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The Oysterville Sewing Circle: A Novel

by Susan Wiggs

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Susan Wiggs has been a favorite author of mine for a while now and this book has to be my favorite now. I love her writing and development of characters and to include such an important subject as Domestic Violence this way was great. A place for survivors and people who need to be listened to, meet as a group, no judgment, and name the group something else so they feel safe and won't be found out is just an incredibly smart approach. I loved the story here and the small town home feel, but I'm also more informed about DV due to this author also. ( )
  mchwest | Jul 8, 2019 |
Competently written with decent characterizations, but underwhelming. ( )
  readinggeek451 | Jun 7, 2019 |
Real world issues that many women face are skillfully woven into this heartfelt story of second chances. One is the cutthroat world of the fashion industry, and another is the all too common problem of domestic and sexual violence. Many of the situations are believable (I clerked in a court that heard protection order petitions) and are presented in a way that I don’t think would be a trigger for survivors. If anything, they are empowering and help bring the patterns of abuse out of the shadows. All the same, this is a clean, contemporary romance at heart but the social topics it presents make it relevant to today's #MeToo movement as well.

Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. ( )
  wandaly | May 16, 2019 |
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"Stitched together with love, this is a story just waiting for your favorite reading chair. With her signature style and skill, Susan Wiggs delivers an intricate patchwork of old wounds and new beginnings, romance and the healing power of friendship, wrapped in a lovely little community that's hiding a few secrets of its own."    -- Lisa Wingate, New York Times Bestselling author of Before We Were Yours The #1 New York Times bestselling author brings us her most ambitious and provocative work yet--a searing and timely novel that explores the most volatile issue of our time--domestic violence. At the break of dawn, Caroline Shelby rolls into Oysterville, Washington, a tiny hamlet at the edge of the raging Pacific. She's come home. Home to a place she thought she'd left forever, home of her heart and memories, but not her future. Ten years ago, Caroline launched a career in the glamorous fashion world of Manhattan. But her success in New York imploded on a wave of scandal and tragedy, forcing her to flee to the only safe place she knows. And in the backseat of Caroline's car are two children who were orphaned in a single chilling moment--five-year-old Addie and six-year-old Flick. She's now their legal guardian--a role she's not sure she's ready for. But the Oysterville she left behind has changed. Her siblings have their own complicated lives and her aging parents are hoping to pass on their thriving seafood restaurant to the next generation. And there's Will Jensen, a decorated Navy SEAL who's also returned home after being wounded overseas. Will and Caroline were forever friends as children, with the promise of something more . . . until he fell in love with Sierra, Caroline's best friend and the most beautiful girl in town. With her modeling jobs drying up, Sierra, too, is on the cusp of reinventing herself. Caroline returns to her favorite place: the sewing shop owned by Mrs. Lindy Bloom, the woman who inspired her and taught her to sew. There she discovers that even in an idyllic beach town, there are women living with the deepest of secrets. Thus begins the Oysterville Sewing Circle--where women can join forces to support each other through the troubles they keep hidden. Yet just as Caroline regains her creativity and fighting spirit, and the children begin to heal from their loss, an unexpected challenge tests her courage and her heart. This time, though, Caroline is not going to run away. She's going to stand and fight for everything--and everyone--she loves.… (more)

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