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“Exhausted from devastating losses in every aspect of her life, young fashion designer and seamstress Kate Robinson travels to Ireland, making good on a promise to her dying mother to visit their ancestral home, a tiny, close-knit fishing community. There, she joins a group of lace makers, both learning from them and using her talents to reimagine their craft. Full of finely developed characters, whom you will come to know and appreciate.”
— JK Campbell, Colorado State Univ. Bookstore, Fort Collins, CO
"You can always start again," Kate Robinson's mother once told her. "All it takes is a new thread."Overwhelmed by heartbreak and loss, Kate follows her mother's advice and flees to Ireland, her ancestral homeland, hoping to reinvent herself. In the seaside hamlet of Glenmara, the struggling twentysix-year-old fashion designer quickly develops a bond with members of the local lace-making society--and soon she and the lace makers are creating a line of exquisite lingerie, their skilled hands bringing flowers, Celtic dragons, nymphs, saints, kings, and queens to life with painterly skill. The circle also offers them something more: the strength to face their desires and fears. But not everyone in this charming, fading Gaelic village welcomes Kate, and a series of unexpected events threatens to unravel everything the women have worked so hard for.
“Barbieri’s deft writing style is charmingly wry yet evocative, with details and descriptions both telling and vivid. . . . . A sweet summertime yarn [that] . . . provides a lovely, leisurely escape to the bucolic charms of the Emerald Isle.”
-Karen Campbell, Boston Globe