Knit the Season is a loving, moving, laugh-out-loud celebration of special times with friends and family. The story begins a year after the end of Knit Two, with Dakota Walker's trip to spend the Christmas holidays with her Gran in Scotland, accompanied by her father, her grandparents, and her mother's best friend, Catherine. Together, they share a trove of happy memories about past Christmases with Dakota's mom, Georgia Walker, from Georgia's childhood to her blissful time as a doting new mom.
From Thanksgiving through Hanukkah and Christmas to New Year's, Knit the Season is a story about the richness of family bonds and the joys of friendship. Knit the Season is a loving, moving, laugh-out-loud celebration of special times with friends and family.
©2009 Kate Jacobs; (P)2009 Penguin
Knit the Season is a great way to complete the holiday season. With the hustle and bustle of all that comes with this busy time of year, Knit the Season provides a smooth transition from family and chaos to the lessons we learn from spending quality time with friends and family.
Having read the first and second Friday Night Knitting Club novels in paperback format I was excited to find the audiobook for Knit the Season. While I normally enjoy Carrington MacDuffie's readings, I found this novel underwhelming as I had not pictured the characters with voices like those that Carrington MacDuffie portrayed, and found some of her pronunciations over the top.
Nevertheless, Knit the Season was worth the read if you enjoyed the first two novels, although I don't think I'll be quick to jump on the fourth novel if ever one is released.
I listened to the book during the Christmas season, so the work/family/self issues--dilemmas in the book-- were part of my on-going balancing act and thus relevant and encouraged internal dialogue as a I agreed or disagreed with a character's position.
Anita is my favorite character. She is wise and elegant and loving--yet has her times of self-doubt and can be manipulated by those she loves and trusts. She is very real and a role model.
The double wedding was great, but I also liked the bridal shower.
When Gran gave Dakota, James and Mrs. Walker photos of Georgia at Christmas, I cried. This was not a good thing as I was driving to work and didn't want to have to explain about crying over fictional characters.
This is a story rich in relationships. The women seem like women we all know, with good points and flaws, skills and deficiencies. They even annoy each other at times--just like real friends. One of the things I particularly liked about the book was that some of the scenes seemed set up for a particular action and the author didn't go for the predictable. The turn was in the story flowed from the previous action, but it wasn't formulaic, which made it much more enjoyable. I've set this book aside to listen to again next Christmas.
It was a great continuation to the story "The Friday Night Knitting Club." It was nice to see how the characters had evolved after the first story. A cross section of the life of every character.
I enjoy these characters but there is too much reliance on Georgia's character in the story's plot. The characters are strong enough and interesting enough that Georgia is more distracting. I want to hear about the other characters lives more. This was okay but not an essential read in my opinion.
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