In her newest release, THE TIES THAT BIND Marie Bostwick
takes readers back to the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the
town of New Bern.
This time the story focuses on the church and their need
for a new pastor, as well as Margot, quilt shop employee
who is unmarried and finds herself in a battle she never
Margot was raised in a family where the father ruled, and
the women were expected to fall in line. Margot did as was
expected until the time that she decided to quit her good
job, move to the small community of New Bern and start
anew. It was her sister, Melanie who couldn't fit into the
strident rules that were established, who fled.
Margot has finally convinced Melanie that the time has come
to put the past aside and to meet their father on neutral
ground, and what better time than Christmas? Melanie
agrees, and when she doesn't show her father is sure that
Melanie has resorted to her old patterns of doing as she
wishes with no regards to what is proper. If only that
were true! Sadly, there is an accident and Melanie and her
young daughter Olivia are severely injured.
Melanie knows her time is short, and while she awaits help
she scribbles a note asking for Margot to take her child.
However, her traditional father sees things in a different
light, and a custody battle ensues.
In the meantime the community is in need a new pastor, and
while they thought they were lucky to be getting the person
they hired, soon they are disappointed to find out that
instead of getting the son of a famous minister, they are
getting the adopted daughter, and the gifts of the father
aren't necessarily passed as easily to the daughter.
Philippa isn't the only new person to the community. Also
new are Paul and his teen-aged son who have moved so that
James could be closer to his mother as she embarks on a new
path after she divorces Paul. Phiippa, Paul, and James
must find their way in the close knit community of New
Bern, and find their strongest ally to be Margot.
Like a warm quilt THE TIES THAT BIND is a story that you
can wrap yourself up in, and relax with. While THE TIES
THAT BIND is the 5th book in the Cobbled Court Series it
stands alone quite nicely, and if you have yet to read a
book by Ms. Bostwick it's a great one to start with, as
it's set in the winter, and with the summer heat
approaching it's one way to move your thoughts to your own
family holiday celebration, and away from the summer heat!
Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is
about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight
unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical.
Meanwhile, Margot Matthews' friend, Abigail, is trying to
match-make even though Margot has all but given up on
romance. She loves her job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop
and the life and friendships she's made in New Bern; she
just never thought she'd still be single on her fortieth
It's a shock to the entire town when
Phillip A. Clarkson turns out to be Philippa. Truth be told,
not everyone is happy about having a female pastor. Yet
despite a rocky start, Philippa begins to settle in--finding
ways to ease the townspeople's burdens, joining the quilting
circle, and forging a fast friendship with Margot. When
tragedy threatens to tear Margot's family apart, that
bond--and the help of her quilting sisterhood--will prove a
saving grace. And as she untangles her feelings for another
new arrival in town, Margot begins to realize that it is the
surprising detours woven into life's fabric that provide its
richest hues and deepest meaning. . .