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About the Book:
• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 13, 2015)
When life unravels, it’s time to knit . . .
Sybil has always taken comfort in her passion for knitting, creating beautiful garments stitch by stitch. But her world suddenly unravels when her fiancé ditches her for her identical twin sister at her Star Wars–themed wedding, leaving Sybil at the altar sporting a Princess Leia do. And things go from bad to worse when an incident at work jeopardizes her job.
To escape her woes and forget that she’ll be alone for Christmas this year, Sybil sets off to visit her friend Cher in Tindledale—a winter wonderland of quaint shops and snowy rooftops. When she arrives in the idyllic town, she can’t help feeling like she’s in a Hallmark greeting card. She’s embraced by welcoming—if eccentric—locals wearing handmade sweaters that remind Sybil of her own creations and her unrealized ambitions of selling them. So when the owner of a vintage-clothing boutique asks her to make an assortment of knits for their display window, she’s thrilled. And hoping to heal her broken heart, the hot town doctor has even taken an interest in Sybil.
But just when Sybil thinks she’s going to have her fairy-tale Christmas after all, an unexpected turn of events threatens to unspool her happily ever after.
About the Author:
Alexandra Brown began her writing career as the City Girl columnist for the London Paper. She wrote the weekly column—a satirical diary account of her time working in the corporate world of London—for two years before giving it up to concentrate on writing novels and is now the author of the Cupcakes at Carrington’s books. Set in a department store in the pretty seaside town of Mulberry-On-Sea, the series follows the life, loves and laughs of sales assistant Georgie Hart. The Great Christmas Knit-Off is Alexandra’s fourth book and the first in a new series set in the fictional village of Tindledale, following the lives of all the characters there. Alexandra lives in a real village near the south coast of England with her husband, daughter and a very shiny black Labrador retriever.
I have to be honest – I only read half of this book. For the first time in my reviewing life I lost a book. I am most embarrassed. I’ve been taking a photography class so we’ve been going back and forth to Missoula. While there we’ve been eating out and then going for ice cream. Somewhere between dinner, ice cream and class I left my book somewhere.
I am so very sorry to TLC and the author.
I CAN tell you that the first half of the book was a real joy. Poor Sybil was left at the altar by her fiance – he left with her sister no less. A sister that Sybil has always felt inferior to. Since that awful day she has been at sixes and sevens – unable to concentrate and a disaster at work. In fact, she may have made a monumental error on the job. Before she knows for sure she decides to take some time off and visit a friend in a little village called Tindledale just to get away from it all.
It’s there that she finds a picture perfect Christmas village and some of the nicest and most welcoming people she has ever met. She finds herself fitting right in – especially when she discovers the knitting shop – if there is one thing that Sybil does well it’s knit. She has a real passion for it. If there’s one thing this shop knits it’s someone with said passion.
And this is where I lost my book.
I will tell you that I was really enjoying the book. The characters were a real hoot – all unique and all well rounded. There’s even a dog with a really funny personality. I am really disappointed that I didn’t get to finish it. But by all means if you are looking for a light, joyful read this holiday season this will be the book for you.
For what I read 4.5
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