Published September 3, 2013
Paperback, 400 pages
Series - No
Description From Goodreads:
The Van Ripper women have been the talk of Tarrytown, New York, for centuries. Some say they’re angels; some say they’re crooks. In their tumbledown “Stitchery,” not far from the stomping grounds of the legendary Headless Horseman, the Van Ripper sisters—Aubrey, Bitty, and Meggie—are said to knit people’s most ardent wishes into beautiful scarves and mittens, granting them health, success, or even a blossoming romance. But for the magic to work, sacrifices must be made—and no one knows that better than the Van Rippers.
When the Stitchery matriarch, Mariah, dies, she leaves the yarn shop to her three nieces. Aubrey, shy and reliable, has dedicated her life to weaving spells for the community, though her sisters have long stayed away. Bitty, pragmatic and persistent, has always been skeptical of magic and wants her children to have a normal, nonmagical life. Meggie, restless and free-spirited, follows her own set of rules. Now, after Mariah’s death forces a reunion, the sisters must reassess the state of their lives even as they decide the fate of the Stitchery. But their relationships with one another—and their beliefs in magic—are put to the test. Will the threads hold?
When I read the description of this book, it stated that it would be similar in style to those written by Sarah Addison Allen. I loved the novel I read of hers (The Peach Keeper), so I thought this would be a great pick. I was right.
I loved the setting of the story. We have all head stories of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, and The Headless Horseman. A pretty town with a magical twist. But it is described so wonderful by the author that I have a new picture in my mind. The writing is beautiful and descriptive in a way that puts you there with the characters.
Parts of the story reminded me of the movie Practical Magic. Especially the way they use a phone tree. It is the story of sisters that are raised by an aunt, one that stays and is involved with the magic of the past, and others that have moved away and stayed away.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were interesting and had love and compassion along with their differences making them seem real. It was romantic and an easy read. And I must say that I also love the cover.
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My Previous Review: The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio
It is important to note that I received this book from NetGalley in return for a book review. That being said, the feelings expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced by an outside source.