THE PROMISE GIRLS
In an emotionally rich and captivating new novel, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick reunites three sisters whose deep bond is rooted in an unconventional past.
Every child prodigy grows up eventually. For the Promise sisters, escaping their mother’s narcissism and the notoriety that came with her bestselling book hasn’t been easy. Minerva Promise claimed that her three “test tube” daughters—gifted pianist Joanie, artistic Meg, and storyteller Avery—were engineered and molded to be geniuses. In adulthood, their modest lives fall far short of her grand ambitions. But now, twenty years after the book’s release, she hopes to redeem herself by taking part in a new documentary.
Meg, who hasn’t picked up a paintbrush in years, adamantly refuses to participate, until a car accident leaves her with crushing medical bills. While she recuperates in Seattle, the three sisters reluctantly meet with filmmaker Hal Seeger, another former prodigy. Like them, he’s familiar with the weight of failed potential. But as he digs deeper, he uncovers secrets they’ve hidden from each other—and a revelation that will challenge their beliefs, even as it spurs them to forge their own extraordinary lives at last.
FROM HERE TO HOME
FROM HERE TO HOME takes readers back to Too Much for a heartwarming visit with Mary Dell, Howard, and other familiar, beloved characters, as well as some new ones who will soon feel like old friends. Evelyn, the heroine of my Cobbled Court Quilts series, puts in a cameo appearance as well!
A lot has changed in the thirty years since Mary Dell took a dare on a dream and opened her own quilt shop, but much has stayed the same as well. Mary Dell is just as sassy as she ever was, just as strong, just as determined to protect the people she loves. That’s a good thing because she about to face changes and challenges that threaten her livelihood and the future of her family, as well as her town.
Mary Dell Templeton prefers the quiet charms of Too Much to the bright lights of Dallas any day. She’s relieved to be moving back to her hometown–and bringing her cable TV show, Quintessential Quilting, with her. There are just a couple of wrinkles in her plan. Her son, Howard, who is her talented co-host and color consultant, and happens to have Down syndrome, wants to stay in Dallas and become more independent. Meanwhile, Mary Dell’s new boss hopes to attract a different demographic–by bringing in a younger co-host.
What Holly Silva knows about quilting wouldn’t fill a thimble, but she’s smart and ambitious. Her career hinges on outshining the formidable Mary Dell in order to earn her own show. Yet as Holly adapts to small-town living and begins a new romance, and Mary Dell considers rekindling an old one, the two find unlikely kinship. For as Mary Dell knows, the women of Too Much have a knack for untangling the knottiest problems when they work together. And sometimes the pattern for happiness is as simple and surprising as it is beautiful…
THE SECOND SISTER
The Second Sister, is an emotionally rich, inspiring new novel about family, second chances—and the connections that bring women together in hope and healing…
Years of long workdays and little sleep as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey’s boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged older sister, Alice, unexpectedly dies, Lucy is drawn back to Nilson’s Bay, her small, close-knit, Wisconsin hometown.
An accident in her teens left Alice mentally impaired, and she was content to stay in Nilson’s Bay. Lucy, meanwhile, got out and never looked back. But now, to meet the terms of Alice’s eccentric will, Lucy has taken up temporary residence in her sister’s cottage. There she discovers a trunk filled with exquisite quilts made by her sister and mysterious inscribed “To Maeve”, a name Alice never mentioned. As the days pass, Lucy begins to see the town, and Alice’s life, with new eyes.
Alice’s diverse group of friends appears to have little in common besides their love of quilting. Yet deep affection for Alice united them and soon Lucy, too, is brought into the fold as they share problems and stories. And as she finds warmth and support in this new circle, Lucy begins to understand this will be her sister’s enduring gift—a chance to move beyond her difficult past, and find what she has long been missing…
APART AT THE SEAMS
Cobbled Court Quilt Series – Book 6
Twice in her life, college counselor Gayla Oliver fell in love at first sight. The first time was with her husband, Brian. The second is with New Bern, Connecticut. It’s the perfect place to buy a second home and put some spark back into her marriage of twenty-six years. Then Gayla finds a discarded memo in which Brian admits to an affair. Though Brian insists he’s recommitted to his family, Gayla can’t forgive. In New Bern, she explores the creative impulses she sidelined long ago and strikes up friendships among the women of the Cobbled Court Quilt Circle. With their support, she’s learning which fragments of her old life she wants to keep, which are damaged beyond repair, and how to knot the fraying ends together until a bold new design reveals itself…
BETWEEN HEAVEN AND TEXAS
In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilt series, New York Times bestselling author, Marie Bostwick, takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there.
