Bostwick gives another stellar performance with her latest Cobbled Court novel. The beautiful prose in this multilayered faith- and community-based novel gives life to a small New England town filled with characters that readers will long remember. Although the series is best read in order, this novel stands well on its own.

Phillipa Clarkson has just received her first pulpit in New Bern, Conn., and though it’s only temporary, she’s determined to make the best of it — even though the congregation was expecting a man. She’s weathered worse than this town can dish out. Margot Matthews loves her life in New Bern, loves her job at Cobbled Court Quilts and loves her family no matter how dysfunctional they are, but there’s still one thing missing: a family of her own. In the face of a horrible tragedy Margot will learn just where she stands and who stands with, and against, her. When all is said and done she may just have her fondest wish after all, but at what cost? (KENSINGTON, May, 352 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Haupt