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The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club
The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club
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 her b...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780316353823
ISBN-10: 0316353825
Publication Date: 11/3/2015
Pages: 432
Edition: Reprint
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Hachette Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club 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.
knittymama avatar reviewed The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club on + 424 more book reviews
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.
AZmom875 avatar reviewed The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club on + 608 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is not a young adult book, that label made me not as interested in reading this book right away. This book would not appeal to young adults, it doesnt even have a YA vib.

This book is set in England, near the beac and is about Knitting. Hence the title Beach Street Knitting etc. What might shock you is that in this knitting book no one dies or recovers from Cancer, and the shop owner does not try to solve a mystery or date the local law enforcement hottie.

This main character is not some lost broken, woman who needs to find herself. You wont find her digging deep to find the true inner beauty. It is about a woman who finds out her husband is cheating on her, they get in a fight, he leaves and dies in a car accident. Her biggest hurdle is raising her boys who are wow kinda little terrors, and moving out of London to the small town.

She finds some nice neighbors and true friends.

The dialogue and story are fresh, and well done, nobody is really quirky or snarky.

I gave this book a 4 of 5.
pj-s-bookcorner avatar reviewed The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club on + 638 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Enjoyable. British author. Laughed out loud several times. Mother of two young boys is widowed and moves to her home town to take over her family's yarn shop. Worthwhile.
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