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1932 After the Great War took both her beloved brother and her fiancé Violet Speedwell has become a surplus woman one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men Yet Violet cannot reconcile herself to a life spent caring for her grieving embittered mother After countless meals of boiled eggs and dry toast she save. Despite having neither the temperament nor the talent to actively engage in the fiber arts I have always had an interest in them My forays into the world of knitting and needlepoint have resulted in frustration and I sheepishly admit swearing like a sailor We have a world renowned art museum here which has many fine examples on display so I content myself with viewing textiles tapestries and so on rather than actively taking part In this novel embroidery needlepoint provides a spinster with a way to connect with other women and leave her mark upon the world in the form of decorative kneelers for the cathedral in Winchester Patterns of bell ringing at the cathedral also play a prominent role Although one incident rang false to me this is a charming and delightful historical novel filled with women struggling to come into their own forging a future and casting off society’s definitions of what it meant to be an independent single female between the two world wars Letters of Fyodor Dostoevsky to his family and friends upon the world in the form of decorative kneelers for the cathedral in Winchester Patterns of bell ringing at the cathedral also play a prominent role Although one incident rang false to me this is a charming and delightful historical novel filled with women struggling to come into their own forging a future and casting off society’s definitions of what it meant to be an independent single female between the two world wars

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Rk they create and even a growing friendship with the vivacious Gilda But when forces threaten her new independence and another war appears on the horizon Violet must fight to put down roots in a place where women aren't expected to grow Told in Chevalier's glorious prose A Single Thread is a timeless story of friendship love and a woman crafting her own lif. 325 starsA Single Thread had the ingredients for the kind of novel I usually love but unfortunately I found it uite flat in the delivery The story is set in the early 1930s and focuses on Violet Violet is 37 years old and thinks of herself as a “surplus woman” She wasn’t able to marry because so many men were killed during WWI and her options in life are seriously limited by her sex and marital status The story focuses on a year when Violet leaves her mother’s home and goes to live in Westminster where she works as a typist and joins a women’s embroidery group She also befriends one of the cathedral’s bell ringers My favourite part of the book was one of the sub characters Louise Pessel who is based on a real woman who designed embroidery The end also came together nicely And the writing is decent But otherwise this one felt a bit didactic at the expense of creating fully formed complex characters and a subtle plot I don’t regret reading it but I feel that it could have been much better This was a buddy read with Diane and Angela and none of us was particularly enthusiastic but as always I appreciate reading with them Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy MacArthur: America's General (The Generals Series) usually love but Es war einmal ein Mord unfortunately I found it Bruder Kemal uite flat in the delivery The story is set in the early 1930s and focuses on Violet Violet is 37 years old and thinks of herself as a “surplus woman” She wasn’t able to marry because so many men were killed during WWI and her options in life are seriously limited by her sex and marital status The story focuses on a year when Violet leaves her mother’s home and goes to live in Westminster where she works as a typist and joins a women’s embroidery group She also befriends one of the cathedral’s bell ringers My favourite part of the book was one of the sub characters Louise Pessel who is based on a real woman who designed embroidery The end also came together nicely And the writing is decent But otherwise this one felt a bit didactic at the expense of creating fully formed complex characters and a subtle plot I don’t regret reading it but I feel that it could have been much better This was a buddy read with Diane and Angela and none of Řídících Márinka (Řídících Márinka, us was particularly enthusiastic but as always I appreciate reading with them Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy

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S enough to move out of her mother's place and into the town of Winchester home to one of England's grandest cathedrals There Violet is drawn into a society of broderers women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral carrying on a centuries long tradition of bringing comfort to worshippers Violet finds support and community in the group fulfillment in the wo. DNF at 50% Feel awful because this is my monthly read with Esil and Angela This for me is one of those books that one neither hates nor likes It is just stagnant If you like embroidery or hell ringers you might have better luck it is missing a spark just too much yada yada