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The Oysterville Sewing Circle “Stitched together with love this is a story just waiting for your favorite reading chair With her signature style and skill Susan Wiggs delivers an intricate patchwork of old wounds and new beginnings romance and the healing power of friendship wrapped in a lovely little community that’s hiding a few secrets of its own”   — Lisa Wingate New York Times Bestselling author of Before We Were YoursThe #1 New York Times bestselling author brings us her most ambitious and provocative work yet—a searing and timely novel that explores the most volatile issue of our time—domestic violence At the break of dawn Caroline Shelby rolls into Oysterville Washington a tiny hamlet at the edge of the raging PacificShe’s come homeHome to a place she thought she’d left forever home of her heart and memories but not her future Ten years ago Caroline launched a career in the glamorous fashion world of Manhattan But her success in New York imploded on a wave of scandal and tragedy forcing her to flee to the only safe place she knowsAnd in the backseat of Caroline’s car are two children who were orphaned in a single chilling moment—five year old Addie and six year old Flick She’s now their legal guardian—a role she’s not sure she’s ready forBut the Oysterville she left behind has changed Her siblings have their own complicated lives and her aging parents are hoping to pass on their thriving seafood restaurant to the next generation And there’s Will Jensen a decorated Navy SEAL who’s also returned home after being wounded overseas Will and Caroline were forever friends as children with the promise of something until he fell in love with Sierra Caroline’s best friend and the most beautiful girl in town With her modeling jobs drying up Sierra too is on the cusp of reinventing herselfCaroline returns to her favorite place the sewing shop owned by Mrs Lindy Bloom the woman who inspired her and taught her to sew There she discovers that even in an idyllic beach town there are women living with the deepest of secrets Thus begins the Oysterville Sewing Circle—where women can join forces to support each other through the troubles they keep hiddenYet just as Caroline regains her creativity and fighting spirit and the children begin to heal from their loss an unexpected challenge tests her courage and her heart This time though Caroline is not going to run away She’s going to stand and fight for everything—and everyone—she loves

  • Hardcover
  • 372 pages
  • The Oysterville Sewing Circle
  • Susan Wiggs
  • English
  • 24 July 2016
  • 9780062425584

About the Author: Susan Wiggs

wwwfieldsendorg She's been featured in the national media including NPR's Talk of the Nation and is a popular speaker locally and nationally According to Publishers Weekly Wiggs writes with refreshingly honest emotion and the Salem Statesman Journal adds that she is one of our best observers of stories of the heart who knows how to capture emotion on virtually every page of every book Booklist characterizes her books as real and true and unforgettable She is the recipient of three RITA sm awards and four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly for her books The Winter Lodge and Passing Through Paradise have appeared on PW’s annual Best Of lists Several of her books have been listed as top Booksense picks and optioned as feature films Her novels have been translated into than two dozen languages and have made national bestseller lists including the USA Today Washington Post and New York Times lists The author is a former teacher a Harvard graduate an avid hiker an amateur photographer a good skier and terrible golfer yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book Readers can learn on the web at