Welcome to Too Much — where the women are strong and the men are handsome but shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family share two traits – superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.
While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business. Meanwhile, she’ll settle for raising babies with her new husband, Donny. But that dream proves illusive too, until finally, Mary Dell gets the son she always wanted — a child as different as he is wonderful. As Mary Dell is forced to reconsider what truly matters, she begins to piece together a life that, like the colorful quilts she creates, will prove vibrant, rich, and absolutely unforgettable.
- RTBook Reviews “Top Pick”
- RTBook Reviews, Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee, Best Mainstream Fiction 2013
TIES THAT BIND
Cobbled Court Quilt Series – Book 5
Margot Matthews loves her job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the life and friendships she’s made in New Bern, Connecticut; she just never thought she’d still be single on her fortieth birthday. And Margot’s friend, Abigail, is trying to match-make even though Margot has all but given up on romance. When Philippa, a new female pastor arrives in town, truth be told not everyone is happy about it. Yet despite a rocky start, Philippa begins to settle in – finding ways to ease the townspeople’s burdens, joining the quilting circle, and forging a fast friendship with Margot. When tragedy threatens to tear Margot’s family apart, Philippa’s friendship – and the help of the quilting sisterhood – will prove a saving grace. And while she untangles her feelings for another new arrival in town, Margot realizes that it is the surprising detours woven into life’s fabric that provide its richest hues…
- RTBook Reviews “Top Pick”
- RTBook Reviews, Winner Reviewer’s Choice Award, Best Mainstream Fiction 2012
THREADING THE NEEDLE
Cobbled Court Quilt Series – Book 4
The economic downturn has hit New Bern, Connecticut, and Tessa Woodruff’s herbal apothecary shop, For the Love of Lavender, is suffering. So is her once-happy thirty-four-year marriage to Lee. They’d given up everything to come back to New Bern from Boston and start their business, but now they’re wondering if they made the right decision. To relieve the strain, Tessa signs up for a quilting class at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop, and to her surprise, rediscovers the power of sisterhood – along with the childhood friend she thought she’d lost forever…Madelyn Beecher left New Bern twenty years ago and never looked back. But when her husband is convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and she’s left with nothing but her late grandmother’s cottage, she is forced to return to the town she fled. Unfortunately, the cottage is in terrible shape. Madelyn’s only hope is to transform it into an inn. But to succeed, she’ll need the help of her fellow quilters, including the one friend she never thought she’d see again – or forgive. Now Madelyn and Tessa will have to relive old memories, forge new ones, and realize it’s possible to start over, one stitch at a time – as long as you’re surrounded by friends…
A THREAD SO THIN
Cobbled Court Quilt Series – Book 3
New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick crafts a timeless tale of friendship, love, and the choices we must make in their name.
While New Bern, Connecticut, lies under a blanket of snow, Cobbled Court Quilts remains a cozy haven for its owner, Evelyn Dixon, and her friends. Evelyn relishes winter’s slower pace — besides, internet sales are hopping, thanks to her son Garrett’s efforts. In addition to helping out at the shop, Garrett has also been patiently waiting for his girlfriend, Liza, to finish art school in New York City. But as much as Evelyn loves Liza, she wonders if it’s a good idea for her son to be so serious so soon with a young woman who s just getting ready to spread her wings.
Liza’s wondering the same thing, especially after Garrett rolls out the red carpet for a super-romantic New Year’s Eve — complete with a marriage proposal. Garrett’s the closest thing to perfect she’s ever known, but what about her own imperfections? The only happy marriage Liza has ever seen is her aunt Abigail’s, and it took her decades to tie the knot. Soon Liza is not only struggling with her own fears but with the mixed reactions of her friends and family. And when she finds herself torn between a rare career opportunity and her love for Garrett, Liza must grasp at the thinnest of threads and pray it holds.
