The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club

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Book - 2009
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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 There, she takes over her beloved Gran's knitting shop--a quaint but out-of-date store in desperate need of a facelift.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.
Publisher: Hyperion, 2009.
ISBN: 9781401340803
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCN


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Nov 17, 2018

Please note that this book and "Divas Don't Knit" are actually the same book. So don't read this, fall in love with author and then put the other one on hold. You'll be VERY disappointed!

Aug 01, 2016

My Aunt Fay sent me this book because she and I share a love of books and knitting. I still find myself, years after reading it, thinking back to the little seaside village and wishing I could visit.
I couldn't remember the name of the book, but when mentioned the story to my cousin, Aunt Fay's daughter, she knew instantly which book I was talking about and said she, too, wished she could visit.
I think it was written very well and I just might have to read it again.

Jun 14, 2012

I thought this book started well, but quickly turned boring. Made it to halfway through the book and called it a day. Another one of those books that uses knitting to pull you in, but lacks any credible story. Kudos to those who managed to read to the end.

May 07, 2012

If you like knitting you must read this book. Spent half my time torn between wanting to read and wanting to cast on. I only wish I could master knitting while reading.

Her style is kind of jarring a la Devil Wears Prada and you can't always follow who says what but very endearing characters nonetheless

Nov 19, 2011

I was not to far into this story before I realized I had read it before. If I hadn't so many other books on hand to read, I would of continued, as I was enjoying the story for the second time.

Nov 16, 2011

99.9 % yakking dialogue, constantly interrupted by quarrelling kids.

Feb 02, 2011

A quick easy read.You don't have to have a knowledge of knitting to be able to enjoy this story.This is the first book of the series. I am looking forward to reading the second book.(Needles and Pearls)

Oct 24, 2010

I liked this book, but wouldn't necessarily call it memorable or recommend it to a friend as a great read. While the story was entertaining, I found it pretty predictable. Also, I found it lacking in detail and depth. I felt thrown into the knitting club and the members, rather than getting to know them as individual characters. I felt that this book was lacking character development in general, even with the main characters - like it was just skimming the surface.

This would be a good vacation read - one that you don't have to pay much attention to in order to enjoy it.

nwplreffie Sep 15, 2010

This book is all about new beginnings as widowed mother starts over in a small hamlet. It is funny and really sweet - especially the scenes between the main character and her two little boys. It is set in England so is peppered with delightful local language.

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