In her compelling, beautifully crafted novel,New York Timesbestselling author Marie Bostwick celebrates friendships old and newand the unlikely threads that sometimes lead us exactly where we need to go. Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews friend, Abigail, is trying to matchmake, even though Margot has all but given up on romance. She loves her job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the life and friendships shes made in New Bern, but she never thought shed still be single on her fortieth birthday. Its a shock to the entire town when Philip A. Clarkson turns out to be Philippa. Truth be told, not everyone is happy about having a female pastor. Yet despite a rocky start, Philippa begins to settle infinding ways to ease the townspeoples burdens, joining the quilting circle, and forging a fast friendship with Margot. When tragedy threatens to tear Margots family apart, that bondand the help of her quilting sisterhoodwill prove a saving grace. And as she untangles her feelings for another new arrival in town, Margot begins to realize that it is the surprising detours woven into lifes fabric that provide its richest hues and deepest meaning.