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Interested in reading Solomon’s Puzzle with your book club? Blessing House Press gives a discount to book clubs. As well, the author loves to visit or Skype with book clubs. Contact us for details. Download the free Reading Group Guide.

Eight Hands Around

“Eight Hands Around is a quilt pattern symbolic of the old quilting bees. Four women would work on a quilt. One on each side. Two hands each. But in the store name, I mean it to suggest a cooperative effort. People working together. It’s my hope.”

—Loris Nebbia, Solomon’s Puzzle

Eight Hands Around seeks to encourage homemaking artists in the Annapolis community by way of offering workshops and creativity guild meetings. For more information visit  or

104 Responses to Community

  1. Jackie Reed says:

    Was wonderful to meet you at the Flying Geese quilt show on Saturday. Have to tell you… don’t know if you really can tell a book by its cover, but a friend stopped by for lunch yesterday. He picked up the book and said, “Oh, that looks like it will be good!”

    I’ll be digging into it tonight! Can’t wait!

  2. Annette says:

    Fabulous book…my husband enjoyed it also.

  3. Frederick Najmy says:

    I recently finished reading Solomon’s Puzzle and found the book
    captivating. I appreciated the value placed on truth and letting God
    handle the consequences. I especially like the positive Christian
    faith expressed in the lives of the characters. I look forward to
    reading your next book.

  4. Cathy says:

    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Solomon’s Puzzle. I first
    saw copies at Cottonseed Glory and bought a copy from you at the
    Friendship/Eternal Quilt Show in September, I believe.

    When I finished the book, I thought to myself that I would add this
    book to my permanent library and enjoy rereading it from time to time.
    The only other books that fall into that category are Jane Austen’s.
    Then, do you know that I wanted to check my memory and was looking for
    something in the early part of the book, and found myself re-reading
    it immediately!

    Are you planning a sequel or another novel. I’m anxiously awaiting
    your next book.

  5. Rebecca Kittrell says:

    I found this book at the West St. library. I started reading it after finishing another book and became obsessed with it. The library notified me that I had to renew or return it. I tried to renew it, but couldn’t because someone else had a hold on it. I was extreemly upset and kept reading until the day it was due and had to be returned. Every day I thought about it. One day at work (L&T), a customer came in to pick up her alteration. I took the tickets up the escalator, looked at the name and kept saying to myself “How do I know this name?” I signed out her dresses, took it down, gave it to her and called the seamstress so she could see and discuss the sleeves she had made. I still didn’t know!
    The next day my email from the library notified me that my hold on Solomon’s Puzzle could be picked up. I was overjoyed! I went to work, my husband picked up the book, and brought it home. When I came home I looked at the author’s name and thought “Oh, my goodness, it was Loris Nebbia!” The next day at work I looked at the alteration book to see the name I had written the other day and confirmed that I had seen the author of this book that has obsessed me so. I have finished the book, but it is still on my mind. It was a really good read. I can’t believe that Max could have treated his son or any boy so poorly. There needs to be a follow up book to resolve some of the issues: What happens to Max? What happens to Donna and her two boys? What happens to Ella? What about all of the other characters I have learned about-even Oliver? I have lived in Annapolis most of my life. I can picture the places you have described. I have cried all through the book and been teased by my husband. My coworkers have been told about the book and hope to read it as well. Thank you, Loris Nebbia for such a wonderful book.

  6. Lisa Bernard says:

    I loved this book and could not put it down. Thank you JoAnn for inviting me to tea to meet Loris and learn about the book. I read the story non-stop (few hours sleep) then started reading again until I finished. My daughter-in-law Stephanie is reading it now and I just saw her yesterday and she said she can’t stop reading also. We were discussing all the twists and turns in the story. I know she will want her Mom to read it next. I can’t wait to see what your next book will be about.

  7. Lois Day says:

    What a totally, unique, totally fascinating book! I could NOT put it
    down. I became invested in the characters and I was kept guessing for
    pages and pages as I tried to work out exactly how Ben was connected
    to Max, to Tom, to Laurie, to Donna . . . and for a long time I didn’t
    guess right, which is always an indication of great plotting. The
    theme underlying the plot was beautifully worked out as well. It also
    didn’t hurt that I lived in Annapolis at one time a long time ago, so
    reading about the familiar places by name was an added pleasure. A
    lovely story!

  8. Lisa says:

    Well, it took me two weeks and not much else got done in the evenings, but I finished your book! It was outstanding; I enjoyed every page of it. As a local who grew up around Annapolis, it was so fun to create the mental images of your characters moving about our town. And the story itself was absolutely captivating. But I have to say that the best part for me was the fact that I am a Christian mother raising four children, specifically two boys. Your book really touched me on so many levels as my husband and I try to do the right things and make the right decisions. I loved, loved, loved the book and have already passed it on to a colleague who is raising 3 sons. Thank you for a wonderful book!

  9. Cristina Ricaurte Cruse says:

    I just finished reading your book. It took me a couple of days and an evening, but it was completely worth it. Solomon’s Puzzle completely captured me from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. The characters were so real and the story so compelling. I loved it. Great job Loris Nebbia!! :)

  10. Charlie Friedman says:

    Just started the book last night and ended up reading 50 pages! Turned out to be more exciting then the super bowl. Can’t wait to see what happens next! It really is a great read.

