Casting Off

Casting Off

by Nicole R. Dickson
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Casting Off 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
JEX More than 1 year ago
I was drawn into this story from the very beginning. Dickson has pulled relationships apart in this delightful tale of Ireland and it's many inhabitants young and old, new and ancient. I loved it!
bethanyhampton More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. I cried, laughed, and enjoyed the history of the sweaters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone interested in Irish Fisherman Sweaters and knitting would find this a ok read. It starts out very slow paced,the story doesn't get moving at a respectable speed till after the first 100 pages. Hard to follow the flashbacks at times.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As she waits along with her six year old daughter Rowan for the transport to the island off Ireland's west coast, textile archeologist Rebecca Moray thinks back sixteen years to Berkley and her BFF Sharon who told her tales of the sweaters and taught her to knit them. Now, Rebecca and Rowan are on Sharon's island to research the sweaters for a book she is writing. However, while Sharon is in Dublin about to give birth any minute, the islanders welcome the Americans as friends because Sharon has told them about her buddy. Like all Americans it seems, Rebecca is on a tight clock as her grant runs out in two months; the locals are on a different time schedule as they live a less hectic pace enjoying life to the fullest. Rowan adapts rather easily to the pace, making many friends and especially enjoys the father-daughter closeness of hardened widower fisherman Sean Morahan who is unable to scare off the child. Meanwhile Rebecca fears abusive Dennis, Rowan's dad, will demandingly arrive to ruin their daughter's happiness. She also fears seeing Sharon as the memories must be greater than the reality. Rebecca finds herself enjoying the one knit at a time creating a gansey while wondering if she can cast off her past is she is to make it with Sharon's childhood friend Fionn whom she loves and who loves her and her daughter. Although the story line goes the way readers will expect fans will enjoy the trip to get there as Rebecca finds second chances. The island support cast makes the tale as they bring to life the "Island". However, this is Rebecca's redemption if she casts off her past and walks towards not away from love; as she holds the plot together. Fans will enjoy Nicole R. Dickson' fine tale of a Yank (and her daughter) finding her life on an Irish island. Harriet Klausner
LRA More than 1 year ago
I originally bought the book because it was about knitting, and it is, but there is far more depth to the characters and their lives. Besides learning about the western islands of Ireland and ganseys (sweaters), there is a great deal to learn from life's losses in Dickson's book. I didn't want the book to end and have thought about it over the year since I finished it. It is a book I will not only keep but read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written. One of the best books I've read. It made me laugh, cry and I was totally sad when I finished it. It really left you wanting more. I will definitely read another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have liked to see more character development. It seemed silly that the main character would travel so far yet not see her "long-time" friend, with whom she often talks with, for a good number of weeks! I realize the premise of the book and why she was less than enthusiastic, but why weren't they at least talking on the phone? Also, to the author: the priest/penitent relationship is sacred, and you should NEVER see a priest divulging what a penitent says in the confessional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish the author had written more about the stitches. That was the real story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I read it several years ago. Love the characters, the setting, and the story. I also loved the knitting as well. I'm a knitter.
Paigeyb More than 1 year ago
This book was refreshing. It held me from start to finish...........Great story of second chances............
nextvangogh More than 1 year ago
While I'm a knitter and this book has a character that is researching historical knitting, specifically from the Irish, it's not just another knitting story. I loved this book and immediately after I finished, I read it again. It was just fascinating with enough twists and angst to keep me going. Still one of my favorites!
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