Confessions from the Quilting Circle by Maisey Yates, Samantha Cook (Narrator)
Published May 4th 2021 by Harlequin Audio, HQN Books
About the Book (From Goodreads): 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…
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have only read one other book by Maisey Yates, but after reading this one, I will definitely be adding her to my list of authors to watch for. This book hit a few genres such as contemporary romance, chick-lit, up-lit and women’s fiction. This is the story of three sisters and their mother coming together for the first time in many years. When Lark’s, Hannah’s and Avery’s grandmother dies, they are left her house and need to decide what to do with it. Avery is the only sister that remained in Bear Creek, while Lark and Hannah found lives elsewhere. I love how this story uses an unfinished quilt to bring this family together and resolve issues that have been between them for years.
The story is narrated by all three sisters with some from their mother as well. When they begin to go through their grandmother’s things, they all pick a fabric to do their section of the quilt. They also find diaries with pieces of cloth in them that reveal secrets. While finding out about their past, they also explore their own lives and what they really want out of it. This is a story of secrets, following your dreams, second chances, standing up for yourself and finding what makes you happy. This story is well written with well developed and relatable characters that you cheer for and what them to find their happiness. There is some domestic abuse in this story, so if that is a trigger for you, you may want to pass on this one. I love how this family comes together to support, encourage and just love one another. There are some moments of darkness, but overall this is an uplifting story that left me smiling. Samantha Cook does a good job with the narration, using expression and tone to differentiate the main characters in the story. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.