A THREAD OF TRUTH
Cobbled Court Quilt Series – Book 2
At twenty-seven, having fled an abusive marriage with little more than her kids and the clothes on her back, Ivy Peterman figures she has nowhere to go but up. Quaint, historic New Bern, Connecticut, seems as good a place as any to start fresh. With a part-time job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and budding friendships, Ivy feels hopeful for the first time in ages. But when a popular quilting TV show is taped at the quilt shop, Ivy’s unwitting appearance in an on-air promo alerts her ex-husband to her whereabouts. Suddenly, Ivy is facing the fight of her life – one that forces her to face her deepest fears as a woman and a mother. This time, however, she’s got a sisterhood behind her: companions as complex, strong, and lasting as the quilts they stitch…
- Indie Next Notable Book, June, 2009
- Literary Guild & Doubleday Alternate Selection
A SINGLE THREAD
Cobbled Court Quilt Series – Book 1
Four Women, Stitched Together by Friendship . . .
Determined to overcome the despair that has engulfed her since her husband of twenty-five years walked out on their marriage, Evelyn Dixon takes a spur of the moment trip from her home in Texas to see the fall colors in New England. There, she falls in love with New Bern, Connecticut, a village that could have been lifted straight from a Currier and Ives print. Embracing her newfound impulsivity, Evelyn moves to New Bern and reawakens her long dormant dream of opening a quilt shop. But a shocking revelation about her health threatens to destroy Evelyn’s dream before it begins. As she struggles with the newfound challenge, one by one three very special women come into her life, each at a crossroads, all needing the support the very special bond of friendship can provide.
Abigail Burgess-Wynne, the sixth wealthiest woman in the state, whose personal motto is “never complain; never explain,” is a handsome, well-spoken widow in her sixties. Always ready to open her checkbook for any good cause that doesn’t require her emotional involvement, Abigail is a much sought after guest in New Bern’s more elevated social circles. She is an island unto herself—a situation that suits her to a tee.
Liza Burgess, an artistic, angry, and misunderstood nineteen-year-old, is Abigail’s estranged niece, the daughter of the sister Abigail hadn’t spoken to for forty years, not even after she found out her sister was dying. Now, after her mother’s death, Liza’s need for attention, love, and answers about her family, lead her to New Bern.
Margot Matthews, is a thirty-something marketing genius, but her sweet and guileless personality make her unsuited to survival in the corporate world. A company downsizing has left Margot jobless. Out of fiscal necessity, she moves to her weekend cottage in New Bern until she can find another position in the city.
When life’s pendulum takes an unexpected swing, these four very different women come together; facing their fears, dealing with their pasts, defining their futures, and filling each other’s gaps. Bound by a surprising thread of friendship, they stitch together new lives for themselves in a New England village readers won’t soon forget.
- November 2008 Levy Need to Read Title
ON WINGS OF THE MORNING
Marie Bostwick delivers a captivating novel of soul mates discovering each other as the country faces its greatest challenge.
Morgan Glennon’s destiny points straight up into Oklahoma’s clear, blue sky. It’s been that way since he was four years old, imagining the famous flier father he’s never met. Morgan leaves college to enlist as a pilot, and his whole world suddenly changes when America goes to war. Watching his friends fall in battle, robs Morgan of the joy he always felt in the air. It will take one very unusual woman to help him get it back.
Georgia Jean Carter learned early never to rely on a man for anything but trouble. Airplanes are different: they take a girl places most boyfriends can’t. Remarkably, the war makes it possible for Georgia to do her part as a pilot. Flying with the WASPs brings a special sense of belonging—yet there’s something missing that Georgia doesn’t recognize until a brief encounter sets her dreaming about a young flyboy she barely knows.
One extraordinary woman will come of age—and come into her own—in this haunting portrait of an ever-changing America during the tumult and uncertainty of World War II.
After the death of her mother, Elise Braun is sent to live with distant relatives in the United States. Her father wants to save his daughter from the impending war in her native Germany—and the horrors of the new Nazi regime. But Elise feels a sense of abandonment and resentment toward the one man who is supposed to protect her. An accomplished pianist, Elise finds music is her only solace from the loneliness and loss that make it difficult for her to love or trust anyone.
