Book: Stitches by Kathy Weyercategories: Book, Needlework, Friendship, Wedding, Art, Widow, Financial Security, Self Discovery, Women's Fiction
Kathy Weyerabout this book: Stitches is about a woman forced to reinvent her life. Jen Conrad grew up in the sixties and was a young married in the seventies. Childless, she and her husband worked the social circuit until he died, leaving her at sea, not sure where the money is, how to live without him, and what the world expected of her NOW, for she had always done exactly what was expected. She opens a needlework shop because in her self-evaluation, she thinks this is all she knows to do.
A group forms at the shop that shows Jen what real friendship is and she finds herself broadening her thinking about what is expected and what she wants out of her life. Through her grief, she discovers strengths from Iris, a woman in her nineties, and Tricia, her niece, as well as others in the group.
This is the story that could have been told from one of my grief and bereavement clients when I was an MFT. The story takes place in San Diego Heritage Park, an historical park that houses six Victorian homes, now all boarded up. This series was conceived one day when I sat under the huge coral tree at San Diego Heritage Park and allowed myself to think "what would I do if I were in charge of this lovely spot?" I'd turn it into an art colony.
Five more books are coming behind Stitches: Pages, Canvas, Blossoms, Baubles, and Etchings. Each story takes place in one of the houses and features one of the characters we meet in Stitches.
Every story tackles a social issue. My hope is that discussions will begin about hard topics that I am passionate about, hoping to be a change agent in the world.
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