The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen

The Van Ripper women have been the talk of Tarrytown, New York, for centuries. Some say they’re angels; some say they’re crooks. In their tumbledown “Stitchery,” not far from the stomping grounds of the legendary Headless Horseman, the Van Ripper sisters—Aubrey, Bitty, and Meggie—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.

When the Stitchery matriarch, Mariah, dies, she leaves the yarn shop to her three nieces. Aubrey, shy and reliable, has dedicated her life to weaving spells for the community, though her sisters have long stayed away. Bitty, pragmatic and persistent, has always been skeptical of magic and wants her children to have a normal, nonmagical life. Meggie, restless and free-spirited, follows her own set of rules. Now, after Mariah’s death forces a reunion, the sisters must reassess the state of their lives even as they decide the fate of the Stitchery. But their relationships with one another—and their beliefs in magic—are put to the test. Will the threads hold?

I really liked this book, with its charm, its heartwarming theme, the characters and the way the author weaves the words to tell a story about family, dreams, goals, love and magic. Its about three sisters, who have a certain legacy to uphold. 

Set in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, it follows the Van Ripper sisters with their heritage of knitting. But not just ordinary knitting, the locals say the Van Ripper women are witches, whose spells are woven in the fabric of their wonderful works. That what you wish for can be made true. Aubrey, Bitty and Meggie have long been estranged when the story opens, but the death of their Aunt Mariah has paved the way for their reunion. As the story progresses they all realize something about themselves and the magic that they possess. Despite the many characters introduced and subplots going around, everything seemed in place and connected. Fans of stories with magical elements and heartwarming themes will definitely like The Wishing Thread.

*The ARC for this novel was provided by NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review*

Author: Lisa Van Allen
Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction
Published: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Rating: ♨♨♨♨♨ 5 of 5  (Heartwarming, humorous, with an almost old world charm, its filled with love, family, sisterly bond and magic)