What I’m Reading: The Oysterville Sewing Circle

I was looking for an audiobook and happened to see this one by Susan Wiggs, The Oysterville Sewing Circle.  How could I not give this book a try?  I sounds sewing related…

The Oysterville Sewing Circle: A Novel by [Wiggs, Susan]
I started out liking the book and then it kind of fumbled around.  The author took readers back and forth between the now and then…but some of the going back didn’t seem like it had any meat to the story.  Seriously the story could have been told in about 50 less pages.

Here’s what Amazon has to say:

At the break of dawn, Caroline Shelby rolls into Oysterville, Washington, a tiny hamlet at the edge of the raging Pacific.

She’s come home.

Home 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 knows.

And 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 for.

But 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 more . . . 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 herself.

Caroline 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 hidden.

Yet 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.”

Amazon readers gave the book 4.3 stars.  Not me.  I struggled to finish it.  I would give it 3.8.  The story flips around.  It seems like there is going to be a lot of talk about domestic violence…then that falls to side for a simmering romance.  It could be just that I’m not in romance books…I don’t know.  I guess all I can say is that I didn’t love the book.

Has anyone else read this book?  What did you think?

If you are interested in giving Audible a try, you can find it HERE.


5 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Oysterville Sewing Circle”

  1. I had high hopes for the book going in–by the end, I was just glad it was done. I’m not a romance reader and the domestic violence parts seemed to be just a vehicle for a lot of platitudes. I’d give it a 2.5.

  2. I really enjoyed this one, but I can see what you mean with some fo the back story. I think I’d give it somewhere around a 4.0

  3. I really enjoyed the story, but then I probably read more romance stories than you do (at least based on the ones that you tell us about). I can see where a story that flips back and forth might be easier to read in print, than to listen to as an audiobook.

  4. I didn’t like this book much. I found a lot of it unrealistic. Like the part where the main character gets custody of her friend’s kids without anyone checking their immigration status. I’m not a romance reader either, so that part wasn’t interesting to me.

  5. I have read several books by Susan Wiggs and enjoyed them. i will read this book as I have been to Oysterville, Washington. I spent one long holiday with my Dad and my Uncle on a quest for fresh oysters. Every place was closed because it was a holiday and we finally ended up in Oysterville Washington where one place was open and we were able to buy a bag of fresh oysters. It was very late in the day by the time we made it back home and were able to cook them.

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