THREADING THE NEEDLE
Fourth in the Cobbled Court quilting series, this novel’s alternating first-person narrative is nicely done. The ability of the over-50 characters to accept and embrace major changes in their lives is uplifting.
When Madelyn Beecher Baron’s husband is caught cheating investors, she’s found innocent of any wrongdoing, but still is left with nothing, completely broke. She ends up in New Bern, Conn., in the house surprisingly left to her by her grandmother, who unwillingly and unhappily raised her after her father died. To support herself, Madelyn decides to open a B&B. She’s soon reunited with a childhood friend, Tessa, now happily married and, along with her husband, working at making growing produce and selling potpourri a success. Getting involved with a group of quilters, Tessa is able to create a gift for Madelyn that reaches her at a time when she needs it and Tessa’s friendship the most, one that may just save the town of New Bern. (KENSINGTON, Jun., 358 pp., $15.00)