THE WISHING THREAD
Fans of magical realism will want to pick up this enjoyable novel, which not only weaves magic through stitchery, but also weaves a realistic story about family and sisterhood and the threads that pull us back home. The story centers on the Van Ripper sisters — Aubrey, Bitty and Meggie — but Aubrey’s character is given the most attention and is the most fleshed out. She is also the character whom readers will gravitate toward as she navigates from shy, awkward future spinster to a happy, confident woman transformed by love. Moreover, this transformational love is the kind to root for: a sweet, heartfelt attraction that brings a smile to one’s face — no further magic required.