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The Great Christmas Knit-Off by Alexandra Brown

Sunday, October 18, 2015
Heartbroken after being jilted at the altar, Sybil has been saved from despair by her knitting obsession and now her home is filled to bursting with tea cosies, bobble hats, and jumpers. But, after discovering that she may have perpetrated the cock-up of the century at work, Sybil decides to make a hasty exit and, just weeks before Christmas, runs away to the picturesque village of Tindledale.

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…

Goodreads Summary

If I had a twin sister who stole my husband and left me at the altar...unspeakable things would happen and I would run the risk of being arrested.  I felt terrible for Sybil in the beginning of the book.  She has to drastically alter her life's plan.  She finds Tindledale, a beautiful little village, where her dream job may exist and she immediately feels at home.  

I loved the antique feel of Tindledale.  It feels more like a village belonging in the history books.  The people are kind and helpful and the shops are specific and mom and pop run.  I really liked Sybil's character.  She's hard-working and gentle, determined and has a good sense of humor.  Hettie was a cute older woman who Sybil helped out; her character helped round out Sybil's.  I liked getting to know the other secondary characters.  The author has a refreshing writing style.  This book is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

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