For owner Lydia Hoffman, the shop represents her dream of beginning a new life free from the cancer that has ravaged her twice. A life that offers a chance at love, and maybe marriage.
Jacqueline Donovan is stuck in a marriage that has dwindled into an arrangement of separate rooms and separate lives. She disapproves of the woman married to her only son, but if she knits a baby blanket, she can at least pretend to like her pregnant daughter-in-law.
For Carol Girard, the baby blanket brings a message of hope as she and her husband make a final attempt at in vitro pregnancy.
And tense-looking Alix Townsend, that's Alix with an "i", is learning to knit her blanket for her court-ordered community service project.
Brought together by an age-old craft, these four women make unexpected discoveries, about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to love, to friendship and acceptance, to laughter and dreams.
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"Clearly capturing each woman as she supports the others and searches for the answers to her own troubles, Emond outdoes herself in portraying counterculture proponent Alix....The warmth of Emond's voice so embodies the tenacious characters as to deliver a worthwhile story of change and hope." (AudioFile)
I have read this book in print before. But, the abridgment takes away a lot. If the full book were here, I would give it four stars, but the abridgement rates only one star.
I get to listen to my audiobooks during my commute to and from work. Listening to this story takes you to another place and makes you 'feel good'
I would compare it to the proceeding 2 books that follow this book - I didn't listen to this series in sequential order. Otherwise I can't say it compares to any other book I have read.
She has a wonderful voice
Yes, when Tammy Lee after the birth of her daughter told Jacquelyn the babies name. It was very touching!
When Lidia found out that the cancer had not recurred I could so much feel for her and her relief. Also the sister relationship between Margaret and Lidia was so interesting to hear how they grew closer and are now working together at the Yarn Shop.
Linda did an awesome job reading the story and had all the excitement in all the right places
She knew when to change her voice and make it exciting to listen to and to hear the story.
This series is really about love, renewal and finding a way to persevere no matter what.
I wanted to sit and listen to the whole book at once because I didn't want the flow of the story broken up.
Easy listening; easy-to-follow plot. Fix a cup of coffee/tea and listen while you knit. (Note that knitting knowledge is not essential to enjoy this story!)
I don't mind having a book that is a bit predictable since it is still interesting to read how it gets to its end.
Not everything in the novel was predictable, however. I really enjoyed the story and didn't want to stop listening. I was well entertained and that is one of the biggest reasons I read/listen to books.
I have always wanted to pick up and read a Debbie Macomber story just have never found the time. My Audible account allowed me to purchase and download one as I searched for a new book to listen to as I walk my dogs on a daily basis. The book was great. It was not a disappointment as I sometimes feel with some of my other favorite authors audio books. The narrator is easy to listen to and does not do over kill on the various character voices. I will definitely be downloading another one of Debbie Macomber books.
I did like the story very much, sugar-coated and predictable as it was. The author even tried to grit it up a bit, but I think she kept to the straight & narrow to avoid alienating any readers. My sister recently opened a knitting shop in an old neighborhood and lots of people have come together because of it. It's created a great community of diversified women and I think that's why this book appealed to me so much. If you're looking for deep, intellectual material, this isn't it, but it's a good story nevertheless. I always feel gyped by abridgements though.
A feel good book. Simple plot, some people with problems all of which get resolved by the end. Lovely.
"Lovely story, awful narrator!"
There were many. Very well written story.
The narrator is always THE most important ingredient of an audiobook. This one almost failed miserably for me, however, the subject and storyline just about saved it. I'm glad I persevered.
Very disappointed in the narrator.
However, I won't be getting anymore of the series, if this narrator runs through them.
Uplifting storyline despite covering difficult subjects.
Very enjoyable story about real women and their lives. With another narrator, I would continue the series.
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