The Oysterville Sewing Circle

The Oysterville Sewing Circle

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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. But the Oysterville she left behind has changed. Just as Caroline regains her creativity and fighting spirit 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. Print run 150,000.
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062930385
Characteristics: 372 pages ;,24 cm.


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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.

Sep 19, 2019

It was a great 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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