Knit One Pearl One (Jo Mackenzie Series #3)

Knit One Pearl One (Jo Mackenzie Series #3)

by Gil McNeil


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Knit one . . . It's been a busy few years since Jo Mackenzie lost her husband. Life has brought adventure, surprises, unexpected pleasures, and, of course, lots of knitting. Jo's seaside yarn shop, with a brand new cafe, has taken off, keeping her busier than ever. And being a single mum to two boys and headstrong toddler Pearl is just as exhausting and enchanting as she thought it would be. On top of all that, celebrity diva Grace has a secret; Jo's firecracker best friend Ellen is launching a new television series; and lovable but hapless Martin continues his oft misguided attempts to woo Jo. Just when Jo thinks she has about all she can handle, Daniel, Pearl's globe-trotting dad, turns up out of the blue . . .

Purl one . . . But with a little help from her friends, and her beloved Gran, Jo is building a new life for herself by the sea, stitch by stitch. Warm and witty, "Knit One Pearl One" will delight new readers to the "Beach Street" series and give the legions of existing fans a chance to visit the British seaside again, without having to worry about the weather."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401341671
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Series: Jo Mackenzie Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 277,230
Product dimensions: 8.02(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gil McNeil lives in Kent, England, with her son, and comes from a long line of champion knitters. (Author's name is pronounced "Jill.")

