Thank you William Morrow Books for gifting me an advanced copy of THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE by Susan Wiggs.
“At the break of dawn, Caroline Shelby rolls into Oysterville, Washington, a Tony hamlet at the edge of the raging Pacific. She’s come home to a place she thought she’d left forever. Ten years ago, Caroline launched a career in the glamorous fashion world of Manhattan. But her success in New York imploded on a wave of scandal and tragedy, forcing her to flee to the only safe place she knows. And in the back seat of her car are two children who were orphaned in a single chilling moment. Caroline is now the legal guardian of five-year-old Addie and six-year-old Flick— a role she’s not sure she’s ready for.
But the Oysterville she left behind has changed. So, Caroline turns to the place she feels most at home; the sewing shop owned by a woman who inspired her and taught her to sew. There she discovers that even in an idyllic beach town, women are living with the deepest secrets. Inspired by this knowledge, and still grieving for the friend she lost, Caroline launches the Oysterville Sewing Circle— a weekly all-female group where women can talk about their lives without judgment and help each other through the troubles they keep hidden from the rest of the world. As word of the Sewing circle spreads, Caroline regains her creativity and fighting spirit, but an unexpected challenge tests her courage and her heart.”
Upon first reading the synopsis of this book, I knew I had to read it and that it would be a heartbreaking but poignant story. It was all of that and more.
For five years, I worked as a Domestic Violence Victims Advocate for the District Attorney’s office. It was my job to work with those who had survived some truly atrocious things. Most of them had attempted to leave the abuse on multiple occasions but failed, only to decide months later that they needed to try again. I was there for them every time they tried to leave and I would continue to be there for them; some days it was unbearable but what they were going through was worse. To be a survivor of domestic violence is to have survived the abuse at the hands of someone who you love; who you share a home with, share a child or share a lifetime of memories; it is to survive abuse at the hands of someone who you never thought could ever hurt you and to wake up every day hoping that the abuse will have stopped. This type of violence is something that takes years to ever get over but it’s nearly impossible to ever forget.
I loved THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE for everything that it stood for. Susan Wiggs did an incredible job writing a story that addressed the prevalence of domestic violence in our world without making the entire book a heavy, unbearable read. It was simply a beautiful story about the importance of sticking together and offering support.
I would highly encourage everyone to read this book. It does come with a trigger warning because domestic violence and drug use are referenced on multiple occasions. But, there is so much that went into this book. It is certainly one of my favorite books of 2019 and one that I am unlikely to forget anytime soon.
THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE was published on August 13, 2019, and is available for purchase online or at your local bookstore. I hope you will add this book to your reading list today!
Thank you, Susan Wiggs, for writing a novel that brought attention to something that is all too real for many people. Thank you to William Morrow Books for gifting me a copy of this book to read and review.
*If you or anyone you know is suffering from domestic or dating violence please contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233 or visiting thehotline.org. *