  11. Jenny Robinson says:

    What can I say about this book? It is incredible. It is almost 800
    pages and I finished it in under 2 weeks, and I have 3 children under
    5 years old. I do not have a lot of free time, but I made time for
    this book. I literally had to tear myself away from it at night. I was
    so drawn to the richness of the characters and the depth of them,
    especially the characters of the MacBrides. I wept, literally, at the
    end of the book with the show of love and hope for Ben’s character. I
    have been recommending this book to friends and look forward to the
    next book from Blessing House.Thank you for this wonderful story. ~Jenny

  12. Gloria M. Wander says:

    Loris, I congratulate you on writing and publishing a book
    I haven’t read it yet, but will do so when I am in Florida next week.

  13. T.L. says:

    I just finished reading Solomon’s Puzzle and I recommend it for all. The book left me spiritually satiated, yet yearning for more of life’s truths.

  14. JoAnn Stelmack says:

    163 pages in 2 days since my last post. I couldn’t put it down. Awesome! I can’t wait until my sister and friend finish reading it so we can talk about it…

    • Loris Nebbia says:

      We need some sort of online discussion group. What do y’all think?

    • Jane V says:

      Received Solomon’s Puzzle as a Christmas gift. I love this book and would like to be part of an on-line discussion group. This book is on my “keeper” shelf. Thanks for a wonderful story.
      Any eighthandsaround classes coming up? Jane

      • Loris Nebbia says:

        Jane, thanks for your comments! I’m so glad you loved the book! I ‘ll see what I can do this week to start a discussion group.
        As for Eight Hands Around classes… we are meeting to sew together on Wednesday evenings to sew.
        For quilting classes, though, there are some terrific classes offered at Cottonseed Glory this winter. Check out

  15. Myra says:

    I loved your book so much. The story kept me involved and guessing
    what the truth was about the main character Ben. Your character
    development was excellent. It was hard to put the novel down and I was
    sorry to see it end. I hope there will be a sequel.

  16. Janet says:

    I finished the novel on the plane home last week! I loved every single page. Trying to get some thoughts together about a book club discussion group. I just don’t want the journey to end! Such believable authentic characters. Thank you. It was worth every sleepless night.

  17. Wendy says:

    Well, I’ve finished the book and what a wonderful read it is! At times I felt I couldn’t read fast enough, my desire to discover the mystery within and find respite for poor Ben. I read all the way to Mexico, everyday while there, and on the way home nearly missed my connection twice because I was immersed in the book. Fortunately God had an angel watching over me and I made it home. As I reached the end I wanted to slow down and savor each page because I didn’t want it to end. But what a great ending. How you possibly kept track of all the ins and outs of the story, is beyond me.

  18. JoAnn Stelmack says:

    Hi Loris, Congratulations on writing such a wonderful book! As an avid audio book fan, I can’t believe that I have actually sat down to read and I’m on page 598 of your book. It’s hard for me to put down, but I must admit it is cutting into my quilting time and, of course, I have to go to work and do the everyday things normal people do every day. You, Tom, and the members of his family teach important everyday lessons without being preachy. Most of your characters are warm and fuzzy, except, you know who, and it’s a joy to be reading such a delightful, heart-warming book. I hope you will consider doing an audio production of the book as I love to hear the narrator bring the story to life for me. I can’t wait to finish!

  19. Dave Intlekofer says:

    Loris, I finished Solomon’s Puzzle over Christmas break and I loved it. I got drawn into the world you created, getting attached to Ben and angry at Max. Your characters are exquisitely crafted and I couldn’t stop reading once I got going (I think I read for seven hours straight on Christmas Eve). I’m proud to have been your student and to be the friend of such a great writer.

  20. Lin says:

    What an incredible Christmas gift. I read your book in three days – of course, not much sleep. I loved it. Loved knowing the locale, especially the Academy and “CCS.” It made me feel like I was sitting right in the story. You made your characters so real. I could feel right along with them through their various emotions. Thank you. Can’t wait for the sequel. So many possibilities.

  21. Susan Fox says:

    Loris-could hardly wait for Lisa to finish her copy so I could read it. I felt like the characters were my friends and as I drove past where an event in the book occurred, I would picture it happening… loss of reality! I’m ready for the next installment and the movie. :) S

  22. Kathy says:

    I’ve finally come to the end of Solomon’s Puzzle – A Novel by Loris Nebbia , and I am ready to turn it over and start it all over again. It’s an AMAZING story, a beautifully woven tapestry of despair turned to healing and hope.

  23. J. P. says:

    I’d have to say I have two favorite characters, and they are my favorites because of the way they interacted with each other: Joe and Jeannie. I loved their sibling friendship – various aspects brought back all sorts of fun memories from the friendship I loved with my “brothers” during high school. :) They even showed up in my dreams for multiple nights in a row!

  24. Jo-Ann Intlekofer says:

    .and then you carry the characters around in your head for days and days…okay, weeks.

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