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Book Review: The Oysterville Sewing Circle

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The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs– 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.

Home to a place she thought she’d left forever, home of her heart and memories, but not her future. Ten years ago, Caroline launched a career in the glamorous fashion world of Manhattan. But her success in New York imploded on a wave of scandal and tragedy, forcing her to flee to the only safe place she knows.

And in the backseat of Caroline’s car are two children who were orphaned in a single chilling moment—five-year-old Addie and six-year-old Flick. She’s now their legal guardian—a role she’s not sure she’s ready for.

But the Oysterville she left behind has changed. Her siblings have their own complicated lives and her aging parents are hoping to pass on their thriving seafood restaurant to the next generation. And there’s Will Jensen, a decorated Navy SEAL who’s also returned home after being wounded overseas. Will and Caroline were forever friends as children, with the promise of something more . . . until he fell in love with Sierra, Caroline’s best friend and the most beautiful girl in town. With her modeling jobs drying up, Sierra, too, is on the cusp of reinventing herself.

Caroline returns to her favorite place: the sewing shop owned by Mrs. Lindy Bloom, the woman who inspired her and taught her to sew. There she discovers that even in an idyllic beach town, there are women living with the deepest of secrets. Thus begins the Oysterville Sewing Circle—where women can join forces to support each other through the troubles they keep hidden.

Yet just as Caroline regains her creativity and fighting spirit, and the children begin to heal from their loss, 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.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: August 13, 2019

Acquired: Pubic library e-book

Series: N/A

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. It was a slow build but evenly paced and it hit on a lot of different issues without seeming over the top dramatic. I loved the small town feel of the setting and I could just picture the white picket fences and front porches while I was reading. This is not a light or fluffy read and it’s not chick lit. There are some really heavy issues within the story and they’re handled very well without going too far in either direction- glossing over them or making them so heavy that the story gets lost. I identified with the main character, Caroline, and everything she was going through. I loved that she had a spine of steel and was determined to do the right thing. The relationship between her and Will was hard for me to feel good about for most of the story because he was married. I struggled with that even though I could see where the story was heading. All in all it was a really good story and I hope there’s a follow up book in the works!

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