10 thoughts on “The Oysterville Sewing Circle

  1. Katie B Katie B says:

    35 starsThis was my first Susan Wiggs novel and I liked this one enough to want to check out her other books I appreciate her attempt at exploring some heavy subjects in this story however there were a few things in the book that I felt weren't developed to their potential This has been a common thing with books I have read recently Just because I know early on how it will probably end I still need to feel like everything unfolds naturally rather than rushed or glossed over Don't get me wrong though this was still a good readThe fashion world might be glamorous but it is also cutthroat a fact Caroline Shelby is well aware of having worked in the industry for 10 years in New York City She decides to return to her hometown of Oysterville Washington not only because she is unemployed but also because she has recently become legal guardian of her deceased friend's children and she's going to need the help of her parents and siblings But returning home will mean she will have to face her past both the good and the bad Given the size of the town it will be difficult to avoid running into Will Jensen a friend from her childhood who broke her heart when he married her best friend Sierra When Caroline decides to form a women's support group she learns that she's not the only one with a deep secretThere's a lot of heavy subjects in the story like domestic violence addiction and sexual assault so I would take a pass on this one if you are just in the mood for a light and breezy read Unfortunately because there was a lot of different things going on I thought the story as a whole suffered because nothing felt fully developed It's like the story would focus for while on the sewing circle and then bounce to the whole love triangle thing then briefly mention the kids I feel like you get to the endpoint and it's not as entirely satisfying as you hoped because many parts of the story just felt glossed over Keeping that in mind I'm not saying this isn't a good book rather because of these things it didn't hit the great or awesome mark for me Still recommend especially if you like books about women supporting other womenThank you to the publisher for sending me an advance copy in exchange for a review


    375 rounded up to 4 StarsWomen's fiction isn't my usual genre of book to read My reading wheelhouse is usually biographies historical fiction or literary fiction But there was something heartwarming that lured me in about this book cover and thus I entered and won the Goodreads Giveaway for this kindle book I guess I was primed for a dose of light reading which centers around the beach town of Oysterville WashingtonAs the book begins Caroline is driving on a foggy night having come all the way from New York City back home to Oysterville Washington She has a little boy and girl in the back seat It is evident that Caroline is escaping something finding refuge back home As dawn is rising she pulls into a local rest stop and runs into Will Jensen jogging with some students They are shocked to see each other after so many years He is particularly amazed to see Caroline back in town and with two kids It is obvious they had a history togetherBacktrack to New York City when Caroline worked there in the fashion industry A graduate of FIT she worked with models at fashion shows and submitted her designs to an Emerging Artists contest As often happens to novices in the fashion industry Caroline is livid to discover that the famous designer she works under has stolen her inventive and attractive designs putting them forward at a fashion show as his own Not a shrinking violet Caroline confronts Mick Taylor and he blackballs her in the industry She finds any kind of sewingdesign work she can to survive in the City Her dear friend is a stunning fashion model from Haiti named Angeliue Angeliue has two young kids that were born in Haiti and although they are with her in NYC Angeliue's visa has expired In addition Caroline is uite concerned about some bruises that she observed on Angeliue while prepping her for a runway walk Caroline Shelby had a passion for sewing and designing clothes from a very young age While her family ran the town's thriving Star of the Sea restaurant and her siblings had served their turns working there up through the ranks as they grew older Caroline ditched her stint as dishwasher to instead work at the local fabric shop Lindy's She was so at home surrounded by bolts of fabric industrial sewing machines and thread that she would have gladly worked there for free She met Will Jensen one summer when he was visiting his grandparents as he did every summer at their charming Victorian but somewhat dilapidated home They became fast friends as young teens riding bicycles and surfing each summer Then came that aha moment when Caroline realized she felt something But then a new pastor came to town and Caroline became best friends with Sierra his gorgeous daughter They were joined at the hip and Caroline loved designing and making special dresses for Sierra for the prom and even her wedding day At first Caroline Sierra and Will became a trifecta of friends Caroline was too bashful to admit her burgeoning feelings for Will to Sierra opening up a path for Sierra to set her romantic sights on WillNow that Caroline has returned to Oysterville she needs to settle the kids into her welcoming parents' home get them enrolled in school and figure out the next step This book is about realization of a first love a loving family with a business that anchors a town welcoming summer visitors taking a stand against domestic violenceabusers and the wonderful creativity of one Caroline Shelby A portion of the proceeds of this book goes to a domestic violence charityThis was a lovely read and I thank Goodreads Giveaway for providing me this kindle book published by William Morrow

