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 There, she takes over her beloved Gran's knitting shop--a quaint but out-of-date store in desperate need of a facelift.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....
|Title||:||The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club (Jo Mackenzie #1)|
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|Number of Pages||:||428 pages|
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The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club (Jo Mackenzie #1) Reviews
Jo McKenzie is a real trooper. She is a widowed mother of two boys who has to start her life from scratch after her husband dies. She does what feels like the kind of job of it that I hope I could have done if faced with her circumstances. Along the way, she creates her own "village" who help her and who she helps. I am looking forward to the next chapters of her life.
Two and a half stars. This had so much potential, but the flat characters with inane conversations, Jo's whining, and the slew of run on sentences drove me up the wall. It was as if whole passages that could have made it infinitely better had been randomly removed at the last minute. This was saccharine fluff and some days that is exactly what's needed, but sadly this one failed to hit the spot.
I really didn't enjoy this book. I have read several knitting club novels by other authors and really enjoyed them, this one, not so much. There really wasn't anything to it, no real story line and certainly nothing interesting about the knitting. There were no patterns, or directions. There was so plot, no story, and no ending. Sure won't read the next one. Although, I guess I would hope something might happen. No, I won't read it.
I picked this book up from a stack of books at my mother-in-laws. I was interested because I hadn't read any books from the new, small genre of knitting club stories/books. My M-I-L hadn't read it yet and thus couldn't warn me that the book had a very slow moving plot that didn't really resolve any of the issues because the book is (heaven forbid) part of a series, was 3x's longer than it needed to be (it would of only been 2x's as long as needed if McNeil hadn't dropped the f-bomb among other c ...more
Loved this! I read it third, although it is the first of three. Funny, warm, delightful. Single mom (there is a story there too) with two quirky boys. I love her developing friendships, over a wide spectrum. One thing that doesn't ring true is how she knits up shawls and baby blankets and tea cozies in the twinkling of an eye. And also, she is self-disparaging about her thighs etc but manages to end up shagging some pretty spiffy men. Sigh.
DNF - for the 2nd time.
I tried to read this twice & you'd think it'd be a book I would totally get into - but I just couldnt. I gave it 100 pages & it didnt hold my attention, & the chapters felt really long & it just didnt make me want to pick it up to continuing reading. I had to force myself to get to the 100 page mark... so I decided to just give up & tossed it to my donate pile.
i just got this book at a thrift shop for its title. was so surprised to find what a delight it was. probably meant for the 'young mother' set but also great for anyone who has been a mom or wants to be a mom or who has a 'challenging' family to deal with. so witty!! just loved it.
I usually don't like the kind of books where a group of women come together over some common interest (books, knitting, or something) and find strength and courage, becoming better people, etc, etc. I was really concerned that this would be one of those books, but it actually wasn't. There's a genre of literature, too, which has become kind of called "knitting fiction" where a women in her 30s-40's has a profound life-changing event, and as she begins to find her way, ends up in a knitting group ...more