Friday, August 12, 2016

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Book Review: The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club

For every woman who has ever dreamed of starting over, or being a better mother, or just knitting a really nice scarf . . . When her husband dies in a car crash--not long after announcing he wants a divorce--Jo Mackenzie packs up her two rowdy boys and moves from London to a dilapidated villa in her seaside hometown. There, she takes over her beloved Gran's knitting shop--a quaint but out-of-date store in desperate need of a facelift. After a rough beginning, Jo soon finds comfort in a "Stitch and Bitch" group; a collection of quirky, lively women who share their stories, and their addiction to cake, with warmth and humor. As Jo starts to get the hang of single-parent life in a small town, she relies on her knitting group for support. The women meet every week at the shop on Beach Street and trade gossip and advice as freely as they do a new stitch. But when a new man enters Jo's life, and an A-list actress moves into the local mansion, the knitting club has even more trouble confining the conversation to knit one, purl two. The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club is an uplifting, winning tale about the healing power of friendship and new beginnings. It's a charming novel that will delight all passionate knitters--and win over befuddled, would-be knitters, too.

If you know me, you know that I cannot resist piles of books looking for a new home. In this case, I picked up this gem of a book off of the library free shelf when we popped in to use one of their tables.

It's been a while since I've dived into the chick lit genre, but I rarely regret when I spoil myself with it. This was no different. I started reading this while away on my trip and I'm pretty sure that I finished it in nearly one sitting. I absolutely loved Jo and more than once I completely related to her and the things that she was going through.

I appreciated how the characters were written in a completely realistic way, including Jo's boys. As a mom of two boys, I know what little boys can be like and hers fit that bill perfectly. As a non-knitter, I was also happy to see that knitting was a part of the story, but not *the* story. I'm excited that this is actually the first book in a series. I'm off to add the other books to my Amazon wishlist now!


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