Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Book Review: The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Pattillo


While browsing the library catalog, I came across The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Pattillo. I realized that she is the author of Jane Austen Ruined My Life, which has been on my hold list for a month or two. Even though I don't knit I thought I would read it and see how it was.

Product Description:

Sometimes life has to unravel before you can knit it together…

On the third Friday of each month, Eugenie, Ruth, Esther, Merry, and Camille meet at the Sweetgum Christian Church to enjoy the two things that connect them: a love of knitting and a passion for books. Their camaraderie remains unthreatened until Eugenie, the town librarian, introduces an angry teenager into their midst. Eugenie also gives them a new reading list: the classic novels of girlhood that young Hannah has never read. Little Women. Pollyanna. Heidi. Books that remind the women of the hopes and dreams they have lost along the way.

With each click of their needles, the ladies of the Knit Lit Society unravel their secrets: A shadow from Eugenie’s past haunts the controlled order of her life. Merry’s perfect little family is growing again–but will she continue to feel her identity slip away? Camille dreams of leaving town but is bound by ties of love. And the sisters, Ruth and Esther, must confront a lie they have lived with for over thirty years.

As Hannah is reluctantly stitched into their lives, the women discover the possibility that even in sleepy Sweetgum, Tennessee, they can still be the heroines of their own stories.

When I read the book description (after I got the book) my first impression was that the plot was going to be similar to A Good Yarn by Debbie MacComber or A Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini. Yes, the plot was similar in that there are a group of women brought together by their love of a craft and about each individuals problems and blah, blah, blah. Even though the plot has been used in many books lately, I have to say that I really enjoyed The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society. With more of a focus on books (especially classic girls books)and the troubled teenager, Hannah, it made for an interesting story. I think stories like these are so compelling because of each character's real life conflicts and how each character deals with it. I look forward to reading the sequel, The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love.

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