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The Wishing Thread

By: Lisa Van Allen
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2013 Lisa Van Allen (P)2014 Tantor

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"Chick-lit cozy meets magical realism with inevitably warm and fuzzy results." ( Booklist)

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Wonderful

Lisa Van Allen spins a great tale. She gives enough details to make you see the story yet never takes it so far as to lose the reader. The magical theme was charming and exactly the right amount of whimsy.

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Good listen,kept my attention all the way through.

I liked the story,though some of the characters were hard to relate to. I liked the ending the best, made me wish there was more.

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Wishing Thread

A while wonderful amalgamation of fiction and history knitted together in a well spun yarn! Cheesy at times and overly wordy - but worth a listen.

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Sisterhood

I enjoyed this book and the narrator was perfect for it! A tale of sisterhood, tradition, belief and moving forward that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Good story; narrator not as as strong as the story

I almost didn't listen to this book because the narrator was, frankly, somewhat grating. I me back to it months later and I'm glad I did. While not a deep story it provided good entertainment during a long drive and I grew used to the narrator's voice. If giving a letter grade, I'd give it a B.

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A Good Yarn

At first I thought this was going to be just weird but it was great.