The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club (Jo Mackenzie Series #1)

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club (Jo Mackenzie Series #1)

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by Gil McNeil
     
 

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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

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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 There, she takes over her beloved Gran's knitting shop—a quaint but out-of-date store in desperate need of a facelift.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.

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Publishers Weekly

Smart novels about starting over don't get any better than this sweet treat by Brit author McNeil (Divas Don't Knit). Jo Mackenzie, full-time mum to little rascals Jack and Archie, is blindsided when her foreign correspondent husband, Nick, admits to an affair and asks for a divorce, only to be killed soon after in a car crash. Now Jo must keep up an awkward grieving widow facade. When her grandmother offers Jo the family knit shop, Jo sells her London flat and moves to the small seaside town of Broadgate Bay. When she decides to start a "stitch and bitch" group above her shop, the ancient shop assistant resists her innovations, but happily, the woman's son, Martin, is back in town and newly divorced. Then a chance encounter with a movie star, the town's newest resident, adds to Jo's misadventures. Readers will be kept in stitches by the mishaps and antics of Jo, an endearing Bridget Jones with baggage. McNeil's top-notch writing and quick wit keep the plot spinning until the wholly satisfying, and not entirely expected, conclusion. (Mar.)

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Cosmopolitan -UK
Warm and wonderful.
Good Housekeeping - UK
It is now official: knitting is the acme of cool.
Library Journal

After her husband death's in a car crash, Jo Mackenzie packs up her two sons and moves from London back to her hometown to run a knitting shop. Her ideas to revitalize the shop bring in a variety of new customers and with them an assortment of problems, complications, and eventual friendships. Unfortunately, Jo's two young boys, Archie and Jack, have to be the most obnoxiously ghastly children on the planet; many readers will have to resist the urge to stab the little darlings with knitting needles. Readers will also have to deal with a bit of English slang, but for many this will only make the story more charming. There's really nothing new here, but it's still a pleasant read that will fit into the women's fiction niche quite nicely. In light of the current popularity of needle arts, especially knitting, McNeil's debut will quickly find an audience. Recommended for any public library.
—Margaret Hanes

Knitting Magazine
"A believable, warm and funny novel with a touch of romance--I'm already looking forward to the sequel."
Ruth Rendell
"Funny and sparkling--a profoundly moving study of motherhood and true love."
Cosmopolitan (UK)
"Warm and wonderful."
Good Housekeeping (UK)
"It is now official: knitting is the acme of cool."
From the Publisher
"Smart novels about starting over don't get any better than this sweet treat. McNeil's top-notch writing and quick wit keep the plot spinning until the wholly satisfying, and not entirely expected, conclusion."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Funny and sparkling—a profoundly moving study of motherhood and true love."—Ruth Rendell

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410416667
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Series:
Jo Mackenzie Series, #1
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
515
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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Ruth Rendell
"Funny and sparkling-a profoundly moving study of motherhood and true love."

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