Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen

Title: This Wishing Thread
Author: Lisa Van Allen
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

For fans of Jennifer Chiaverini and Sarah Addison Allen, The Wishing Thread is an enchanting novel about the bonds between sisters, the indelible pull of the past, and the transformational power of love.
The Van Ripper women have been the talk of Tarrytown, New York, for centuries. Some say they’re angels; some say they’re crooks. In their tumbledown “Stitchery,” not far from the stomping grounds of the legendary Headless Horseman, the Van Ripper sisters—Aubrey, Bitty, and Meggie—are said to knit people’s most ardent wishes into beautiful scarves and mittens, granting them health, success, or even a blossoming romance. But for the magic to work, sacrifices must be made—and no one knows that better than the Van Rippers.
When the Stitchery matriarch, Mariah, dies, she leaves the yarn shop to her three nieces. Aubrey, shy and reliable, has dedicated her life to weaving spells for the community, though her sisters have long stayed away. Bitty, pragmatic and persistent, has always been skeptical of magic and wants her children to have a normal, nonmagical life. Meggie, restless and free-spirited, follows her own set of rules. Now, after Mariah’s death forces a reunion, the sisters must reassess the state of their lives even as they decide the fate of the Stitchery. But their relationships with one another—and their beliefs in magic—are put to the test. Will the threads hold?

This was an amazing book!  The magic was perfect, the sisters were perfect, Tarrytown was perfect.  In a world where magic just may be possible - people still shun it and the Van Ripper sister responsible for guarding it.  The Stitchery has been a place of magic for generations, knitting solutions for the residents of Tarrytown for generations.  But when a death in the family brings the Van Ripper sisters back home for the first time in years, things take an interesting turn.

The Wishing Thread has so much happening that each page flew past.  The Van Ripper sisters have a relationship that is anything but good, but we get to watch as they come to terms with their past and make new lives for themselves.  We get to watch a town struggle for survival against the inevitable push of progess.  There is romance and heartbreak - betrayal and forgiveness - and a couple of cute kids that end up being the glue holding much of it together.

For lovers of contemporary family dramas - this will offer so much more than you are used to and I'm sure you will love every minute of it.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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