Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever…
It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t. Little does Evelyn imagine it will bring a trio like Abigail Burgess, her niece Liza, and Margot Matthews through her door…
Troubled and angry after her mother’s death, Liza threatens to embarrass her Aunt Abigail all over town unless she joins her for quilting classes. A victim of downsizing at the peak of her career, Margot hopes an event hosted by the quilt shop could be a great chance to network—and keep from dying of boredom…
As they stitch their unique creations, Evelyn, Abigail, Liza, and Margot form a sisterhood they never sought—but one that they’ll be grateful for when the unexpected provides a poignant reminder of the single thread that binds us all…
Praise for the Novels of Marie Bostwick
Fields of Gold
“A touching story.”—Patricia Gaffney
“Gripping, heartwarming.”—Dorothy Garlock
On Wings of the Morning
“Will set your heart to soaring!”—Debbie Macomber
1. In Marie Bostwick’s novel, A Single Thread, Evelyn Dixon is
a Texas housewife, who in a matter of days must not only vacate
her marriage but also her home. If the circumstances of
life called for you to leave your home and move quickly,
where would you go? How would you cope? What would
scare you about the situation? What would excite you?
2. A quilter of more than 25 years, Evelyn likes the exacting
precision her hobby requires. But she also revels in the fact
that if 100 people were to quilt the same pattern no two of
their quilts would be exactly alike. What do we know about
Evelyn because she is a quilter? How would you elaborate
on her view of quilting as a metaphor for life?
3. After only a few hours in New Bern, Evelyn realizes she feels
more at ease in the New England town than she ever did in
her planned suburban development. Do you believe certain
places can speak to us? Can you recall a place where you immediately
felt at home? Do you know why?
4. When Evelyn ventures into the old brick storefront that will
become Cobbled Court Quilts, she doesn’t really see the grime
or the broken windows or the water stains on the walls. Instead,
she envisions how the tiny window panes would gleam
if washed and how inviting the front door would be with
fresh red paint. What allows some people, like Evelyn, to see
the possibilities in life—and not be overwhelmed by the negatives?
Is there danger in having such a world view? Can you
remember one time when you saw potential in something (or
someone) that no one else did? If you took action on your
feeling, what happened?
5. Newly divorced, financially fragile, and of an age when some
would say she should be sitting on a Florida beach worrying
about her grandkids, what possesses Evelyn instead to open
a quilting shop—in a new town no less? Is she brave? Foolhardy?
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do or
try? Would the people in your life cheer you on? Or brand
you delusional? Is it ever too late to pursue your dream?
6. Abigail Burgess-Wynne, the matriarch of New Bern, appears
to be popular, pragmatic, and in total control of her life. If
she were not a wealthy woman, willing to support many local
causes, do you think she would be as popular? Is her popularity
only a factor of what she (and her money) can do for
others? What could possibly make her so resistant to her
niece’s cry for help? What do we risk when we pin someone
else’s sins on another?
7. Why does it take Evelyn so long to realize that Charlie Donnelly
is smitten with her? Do you think the challenges to her
health had anything to do with her lack of awareness of his
feelings? Have you ever been unaware of someone’s feelings
for you, and what did you do when you finally realized those
8. When Charlie makes his duck confit and Evelyn hosts her
quilting classes, some would say they are just “trying to make
a living.” But as Charlie tells Evelyn, there are about 200 easier
ways to do that. Pushed, Evelyn admits she dreamed that
her store would spawn a community of quilters. Where do
you find community in your life? What do we gain through
9. Three of the scariest words in the world: You have cancer.
After Evelyn hears them, she breaks down not with friends
but before three strangers. Why? What is the most unusual
situation in your life from which you ultimately made a
friend? If you have had cancer or have known someone battling
cancer, what did the experience teach you? What
would you share about this six-letter word?
10. Abigail may appear chilly, materialistic, and controlling, but
Evelyn believes the brittle shell houses a compassionate soul.
In fact, she believes the same holds true for the rebellious
and prickly Liza Burgess. What would cause Abigail and Liza
to hide—even deny—such a positive quality about themselves?
Have you ever put up walls in your life, then rued the decision?
11. Too often we believe we are loved for our breasts or our
muscles, our looks or our hair, when ideally we all want to be
loved for the cocktail of qualities that makes us, well, us.
What are your perennial, unchanging qualities—both good
and bad, quirky and mundane, silly and serious?
12. Life doesn’t promise that we will always be happy, but Evelyn
manages to piece together what she needs to face the
journey: a group of loyal friends. Name three things that
would help you through the ups and downs of life.