Monday, March 6, 2017

A Thread of Truth (Cobbled Court Quilt #2) - #TeaserTuesday, First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday Intros

A quilting friend recently gave me all seven books in Marie Bostwick's Cobbled Court Quilt Series. I finished Book #1 and today I'm featuring excerpts from Book #2, which I've barely started. So far, I'm enjoying the intertwined stories of the women of small-town New Bern, Connecticut, all of them connected by the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop. This story deals with domestic violence. Thanks for the books, Nan!

Genre: Women's Fiction
Book Length: 335 Pages
Amazon Link: A Thread of Truth
Author Website: Marie Bostwick

First Paragraph (from the Prologue):
     The counselor is young, blond, and pretty, and obviously nervous. She glances at her reflection in the wall mirror when she enters the waiting room, adjusts her collar, and clears her throat before extending her hand toward me with a wide, rehearsed smile and a request for me to follow her back to her office.

Teaser #1 (from Pages 15-16 in my trade paperback):
She wouldn't listen to any of my excuses about passing on the quilt class, just knocked them all down in that way she has, huffing and puffing out words like "Nonsense!" and "Rubbish!" like the big, bad wolf on a mission, not stopping until your little house of sticks is lying in a heap and there you stand with nothing left to hide behind. Next thing I knew, I was sitting in a room with six other students, listening to Evelyn Dixon explain the techniques for constructing our first project, a log cabin quilt.

Teaser #2 (from Page 90): 
There never was a moment when I could relax and be myself because I was always aware that he could walk through that door at any moment and if he didn't like what he saw, there would be consequences. Inevitable, unpredictable, irrational consequences. 

Synopsis:
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. . .


Just for fun, here's a photo of a log cabin quilt I made several years ago. I arranged the blocks in a diamond pattern, and it's one of my favorite creations.














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36 comments:

Cleo Bannister said...

That quilt is stunning, one craft I've always wanted to try because the finished article is so beautiful.
I'm glad you chose teasers from this book, the subject matter sounds far more gritty than I'd have guessed from the cover.

Margot said...

Your log cabin quilt is beautiful. I especially love your choice of colors. I read the first three books in this series and really loved them. It made me wish I had a quilt community like that near me. Enjoy.

Swati Rohidas said...

That sounds very interesting. I am surely adding this series to my TBR pile. And the quilt, it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Beth F said...

Gorgeous quilt! This series looks fun, I'd keep reading for sure.

Emma Littlefield said...

The themes here don't match the cover or title at all. It sounds like a really emotional book. Enjoy!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What a great premise, and I am already feeling that heart-stopping fear that Ivy must live with on a regular basis...especially now that her whereabouts have been revealed. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME”

Kay said...

First of all, that quilt is so beautiful! I've always wished I could quilt, but I can't even sew. Both my grandmothers quilted. I've seen this series at the library, but never picked it up. Think I'll have to try it. The prologue and teasers you shared are quite emotional.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I've heard of this series--and how great to get so many of them at once! That friend is a keeper. And your quilt is gorgeous!!!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I've heard good things about this author so hope you'll enjoy this one.

Ms. M. said...

Sounds like fun reading and I love your quilt. Here's the link to my FCFP & TT for this week: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1v4

Monica's Bookish Life said...

Thanks for sharing the picture of your quilt. What lovely work! I like sound of this book, and I always like learning about a new series! I'd definitely keep reading!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you for the kind compliment. I've always enjoyed sewing and love putting fabrics together.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks, Margot. I'm drawn to jewel-toned fabrics. I'd love to have a community of quilters like the characters in this series. Luckily, my friend who gave me these books is always up for a trip to the fabric store!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The author did a great job of showing Ivy's fears and doubts. It's a good story.

Laura Thomas said...

I won this series several months ago. My mother started reading them and told me they were wonderful. I hope to get to them sometime soon.

My TT from House Of Seven Days

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It's a good story so far.

Paulita said...

What fun to find books on a hobby that you enjoy. Your quilt is beautiful. I have a bag full of baby clothes that I want to cut up into quilt squares, but I have made no move to do that yet! Here's Mine

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you, Kay. My mom taught me to sew, so I guess I was indoctrinated at an early age!
I like the characters I've met in this series. They seem like people I would know.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Just yesterday I saw a post that featured baby clothes in a quilt shaped like a teddy bear. It was adorable! (It might be a Simplicity or McCalls pattern.) I hope you'll find time to make one and post a photo of the results.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Lucky you! I hope you'll enjoy the series as much as I am.

Francia Martins said...

Gorgeous quilt, Sandy! Thanks for the interesting post. But after the first sentence of that first teaser, nobody had better not ever say anything about my long sentences. If I didn't miscount, 64 words! But it flowed well.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

LOL. I noticed that long sentence too! I'll try to keep my comments about your long sentences to myself.

Kathy Reads Fiction said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I was a little surprised at the first paragraph. The beginning seemed like I was reading the middle of the book. At any rate, I would keep reading.

sjhigbee said...

Wow! What a beautiful quilt. I really enjoyed your extracts - it sounds like a powerful way to highlight a very dark ongoing problem in our society - domestic abuse. Thank you for sharing and for swinging by my site earlier.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I hesitated before sharing the photo of my quilt today. After all, this is supposed to be a post about books! I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I find so many great books through these Tuesday posts! Thanks for stopping by.

WhatsBeyond Forks said...

What a lovely quilt! I haven't tried quilting yet, but I'm currently teaching myself to sew. I never thought I'd like it as much as I do, but I'm kinda hooked already, and I still don't know what I'm doing. lol!

Gabby @ What's Beyond Forks?

Yvonne said...

I love the sound of this one. I've been wanting to read this author.

Alice Audrey said...

Gorgeous quilt!

I'm really not a fan of the abuse themes. The teasers look good anyway.

Laura said...

Good teasers! And the quilt looks cool. Thanks for coming by.

Eustacia Tan said...

This sounds like a wonderful book that deals with some hard topics. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

melovebooks said...

Great teaser! I hope you will keep enjoying it. Happy reading!

Karen and Gerard said...

That's a nice quilt you made! Very interesting sharing it with a book about quilting too.

Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads said...

Okay I definitely need to add this to my TBR! Not only does it sound like a great book, but I love when books are set in Connecticut since that's where I live, haha. Great teaser! :)
That's a beautiful quilt you made, too!

Louisa Paarsmarkt said...

The first teaser sounds interesting and the second sounds scary! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!