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Knit One Pearl One 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all three of the Jo Mackenzie series - hope they continue. Very pleasant light, fun reading. However, a warning, you will be laughing out loud (also smiling a lot) which can be embarrassing when on pubic transport.
moonhonu More than 1 year ago
As always Gil has another great story in the series... this is book 3 and I have enjoyed it just as much as the first two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun series. All of her books have great story lines. Good chic lit.
jrcgj More than 1 year ago
I laughed and cried and laughed again. "Ellen is giving me her get me away from this nutter look, I think serves you right." is one of many funny lines in the book. I really wish I could dive into this book and move their. I reall do wish Ellen were my best friend and Gran was my Grand Monther. Alright I'm already for the next installment of Jo Mackenzie's Life. Please write it soon.
shadrach_anki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Beach Street Knitters series following the life of Jo Mackenzie as she works to juggle the myriad responsibilities and relationships in her life. I really enjoy the light, gentle tone of the series, and this book continues that trend. I do wish I had taken the time to reread the first two books to reacquaint myself with the characters and situations, but I was able to remember where I was fairly easily after a short period of time.My only real complaint is that at times the language used by the characters could be coarse, and for me, at least, this didn't seem to fit the overall tone and wound up throwing me out of the story.
tahoegirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't think this was a good as the previous two books. It is alot more Jo centered and we get a lot less of some of the characters I really enjoyed like, Grace, Ellen, and Annabelle Morgan, even Connie was a little bland in this book.Even though I didn't think it was as good, it was still an easy and enjoyable read.
CandyH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
knit one pearl one is hard to read and does not hold the reader's interest. It's done in an British setting and the language is hard to understand in places. There just seems to be no plot to the story and it runs on and on with day to day issues that do not hold the reader's interest. It is just so mundane and passive. I am pleased that I was selected by LibraryThing to review this book, but I would not recommend it to anyone.
burnit99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very congenial and charming story about a youngish English widow, Jo Mackenzie, who manages her knitting shop, three kids, a new cafe and a host of memorable and mostly likable family and friends. Not a lot of earth-shattering import actually happens, just the daily routine of a life that always seems more complicated than anticipated. The author is very good about presenting her characters in a way that highlights their eccentricities and common humanity in a way that the book jacket describes as warm and witty, and I can only second. It's been a while since I've read a book that made me like and care for most of the players this much. This appears to be the third in the "Beach Street" series with most of the same characters, and now I think I have to find the first two.
libri_amor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jo, Gran, Connie and Grace return for another episode in the light saga. Easy reading, showing that small towns, villages or developments are all the same. And age doesn't matter -- even adults have bullies to contend with. Continuing to move through the life of being widowed and after the appearance of a surprise out of wedlock surprise, Jo manages all that comes at her like a real person -- she's not perfect, like the rest of us. The only disappointing part of this series is the lack of patterns for knitting any of the items talked about during the story.
mchwest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a fun book and the authors third about this wonderful, quirky woman that ends up raising her children on her own and running her grandmothers knitting shop. Not just a fluff book, but really a nice story to read and relax with. Hopefully Gil McNeil keeps writings this series, this was an Early Reviewers copy for me ,and that makes a longer wait for the next book!
vindemia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an Early Reviewer and had not read any of the other Beach Street Knitting Society books. I was happy that I wasn't lost and that major plot lines from the previous books were explained. I really enjoyed this book and I am interested in reading the earlier books from the series.
yonitdm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great cozy, knitting fiction. I haven't read the first two books in the series and I think this book holds up very well on its own. I am looking forward to going back to the first two and fleshing out things that are in the past in this book. The characters are fun, relatable, and complex. The author got everything right, about England, kids, knitting, relationships, everything was believable and appropriate.
CynWetzel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A continuation of life for Jo and her children, family, and friends, both famous and not. There's really no plot to these books, just a series of events. Nice light fiction, and I'll say again, my primary complaint is the lack of even one simple knitting pattern in books which spend a great deal of time talking about what is being knitted by the characters. Also, I'm glad I'm beyond my child-rearing years!
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had great hopes when I saw the title of this book and read the synopsis, but I found this book very difficult to read. There seemed to be no plot, just ramblings by the author. I was very disappointed in this book.
mldg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 3 of a series. This is the only book of the series I have read. It's a sweet telling of contemporary motherhood. Set in a British seaside town. There is plenty of atmosphere what with all the children "tutting" at there mother, small town jealousy and gossip. There is even a little romance, but mostly it's about a widowed, single mom making a life with her children. A pleasant read.
2chances on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We're back with Jo Mackenzie in the Best Seaside Village (Small) in England, with more knitting-based adventures: daughter Pearl is developing a personality, Madonna-like actress friend Grace is pregnant again, Pearl's dad Daniel may be coming back into Jo's life. Gil McNeil writes lots of amusing dialogue - and I enjoyed this - but I am starting to feel like I want a little more PLOT to be happening. Here, I know: can Jo finally tell her dead husband's annoying parents what a complete jerk their son was? I am down for that.Entertaining, though. It got me through a seriously depressing weekend.
momgee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Knit One Pearl One is the third book in the series. Although this is the first one I read, I was caught right up on Jo Mackenzie's life as a single mom and knit shop owner through conversations with her friends, Gran and through her inner dialogue. Easily a stand alone read.This is one one those quiet books that sort of sneaks up on you; not a lot of dramatic action but after only a few pages, I looked upon Jo, her wonderful Gran, her friends Grace, Connie and Ellen as friends of mine too. These characters became very real to me with down-to-earth, credible conversations.Jo is a very likeable character. It's not been easy being widowed from a cheating idiot and then having to raise all alone the two sons she had with him. Oh, and then there is Pearl, her "oops" toddler she had as a result of a fling. The father, Daniel, is still in the picture but solely as a friend. He's a flit-all-over the-globe-not-settling-down type of guy but he does want to be in Pearl's life. I liked his involvement with Jo, her boys and Pearl. Jo was very practical and knew what Daniel was really like so there's no recriminations and no regrets.Jo's life is not all child rearing and nose to the grindstone boredom as her friend Ellen has her own TV talk show and her friend Grace is an international film star who involve Jo and her knitting shop in their lives. She does have a luke-warm sort of love interest in Martin. He's somewhat of a milquetoast type of guy who doesn't really light Jo's fire but he is dependable. Hmmmm .... how long can that go on?McNeil's humorous, occasional laugh out loud and witty writing helps her characters cope with everyday life in a realistic and relatable way. I enjoyed this book quite a bit and would like to read the first two in the series. The British seaside location of the knitting shop just added a little more ambiance to the book.
cozyreaderOR More than 1 year ago
Best of a good series! Love Jo &love her standing up a bit more. Great story with funny lines & delightful characters. Can't wait for more about Jo & Broadgate, please soon!
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I really enjoyed her first two books, but this one left me flat. Very predictable. Almost every plot line was a minimally varied repeat from her other books. Her characters were so alive in those and here they are boring. Very disappointed.
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