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Threading the Needle

By: Marie Bostwick
Narrated by: Hillary Huber,Bernadette Dunne
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling 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 34-year marriage to Lee. They’d given up everything to come back to New Bern from Boston and start their business, but now they’re wondering if they made the right decision. To relieve the strain, Tessa signs up for a quilting class at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and, to her surprise, rediscovers the power of sisterhood - along with the childhood friend she thought she’d lost forever.

Madelyn Beecher left New Bern 20 years ago and never looked back. But when her husband is convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and she’s left with nothing but her late grandmother’s cottage, she is forced to return to the town she fled. Unfortunately, the cottage is in terrible shape. Madelyn’s only hope is to transform it into an inn. But to succeed, she’ll need the help of her fellow quilters, including the one friend she never thought she’d see again - or forgive. Now Madelyn and Tessa will have to relive old memories, forge new ones, and realize it’s possible to start over, one stitch at a time - as long as you’re surrounded by friends.

Marie Bostwick was born and raised in the Northwest. She and her family have moved a score of times, living in eight U.S. states and two Mexican cities, and collecting a vast and cherished array of friends and experiences. She has three handsome sons and now lives with her husband in Connecticut, where she writes, reads, quilts, and is active in her local church.

Sew much more: listen to our other titles in the Cobbled Court series.
©2011 Marie Bostwick (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Bostwick’s writing is warmly nourishing, emotionally compelling… quiet yet powerful.” (Chicago Tribune on the Cobbled Cour series)

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Not as "personal " as previous books

Though I liked it, I didn't enjoy it as the previous ones. Narrator change was not
Good. More of a negative/melancholy manner of speaking. Made personalities
More dull & difficult to tell the difference between them.

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Good continuation from previous stories

I felt that book #4 was a good story but that it did not necessarily "connect" to the 3 previous ones. It just felt disconnected with the characters OR maybe there just was not enough of the past characters in this story.

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Just wonderful!!!

This is a great series. It is clean, easy listening without being boring, if fact there are many lesson reminders that you were taught as a young person.

I recommend this series highly, just make sure you start with the first book and continue to the last.

I am awaiting more in this series, or another series from Marie.

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this was by far the best book yet, I am looking forward to the next.

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Enjoyed the book but not the narrators

This was an enjoyable, well-written story by the author, but the narration was difficult to listen to. The voices did not seem to fit the characters in the story and I felt did not do it justice. I'm glad the story was well written and interesting, right up until the end or I would have given up because of narration that I thought was not a good fit. I'm glad to see that the next book in the series has different narrators. I really do want to hear what happens to some of the other people in New Bern, CT. It sounds like the kind of place that I wouldn't mind living in!

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Great readers, story slightly disappointing

I found the story a little preachy and predictable. If you like stories about the rich who have fallen on hard times and middle age people still love-shy this book is for you.

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a good one

I have listened to all of Maire Bostwick's books about Cobbled Court Series
they are just great. You will not be disappointed. well worth a credit.

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I love this series and Author

I have read a few of Marie Bostwick’s books and I love them all! Her storylines are always well written and the Narration is very well executed. I appreciate her insight into different walks of life, and how it allows you understand why people do the things they do and live the way they live. How love and encouragement can change a course in life, and when you open yourself up to forgiveness and self inflection anything can happen. I love this series, and I’m truly considering taking up quilting. After watching my grandmother do it for years, I think this would be a good tribute to her legacy.

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I didn’t think I would like these, but I got hooked

I didn’t really pay attention when I downloaded the first book. I thought I was downloading a murder mystery and it was free. When I kept waiting for the murder to happen I decided to read the title details. Well it wasn’t a murder mystery and not really a romance story. It was more of a story about life and a great group of friends that see others through. I was already invested in the characters somewhat and the book was free, so I kept listening. I was hooked. Now after listening to the second story in the series I can’t wait to listen to the rest. I’m very impressed with these books.

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A WONDERFUL STORY!!!

It took me a couple of chapters to really get into this book, but I’m SO glad I stuck with it, because I found myself really hooked! In fact, I loved this book so much, I read it back-to-back twice.

The story did not focus much on Evelyn and Charlie as other stories have, but on Tessa and her husband Lee and Madelyn and to a lesser extent, Jake.

Tessa and Madelyn were close friends in their childhood while growing up in New Bern, but went their own ways on bad terms. They didn’t speak a word to each other in 30-years. Tessa grew up in a “normal” family with a mom, dad and brother and had all the advantages of a supportive family.

Madelyn’s never knew her mom, and the dad she loved so much died in a work related accident when she was just nine. Madelyn was sent to live with her only other living relative — her paternal grandmother who resented the fact that the child had been thrust upon her. Her goal in life seemed to be to make Madelyn miserable in return, telling her she was worthless and would never add up to anything. Madelyn found friendship with Tessa and security with Tessa’s family. Then Tessa discovered boys and the friendship was never the same. Madelyn was OUT and very angry about it.

The girls grew up and went their own directions. Madelyn found her “self-worth” first with boys and then men, eventually marrying VERY rich.

Tessa and Lee were happily married for 34-years. They decided to throw their fates to the wind, take a huge leap and do what they had always wanted to do — ditch their conventional 8-5 jobs and buy a small farm. They ended up where Tessa grew up — back in New Bern. Lee had the little farm he always wanted and Tessa opened her own little shop in town selling soaps, lotions, candles and other things she made with the herbs she grew herself.

Both were successful at what they were doing, but the financial downturn made it very hard for either to keep their end of the business afloat. Their always happy marriage suddenly became strained under the financial pressures.

Meanwhile, Madelyn suffered a personal tragedy — her husband, who had a lot to do with the financial downturn everyone was experiencing, went to prison. Losing everything, having NO friends, little money and no where else to go but back to the house she hated as a child, Madelyn finds herself back in the one place she swore she would never go again — back to New Bern.

Eventually circumstances cause Tessa and Madelyn’s paths to cross. Slowly, they begin to rebuild the friendship they once had and slowly learn to trust one another, but the road to friendship and trust isn’t always smooth.

This was a wonderful story about two women, their paths to self-discovery, what they are capable of when life throws curveballs at them; it’s a story of trust and most of all, a story about the power of friendship and being there for the other, no matter what.

With the exception of the first book in this series (I did enjoy the other books in between), this is the other I have loved best.

Don’t be fooled by the first few chapters…the character build-up and explanation is necessary. You have to understand the early lives of both main characters before you can fully appreciate the adult version of the two women. Within the first few chapters, I’m sure you will find yourself as hooked as I found myself. Don’t miss this book — you will be well rewarded!