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Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
The Christmas Files
The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn ClubThe Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There have been a number of books that deal with knitting groups, but this one is an interesting twist. Jo Mackenzie’s husband has just been killed in a car crash…just after he has informed his wife that he has a mistress whom he has been living part time and he has taken a second mortgage on their house to finance their life. He will be leaving her immediately…and then he is killed. Her emotions are in limbo and her life has been turned upside down. There is only one solution on the horizon. She will move to the country with her two young sons and take over her grandmother’s knitting shop.

Nothing is simple and this transition isn’t either. Jo manages to get a “Stitch and Bitch” group going and she is in just as much need of it as her customers. One of her best customers is an actress who lives in a nearby mansion. Her friendship is a turning point and puts to rest some of the animosity shown to the newcomer.

This is a nice book for some light reading. The characters are pretty well developed and the plot has some unusual twists to it. It would be nice to see some of these characters in another book.

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