When a crisis strikes the Johnson family in the summer of 1971, it is the women of The Ivy Creek Sewing Circle who jump into action to help the family get back on their feet. Witness to the actions of the sewing circle is nine-year-old, Emmybeth Johnson, who loves nothing better than to listen to what the grownups around her are saying, oftentimes when they are not aware that she is listening. Emmybeth treats the reader to her naïve perspective, which is sometimes closer to the truth than she realizes. She finds out, through her observation of the women of The Ivy Creek Sewing Circle, that “Girl Power” is not just a popular catchphrase of the day, it’s the way mountain women circle the wagons when their friends or family are in trouble. Emmybeth loves her life in Ivy Creek and her family with her whole heart. She does not think her family’s circumstances will ever change. So, when they do, the fallout confuses her. However, with the help of The Ivy Creek Sewing Circle she and her family survive the changes and endure. Sit back and enjoy the antics of Emmybeth and cheer on The Ivy Creek Sewing Circle as they overcome the bad times and celebrate the good. You will enjoy your time in this small town, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and most importantly, you will remember The Ivy Creek Sewing Circle long after you’ve turned the last page!
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In this century, more of us are likely to be working professionals, many not even living here anymore, but we all still cling to the lessons we learned from our family in the hills of Appalachia. It is a great place to be from and even a better place to come home.
I was so excited to read this book. Being from the mountains of WV, I had to get my hands a copy of this. Now I am not a sewer, I have no idea how to sew anything but a button.
This story is told from a child's perspective and I really enjoyed that.
It was something new to me.
I gave this book 4 stars and I hope that you grab a copy to enjoy and it would make a great Christmas gift or a hostess gift this season.
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