Knit in Comfort

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In this wonderful new novel of friendship and knitting, a woman discovers that secrets can't be kept forever.

Megan Morgan traded the constant mobility of her childhood for a quiet, stable life in Comfort, North Carolina, with a handsome husband, lively children, and a group of longtime friends who've formed a weekly knitting club, Purls Before Wine.

Desperate to escape big-city anonymity and pressure from her marriage-minded boyfriend, a ...

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Overview

In this wonderful new novel of friendship and knitting, a woman discovers that secrets can't be kept forever.

Megan Morgan traded the constant mobility of her childhood for a quiet, stable life in Comfort, North Carolina, with a handsome husband, lively children, and a group of longtime friends who've formed a weekly knitting club, Purls Before Wine.

Desperate to escape big-city anonymity and pressure from her marriage-minded boyfriend, a stranger, Elizabeth Detlaff, arrives unexpectedly, certain that fate has guided her to the Carolina mountains. She seems to think that in sleepy, unremarkable Comfort she's found paradise.

Soon, Elizabeth has eagerly invaded Megan's life, living in the apartment over her garage, befriending her mother-in-law and children, fawning over her husband, and joining the Purls. It's not long before Elizabeth brings to light legends of Megan's Shetland ancestors, leading her to stumble over a painful, long-buried secret.

Backed into a corner, Megan is forced to examine her choices and ultimately decide what kind of woman she wants to be.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sharpe makes her fiction debut with a ho-hum knitting novel. Elizabeth flees New York City and her chef boyfriend, Dominique, because she feels something is missing in her life. She ends up in the small town of Comfort, N.C., where she meets a group of knitters, and finds a room in the home of Megan, who seems possessed of an idyllic marriage to salesman husband Stanley. Soon, though, Elizabeth realizes that not everything is as it seems and she has a lot of difficult decisions to make about her own future. Sharpe's offering is safe and predictable: the sleepy Southern town with its just-under-the-surface troubles is a comfortable cliché, the characters exhibit the requisite amount of quaint quirk, and the mix of self-discovery and crafts is equally pedestrian. This is going to have a tough time making a mark in an oversaturated genre.
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Library Journal
Sharpe's (As Good As It Got) latest novel attempts to follow the literary examples set by Kate Jacobs and Debbie Macomber by employing the theory that knitting can solve every woman's problems. Megan has a husband who is distant, an unpleasant live-in mother-in-law, children who don't appreciate her, financial problems, and a nagging unhappiness that there is much more to life. One day, Megan rents a small garage apartment to the outgoing Elizabeth, who may shake things up. Knitting does play a part in the tale as past and present generations meld together with love over painstakingly knitted shawls. But it seems more like a literary gimmick to tie the flashback scenes and present-day chapters together. VERDICT Both knitters and readers looking for good women's fiction will be disappointed. There is just not enough knitting here for a knitting-themed book and not enough angst or original, well-drawn characters for a woman's-issue sort of novel.—Margaret Hanes, Civic Ctr. Lib., Warren, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061765490
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,063,136
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabel Sharpe is the author of As Good As It Got and Women on the Edge of a Nervous Breakthrough. She lives in Wisconsin.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

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    Wish I had pictures!

    Knit in Comfort was a quick, interesting read.


    Elizabeth, a young women from New York, travels to Comfort, North Carolina based on a dream in which she thinks her grandma tells her too. There she meets Megan - a wife and mother from who she rents a room.
    Elizabeth views Megan's life as perfect and wonderful and the dream life she wants. However, Elizabeth doesn't realize that Megan, like everyone, is not in fact living a fairy tale and that looks can be deceiving.
    But what brings them together - along with some other women in town - is knitting. And through knitting, they are able to work through some of the issues they are facing.
    While learning about Megan and Elizabeth and the women in Comfort, Sharpe also draws us in with the story of Gillian and Fiona, which takes place in the early 1900's on the Shetland Island. Fiona is a relative of Megan's and so we learn part of Megan's family's history as we learn about Megan.

    As a knitter I was quite drawn to the talk of knitting - and the mention of the gorgeous lace knitting that Megan (and her family) does. I'm not sure what drew me in more - thinking about the beautiful lace knitting they referred to or the story honestly. I wished more than once this was a picture book or a movie or something similar. I'm positive the description of the lace knitting just didn't do it justice at all!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    Love when knitting is in the story!

    Very enjoyable read. Did want to abandon regular duties and just read, read, read!
    Nicely plotted, great characters, and a variety of settings held my interest.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    Weird book before You get into it

    I thought it was a weird book when I first started to read it. When I really got into it, I really started to love it. The characters are lovely people. Especially Megan because she put up an add in the Chit Chat Cafe for somebody to live in her garage apartment which is over her garage. Megan's mother and law was living with her family. The one thing that I did not like was when Megan found out that her husband Stanley had another family on top of Megan's family and his mother had to move out because she loved her dear son a lot!

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