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The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club (Jo Mackenzie, Bk 1)
The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club - Jo Mackenzie, Bk 1
Author: Gil McNeil
For every woman who has ever dreamed of starting over, or being a better mother, or just knitting a really nice scarf . . . — When her husband dies in a car crash -- not long after announcing he wants a divorce -- Jo Mackenzie packs up her two rowdy boys and moves from London to a dilapidated villa in her seaside hometown. There, she takes over h...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781401341220
ISBN-10: 1401341225
Publication Date: 1/5/2010
Pages: 432
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 92 ratings
Publisher: Voice
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club (Jo Mackenzie, Bk 1) on + 1135 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Not at all what I expected -- full of humor and brightly drawn characters. When Jo McKenzie's philandering husband tells her he wants a divorce and promptly drives off into a tree, she doesn't know whether to consider herself a widow, a divorcee, or just a young woman suddenly thrust into single-parenthood. Her journey through the first year of this new life is full of self-deprecating humor. Parental pitfalls, and the obligatory New Man. Oh, and knitting.
reviewed The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club (Jo Mackenzie, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Type: {Weekend Read: a book to curl up on the couch with}
Rating: {An Unputdownable: Couldnt eat or sleep until I finished this book}

Why Youre Reading It:

British humor cracks you up
You like a bit of depth with humor, and some otherwise chick-lit staples
You are a single mom, were raised by a single mom, or know a single mom
You dream of moving to a quirky seaside community and starting your own shop
What I Thought:

I wonder if the fact that I am now craving tea everyday, took up crocheting again, and am dying to get back to England means that I was influenced by the charming book The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club. Gil McNeil gives us a story about Jo, who after being told by her husband that he has had an affair, loses him in a car accident. McNeil spares us the agony of going through the tragedy and allows us the uplifting glimpse of Jos life, with her two young boys, as she rebuilds after. She moves to the English seaside, takes over her grandmothers yarn store, makes new friends (including an international movie star) while keeping close contact with her refreshing and witty best friend and rebuilding her life with her two (quite funny) adorable boys. I devoured this book in a big gulp, and cant wait for a second helping. You can almost hear her boys as you laugh out loud at them, and see her seaside house which I imagine is a bit shabby chic and utterly comfortable. Her life and story are charming and real. Thanks to Hyperion/ Voice for this pleasant little surprise in my mailbox. I would giveaway a copy, but I wont because Im not ready to part with mine I plan on reading it again (kind of like comfort food and your favorite movies combined).

Lucky for us, this book has a sequel: Needles and Pearls.
reviewed The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club (Jo Mackenzie, Bk 1) on + 330 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
First of all the title of the book really bothered me. Too much of a take off of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. But I read the book anyway. And with the British humor that runs though this book, I am glad I did.

Jo Mackenzie gave up a very promising career in television broadcasting to raise her two boys while her husband dashes around the world to cover international stories. On his last visit home he informs Jo that he would like a divorce, but the wanker gets himself killed in an automobile accident and Jo is left with two young rambunctious children and not sure how or if she should actually mourn his loss.

When she find that they are in severe debt and a second mortgage had been taken out on their home without her knowledge; what is she to do but pull up stakes, buy her grandmothers knitting shop and start over again.

With the help of her best friend and the advice of her grandmother and new friends, Jo sets out to make a new life for herself, her incorrigible boys, the neighborhood dog and a glamourous movie star that had befriended her.

Not your typical Oh, poor me type of book, Jo is a refreshing character that has learned to make the best of what she has and not to dwell too much on the past. It would be nice if her boys could have a father, but together they are a family and that is good enough.
reviewed The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club (Jo Mackenzie, Bk 1) on + 163 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book!!! When I first saw the review for this book I thought I wouldn't like it but wow I've been totally engrossed in it. I started reading and couldn't put it down. It's about a young widow who changes her life and moves to a seaside town and takes over her grandma's yarn shop. She turns the shop into a viable business while along the way makes many friends including a famous movie star and a famous photographer. A must read!
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Helpful Score: 1
Previously published as "Divas Don't Knit" in 2007. Just noting this for others since I didn't know that before I got it. Same exact story...new title.
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reviewed The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club (Jo Mackenzie, Bk 1) on + 6 more book reviews
Such a good book! A lady on a plane told me about it and I am so happy that she did! The book is about a 38 y.o. Widow with two young sons (kindergarten and third grade) who moves from her London home to a sleepy seaside village where her Gran lives. The book is about new beginnings, old friends and everyday problems that we all face. One of the best books that I have read in a long time.
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A wonderful visit with your new best friend: contemporary British Jo, her wool shop, knitting, and her boys come alive in this story. I hated to see it end, as I felt I had an interesting and playful companion to enjoy.
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I enjoyed the novel...am looking for the sequel.


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