TIES THAT BIND

by Marie Bostwick

Publisher: Kensington

Published: May 1, 2012

Format: Paperback (352 pages)

ISBN: 9780758269287

Series: Cobbled Court Quilts

Origin: Publisher

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

Margot Matthews tries again, even though the last holiday gathering quickly soured, but maybe on neutral ground, this Christmas celebration might be different.   She understands Mari’s reluctance, but at least her estranged sister agrees to come for the day.  

Now, Margo doesn’t need anymore issues but issues and pressure is all Margot seems to find.  

The quilt shop is bustling and the church board is selecting a new interim pastor to replace their beloved pastor, who is convalescing and taking a sabbatical dictated by a recent heart attack.  However, when her lack of a dating partner moves a friend to volunteer Margot’s time to greet, meet, and assist the new pastor, Margot nearly implodes.  Thankfully, out of what would have been an embarrassing situation relief comes, as the new pastor is Phillipa, not Phillip, and she and Margot easily become friends.  

Another newcomer arrives in New Bern, Connecticut yelling out to Margot, but his voice fails to float above the noisy wreck he drives.   Margot meets Paul Collier and his teenage son, James—who clearly doesn’t want to be in this town.  After giving the man directions,  Margot tells the family about the holiday church services and the other holiday activities New Bern has to assist the family in obvious transition.

However, the next family to be in tumult and transition is Margot’s.  While her father blusters about her sister’s tardiness to this year’s celebration, no one expects what happens next.

The police call and tell the family to get to the hospital.  

While Mari knew she wouldn’t survive, she hoped her daughter Olivia, who could still talk to her, would.  Mari set out to make sure her sister, Margot, would raise her daughter.  Her last few moments of life were spent scribbling this wish on a piece of scrap paper while they were still pinned in the car.

Who knew that Mari’s last wish would be the thing to tatter the Matthews family into smaller shreds?  Soon, a horrid custody battle ensues in a case where there clearly will be no winner. 

 

My Take:

Marie Bostwick’s TIES THAT BIND is a tale that shows just how easily family dysfunction can worsen in tragedy but also how friendship and faith can increase during these traumatic times, but this read demonstrates the power of love too. 

This author creates a charming environment that Margot embraces after leaving a faulty career in a place she didn’t like.  The quilters and the town had made Margot one of their own, and this resilient place always has room for newcomers.  In this story, Margot comes into her own both in her family standing and in life.  From public humiliation to trail by fire, Margot finds the strength to just be her.   She takes up the fight to raise Olivia inside this wonderful town. However, Margot also realizes that sometimes, you must give up something or someone to make the right choices. 

TIES THAT BIND by Marie Bostwick is a standalone novel, but you’ll want to check out the other books in the Cobbled Court Quilts series: A SINGLE THREAD (Kensington 2008), A THREAD OF TRUTH (Kensington 2009), A THREAD SO THIN (Kensington 2010), and THREADING THE NEEDLE (Kensington 2011).

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