The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen

The wishing thread

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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?


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Magical realism… Some of it works, some of it doesn’t. The summary, the cover- oh this book had such promise for me. I wanted to love this book, I wanted to devour the pages. Maybe, I set my expectations too high because of the summary and the cover; but I was very lukewarm-ish about this book.

The writing, there is nothing wrong with the writing. But, the plot just took longer to get to a point than I cared for.

If you are looking for a light read, a read with magical realism- then this book is for you!


*This book was requested through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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6 thoughts on “The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen

  1. It’s too bad this didn’t work for you, because I felt the same way about the cover and the summary! I love magical realism and this sounds like such a good book. I’ll probably read a few more reviews before deciding if I want to give it a try 🙂

    • Def read some more reviews- because I was in a funky book mood reading that book (I STILL stand by everything I say, but I do realize that I was feeling bleh and maybe that contributed to some of my meh feelings).

      I’ll be curious to hear what you think!

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