The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club – Gil McNeil

Title: The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club
Author: Gil McNeil
ISBN: 9781401340803
Pages: 416
Release Date: March 17, 2009
Publisher: Voice
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Beach Read
Review: Originally posted at Curled Up With a Good Book
Rating: 4 out of 5

Jo McKenzie’s life as she knows it will never be the same. After her husband tells her that he’s been having an affair for a year and wants a divorce, she rails against him and he storms out of the house. A few hours later, policemen show up at the door. Her husband has had an accident, they say. Unfortunately, he’s not going to make it.

Jo is torn between outrage and despair. In an effort to pull her life back together and start anew, she moves to an English beach town with her two young boys. She takes over her grandmother’s yarn shop (called a wool shop across the pond) and tries to revitalize it and redefine it within the community. She begins to settle into her new home and make friends with the quirky personalities in her small town. Slowly, as she becomes part of the community and her shop starts to take off, Jo begins to live her life again and enjoy what she has around her.

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club, the latest in the knitting novel craze begun with Kate Jacobs’ The Friday Night Knitting Club, was previously published in the United Kingdom as Divas Don’t Knit and is a knitting fan’s dream come true. Knitting is a central part of the story and in fact ties the whole novel together – if you aren’t a knitter, this book will make you want to start. It’s a great social activity, especially with groups such as Jo’s “Stitch and Bitch” weekly get-togethers. That’s why it makes such a great centerpiece for novels such as this.

Jo is quirky and has great wit; her dry humor keeps the book entertaining. However, she is surprisingly unemotional and detached throughout the course of the novel. For example, despite the unexpected death of her husband, Jo doesn’t seem that broken up about it. Most likely, the fact that he had a woman on the side had something to do with it, but it’s almost unbelievable the way she doesn’t seem to grieve at all. Then again, because her husband traveled so much, she was basically like a single mom anyway. The whole situation wasn’t really that new to her. Generally speaking, this book isn’t really about emotions; instead, it’s about making connections and appreciating what is around you.

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club is so easy to read, a great book to curl up with and read on a rainy afternoon. Any fan of women’s fiction will enjoy this engaging and well-written novel.

Thank you to Curled Up With a Good Book for sending me this book to review!

Comments

  1. I’m sure I’d enjoy this book. As a knitter, I want to buy it for the cover alone!

  2. I’m sure I’d enjoy this book. As a knitter, I want to buy it for the cover alone!

  3. I’m glad you liked it – I read it back when it came out and thought it was much better than I expected (I’d been trying not to expect much). I particularly loved the way the author drew Jo’s two boys and Gran’s tut-tutting shop assistant.

    Do you knit?

  4. I’m glad you liked it – I read it back when it came out and thought it was much better than I expected (I’d been trying not to expect much). I particularly loved the way the author drew Jo’s two boys and Gran’s tut-tutting shop assistant.

    Do you knit?

  5. I’m not a knitter, but I do love the cover. The book sounds good too.

  6. I’m not a knitter, but I do love the cover. The book sounds good too.

  7. @Melissa – I’m not a knitter, but I just read a lot of books about knitting for some reason!

  8. @Melissa – I’m not a knitter, but I just read a lot of books about knitting for some reason!

  9. I’d love to read this book! Anything with knitting in it is always a book that I’ll gravitate towards.

  10. I’d love to read this book! Anything with knitting in it is always a book that I’ll gravitate towards.

  11. Hi – I have been reading your reviews for a while now, but I especially enjoyed this one – I immediately put the book on request at my library. I like how your review didn’t have italics – just a simple outline of the plot, and then your views about the book. BTW I am amazed at how many books you read and review – very impressive! Do you do paid work as well??? You must be a super speed reader!

  12. Hi – I have been reading your reviews for a while now, but I especially enjoyed this one – I immediately put the book on request at my library. I like how your review didn’t have italics – just a simple outline of the plot, and then your views about the book. BTW I am amazed at how many books you read and review – very impressive! Do you do paid work as well??? You must be a super speed reader!

  13. @kate – Thank you so much! I have to admit, I usually use the italicized summaries as a shortcut – I spend so much time reading and writing reviews that any little thing helps! I’m currently in graduate school, getting my Master’s degree.

  14. @kate – Thank you so much! I have to admit, I usually use the italicized summaries as a shortcut – I spend so much time reading and writing reviews that any little thing helps! I’m currently in graduate school, getting my Master’s degree.

  15. I’ve always been fascinated by knitting because it takes considerable creativity, focus and dedication. My grandma used to knit beautifully but I’m hopeless at it.

    Anyway, the book review was interesting. I feel I would love to read the book. Keep writing:)

  16. I’ve always been fascinated by knitting because it takes considerable creativity, focus and dedication. My grandma used to knit beautifully but I’m hopeless at it.

    Anyway, the book review was interesting. I feel I would love to read the book. Keep writing:)

  17. I am knitter (not in August heat!), so I’m always attracted to books that include it.

  18. I am knitter (not in August heat!), so I’m always attracted to books that include it.

  19. I am a knitter (in ALL weather) and I try and read all novels that include knitting. If I win I will gift the book to a fellow knitter after I read it!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. I am a knitter (in ALL weather) and I try and read all novels that include knitting. If I win I will gift the book to a fellow knitter after I read it!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. That cover is gorgeous! I really enjoyed The Friday Night Knitting Club… up until the ending. I crochet rather than knit, but the principles are the same! And I love gorgeous fabrics. 🙂 I have a feeling I would like this one!

  22. That cover is gorgeous! I really enjoyed The Friday Night Knitting Club… up until the ending. I crochet rather than knit, but the principles are the same! And I love gorgeous fabrics. 🙂 I have a feeling I would like this one!

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