I noticed that Library Journal has slightly changed the format of the book reviews, including a new VERDICT in the closing sentences. I recently reviewed Marie Bostwick's A Thread of Truth for the June 1 issue. Here's the review, reprinted with permission.
Bostwick, Marie. A Thread of Truth. Kensington. Jun. 2009. c.352p. ISBN 978-0-7582-3215-1. pap. $15. F
Bostwick brings back familiar characters in the second Cobbled Court novel (after A Single Thread), with the focus switching to Ivy Peterman. In fleeing an abusive husband, Ivy ends up in New Bern, CT, where she and her children find refuge at an apartment complex for victims of domestic abuse. When the town benefactor takes an interest in them, Ivy finds a job—and friends—at Cobbled Court Quilts. The companionship of these women proves vital when Ivy's husband shows up, demanding that she return and, when that fails, accusing her of kidnapping their children. VERDICT A Single Thread focused on breast cancer; here, Bostwick highlights domestic abuse in a story that emphasizes the importance of friendship. Given those themes, as well as the details about quilting, this novel should appeal to fans of women's fiction, especially those who enjoy needlecrafts. A similar title is Kate Jacobs's The Friday Night Knitting Club. Highly recommended.—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
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