The Oysterville Sewing Circle

The Oysterville Sewing Circle

A Novel

eBook - 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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins, 2019.
ISBN: 9780062425614
Characteristics: 384 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Sep 17, 2020

Middle child Caroline Shelby is living the hardscrabble dream of an aspiring fashion designer whose life spirals out of control when her boss and mentor steals her designs and her best friend and a victim of domestic abuse dies of a drug overdose in her apartment, leaving legal guardian Caroline with her two children. Her New York life in tatters, Caroline takes the children west to home in Washington State, to her family and old friends, to start over. Caroline never wanted children, and she doesn't know what she's doing, but she has grit and determination and wants to not fail her now children, Flick and Addie.

Feb 05, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. It was about various relationships and addressing physical and verbal abuse. I would recommend this read.

Dec 28, 2019

I enjoyed this book. The story moved along at a good pace and kept me interested.

Nov 14, 2019

A nice change of pace: low-key frothy, engaging story, happy ending.

Nov 03, 2019

I was disappointed in this book - it read more like glorified Harlequin Romance than a seriously written fiction book dealing with the topic of domestic violence.

Oct 07, 2019

For those who may not want to relive any past trauma, this book deals with domestic violence. Although I didn't see it in any reviews, thankfully, I read the author's not in the back prior to reading past chapter 1 in the book, so I chose not to continue reading it. What I did read was really well written, so I'm quite confident it will be a good book for many.

Sep 21, 2019

Frankly I thought 'The Oysterville Sewing Circle' was going to be a story in the model of the early quilting stories of Jennifer Chiaverini.

In reviews I read elsewhere some reviewers are disappointed they didn't get their version of a "romance" and one in particular complained that the "Story lost in platform against domestic violence."

No. That IS the story of 'The Oysterville Sewing Circle', wrapped in the counterpoints of an idyllic childhood and those wrought with uncertainty and loss, of deep friendship and love on every level: the love of ones passion, of family, of home, of finding home, of dreams, of friends, of reality as it is in any given moment, even moments of uncertainty and challenges.

'The Oysterville Sewing Circle' is intense and sometimes difficult to read, but it is never maudlin or or graphic. It's real in the empathy and confusion of its subject, the leading characters reactions to it and especially of the writer's tenderness with it.

This is a terrific book.

Aug 23, 2019

This started out well, but gradually descended into a very predictable and not terribly well written story. I usually enjoy her work so very much, but this wasn't up to her usual standard.

Aug 16, 2019

Susan Wiggs is a local author based on Bainbridge Island.

Although the book is pitched as being about survivors of domestic violence, it is more a tale of three kids who grew up and spent summers together in Oysterville, WA. Caroline's parents run the town's most popular restaurant. Will's dad is a Navy SEAL, and he spends his summers with his grandparents. Sierra is a preacher's kid who moves to town.

Caroline has a talent with a needle and design. She aspires to be a high fashion designer in NYC. She fell in love with Will the first time she saw him, but she lacks the courage to put her heart on the line. It was love at first sight for Sierra, and she wasn't so shy. Sierra follows Will to CA and becomes a fashion model. Will follows in his father's footsteps to become a SEAL.

The trio end up back in Oysterville after Caroline's best friend is found dead in her apartment leaving behind two undocumented little kids. Because Caroline accurately intuits that she and the kids aren't safe in NYC, they return to Oysterville which is now home to the married couple, Will and Sierra. Her career is in tatters after her boss steals her designs and blackballs her. Caroline's family embraces and supports her as she stitches the shredded pieces of her life back together again.

Along the way, she forms the Oysterville Sewing Circle as a support group for survivors of domestic violence. Ms. Wiggs does a brilliant job of describing the dynamic with a focus on just how brutal an abusive, powerful, vengeful man can be to the women who are unfortunate to cross his path either personally or professionally.

When she was writing the book, I asked Ms. Wiggs to kick some sand into the eyes of the powerful perpetrator, and she did in a way I didn't see coming. Her husband is a fashion designer, and he inspired much of the book's phenomenal plot which weaves together many of the current issues including #MeToo and undocumented immigrants.

It's a beach book which will stay with you long after the summer ends.

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