arc book review: the wishing thread

The Wishing ThreadThe Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen (published September 2013)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Wishing Thread is a lovely surprise! It follows the story of the Van Ripper sisters, and their late aunt’s yarn shop “The Stitchery”. What makes the knitting element really interesting is: the Van Rippers are able to knit magic spells into the objects they make.

The Stitchery is not just a regular yarn shop: it’s also a place where townsfolk can come, and – in exchange for a sacrifice they determine, something they feel is very meaningful to themselves – ask for a spell. Sometimes the spells work, sometimes they don’t. Of the three Van Ripper sisters, only Aubrey (the middle sister) still lives in The Stitchery when the book begins. Her older sister Bitty moved out, got married, and now has two children and problems at home. Bitty left the magical side of knitting behind her at a young age. Her youngest sister, Meggie, ran away and has been wandering the world searching for clues about their mother – who may have died, or may just have disappeared.

Aubrey is the one who still believes in the magic of knitting, and who is destined to take over The Stitchery when the girls’ aunt dies. But complications arise when the sisters discover what their aunt wrote in her will, and it seems like they will never be able to agree on the fate of The Stitchery.

There is an easygoing, small-town atmosphere to the book- it really takes you into the town and immerses you in their quiet ways. The book is quite slow-moving, which was enjoyable for this story because it had the same effect as knitting a garter-stitch blanket… it’s a quiet and easy read.

A romance also crops up in the story, for added interest.

What I enjoyed most about this book were the knitting references, descriptions of yarns, etc. I love yarn. I least enjoyed the part of the plot based around the town council meetings. Honestly I cared about the characters, but I wasn’t all that invested in the whole land battle.

I’d recommend this book to others who love knitting. If you don’t care for knitting, you may become slightly bored throughout some parts. Though the book takes place over the span of the various seasons, I felt it had a summery vibe to it. It would be a good story to take on a summer vacation.

Thank you to the publishers who, via NetGalley, provided me with this advance e-copy for review!

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4 thoughts on “arc book review: the wishing thread

    • You’ll probably love this book then! It was very calm and easygoing. A nice contrast to the action-packed dystopians I’ve been reading :) xo leanna

  1. I’m not into knitting (yet), but I’m interested in this one because you mentioned magic is woven into the knitted items, and I love the idea of that! Also, magic shouldn’t be free, and it shouldn’t be garunteed. I’m more likely to enjoy a story that has magical elements if the magic is if the magic actually costs the person something.

    • Yes! This was a nice unique element to how the author wrote about magic in the book. One of the cool parts was that she leaves it ambiguous for the reader to decide whether they believe the magic happened or not.

      Also, when a person decides what they will “give up” to pay for the spell, it has to be their choice, and if they try to cheat and give up something that isn’t actually meaningful, it won’t work. :) xo leanna

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