Jen Conrad always did things exactly as expected. Raised by an imperious mother and a Superior Court father, she found comfort in her marriage to a brilliant lawyer and became an admired woman for her hostessing and fundraising skills.
When she is widowed, she has to shed her skin and learn to fight for herself, find financial resources to start a new venture, support her dying mother, and overcome a devastating event that occurred forty years ago.
She has choices to make, choices that a year ago would have been unthinkable.
Spending a lifetime as a socialite with a secret is easier when you’re married to a rich, successful, caring, and intelligent man. But what happens to your world when he dies, and you find out he had secrets of his own?
Fifty-eight-year-old Jen Conrad is a grieving and brokenhearted woman. Yes, she knew her husband Arthur was dying and they both had plenty of time to prepare, but life always seems to have unexpected twists and turns. Since meeting and marrying Arthur thirty-seven years ago, Jen has never wanted for anything, until now. With Arthur dead, Jen realizes she has no access to their money, doesn’t know how bills are paid, doesn’t know what she owes, and has no credit of her own. Arthur’s law firm has always taken care of everything for them, and her brother-in-law, who was Arthur’s law partner, won’t talk to her about finances. Fortunately for Jen, being a genuinely good person, she has many friends who do not hesitate to rally around her during this difficult time. Her blood relatives, however, are another matter.
Enter Mom, an eighty-five-year-old woman with two daughters and a husband in an Alzheimer’s facility, who truly believes her motherly advice should be followed to the letter, even when it opposes everything Jen Conrad stands for. To make matters worse, Jen’s sister, Maggie, agrees with Mom. It seems as though Jen can’t do anything right anymore, so why bother trying to please anyone other than herself? With a true talent for needlework, Jen reinvents herself in the most creative way!
This is an in-depth story with unforgettable characters and believable circumstances. After finishing this novel, I felt as though I had made a room full of new friends and found a little extra meaning to living life itself. This is a debut novel for author Kathy Weyer, which amazes me further. Stitches does not read like a book written by a novice writer, but rather one written by one of the greats.
Is it without its flaws? No, unfortunately it has many editing errors, simple ones that even a novice proofreader should have caught and fixed before sending it to print. Considering the high quality of writing and storytelling, these errors were disappointing. I would have gladly elevated this to a “Best Book” status if it were not for the editing mishaps.
Stitches is one of those rare books I am sure to find myself reading again before too long. And I am genuinely excited to see what comes next from this author! If you’ve ever read and loved best-selling author Jacqueline Susann of “Valley of the Dolls” and “Once Is Not Enough” fame, you are going to adore the work of Kathy Weyer. Ms. Susann may have had more sex in her novels, but she certainly didn’t have more heart.