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The Spin I’m In (For the Love of Fiber #1) By Kate Bowman Women’s Fiction, Romance Paperback & Ebook, 293 Pages August 26, 2019
A determined widow faces the challenge of a new life to regain the confidence and independence of her youth, but finds that life, unlike knitting, doesn’t always follow a pattern.
After twenty-five years of being the perfect wife and mother, Martha LeBeau finds herself unexpectedly widowed and shocked to discover her husband had been living a double life, leaving her penniless and in debt. Determined to regain her lost confidence and independence, she sells her suburban Chicago home and moves to the Wisconsin countryside to forge a new life away from cheating men and smothering children. There she meets the Wool Gatherers, a group of fiber artists who teach her the art of spinning wool and raising sheep. Along with one determined Border Collie, she begins on the path to self-growth and healing.
Riley O’Connor is the single father of a child with Asperger Syndrome. The child’s mother walked out on them because she found that life too difficult to handle. Since then, he has dedicated himself to protecting his son from any further emotional damage.
Meeting Riley and his son through her new job brings love and challenges to Martha’s newly found independence. Romance blooms like a finely knit cable, entwining their lives.
Can either of them learn to trust again?
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It Never Felt So Good (For the Love of Fiber #2) By Kate Bowman Women’s Fiction, Romance Paperback & Ebook, 268 Pages May 9, 2020
Cara Olson is forced to put aside her struggling art career in Chicago to care for her ailing grandmother in Wisconsin. While journeying with her beloved Gram through the diagnosis of possible Alzheimer’s disease, she loses and then rediscovers her passion for art and experiences the resurrection of a past love.
Struggling artist Cara Olson is called home to Wisconsin to care for her ailing grandmother who is showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Leaving behind her mentor//boyfriend, Stefan, she begins to look at her unsuccessful career and relationship in a new light.
Surprised to find her Gram’s doctor is her high-school crush, Peter Andreson, she fights her reignited feelings. When Chicago critics dismiss her artwork as a poor imitation of Stefan’s, she is devastated and vows to give up art.
While caring for Gram and running her small Scandinavian gift shop, the Wool Gatherers, a local group of fiber artists, help her find new outlets for her creativity, designing works of art with hand-made felt and her re-emerging love of landscape and portrait painting.
Along the way, her feelings for Peter grow, and she realizes she has once again fallen for a man only dedicated to his career. When the opportunity arises for her to return to Chicago with the promise of a new career, she seizes it. But even her success can’t fill the void she experiences without Gram, her new friends, and Peter.
Can she return to Shoreview, the place that inspires her art, and be satisfied with a life that doesn’t include him?
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Excerpt From: It Never Felt So Good
The women were involved in a variety of crafts—spinning, knitting—one even had a portable loom set up on a small table. As much as I admired their handiwork, what really caught my eye was the glorious mixture of colors and fibers they worked with. I stopped to run my hand over a few balls of the wool, amazed at the softness and clarity of color.
“Hi, Cara. I’ll bet you don’t remember me.” It took a moment for me to place the friendly face of a girl in the class behind me in high school.
“Of course, I do, Lila.” I offered my hand. “Nice to see you again.”
“We’re so glad you’re here,” she said in a whisper. “Lucy looks better already.”
I gazed across the room at Gram again. She did look more like herself, engaged in conversation with her friends. “I sure hope so.”
Glancing back at Lila, I asked, “What are you working on?”
“I’m spinning this wool for a sweater I plan to knit for my husband.” She picked up the ball of wool sitting at her feet and handed it to me. “Did Lucy mention that I raise sheep? This wool is homegrown merino. I’m the one who got Martha involved in raising her own wool.” She smiled devilishly. “Which, of course, led her to meeting the local sheep shearer, who is now her husband.”
“I’d like to take some credit, if you don’t mind.” A woman who’d been introduced as Carol chimed in. She was the one with the small loom. “I’m the one who got her the job at Jake’s school, after all.”
“Okay, you all had a hand in it, and I’m really grateful. Most days anyway,” Martha said with a grin.
About the Author
Born in Wisconsin to an original Brady Bunch, I had the dubious honor of being #14 in the family. As a result, I’ll never run out of characters. The early years of my marriage were spent moving around the country with my engineer husband, collecting interesting stories and characters along the way. I picked up my first romance after a particularly stressful shift at a suburban Chicago hospital where I worked as an RN. Hours later, bleary-eyed and exhausted, but able to sleep because the story affirmed that good things can happen to good people, I was hooked.
After seventeen years in the Chicago suburbs we returned to Wisconsin and a new life of country living. After a local class in spinning, I decided it would be fun to have my own source of wool. Several years and many animals later, I found a new source of humor for my stories. I’ve always loved animals and you’ll find many of them populate my books. My stories are about real people trying to make it in this crazy, sometimes funny, sometimes sad world—but always with an ending that will renew your faith in love and life.
When I’m not writing, you’ll find me with my family or out walking in my fields, spinning wool, knitting or weaving, but always listening to the interesting stories of those characters living in my head.
For more information about me and my books, visit www.KateBowmanAuthor.com.
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Sounds interesting. And the author certainly does sound like she’s got lots of experiences to draw on for her books. 😄