Even Virginia, whose 85th birthday is approaching, says she's got some new things that she wants to try too! Not all marriages are perfect and not all friendships are perfect. Bostwick's 6th, and quite possibly, last book of the Cobbled Court Series.
Though I'll be sad to say goodbye to the women in the quilting circle, I feel as though this book is quite possibly the author's best writing and neatly ties together the lives of these layered characters.
The first time was with Brian―a lean, longhaired, British bass player. Somehow, she opens her Husband, Brian’s files instead of her own and discovers a memo he has written to her. 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.
Marriage followed qu New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick welcomes listeners 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. Sickeningly, it reveals unhappiness among other revelations. 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.
The first time was with Brian―a lean, longhaired, British bass player. I actually have never read fiction that is so "true" and so affirming and so exactly understanding humans- women especially. I think fiction is generally a diversion, sometimes a bit of wisdom is thrown in. Gayla’s world starts spinning out of control with a combination of sadness, anger, fear and loathing. It is through both Dan and Drew, that Gayla meets Ivy, who invites her to join the infamous and caring “Cobbled Court Quilt Circle”.
Marriage followed quickly, then twins, and gradually their bohemian lifestyle gave way to busy careers in New York. I thought a series based on a quilting circle would be light reading, fun. We are re-introduced to talented quilters, Evelyn, Virginia, Margot, Tessa, Philippa, Madelyn and Abigail. Will Gayla and Brian find renewed happiness in each other—or is it too late? 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.
But she begins to focus her pain into trying new things. Gayla tries a disastrous attempt at Zumba, tills up a large spot for a garden, is embraced by the quilt circle and tackles a crazy quilt project.
That memo contained a confession and a request for a divorce. Shaken to her core and stunned, Gayla flees their New York apartment and heads straight to the cottage in New Bern.
Her best friend Lanie tells her to immediately call a lawyer and begin a divorce!
Lanie has been through this whole cheating thing and no one knows more about the ins and outs of divorce than Lanie. And Brian has made it clear that he wants to keep his family together.
It's the ideal place to buy a second home and reignite the spark in their twenty-six year marriage. At least, not until she finds a discarded memo in which Brian admits to a past affair and suggests an amicable divorce. Though Brian insists he's since recommitted to his family, Gayla's feelings of betrayal may go too deep for forgiveness. I actually have never read fiction that is so "true" and so affirming and so exactly understanding humans- women especially. I think fiction is generally a diversion, sometimes a bit of wisdom is thrown in. Bethany is old enough to remember the boiling anger, rages, inflicted bruises and terror. Make room on your shelf for this heart-warmer—you won’t be disappointed! Ivy, abused by her husband, has found refuge, work and a place for her and her two children to call home.
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. I thought a series based on a quilting circle would be light reading, fun. Bobby, on the other hand, is too young and has concocted the figure of a “Superhero”. Nancy Narma Having read the other books in the Cobbled Court Quilt series, I look forward to a return visit to New Bern, Connecticut. She's settled nicely, working at the quilt shop and is slowly working on her degree, one class at a time. Ivy, abused by her husband, has found refuge, work and a place for her and her two children to call home.
They are all part of a quilting circle and their exchanges over crafts remind me of the precious moments I've spent crocheting with my best friend and with my sisters.