Threading the Needle by Marie Bostwick.*
At the age of twelve, Madelyn Beecher and her best friend Tessa Kover had a misunderstanding that ended their friendship. Madelyn lived with her father's mother Edna, an aloof and unpleasant woman who abused her granddaughter, who had few friends and was considered odd.
Decades later, Madelyn's wealthy husband Sterling Baron is arrested for running a Ponzi scheme, and with no money and nowhere else to go, she reluctantly returns to New Bern, Connecticut, to the house she inherited from her grandmother. With no other means of supporting herself, she decides to fix up the dilapidated Victorian house and turn it into a bed and breakfast.
A few years earlier, Tessa and her husband Lee Woodruff had given up their stressful life in the city and purchased a small farm near New Bern. Tessa opened a shop selling herbal products in town, while Lee grew produce and small livestock which he supplied to local restaurants. Their hopes of living on savings and investments were dashed when Sterling Baron's Ponzi scheme is uncovered.
When Madelyn and Tessa realize that the are both back in their old hometown, they at first make an effort to avoid each other, but circumstances throw them together.
This is a charming and captivating story of two women with difficult lives who discover the strength of true friendship. Although it's part of a series (Cobbled Court), it's not necessary to have read the previous titles (A Single Thread, A Thread of Truth, and A Thread so Thin) to understand this one. If you're a fan of Debbie Macomber or Beth Pattillo, you'll probably enjoy this series.
*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.