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The Oysterville Sewing Circle

Morrow. Aug. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9780062425584. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062425591. $7.99ebk. ISBN 9780062425614. F
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Caroline Shelby couldn’t wait to leave her tiny hamlet of Oysterville, WA, and pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer in Manhattan. A betrayal by her mentor and the death of Angelique, her supermodel best friend, change her plans. Caroline is made guardian of Angelique’s two children, and that sends her running back to her hometown, where she’s surprised to find that reconnecting with old friends, reinventing herself, and assuming a new role as a mom provide fresh inspirations for her designs and a shift in her priorities. The latest from best seller Wiggs (The Apple Orchard) is a great mix of contemporary women’s fiction, an old-fashioned friends-to-lovers story, and a big dose of #metoo reading in one fantastic package. The dialog flows smoothly, the past and present time lines effortlessly tell the tale, and the raw beauty of the Pacific Northwest is the perfect setting. The characters are unforgettable, especially Caroline and her two adorable charges. They, along with the author’s focus on domestic abuse, are the standouts.
VERDICT Fans of real-life, real-emotion, sophisticated stories, such as those by Sarah Morgan, Robyn Carr, and Barbara Delinsky, will love this novel. [See Prepub Alert, 2/18/19.]

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