  3. DJ Sakata DJ Sakata says:

    Favorite uotesSince she had left home right out of high school she had dutifully visited a few times at Christmas That seemed to satisfy the family and also preserved her status as the official black sheep Every family needed a pet her brother Jackson used to jokeI’ve had my heart broken so many times it’s all scar tissue“Turns out my ‘perfect’ husband pulled the oldest trick in the book He took up with an associate at the law firm plotted a slick exit and brought my life to a screeching halt She’s awful too— one of those phony Christians who claimed she was ‘saving herself for marriage’” “I guess you should have asked whose marriage”His eyes were as blue as her favorite color of gumball As a general rule she didn’t like boys With two younger brothers she was well aware of their shortcomings Boys were noisy and they smelled like hamsters and they had an incomprehensible habit of wearing the same dirty shirt day in and day out until someone made them changeMy ReviewThis was a slowly evolving relatable and thoughtfully written story in which every woman from most any culture will find something that resonates for her While predominantly fitting the genre of women’s fiction it could also be considered a second chance and small town romance The realistic storylines were easy to follow highly assessable relevant and cast with a wide variety of uniue and endearing yet flawed characters The writing was engaging and easy to follow yet slyly emotive and stung my eye sockets several times Susan Wiggs has earned a permanent spot on my list of favorite authors

  4. Elizabeth of Silver& Elizabeth of Silver& says:

    Caroline never thought she would be returning to her childhood home of Oysterville and definitely not with two children that weren't her ownCaroline had wanted to leave as badly as any young person and head to New York City Caroline did make it big in New York until a famous designer stole her clothing lineHer loss and the death of her friend had Caroline returning with her friend's two children because Caroline had no idea how to take care of a child let alone twoCaroline had a loving supportive family to help her and ideas on how to help women of domestic abuse since that is what took her friend who left her the two childrenWe get a glimpse into Caroline’s life as a teenager as well as her life now Her teenage years were just as full of love as her adult life with her familyTHE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE was a sweet beautiful read with lovable characters and a setting you will want to make your ownIf you enjoy sewing the fashion world being on a beach setting learning about running a restaurant being with loving characters and seeing women helping other women THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE will be a wonderful addition to your reading stackA truly cozy heartwarming read for readers of women’s fiction 55This book was given to me by the publisher as an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

  5. Kat Kat says:

    What a wonderful winding tale of going home and discovering yourself Caroline Shelby returns home to Washington State with two children she’s adopted after her best friend suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances and after being abuses Having lost her career in the fashion industry and struggling to figure out how to raise two kids she forms a domestic abuse support group and begins picking up sewing projects as well as reconnecting with old friends The characters completely made this one I loved Caroline and her sisters as well as all the characters in small town Oysterville Will Sierra That slow burn wonderful love story If you love flashbacks this is a great novel for you Lots of rich rich backstory and slow development of relationships that come together in the end What a wonderful richly drawn town with an interesting plot Heartwarming and a great read Trigger Warnings view spoiler domestic abuse sexual assault hide spoiler

  6. Karol Karol says:

    First of all I won this book from Goodreads So thank you Now on to the review Warning some minor spoilers aheadI thought this book was decent but not a great read It was very repetitive and not as deep as I would have liked I think the subject matter domestic abuse drug abuse sexual assault is important and am glad Susan Wiggs tackled it but I wish she'd gone deeper I also wish that some of the characters in the book that were in the Sewing Circle abuse victims had been men it happens than people admit I would have loved to see a inclusive and nuanced group of survivors They honestly all felt a bit one dimensional and cliched Plus this book made it seem like pretty much every woman ever has been a victim of some form of abuse or assault or harassment It wasn't as realistic as it could have beenAs for the main story line with the protagonist and the guy she's loved since childhood I enjoyed the parts that flashed back to their childhood summers but felt the present day story was lacking and uninspired She makes a ton of bad choices lets people walk all over her and then we are supposed to root for her I just found it hard to care about her And he gets over his perfect marriage uite uickly and easily I found myself not really caring if they got together because it felt like they purposely kept making choices that kept them apart All they had to do was actually talk to each other and say how they felt but that was apparently too hard for themAnother issue I had was that the kids she basically adopts felt like an afterthought Their story just wasn't fleshed out enough I wanted to know about these kids to understand what they were going through But it was all a bit too surface not enough substance All in all I thought it was a decent read but it didn't stay with me and I won't remember much of it in a year

