Apart At The Seams: A Cobbled Court Quilts Novel #6

Marie Bostwick

ISBN 9781617732850
Publish Date 4/29/2014
Format ePub
Categories Kensington Ebooks, Fiction General
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New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick welcomes readers back to picturesque New Bern, Connecticut--a perfect place for a woman whose marriage is in turmoil to discover a new pattern for living. . .

Twice in her life, college counselor Gayla Oliver fell in love at first sight. The first time was with Brian--a lean, longhaired, British bass player. Marriage followed quickly, then twins, and gradually their bohemian lifestyle gave way to busy careers in New York. Gayla's second love affair is with New Bern, Connecticut. Like Brian, the laid back town is charming without trying too hard. It's the ideal place to buy a second home and reignite the spark in their twenty-six year marriage. Not that Gayla is worried. At least, not until she finds a discarded memo in which Brian admits to a past affair and suggests an amicable divorce.

Devastated, Gayla flees to New Bern. Though Brian insists he's since recommitted to his family, Gayla's feelings of betrayal may go too deep for forgiveness. Besides, her solo sabbatical is a chance to explore the creative impulses she sidelined long ago--quilting, gardening, and striking up new friendships with the women of the Cobbled Court circle--particularly Ivy, a single mother confronting fresh starts and past hurts of her own. With all of their support, Gayla just might find the courage to look ahead, decide which fragments of her old life she wants to keep, which are beyond repair--and how to knot the fraying ends until a bold new design reveals itself. . .

Praise for Marie Bostwick's Between Heaven And Texas

"Brilliant. . .the characters thunder with life right off the page and into your heart in this quintessential story of family, forgiveness, and nobility. I just adored every single page!" --Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author

"This book wrapped around my heart with all the love, warmth, and beauty of a favorite family quilt. I can't stop thinking about it!" --Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A book that brims with laughter and laser-sharp insight." --Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

"With Texas-sized helpings of humor, charm, and sass, this tale will put you in a Lone Star state of mind!" --Lauren Lipton, author of Mating Rituals of the North American WASP

"Between Heaven and Texas should be the book every contemporary women's fiction reader wants to savor. . .It's a story that touches women on many levels and yet is filled with humor and a bit of pathos." Kirkus

"Bostwick's latest is so full of heart, it's amazing it all fits on the pages. Her characters feel genuine, and their wisdom in the face of intense difficulty is profound. A prequel to the Cobbled Court Quilts series, this can stand on its own, satisfying longtime fans and inspiring new ones." RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK

About Marie Bostwick:

Marie Bostwick was born and raised in the northwest. In the three decades since her marriage, Marie and her family have moved frequently, living in eight different states at eighteen different addresses. These experiences have given Marie a unique perspective that enables her to write about people from all walks of life and corners of the country with insight and authenticity. Marie currently resides in Portland, where she enjoys writing, spending time with family, gardening, collecting fabric, and stitching quilts. Visit her at mariebostwick.com.

Photo Credit: Lisa Sundell

Book Club Party Kit for The Promise Girls:

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Healthier Banana Bread

Joanie's Famous Lasagna

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“Wishing We Could Patch Hearts as Well as Quilts” (Friday, May 9, 2014)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma

Wife, Mother of grown twins, and Educational Consultant, Gayla Oliver is up to her armpits coping with the Mothers of high school seniors who have unrealistic expectations. Being a multi-tasking “Stealth Typist”, she decides to open her computer’s word processing program and edit some essays while she is discussing possible colleges for a client’s daughter. Somehow, she opens her Husband, Brian’s files instead of her own and discovers a memo he has written to her. Sickeningly, it reveals unhappiness among other revelations. Gayla’s world starts spinning out of control with a combination of sadness, anger, fear and loathing. Gayla escapes to the cottage in New Bern, Ct. that they had purchased 3 yrs. prior, but never really enjoyed. With a release of a portion of her anger—she meets her neighbor, landscaper and single Father, Dan Kelleher, who helps her find other ways to let off some steam. Dan’s son Drew has been the “Watchdog” of the Oliver’s cottage, but also baby-sits for Ivy Peterman’s children, saving his earnings for college. It is through both Dan and Drew, that Gayla meets Ivy, who invites her to join the infamous and caring “Cobbled Court Quilt Circle”. We are re-introduced to talented quilters, Evelyn, Virginia, Margot, Tessa, Philippa, Madelyn and Abigail. Single Mom, Ivy Peterman’s world is a fast-paced one—what with caring for her two children, taking a college course, working at the Quilt Shop, mentoring abused women, and is coordinator of the Internship Program at the Women’s Shelter. Life may be chaotic, but is manageable—that is, until she receives the gut-wrenching news that her abusive ex-husband, Hodge is being released from prison and has demanded to spend time with the children. Bethany is old enough to remember the boiling anger, rages, inflicted bruises and terror. Bobby, on the other hand, is too young and has concocted the figure of a “Superhero”. Ivy has her hands full! Has Hodge really changed his ways? Can anyone totally re-create themselves? Will Ivy hold on to her hopes and dreams? And in doing so, perhaps, let romance pass her by? Will Gayla and Brian find renewed happiness in each other—or is it too late?
Ms. Bostwick has an unbelievable talent for pulling the reader in and making us feel like we’re another welcomed soul either stitching with the Quilt Circle, or listening, as someone pours their heart out in pain or passion. We feel a strong “Belonging” to New Bern and are saddened to leave when the last page is read and we close the cover. This time, one thing is for certain—the story characters as well as readers everywhere will learn not to jump to conclusions—as well as to never relinquish your hopes and dreams. Make room on your shelf for this heart-warmer—you won’t be disappointed!
Nancy Narma

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