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.
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.
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.
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.