This is a gentle, wonderful story about the miracles of friendship and is testament to the saying that "when one door closes, another one opens". This happens for Evelyn, the main character in A Single Thread. Evelyn's husband of close to thirty years surprises her one day with the announcement that he wants a divorce. This changes the course of Evelyn's future and she ends up moving from Texas to a small town in Connecticut. Evelyn has always had a dream to open a quilt shop and she is able to do this in this small, tourist town. She meets wonderful friends along the way that truly become her angels as she goes through some challenging experiences. The story is told through the voices of Evelyn and her new friend and patriarch of the community, Abigail in alternating chapters. This enhances the book as you experience the story through both of the characters thoughts and experiences. Quilting is a part of the story that brings the friends together and is the single thread of their connections. You don't need to be a quilter to enjoy this book. I am not a quilter and enjoyed these parts of the story very much. I was thrilled to read at the end of the book that this will be a series and is titled the Cobbled Court series. In the Advanced Reading Copy, there is a sneak peek you can read of the next book in the series as well as a reading guide.
Marie Bostwick writes in a style reminiscent of Debbie Macomber with the contemporary style and craft themes of the Blossom Street series. Don't get me wrong, she has her own unique style which has more of a gentle, christian feel. This is her first contemporary fiction novel and she has written several historical fiction novels. I enjoyed the charm of the small town and quilt shop as well as the friendships developed in this book. I highly recommend A Single Thread to those who enjoy books with these qualities.
You can read more about Marie Bostwick and her novels on her website HERE. She has a quilt pattern available for download for her registered friends that was inspired by this novel, A Single Thread.
Thank you to Marie Bostwick for sending me an ARC copy.