Monday, January 7, 2013
by Marie Bostwick
“Having written three works of historical fiction, the prospect of penning my first full-length contemporary novel was somewhat daunting. My biggest concern was this: could a plot involving ordinary people, living in ordinary times make for compelling reading?” asks Maria Bostwick in the Author’s Note of a single thread.
The only answer to this question is a definite, “Yes.” a single thread introduces the reader to unpretentious Evelyn Dixon who is reeling from a divorce. She impulsively moves from Texas, rents a dilapidated building, and opens the Cobbled Court Quilt store in fictional New Bern, Connecticut. Soon after, she receives news from her doctor which changes everything. Evelyn encounters local philanthropist, Abigail Burgess Wynne, whose scheduled life is shattered by her niece, Liza. An angry Liza is trying to sort out her life and finds solace in unexpected challenges. Evelyn is befriended by Margot who is bored and unemployed but always the optimistic organizer. This patch quilt of four characters plus other delightful personalities each become “part of a bigger design, bound by a single thread.”
a single thread is the first in the Cobbled Court Quilt series. It is a heart warming story whose characters will remain dear to the reader’s heart long after the book is finished. It is also a story which will tug at your heart and pull you into the remaining Cobbled Court Quilt books.