Goodreads: 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?
I started this book a few days ago and finished it tonight. It is my first Lisa Van Allen book and while it didn’t “Wow” me like Sarah Addison Allen’s did – I did enjoy it for the most part and will read more of her work.
Loved the town square and that small town feel which reminded me of the little town I lived in several times during my youth. Yes, I moved to and from the same small town numerous times thanks to my Mother.
The sister’s each had issues that was reminiscent of most families everywhere. I enjoyed their connection and how they had to find themselves all over again. The story was intriguing and I found myself drawn into the plot. There were a few areas where I felt there could have been less detail and more action but those were spread out so I didn’t find it bogging down.
A nice little beach or coffee shop read – mystery and a little fluff. I easily give the book a B+.