There, Sybil discovers Hettie’s House of Haberdashery, an emporium dedicated to the world of knitting and needle craft. But Hettie, the outspoken octogenarian owner, is struggling and now the shop is due for closure. And when Hettie decides that Sybil’s wonderfully wacky Christmas jumpers are just the thing to add a bit of excitement to her window display, something miraculous starts to happen…
Keep calm and knit on. - Sybs (Sybil)
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS KNIT-OFF opens with Hettie (in Tindledale) skimping on her lunch and worrying about the growing pile of bills. She does not want to relocate to an old folks home so her nefarious nephew could sell her House of Haberdashery in a real estate deal. Meanwhile, Sybs (in London) is a shell of her former self after her fiance ran away with her twin sister. She also suspects she is the reason for a 40,000 pounds clerical error at work. With Christmas just around the corner, Sybs escapes to Tindledale for the weekend to visit her school friend. Upon arrival in the postcard perfect village, she finds everything that is not London - friendly townsfolk who are willing to help her. In turn, Sybs wanders into Hettie's House of Haberdashery, a wonderland for any knitting enthusiast. It awakens Sybs' passion for yarn which she employs to save Hettie's business. Sybs restores Hettie's self esteem along with her own.
Brown creates magic in THE GREAT CHRISTMAS KNIT-OFF. Although it could be the Hallmark holiday movie of the week, it delivers humor, warmth, and cheer in the English countryside. The plot may be predictable, but the characters are colorful. Sybs, in particular, shines bright like a Christmas ornament. Even though she has been through hell, Sybs remains optimistic when helping others. Her focus outward helps her heal inward.
I am not a knitting enthusiast but I could still enjoy the fun during the "knitting days"; everyone in town helped out. Brown reminds us of the Christmas message - hope, community, and forgiveness. Sprinkle in pop culture, rustic charm, and a budding romance with the country doctor for heartwarming story for the coming holidays.
Recommended read for fans of British Chick Lit, small town romance, and cheering for underdogs.
I received a print copy from the publisher.
I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about Christmas sweaters - do you have a hand knitted one? Or a goofy one?
2. Comments are open through Saturday, November 14, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 15.
Kim in Baltimore
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