The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen
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?
The reason I picked this book to read was the magical element. I haven't read a book containing magic for a long time.
Aubrey lives with her aunt Mariah at The Stitchery in Tarrytown and as they knit items for the townsfolk they weave spells into them but each person who wants a spell must give up something very dear to them.
We find that while some spells work,some do not and this doesn't make the Aunt and niece very popular with some of the people in the town.
Tradedy brings Aubrey's estranged sisters back to The Stitchery and as they each confront why they left in the first place and decide if they actually do believe in the magic they also have to try to save their home and the town from the people who want to destroy it. Each will have choices to make but will they be the right ones?
I did enjoy reading this book.I loved the explanations of how the magic worked and the readings from The Great Book in The Hall. The history of Tarrytown and the headless horseman were a good addition. The prose was very descriptive and sometimes in a book it can detract from the story but because this story was about magic it seemed to add to the atmosphere.
As we neared the end of the story I really found it hard to put down and actually shouted "No" at one point as Aubrey was about to make a decision that would change her life. The characters were very likeable, although I did want to give Meggie a shake now and then.
Vic, the love interest was one of life's adorable men and he suited Aubrey down to a T.
If I have one critism about this book it would be that it needs something else to happen in the middle of the story, although we hear the story of the three sisters it's not very exciting until it gets to the last few chapters. That didn't stop me enjoying the story and I would read another book by this author in the future.
I give The Wishing Thread three stars