Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Book Review - The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen
About The Book:
The Van Ripper women have been the talk of Tarrytown, New York, for centuries. Some say they’re angels; some say they’re crooks. In their tumbledown “Stitchery,” not far from the stomping grounds of the legendary Headless Horseman, the Van Ripper sisters—Aubrey, Bitty, and Meggie—are said to knit people’s most ardent wishes into beautiful scarves and mittens, granting them health, success, or even a blossoming romance. But for the magic to work, sacrifices must be made—and no one knows that better than the Van Rippers.
When the Stitchery matriarch, Mariah, dies, she leaves the yarn shop to her three nieces. Aubrey, shy and reliable, has dedicated her life to weaving spells for the community, though her sisters have long stayed away. Bitty, pragmatic and persistent, has always been skeptical of magic and wants her children to have a normal, nonmagical life. Meggie, restless and free-spirited, follows her own set of rules. Now, after Mariah’s death forces a reunion, the sisters must reassess the state of their lives even as they decide the fate of the Stitchery. But their relationships with one another—and their beliefs in magic—are put to the test. Will the threads hold?
What an absolute treat this book is! Author Lisa Van Allen enthralls her readers with this fascinating and magical story of family, love, hopes and dreams. And it all revolves around the enchanted knitting skills of the Van Ripper family.
I genuinely loved reading this story. The characters are personable and realistic, the relationships are intriguing, and I loved the way knitting was involved throughout the tale.
I look forward to more brilliant writing from the talented Ms. Van Allen.
About The Author:
Lisa Van Allen’s writing has been published in many literary journals and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She currently lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and their pet hedgehog.
She has a wonderful website at www.lisavanallen.com
My thanks to Ballantine Books for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.