When Dee Blackthorn’s bother, 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 scandalous office rumors. Dee is certain that her ho shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all.
Back in the village of Fenwild where JP’s shop resides, Dee bumps into Becky, and old friend who is new mum to a premature baby. Desperate to help Becky, Dee convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make tiny woolly hats to keep the little one warm. Seeing how grateful her friend is, Dee makes it her mission to help lots of other premature babies. When Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee’s sacking she is initially furious, but hears him out before roping 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…
I was taught to knit by my grandmother and mother from the age of six. I spent many hours watching them both, listening to the clicking of their needles and attempting to knit myself. Although I mastered the art of crochet much easier than knitting, I like my sister am skilled in both. We definitely inherited the crafty gene!
I jumped at the chance to read and review this book, although I don’t usually read romantic comedies, most of you who follow will know psychological thrillers is my usual gene. Over the past few years, I have made and donated many woolly hats to our local hospital, both the premature babies unit and blood clinic. I felt close to this book and drawn to read it, before I had even opened the first page!
Dee is an incredibly likable character, it is very easy to warm to her and her situation in the story. At the start of the book, she is a workaholic but quickly rushes to her brothers side when he has broken both of his arms. Dee loses her job, with speculation rife as to whether she was fired or quit. Over the duration of the story we see Dee change, consumed less with work and more caring towards family and friends.
The brother – sister relationship makes for an enjoyable read as Dee supports her brother at a time of crisis and turns his business around whilst he recovers. There is one very big difference between them. Dee does not knit, whilst JP knits, runs a shop, has a knitting gang who loves him and runs a blog.
This difference changes and Dee runs into Becky, an old friend who has a premature baby. Dee knows she can help with knitted woolly hats, before long parcels are flocking into the shop of knits for her friends baby and before long the challenge widens as they appreciate how many more babies they can support.
I don’t want to give too much away… no spoilers here…. If you love knitting and reading, this book is a rare combination of both, a hidden gem.
This book is suited to those who enjoy reading comedies, built on family and friend relationships, with a touch of romance. This book makes for great reading, it leaves you with a warm and cosy feeling inspired to help others with the crafty genes.