I wanted to read this book because I thought it was about knitting. I didn’t even realize it was a novel about a woman named Jo whose husband dies right after telling her he wants a divorce. This book is about her new life with her children in a seaside town where she decides to run her grandmother’s yarn store. My favorite part is that it is quite English. I have quite a few English friends in my MOMS Club and hearing them talk with an accent and their word usage is entertaining as was this book.
The reviews on Amazon range from 1 to 5 as do most reviews and it averages a 3 and a 1/2. I think some people are disappointed that it’s not about yarn, and it’s a bit of a shallow read. What I mean by that is that there isn’t a lot of thought, not much plot, but there is friendship and family. It is a sweet and funny story. The relationship and character development of Jo’s sons is very well written. The young children seem real and relatable as kids. Her relationship that develops with a movie star is an interesting part of the story as well.
About the Author:
Gil McNeil used to work in advertising and decided to become an author. She has written a few book. The Only Boy for Me, Stand by Your Man and In the Wee Small Hours. The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club is also known as Divas Don’t Knit. It will be followed by Needles and Pearls. Gil McNeil has edited four collections of stories with Sarah Brown, and helps run the charity PiggyBankKids which supports projects that create opportunities for children.