A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick is a great read. The author says it “was inspired by the real life story of a wonderful and lovely lady.” I initially became interested in this book because of a review in The Country Threads Goat Gazette (a newsletter from Country Threads) by Sandy Anderson. A Single Thread is the touching story of four very different women whose lives become intertwined initially because of quilting. They become very important to each other as the story unfolds. Each of the women has circumstances in their lives that are difficult to deal with—divorce, death of a mother, loss of job, loss of love. They are surprised to find some much needed support from the new friends who came into their lives because of quilting. These women learn to depend on each other and work to make each other’s lives better.
There are lots of quilt-related books that I just can’t get into. They just aren’t “involved enough,” but I loved this book. I am interested in all things quilt related. I use my quilting as “therapy.” Quilting has brought many wonderful friendships into my life; I have met my best friends through quilting. This book parallels that part of my life. I could really relate to the characters and their circumstances. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but (trust me) A Single Thread is well worth the read.
Marie Bostwick, has a website (www.mariebostwick.com) which has features such as a blog, book excerpts, discussion guides, recipes, tips for writers, photo album, and more. Visitors who register as one of her “Reading Friends” have access to special features, can post in the forum, and are automatically entered in her monthly Reader’s Contest. Her Reading Friends who are also quilters have the opportunity to download a pattern for one of the quilts from the book—the “Broken Hearts Mending” quilt. It was designed by Chris Boersma Smith. You can write Marie to request a downloadable pattern for free! She says she has sewn one herself and will have a picture of it posted on her online photo album. This is only available via computer and only to her registered Reading Friends. What a nice bonus to a great book! I definitely will be looking for other books written by this author.