A Tread of Truth – Marie Bostwick – Book Review
By – Sheri de Grom
The point of view alternates between two main characters in A Thread of Truth. There’s also just the right amount of deep faith shared among the women in the story.
Themes throughout A Thread of Truth are domestic violence, unemployment, entrepreneurship, court battles, breast cancer and motherhood. Mothering crosses generations as demonstrated in the sisterhood of this story.
The characters are brought together in a quilt shop in a charming New England town. Ivy Peterman, the leading character, arrives in town while running from an abusive husband. Ivy told a story and, while it was untrue, it did allow her and her two children to gain safety at the town’s battered women’s shelter.
Ivy is hired by Evelyn Dixon, a breast cancer survivor and owner of Cobbled Court Quilt Shop. Ivy’s truth unravels and Evelyn, along with the other workers, convince Ivy to stop running with her children.
Ivy’s new friends become instrumental in helping her face her abusive husband in a nail-biting court battle wherein the father seeks custody of the children.
The employees of Cobbled Court Quilt Shop are not just women who happen to work at the same location. They become friends who care for each other on a deep emotional level. Additional characters take quilting classes at the shop and are woven in for a complete and total community. Marie Bostwick is a master in writing series women’s fiction.
With each of Bostwick’s books I meet new characters and I become invested in their stories. I’m also reacquainted with familiar ones. The women of Cobbled Court are strong, determined, and modern. They are allowed to confront their fears in a realistic manner and find solutions that aren’t from a fairytale setting. Happiness doesn’t fall into anyone’s lap. Each woman has to work to make her own life. But, above all, she has the friendship of the other characters.
I’ve now read three of the Cobbled Court Series: A Single Thread, A Thread of Truth and A Thread So Thin. I have two more to read and have them on order. I’m looking forward to the next chapter evolving in the lives of the characters created by Ms. Bostwick. Each book adds new dimensions to familiar characters and introduces new characters and locations as needed to enhance her storytelling.
The series does not need to be read in order. I read the third novel first and still enjoyed the first two immensely. For anyone wanting to know how to write a successful women’s work, you can’t go wrong in reading Marie Bostwick’s series. She has the talent for pulling together all that’s necessary for bringing the reader back for more.
I unconditionally recommend A Thread of Truth and the entire Cobbled Court series. The reads are series women’s fiction at its best. If you are a quilter, there’s an even greater bonus. Marie develops a quilt pattern exclusively for each novel and if you sign in along with her registered reading friends at http://mariebostwick.com, you’ll receive an exquisite pattern along with the release of each new book.