For Evelyn opening a quilt shop is a dream come true but there’s a lot of work involved and the building she’s renting has some issues that put her way behind her intended ‘grand opening day’. Once she finally opens her good friend Charlie recommends she envision exactly what she wants her shop to be and set about making it a reality. One way she can think of to draw attention to her shop is by participating in the Quilt Pink Event. Women would come in to the shop and quilt a block for a quilt that will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to breast-cancer research.
Women quickly began signing up and sharing their own stories – all while advising Evelyn to go in for a check-up. She follows their advice and the day before the big event at her shop Evelyn receives the news that she has breast cancer. She never dreamed that such devastating news could result in her forming friendships that will carry her through her treatments and beyond.
Abigail Burgess, her niece Liza, and Margot Matthews all have very different reasons for attending the event at Evelyn’s quilt shop but once they learn of her predicament the women gather around her and ensure that she has the support she needs to get her through her ordeal. Through their unique friendship formed out of necessity they discover that there’s nothing wrong with sharing their burdens.
I’m not a quilter but I have to tell you after reading Marie Bostwick’s A SINGLE THREAD I’m definitely considering trying my hand at it. The way she takes such an age-old past time and makes it the glue that holds these women together is simply astounding. This story ‘speaks’ to readers on so many different levels and brings these characters into your heart so that you don’t want their story to ever end. Evelyn, Abigail, Liza and Margot are characters you can laugh and cry with and I did several times during the course of this story. One of my favorite characters, Mary Dell, we only get to meet sporadically. She’s that eternally optimistic ‘kick in the pants’ friend who comes in and doles out the dose of reality just when it’s needed but does it with such humor and heart that leaves you smiling through the tears. I think I’ll have to revert to a quote from Ms. Bostwick’s book to truly sum this story up though – “The need for friendship is the single thread that we all have running through us.” Through life, loves, friendships and heartaches true friends will always be by your side…and these are exactly the sort of friends I want in my life.
Ms. Bostwick will be releasing another book set in this quaint community in the summer of 2009. It’s called A THREAD OF TRUTH and there is a sneak peek at the end of A SINGLE THREAD so I’m very hopeful that we’ll get to reconnect with these friends as well as make some new ones.