelyn sought love through the admiration of boys, and eventually became the trophy wife of a wealthy investor. Tessa returns to their hometown of New Been seeking a simpler life with her husband. Madelyn returns reluctantly when her husband is accused of fraud. She moves into the home left to her by her grandmother, who raised her after her ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Having listened to the audio versions of the first three books in this series, it was nice to take another "trip" back to New Bern, CT. I enjoyed the story line and characters in this book a bit more than in the 2nd and 3rd books in the series. I would have given it 3.5 stars if that option were available. There was less about quilting and the quilt shop and more about the lives of the two friends who were the focus of this book. Also, the author did not spend quite as much time telling the ...more
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have totally fallen in love with this series. The more books I read in this series the more I wan to read. I am inspired to learn how to quilt and I am searching locally to find a quilting class. I would be a beginning but I have cross stitched and scrapbook so I have a good eye for color and pattern. What struck me most with this book was that even when we make mistakes we can pick ourselves up and make a better life for ourselves.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this cute story of a small town and the friendships formed between the main characters.
Elizabeth Meadows
Excellent book! Excellent series!
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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Overall Rating 4.75
Character Rating 4.5
Story Rating 4.5
Audio Rating 5.0

NOTE: This is the 4th book in the Cobbled Court series but stands on its own. This is the first one in the series that I have read/listened too and didn't feel like I was missing much at all.

What I Loved: Both leads in Threading the Needle, Madeline and Tessa, both had characteristics that made me fall in love with their stories. Madeline's journey from awkward child that people thought was lazy to making it
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone that has enjoyed Debbie Macomber's books.
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as part of the Good Reads First Reads Giveaway. I loved it! I had never heard of this author before I entered the giveaway for her book but I am now going to locate the rest of her books from this series so that I can read them also. :) Her style of writing is smooth & easy. It makes you feel like you're right there & part of everything going on. I had a hard time putting the book down & doing other things. LOL! It took me almost a month to read the book but ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely story about the friendship a group of women in a small town share. They are brought together by quilting, but the book is about so much more than that. Madelyn and Tessa were childhood friends who had a terrible fight when they were teenagers. They both moved away from New Bern only to return 30 years later. Madelyn returns under horrible circumstances as her husband had just embezzled millions of dollars through an investment scheme. Tessa and her husband buy a farm and pursue ...more
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Reading Marie Bostwick's books are always comforting and relaxing and definitely inspiring. This book is a refreshing change of pace about two old friends who reconnected again 30 years later after an incident in middle school that caused a split between the two of them. The other familiar characters of Cobblestone Court are there but they're mainly in the background as occassional characters, so this is a nice change of pace in Bostwick's collection of excellent books! I love ...more
Linda Smatzny
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Tessa Woodruff and Madelyn Beecher best friends as girls who have each returned to New Bern, Connecticut to start their lives over. Tessa and her husband have bought a small farm to grow organic food and Tessa has started a business in town with her lavender products. Madelyn has returned to town because she has no where else to go after everything is taken by the government because of her husband. The book was a quick easy read.
Ann Boytim
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
New Bern Ct is the home of Tessa Woodruff's herbal apothecary shop. Tessa's shop For the Love of Lavendar unfortunately is not doing well and Tessa and her husband are beginning to realize things are on the downward economic path. Tessa and her husband had moved back to New Bern and he is trying his hand at farming but the strain is telling on their marriage. Tessa was raised in New Bern and at one time was best friends with Madelyn Beecher but that friendship turned very sour. Madelyn left New ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't quite as enamored with this book as I was the previous three in the series. The author apparently decided to focus on different characters that were never even mentioned in the first three books, Tessa and Madelyn. Both grew up in New Bern and were the best of friends until their teens, when a terrible spat split them up and they went their separate ways. Brought back to the town by coincidence and fate, the two learn to mend their fences and improve their lives. The characters from the ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit for Bostwick!

In this book, Marie Bostwick continues to please with another beautiful quilt story. She lays the foundation of a past time for a grandmother which a child she resents. As the story unfolds, the child’s background is exposed and then a step to the future. Madelyn, the granddaughter, now a grown woman, finds herself in a position where her husband has gone to jail, she has no money and has no choice but to go back to the house where she lived with her grandmother. It’s a
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the 4th book in the Cobbled Court series. This book focuses on two new characters who reconnect through quilting. Tessa and her husband are struggling to keep their farm and her herbal bath and body product shop afloat after leaving their city jobs and moving to New Bern. Their marriage is also starting to struggle. On the other side, Madelyn has returned to the area after her husband’s arrest for a financial scheme and is left with very little besides her grandmother’s cottage. She ...more
Nancy H
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anolther excellent entry in the Cobbled Quilt series, this book tells the story of two women who once were best friends before a horrible falling-out, but who now find themselves back again in New Bern, Connecticut, one in disgrace, one trying to find a better way of life. This is a great story of the redemption of friendship and the life-altering acts of supportive women. (And a few men!)
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of the four books I've read by Bostwick I liked this one best! She didn't try to catch you up on what had happened in the past & that made all the difference. I totally recommend this one. It's part of a series but it stands alone so well that if you haven't read any of the Cobbled Quilt books I'd suggest reading this one first! Good job Marie Bostwick!
Linda Johnson
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am loving this series. In this one, there was just one thing that I wish had been tied up more. I kept thinking it was going to happen and was a little disappointed. But still a good story of friendship and selflessness.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like how this author tackles issues that other Christian writers won't touch. Her characters are so real because they aren't perfect; they're just as broken and healing and a work-in-progress as anyone is.
Nancy Gunn
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was just what the Dr ordered. I needed a feel good book. I enjoy stories about strong, independent women and their friendships. I choose this book because of the authors last name. We have Bostwick’s in our family tree. I’ll be reading more by her.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Even though the characters from the first 3 books in the series are in this book, it's really not about them; and I missed them. That being said, I hope the new characters are incorporated into the next book because I came to like them, but it got a little boring at times.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is not a deep book. It does not have a message. It is an easy and light read, but I think I like it best because it is Just Nice. The characters, the setting, the quilting connection: they’re all Just Nice. And sometimes you just need to read something nice.
Cathy Koerner
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book of friendship and growing in life together
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoying this series. This one was a bit different from the previous three and introduced new characters.
Trudi C. Googins
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the continuation of the Cobbled Quilters and the addition of new characters. New characters are woven into the story very well. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Guardian Sherry
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meaningful reading

I loved this book so much .
I highly recommend this series .
You will feel as though you are in this circle of dear friends.
Marilyn Hubbard
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love this series.
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Marie Bostwick is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of uplifting historical and contemporary fiction. She lives in the state of Oregon and travels frequently to sign books, speak to reading groups, and meet her readers. Keep up with Marie and her lifestyle blog at @fiercebeyond50.

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