The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I’m not sure what I expected when I started this book and at first I didn’t think I was going to like it. There really isn’t a lot of meat to the story and there is a lot of unnecessary language. Copious use of the “F” word, a lot of British slang, etc. Not sure it added to the story, but perhaps that’s how they talk in Britain. In the end, it didn’t really turn me off from the story.
The book focuses on the life of Jo MacKenzie, who is moving to a seaside community from the city to take over her Grandmother’s yarn shop. She’s an avid knitter and recent widow. Her grief is made worse to explain because her marriage was less than stellar and her husband wound up dying before an end could be put to the marriage.
The move turns out to be a good thing. Her best friend Ellen, a well known reporter, is a frequent visitor from the city. She meets new friends, including a movie star, which brings her more into community involvement, which helps her move forward after her husband's death. The movie star part sounds outrageous, but that developing friendship is done very well.
The story is basically Jo and friends muddling through life. There’s bit of romance and some family drama (Jo’s mother is somewhat of a flake), but it’s all about getting on with life.
I enjoyed the characters in the book, even the dog Trevor. Have I mentioned that Jo is the mother of two boys? Well, she is. And, after reading this book, I’m doubly glad that I have no children and can’t imagine that this would inspire anyone to run out and have them. I’m guessing, though, this is a fairly accurate portrayal of life with two small boys, no sugar coating. They weren't little terrors per se, but very active.
Having said, all of this, I very much enjoyed this book and plan on reading the other two books in this series. And, you don't to have to knit to enjoy it. I don’t knit and after reading all about Jo’s yarn shop and knitting society, I kind of want to learn. If you’re looking for a pleasant read, then give this title a try.
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