Review: The Wishing Thread – 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?
My thoughts:
Something was not quite right. Sometimes I blame it on ebooks. And it might be the problem that I had this time. I never felt connected to the characters, or the book itself. Sometimes ebooks just loose the magic that books hold for me. Because the book itself was good or was it…? And just not for me this time.
The magic, was there magic at all? I like magical realism cos the magic is just embedded in the story. It feels normal or real. Here I never even knew if there was any magic at all and there it lost the magical realism for me.
The book is about 3 sisters and a knitting magic. They knit, people’s wishes come true, sometimes. But the sisters have scattered and only lonely Audrey is left. Meggie is the wandered who comes back, and Bitty is the one who married rich but is still unhappy. They all have their problems to deal with and paths to find.
The story is good, save the neighborhood, the house, themselves. There is a hint of romance too. But in the end, I was on the outside looking in and mostly got stressed cos I had to return the e-reader and the book took 2 weeks to finish.

ebook, 400 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Ballantine Books
From netgalley


41 thoughts on “Review: The Wishing Thread – Lisa van Allen

  1. Melissa (Books and Things) says:

    Too bad it wasn't connecting for you. I also like magical realism but if you just didn't connect then it probably was the story. Although I do know what you mean. If it is badly formatted, it will draw me out of the story.

  2. Yvonne says:

    I'm sorry you had problems with this one. I guess it can depend on the format of the ebook. I usually read mostly ebooks, but sometimes the formatting isn't that great and makes it hard to read.

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    I am sure it was the story itself, but the truth is, I always like ebooks slightly less for some reason. I can't connect, they are not fast enough for me. I get bored easily.But here the main problem was just that the story was not doing anything for me

  4. Elysium says:

    It's too easy skip ahead with ebooks and I can't concentrate enough to get really into the book.Synopsis sounded good and I'm sorry to hear it didn't hold that.

  5. Aurian says:

    So no real magic? No spells, no witchcraft, or something? Not a book for me then. I want clearity in my books and not being hinted at and make up your own mind. If you have a story to tell, tell it.

  6. Darlene says:

    It's too bad this one didn't work for you. It sure sounds like one I would like and I hadn't heard of it before. I like reading books to do with knitting. Anyhow the cover was what first caught my attention. I like it.

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