Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 400
Received: Received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley

Release Date: September 3, 2013
Buy From / Buy From /
Buy From

Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

My Review:

Well, what a book this was for me. I was intrigued with the premise of knitting and magic tied together and the cover really stuck out to me as a cute book, but this book had a lot of emotion amidst the cuteness. I was a tad wary because I wasn't sure how a book about knitting would really appeal to me, but this book is so much more than a person who knits, it's really about what brings people together.

The Van Ripper women are always thought of as witches in their little town, and are always on the outside of society and in a way some of them have fled from this town. But when the matriarch, Mariah, passes away it brings the three Van Ripper sisters back together to deal with a lot of issues that have been pushed aside. I feel like there is a lot of back story that slowly comes out, you need to learn about what each of the sisters has been up to for the past few years, and I think that took a lot of the story to do.

I really enjoyed the differences in the sisters and watching their relationship change as they learn more about each other and begin to help each other through their problems. I think I connected with Aubrey the most in this book, she is shy and unsure of herself, except for when she is knitting. I really loved her growth throughout this book the most as she realizes what is most important to her.

Honestly, I had difficulties starting out with this book understanding what was going on and really getting into the knitting storyline. But as the book continues on, I saw that the knitting was kind of a throw into the idea of what in life knits people together... This is a book that is very character driven as they learn to fight together for what they believe in. I fell in love with this story by the end.

No comments:

Post a Comment


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...