Now, with the men she loves fighting in opposing armies, Elise is torn between her native Berlin and her adopted American home. As she struggles to find her place in a world at war, she must also learn to acknowledge her love for her father, the man who traded his happiness for her own.
- RWA Desert Rose Chapter Golden Quill Award for Best Mainstream Novel
- National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist
- Literary Guild Featured Alternate
FIELDS OF GOLD
Evangeline Glennon knows plenty about life’s highs and lows. Still, she feels lucky, surrounded as she is by people who care deeply: Papa, who’s never lost his Irish brogue or twinkle in his eye; endlessly practical, generous Mama, and steadfast best friend, Ruby. Romance would be too much for a girl like Eva to expect. Then again, love has a tendency to find those who aren’t looking for it . . .
Out of a clear blue sky, a dashing young pilot makes an impossibly gentle landing in Papa’s Oklahoma wheat field. After taking her up in his plane, “Slim” leaves Eva with an exhilarating new perspective—and an even more precious gift that changes her forever.
The world is changing, too—and only the strongest in body and spirit will weather what is to come. Now, while tracing from afar the progress of the brave young aviator she knew briefly, Eva stitches her heart and soul into intricate quilts whose images take extraordinary form from the heartbreak and joy of parallel lives.
- Oklahoma Book Awards 2006 Best Fiction Finalist
- RT BOOKclub Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award Finalist, Best Historical Saga
“Mister Christmas” (by Fern Michaels) – A week before Christmas, attorney Claire O’Brien is summoned to Ireland to change her wealthy client’s will–only to encounter resistance from his handsome nephew. Will Claire be forced to spend the holidays up close and personal with her irresistible Irish nemesis? “The Yellow Rose of Christmas” (by Marie Bostwick) – Though Miss Velvet Tudmore wrote off romance years ago, rumour has it she has a secret admirer. And when her surprise suitor promises to reveal himself at the annual Christmas ball in Too Much, Texas, Velvet starts to wonder: is it ever too late to find love? “Nightmare on Elf Street” (by Laura Levine) – Aside from the mortifying costume, how bad can a gig as a mall Santa’s elf be? Jaine Austen finds out when she’s teamed up with the Santa from Hell. But things go from bad to worse when he’s found murdered on the job–and Jaine is a suspect. Now all she wants for Christmas is to find the real killer…” Room at the Inn” (by Cindy Myers) – When a Rocky Mountain blizzard forces Barb and her husband to spend Christmas in a remote Colorado cabin with their fellow travellers, Barb struggles to cope – especially when her husband reveals troubling news. But sometimes a holiday shake-up is all a woman needs to discover what she’s truly made of…
“Snow Angels” is written by Fern Michaels. The only way irresistibly handsome Olympic skier Max Jorgenson wants to spend Christmas is…alone. But when social worker Grace Landry stumbles into his log cabin during a snowstorm, an unexpected magic rekindles his heart, his hopes, and the sweetest of Christmas dreams…”The Presents of Angels” is written by Marie Bostwick. Ex-Rockette Kendra Loomis doesn’t regret giving up New York’s bright lights to be a Vermont minister’s wife. But their small town’s Christmas countdown is becoming a major stress-fest – and the only way she can save the day is to prove that giving is the most precious gift of all…”Decorations” is written by Janna McMahan All Michelle Duncan wanted for Christmas was a new life. And by helping her ailing mother she found one – as manager of a charming holiday craft store. She never expected that the fringe benefits would be muscular sculptor Baxter Brow – and one last chance to make all her wishes come true…”Miracle on Main Street” is written by Rosalind Noonan New York City policeman Joe Cody and his wife Sheila can’t afford much of a holiday for their two kids. He’s sure not expecting much yuletide joy while working on Christmas Day – until a desperate wish and several unexplainable events open his eyes to a wonderland of blessings and love…
COMFORT AND JOY
“A High-Kicking Christmas”
After ten years as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall, Kendra Erickson needs a break from Christmas.
But when an injury lands her in small-town Vermont where she finds herself directing the local holiday pageant alongside the charming new pastor, Kendra reconsiders her views on life, love—and the most romantic season of all . . .
- NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller List
- USA TODAY Bestseller List