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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Book Review: Threading The Needle: A Cobbled Court Novel by Marie Bostwick

In “Threading The Needle,” Marie Bostwick’s fourth book in her Cobbled Court series, the power of friendship is once again the main focus of a heartwarming story that readers will find very satisfying. Bostwick incorporates the introduction of two new characters with the familiar and beloved ladies of the town’s quilting circle to create a lovely story that is inspiring, a little spiritual, and a whole lot of fun.

When they were young girls growing up in New Bern, Connecticut, Madelyn Beecher and Tessa Kover were the best of friends, but as they approached their teenage years, Tessa soon begin to feel uncomfortable with Madelyn’s clinginess. Madelyn, who lived with her grandmother Edna, an aloof and unpleasant woman who frequently abused her granddaughter, had few friends and was considered a bit odd. After a while, Tessa coolly turned her back on Madelyn and their friendship came to a sad end.

Decades later, Madelyn's wealthy husband, Sterling Baron, is arrested for running a Ponzi scheme and is sent to prison. With little money of her own and nowhere else to go, she reluctantly returns to New Bern to the house she inherited from her grandmother. With no other means of supporting herself, she decides to fix up the dilapidated Victorian house and turn it into a bed and breakfast.

Tessa has also returned home, and with her husband Lee, purchased a small farm near New Bern. Tessa opened a specialty shop, “For The Love of Lavender,” in the Cobbled Court selling herbal products of her own creation, while Lee grew produce and small livestock which he supplied to local restaurants. Their dreams of success are slowing becoming dependent on living off their meager savings due to the downward slide in the economy.

Being a small town, its only a matter of time until Madelyn and Tessa realize that they are both back in their old hometown. At first, Madelyn is determined to avoid her former friend, but when circumstances beyond her control causes the tabloid press to descend upon her, Madelyn finds herself turning to the one person she hopes she can count on again – Tessa. But can their friendship be renewed or will the past rear its ugly head once again to cause chaos? Only time and a new sense of maturity will tell.
I just adore Marie's series that combines friendships and quilting. The first three books are among my collection of favorite books, and I hope, after reading this review, you'll check them out too!

Be sure to check out Marie's beautiful website for more information on her books, and to get a glimpse of some absolutely beautiful quilts!  http://www.mariebostwick.com/

I received a copy of this book from Nancy Berland Public Relations for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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