Friday, October 17, 2008
A Single Thread
I reviewed Marie Bostwick's A Single Thread for Library Journal. The review appeared in the October 15 issue, and is reprinted here with permission.
Bostwick, Marie. A Single Thread. Kensington. Nov. 2008. c.288p. ISBN 978-0-7582-2257-2. pap. $14. F
Bostwick succeeds admirably in this departure from historical fiction (e.g., On Wings of the Morning). When divorce forces Evelyn Dixon to leave her Texas home, she impulsively drives to New Bern, CT, where she finds the perfect neglected building to turn into a shop. When her business struggles, a new friend suggests a special event to keep it going. On the day Evelyn holds a Quilt Pink event for cancer, she discovers that she herself has breast cancer. Following the event, she falls apart in front of three women, including the town's wealthiest woman and the woman's troubled niece. Not surprisingly, the three women become Evelyn's friends and assist with the shop while she undergoes treatment, and everyone's lives change. Despite the predictability of the plot, this is a pleasant story of friendship, with a message of starting over despite the odds. It will remind readers of Debbie Macomber's popular The Shop on Blossom Street. The first in Bostwick's "Cobbled Court" series, this comforting book is highly recommended for public libraries.—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
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