by Maisey Yates (Contemporary/Romance/Women's Fiction/Mystery)
Publisher: Harlequin Books | Release Date: May 4th, 2021
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The Ashwood women don’t have much in common… except their ability to keep secrets.
When Lark Ashwood’s beloved grandmother dies, she and her sisters discover an unfinished quilt. Finishing it could be the reason Lark’s been looking for to stop running from the past, but is she ever going to be brave enough to share her biggest secret with the people she ought to be closest to?
Hannah can’t believe she’s back in Bear Creek, the tiny town she sacrificed everything to escape from. The plan? Help her sisters renovate her grandmother’s house and leave as fast as humanly possible. Until she comes face-to-face with a man from her past. But getting close to him again might mean confessing what really drove her away...
Stay-at-home mom Avery has built a perfect life, but at a cost. She’ll need all her family around her, and all her strength, to decide if the price of perfection is one she can afford to keep paying.
This summer, the Ashwood women must lean on each other like never before, if they are to stitch their family back together, one truth at a time...
About the Author:
Maisey Yates is a New York Times bestselling author over one hundred romance novels. Whether she’s writing strong, hard working cowboys, dissolute princes or multigenerational family stories, she loves getting lost in fictional worlds. An avid knitter with a dangerous yarn addiction and an aversion to housework, Maisey lives with her husband and three kids in rural Oregon.
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Wow! I have been a fan of Maisey Yates for a long time. She writes about small town romances and cowboys. If you haven’t read the Copper Ridge series set in Oregon, you should. I loved reading every single one of them. She instantly became an auto-buy author for me. So, when I heard her speaking on a panel about this book, I knew I needed to read it.
"Confessions From the Quilting Circle" is Maisey's first book of contemporary romance in the women’s fiction genre, as far as I know. It is a fantastic read about sisterhood and the relationships that women have with their mothers. I wasn’t even to the halfway point in the book when I preordered a copy for my own mother for Mother’s Day. It is the kind of book that is full of family secrets, family traditions, and all the different journeys people take to get where they are today. It really hits you hard in the emotional feelings.
This novel is full of serious issues that circle around women causing heartache and pain. There are trigger warnings of rape, abuse, teenage pregnancies and domestic violence. However, the author attacks these issues with care and sensitivity. The diary entries by several mystery women had me intrigued throughout the novel. The meaning behind the fabric chosen for the family quilt project weaved a solid bond between their history from grandmothers to mothers to daughters. When I was growing up, quilting was one of the things we did to pass time and chat about life. The magical bond in this story between sisters and mothers who sew together, instantly took me back to childhood. I loved this book.
My Rating is 5 out of 5 stars because... I love reading books about brave women, determined women, sisterhood, motherhood, high school sweethearts, women in business, real life problems, books that remind me to be creative, and books that make it easy to imagine the historical bond we pass from one to another through our ancestry.
Thank you to NetGalley and HQN (Harlequin Books) for allowing me to read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I could see this novel being developed into an emotional television series. That would be so great.