|October 1, 2013|Greetings:
This fall, we're featuring Lisa Van Allen's The Wishing Thread, a novel that knits together the tale of three quirky sisters in the storied village of Tarrytown, who are said to knit magic spells.
The Wishing Thread
by Lisa Van Allen
Fiction / Paperback / 376 pages
Ballantine / August, 2013
When I sit down to knit a scarf or hat for a loved one, I always knit a few prayers and good wishes into the stitches.
As you can imagine, it wasn't a far jump from there to: "Wouldn't it be cool if a person could knit a magic spell?"
That's how my novel The Wishing Thread
In the book, three quirky sisters in the storied village of Tarrytown are said to knit magic spells. I had lots of fun researching the history of knitting, as well as the wonderfully haunted history of the Sleepy Hollow area, where many charming folk stories (like the Headless Horseman story) first began.
Writing about the sisters' emotional journey -- with a healthy dose of romance on the side -- was a total delight. I didn't get much knitting done, but they did!
Sending you all my good wishes,
Lisa Van Allen
LISA VAN ALLEN GIVING AWAY 5 COPIES OF THE WISHING THREAD. ENTER TO WIN A COPY.
About The Wishing Thread:
The Van Ripper women have been the talk of Tarrytown, New York, for centuries. In their tumbledown Stitchery, not far from the stomping grounds of the legendary Headless Horseman, the Van Rippers 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. After the death of the family matriarch forces the estranged Van Ripper sisters to reunite, they must come to an agreement about the fate of the Stitchery. Will the threads hold?
Reviews of The Wishing Thread:
"Reader to reader, knitter to knitter, you're going to love this book."
-Author Debbie Macomber
"Fans of magical realism will want to pick up this novel, which not only weaves magic through stitchery, but also weaves a realistic story about family and sisterhood and the threads that pull us back home."
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