  7. Michele Michele says:

    The writing on this was pretty atrocious The same general points were restated over and over and OVER again throughout and it got very tiring very uickly Also the romance what there was of it was kind of sketch with him being married at the beginning to her supposed best friend Basically it was all over the place trying to provide conflict and then going on and on about the conflict but it was mostly self created conflict I am not talking about the physicalmental abuse victims and survivors because that was actual conflict and for everyone who WASN'T the main character handled decently I am talking mostly about the main character's giving up on the guy she liked as a kid to her friend handling it badly for the rest of her life and the entire plot with the evil designer abusive guy and her repetitive internal monologues about how she can't handle these kids she's inherited Just deal with it lady I can handle only so much whining before I give up on a character and a bookDid not read about 15 of this because I got too irritated and skipped multiple chapters to just read the endThanks to the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  8. Debbie Oliphant Debbie Oliphant says:

    This is my first book from this author and I loved this story Carolyn is an aspiring fashion designer who suddenly finds her dreams crushed by another designer She not only has to start over but she is also the legal guardian of her best friends young children She is forced to go home to start over and has no idea how she is going to dig herself out of the hole she is in She begins by reconnecting with her family and some old friends The story has many layers especially with the supporting characters Carolyn begins to tap into her strength and discovers that she is her own super hero who can tackle anything that is thrown her way Carolyn's evolution kept you engaged throughout the story and the supporting characters were well developed and interesting

  9. Lori Tatar Lori Tatar says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Oysterville Sewing Circle Believe me when I say it is not what it appears at first glance and that is by design It handles some pretty heavy topics primarily domestic abuse in a way that is easy to take in and not feel overwhelmed by the message This is a story for women about women and about love and not just following our passions but finding them as well It illustrates how our lives are our own even when they are not This was a great read

  10. Christy Christy says:

    The Oysterville Sewing Circle opens up with Caroline Shelby returning to her small town in Washington right off the Pacific Ocean She has two children with her and you know they are not hers but you know something bad has happened and you piece together why she has them Caroline was a big fashion designer in New York before it all went to Hell forcing her to return where she comes from She has 4 other siblings and her family owns a seafood restaurant back in Oysterville Caroline sees Will Jensen in the early morning hours of her return and she is flooded with memories of their friendship and the long forgotten possibility of Will visited his grandparents every summer and Caroline and him became inseparable Sierra moved to town a couple of years after Will started coming and the two fall in love and the three remain best friends In the blink of an eye Caroline finds herself the guardian of these two young children With her career in shambles Caroline goes back to her favorite place on the planetthe sewing shop owned by Lindy Bloom Caroline always worked there instead of at her family's restaurant and this is where she learned to sew and follow her passion and dreams She soon discovers there are women living in town who are hiding some secrets and that's when she creates the Oysterville Sewing Circle A support group for women to feel safe to share their stories This book is told in past and present When I first went into reading The Oysterville Sewing Circle I expected it to be this light fluffy read about a group of women who get together Sort of like a book club except with sewing I was so wrong It was really good and kept me interested from start to finish There were so many deeper issues touched onsuch as date rape domestic abuse and addiction The characters were wonderful and extremely well developed I also LOVED the setting of this storyit's a type of place I have always wanted to live I have never read a Susan Wiggs book before now but I will definitely be looking into what else she has to offer in her huge back list The only downside is that I wished there was of the actual Oysterville Sewing Circle Even though it's the title of this story it wasn't in the book very much eBook was received in a Goodreads Giveaway All opinions are my own

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