If you're crafty, you're probably also into crafty reads (at least, I hope you are!) The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club is the first heartwarming book in a series by Gil McNeil. What does one do when your husband dies shortly after telling you he wants a divorce? How do you cope with the non-guilt?
Jo MacKenzie moves her household lock, stock, and barrel to a sleepy beach resort town and takes over her grandmother's out of touch yarn shop. Starting a Stitch & Bitch club, Jo learns how to live her life and meets some colorful townspeople along the way.
Since I've always wanted to attend a yarn club, I enjoyed this book to no end. And then I found out about the sequels! The journey of Jo from widow to just Jo is thoroughly enjoyable and humorous. Who of us hasn't had to re-invent or re-create out of seemingly nothing? I was impressed with the detail that went into the author's descriptions of not only the seaside life but also the effort that goes into picking out yarns and patterns for the season. I'm not a knitter, but I crochet and many of the discussions about the weight of yarn were fascinating lessons I'd never heard of before. I also learned that I may never know how to knit! I tried to follow Jo's lessons but got so lost I went back to my hooks! Apparently there are some crafty efforts that are best left to others. I'm okay with that.
Even if you're not a yarn afficionado, if you have an ounce of crafty in your blood, you will enjoy this light-hearted, touching read. Jo MacKenzie will leave you laughing, crying, moping, and dancing as she takes you with her on her path to happiness.
And don't forget to pick up her sequels to read the rest of the story. I loved them both equally as well. I hope you get a chance to read Jo's adventures and come back to let me know what you thought! Until next month, Keep Calm and Read On.