#BookReview: The Ivy Creek Sewing Circle: Stories from the heart of Appalachia by Tammy Robinson Smith

Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli

Date of Release: September 15, 2019


What happens when tragedy strikes? Well, if you are a member of The Ivy Creek Sewing Circle, your friends jump in and help you through it. That’s what happened in Ivy Creek during the summer of 1971 when Emmybeth Johnson’s family faced a heartbreaking event. Nine-year old Emmybeth is narrator to the whole episode as she watches the women of The Ivy Creek Sewing Circle gather round her family to support them during a time of crises. It’s a time when “Girl Power” becomes real in Emmybeth’s life and when she learns lessons that serve her well into adulthood. Come to Ivy Creek and witness what can transpire when women friends form a sisterhood and troubles are shared. It is a story that will in turn warm your heart, feed your soul and sometimes make you laugh out loud as you become part of the Johnson family and The Ivy Creek Sewing Circle. (Previously published as “Emmybeth Speaks.”)


I finished “The Ivy Creek Sewing Circle” by Tammy Robinson Smith last night before I went to sleep. I was totally entertained by this book which is the first of more to come in a series. This was a wholesome and refreshing novel. 

I loved that this story was told from the voice of a nine-year-old girl whose name is Emmybeth Johnson. She is a quite a character! She thinks things and then apologises to God for those nasty little thoughts. I liked hearing what she thought about her little brother and all that was going on around her and her constant conversation with God. 

This was a particularly rough year for her family and Tammy Robinson Smith showed the importance of our women friends and how they will rally around us in times of trouble. Emmybeth has many fine examples of strong women in her life. 

I am looking forward to reading more of this Appalachia series! 

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair an honest review.

4 Stars.

2 thoughts on “#BookReview: The Ivy Creek Sewing Circle: Stories from the heart of Appalachia by Tammy Robinson Smith

  1. This book sounds like a very good book! I really love the cover. Thank you so very much for sharing your book review, I would love to read this book! I will be adding it to my TBR list.

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