by Poppy Dolan
My Review: I saw the title of this book and wanted to read it. I am not a knitter, but my mother and grandmother were and several friends are as well. The story started very promising and engaging. When Dee gets a text message from her brother JP saying “come” she panics, leaves the meeting she is presenting at and heads home, not knowing what to expect. She finds her brother with two broken wrists and in casts that pretty much prevent him from doing anything related to his job of running the haberdashery (knitting store). Shortly after this, she very suddenly gets fired from her beloved job and heads home to help JP. At this point, the story slowed down and I kept waiting for it to pick up. Well it did and I am glad I kept reading. The story is really about Dee and how she remakes herself after this disaster. She never gives less than 100% in anything she does and that included helping with the store. JP is not only a knitter and store owner, but he runs a blog and does vlogs. She also runs into Becky, her BFF from school, who has just delivered a preemie and they rekindle their friendship. This is the second theme in this book where JP jumps on the idea of kitting hats for preemies and a fundraiser begins. When Ben, a co-worker searches out Dee, she finds out that her suspicions that he sabotaged her are unfounded. He jumps in to help with the fundraiser and the vlogs.
I really loved the characters in this story. From Dee, JP and Ben to the minor characters and others in the town, they are all honest, real and easy to like. There is a major plot twist that involves Dee and her friends that seals the story. I loved how Dee is able to drop everything to take care of her brother and make sure he is going to be okay in the future. I also love that she realizes that she needs to back off some times and let others follow their own path. There are a few budding romances and the added storylines about preemies and the value of keeping those friendships real and close make this a wonderful story. It was light-hearted and various parts were pretty funny. I recommend this book to lovers of chick-lit, whether you knit or not. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Synopsis: Finding happiness one stitch at a time
When Dee Blackthorn’s brother, JP, breaks both wrists not only is he in need of a helping hand – or two – but the knitting shop he owns can’t function. Sisterly duties take Dee away from her demanding job and she is unceremoniously fired amidst rumours of inappropriate behaviour. Dee is certain that her hot-shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all but has no proof.
When Dee bumps into an old friend who is new mum to a premature baby she convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make lots of tiny woolly hats. Then Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee’s sacking and she ropes him into helping the knitting cause.
But before long Dee’s good intentions backfire and she risks losing her friends, her family and Ben, who’s turned out to be not so bad after all…
A feel-good romantic comedy about learning what life is really all about, The Woolly Hat Knitting Club is perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Tilly Tennant and Carole Matthews.