Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Apart at the Seams By Marie Bostwick

Twice in her life, college counsellor Gayla Oliver fell in love at first sight. The first time was with Brian - a lean, longhaired, British bass player. Marriage followed quickly, then twins, and gradually their bohemian lifestyle gave way to busy careers in New York. Gayla's second love affair is with New Bern, Connecticut. Like Brian, the laid back town is charming without trying too hard. It's the ideal place to buy a second home and reignite the spark in their twenty-six year marriage. Not that Gayla is worried. At least, not until she finds a discarded memo in which Brian admits to a past affair and suggests an amicable divorce. Devastated, Gayla flees to New Bern. Though Brian insists he's since recommitted to his family, Gayla's feelings of betrayal may go too deep for forgiveness. Besides, her solo sabbatical is a chance to explore the creative impulses she sidelined long ago - quilting, gardening, and striking up new friendships with the women of the Cobbled Court circle - particularly Ivy, a single mother confronting fresh starts and past hurts of her own. With all of their support, Gayla just might find the courage to look ahead, decide which fragments of her old life she wants to keep, which are beyond repair - and how to knot the fraying ends until a bold new design reveals itself...

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A while back, my publishing house asked me to update my biography. I wrote two versions. This is the one that DIDN'T make it onto the cover.

"Marie Bostwick was born and raised in the northwest, where, being an overweight and socially awkward child, she collected a whole closetful of imaginary friends that are with her to this day. She graduated from college in 1984 with a bachelors degree in Communications (because it was the only degree that didn't require a statistics course) and a double minor in self-loathing and procrastination. Marie married while she was young and extremely fertile, quickly giving birth to three sons, who are now grown up and don't call nearly as often as they should.

Marie is the published author of a bunch of books. No kidding, a bunch. Like ten. She continues to be amazed by this. So does her high-school English teacher.

When not writing, Marie spends way too much time on Facebook and window shopping for RV's on the internet. Marie loves to quilt. She really, really does. However, her enthusiasm for quilting outstrips her natural talent. This is at least partly because she has the attention span of a gnat and no math skills (see statistics course avoidance above). She is also pretty nearsighted which makes it hard to stitch a consistent quarter-inch seam. After sunset, it's darned near impossible.

Marie likes to garden but is too scattered to give her garden the attention it deserves. The same can be said of her other hobbies -- piano, knitting, guitar, punchneedle embroidery, cooking, and kayaking. (Marie doesn't actually own a kayak but she wants one.) Marie has killed every single houseplant that has ever had the misfortune of coming into her possession. She hasn't balanced her checkbook since the late 80's and can never find her purse, glasses, or car keys.

Fact is, the only thing thing Marie truly knows how to do well is write, so please buy this book, if only to keep her from becoming a burden to society."
Bostwick writes how real friendship can get you though hard times. She writes about real life and the struggles most of us have. This series is an inspiration and each book moves you in such away you can't wait for the next book in the series.
I will say this book was predictable. It was an easy read.
Looking for an entertaining read and a great book on friendship this is your book.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.


  1. This sounds like a good book. A New York Times BestSelling Author, I bet it's good. I will have to check it out.

  2. Sounds like a good read. Thank you Mary for the review.

    1. Mable, you are the WINNER I will get your book right out to you!

  3. I trust if you say its good,I want to read it.

  4. Sounds like a good book. great review Mary.

  5. I've read several of Marie's books and have enjoyed them. I love her biography! Great sense of humor! Great review Mary!

    Judy B

  6. Marie sounds absolutely delightful! With a great personality (I can tell by the bio), she is a winner in my eyes and I know her book is too. I would love this book!!!!
    Thank you for a great review, Mary!

  7. Love your review and the book sounds good.

  8. Lovely review! I am adding this series to my wish list!