Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Review: Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs (audio book)

From the back of the audio case: The upcoming holiday season is all about showing off her talents as a pastry chef for college-age Dakota Walker - when she's not busy stitching at Walker & Daughter, the coziest little yarn shop on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Now, with the help of the family that's always sustained her, including the women of the Friday Night Knitting Club, Dakota remembers what is truly important. As the year draws to a close, Peri, Darwin, Lucie, KC, and Catherine gather to plan the long-awaited wedding of elegant Anita Lowenstein and her beau, Marty. With a new romance in full bloom, Catherine is making plans of her own, and she's not the only one. The possibility of a Christmas visit to Dakota's beloved Gran in Scotland, accompanied by her mother's parents and brother, tempts with the potential for illuminating revelations about her mother, Georgia Walker, from her childhood pranks to her happy holidays past to her blissful moments as a doting young mom.

From Thanksgiving through Hanukkah and Christmas to a spectacular New Year's wedding reception, Knit the Season is a tender story about the richness of family bonds, the magical power of memory, and the everlasting joys of friendship.

Read by: Carrington MacDuffie

My thoughts: This is the third book in Kate Jacobs' Friday Night Knitting Club and the first of the series that I listened to. I found the story to be a heartwarming tale of the holidays where the characters take to reminiscing about Georgia Walker who is no longer with them.

By using memory flashbacks from various characters' perspectives, we get a closer look at how one character can influence the life path of others. These flashbacks also serve to enhance the characterization of Georgia Walker in her role as mother, sister, daughter, granddaughter, lover, and friend. Like the Christmas tree garland she and her Scottish grandmother knit over the years, the characters are connected to each other by Georgia and form a strong chain that can't be broken by the passage of time, distance, or age.

This is the perfect kind of book to read around the holidays as it is a feel-good holiday book that celebrates friendships, family, new milestones, and unlimited possibilities for the future. I hope there will be more stories about The Friday Night Knitting Club as I really enjoy catching up with them in each book.

(I borrowed this audio book from the library.)

2 comments:

  1. Kristin, I read this and also enjoyed it! In fact, I read the whole series. Kate Jacobs is a very gracious author and allowed me to interview her on my blog in earlier days!

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  2. I read this a couple of years ago and really liked it - I agree with you, it's very heartwarming. I miss those characters!

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