Review: The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs

Posted August 13, 2019 by Lorna in Reviews / 13 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs
The Oysterville Sewing Circle

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on August 13, 2019
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Susan Wiggs and her books have long been favorites of mine in the past. After not reading one for awhile, I decided to jump back into with this one and while it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be, it was still a delightful(mostly)read for me. Mostly because the subject matter includes domestic violence and that could be a trigger for some. Just a heads up.


Carolyn left Oysterville ten years previously to study fashion to fulfill her lifelong dream of working in the world of high fashion as a designer. She succeeds in many ways until it’s all ripped away from her. Tragedy follows on the heels of that and she finds herself taking two small children(not hers)back to Oysterville with her. Recovery for both her and her young charges is much needed and her family home is just the thing for them. Of course, her longtime friend/crush Will, now married to her high school best friend, is back home as well. While deciding what to do, she kind of falls into being asked to design and make several hundred shirts, something she can’t do alone. She also wants to do something for domestic abuse survivors and so The Oysterville Sewing Circle is born.The woman members are survivors and while not everyone helps with the sewing, they all feel better for the companionship of other women with the same problems. Of course, there’s also a romance.

This story jumps back and forth through time. We meet Will and Carolyn as older children as they explore the ocean and all the nooks an crannies of the town. They are pretty much inseparable, but that all changes when Sierra moves to town. Carolyn became pretty much the third wheel, although a welcome one. In the present, Will is still the good guy, the man everyone loves, but that can’t compete with Sierra’s wanderlust and need for a huge career.

There’s a lot going on in this book. Not only do we have the book within a book with the past and present, but there’s also the New York fashion scene, the time spent with the heartbroken children, the addition of the sewing circle and all the women characters involved, and that’s not even going into the romance or Carolyn trying to forge a new career. Even with all that, in the beginning, I thought it a bit slow and kept putting it down. I had no idea where it was going either. I wondered if it was going to be a mystery, a romance, or just a heartwarming story. In a way, it ended up being all of those things. Once I really got into the story, I was finally hooked and ended up quite enjoying the read.

The best part of the book for me was the characters. I wasn’t as big a fan of Carolyn’s as I was Will, but still I liked her. The children were so sweet and heartbroken and I felt for them all the way through the read. The women of the Sewing Circle, while not necessarily from the same backgrounds, became part of the story and I enjoyed them as well. Carolyn’s family were also a welcome addition to the story. There is, of course, a villain-one that I wanted to knock upside the head a few times myself! Enough said.

I would recommend this to adult chic lit or romance readers. It’s got a small mystery, but I don’t consider it one. And FYI, this book doesn’t contain cheating.

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I like books with this kind of storyline so I could see myself reading this even though it’s not the genre I usually read.

2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I don’t read a lot of books of like this anymore, but occasionally and I’ve loved so many by this author.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Ahhh, this sounds like a good end of summer read for me with the coastal town and the heroine coming home themes. I still need to try her books.

2 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I’ve pretty much always enjoyed her books. I’ve read ones that were 5 stars by her. She has a wonderful series- I think it’s Lakeshore or something like that and I read recently it’s going to be a series on tv. Maybe Netflix. Not sure.

2 years ago

Oh I always like books like that and I didn’t know about this one

2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

It ended up being a good read.

Jenea's Book Obsession

I think the storyline sounds like something I would enjoy, I’m curios to see if my library will be carrying it. Great review!

2 years ago

Oh, I’m sure they will. It’s definitely the type of book libraries carry.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I have yet to read Susan Wiggs. This does sound like something I would like even though I probably wouldn’t have given it a second look because of the cover. I will have to keep this in mind.

2 years ago

I know it’s cover doesn’t do the story justice. She mainly writes chi-lit or drama books kinda like Kristen Hannah. She used to write historical romance too and some of those are really good as well.

Carole Rae
2 years ago

I feel like I have read some by this author. Name sounds familiar…but this does sound good. Maybe.

2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

She’s been writing for a long time so you really might have. I’ve probably been reading her for over twenty years. I actually have a few more in my tbr that have been there forever.

2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

By the way, I just commented on your blogging mistake post but nothing happened. I just pushed publish and the screen changed but my comment is gone? This has been happening to me a lot lately.