Early Review: The Knitting Diaries

The Knitting Diaries: The Twenty-First Wish\Coming Unraveled\Return to Summer Island

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Format: Hardcover
Knitting is many things to many people.

Knitting is a way of life
The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber
Anne Marie Roche and her adopted daughter, ten-year-old Ellen, have each written a list of twenty wishes—on which they included learning to knit. Like many of their wishes, it’s come true and now they knit practically every day. But Ellen has quietly added a twenty-first wish: that her mom will fall in love with Tim, Ellen’s birth father, who’s recently entered their lives.…
Knitting is a passion
Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery
When Robyn Mulligan’s dreams of becoming a Broadway star give way to an intense longing for her childhood home, she decides it’s time to make a fresh start back in Texas, running her grandmother’s knitting store. But the handsome, hot-tempered T. J. Passman isn’t making it easy on her. If he can learn to trust Robyn, and overcome his tragic past, they just might discover a passion like no other.
Knitting is a comfort
Return to Summer Island by Christina Skye
After a devastating car accident, Caro McNeal finds healing on Oregon’s sleepy Summer Island, where she’s warmly embraced by a community of knitters. She also finds meaning and purpose in the letters she exchanges with a marine serving in Afghanistan. But when life takes another unexpected turn, will Caro untangle her fears and pick up the threads of hope, opening her heart to wherever it takes her?

My Thoughts:

Sometimes I love these anthologies!  This one was great.  The authors all have similar yet different styles and each story made to want there to be more! Now while I don’t knit, I have zero patience, I like that this is what links the stories.

The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber

I was most excited about this section of the book.  I have read all of the other books about the women on

Blossom Street

and have fallen in love with their story.  This book start with Anne Marie Roche signing papers on her new home.  She is both excited and worried, as she is concern about her daughter, Ellen, and how she will adjust to the new home away from

Blossom Street

.  Anne Marie adopted Ellen in a previous book which also brought Tim Carlsen, Ellen’s father, into their lives in an expected turn of even shortly after the adoption was complete, but Tim had lied to Anne Marie and things were tense between them.  Anne Marie has been dating Mel for a few months, but doesn’t know what she makes of it.  Tim and Mel had a dislike for each other with Anne Marie and Ellen in the middle.  Ellen reveals to Anne Marie that she has added a twenty-first wish to the list that Anne Marie, Ellen and their friends on

Blossom Street

put together one Valentine’s Day.  Her wish – for her mom and dad to be a family.  Can this happen?

I love how this story is written from both Anne Marie and Ellen’s point of view.  This is a fun loving story that just sucks you in.  I finished this section wanting to know more about what was going to be happening in the lives of the friends on

Blossom Street

.  I can’t wait for more!

Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery
I had never read anything by Susan Mallery prior to this book and I was pleasantly surprised.  I like her style of writing and that she had the foresight to hid an important part of T.J.’s life from us.

Robyn has arrived home to her grandmother home and knitting store after failing to make it big on Broadway.  Right away, T.J., a quiet stranger to her, yet taken in by her grandmother and her friends, feels that Robyn is back to take advantage of her grandmother since he did his homework and realizes that Robyn never made it on Broadway.  There is tension between them until T.J. realizes that she actually has a plan.  But what is T.J. secret that has hid from everyone in the store.

This was a well written story.  I would love to see another book that tell us more about the grandmother in this story and her friends got to where they are today.  I loved T.J. secret and who he really is.

Return to Summer Island by Christina Skye
After Caro is in a devastating accident in Chicago, she returns to Summer Island under her grandmother’s care.  She is frustrated and hurt.  She meets Gage, a marine, who is headed back to war.  As he is rushing out of town, his departure bumped up, he gets Caro’s email address and requests that she write him.  He plans to leave his beloved pets with a friend, who ends up being very ill as he is drop them off.  With no where to turn, he ends up at the pet shelter, where is pets are taken in and promised to be given a good home until he returns.  Caro finds his pets there and builds a relationship with them.  She writes with Gage and one night she wakes up with the horrible feeling that something is wrong.  Has something happened to Gage?

I think that this was a perfect fit for what is going on in our world today.  There are so many people separated by the war in the Middle East.  I love that this story shows us both what is going on in Gage’s war life and Caro’s frustrating recovery.  This story touched my heart – I actually had a tear at the end of this story.

My Rating:

4.5 Of 5 stars.  If you enjoy lightheaded romance, you should check this book out in April.

*Thank you to NetGalley and Mira Books for the oppotunity to preview this book

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Review: Left at the Alter

Left at the Altar: My Story of Hope and Healing for Every Woman Who Has Felt the Heartbreak of Rejection

Book Description

Fascinatingly insightful and hopeful page-turning account of one woman’s encounter with ultimate rejection.
TV journalist Kimberley Kennedy went from having it all to complete devastation, rejection, and public humiliation when, like a Lifetime movie scenario, her fiance left her at the altar. But her story did not end at the church. With candor and humor, Kimberley shares the personal details of her life as she journeys from devastation to a deeper understanding of what happened and how she found not only healing but hope to someday find her Mr. Right.
The intimate woman-to-woman inspirational journey includes:

  • Stories of women who were left at the altar
  • How to deal with feelings of anger towards God
  • The little black dress analogy
  • How not to let your rejection define who you become
  • Tools for healing and moving on
  • How to laugh, love again, and return to dating
  • Ultimate insight from men who have been rejectors

My Thoughts:

TV personality, Kimberley Kennedy, went from having it all to having nothing at all in just a few short minutes.  Her fiancée was late for their rehearsal and while nothing was unusually about him being late she knew when she saw him that he world was going to turn upside down.  She was not only going to have to heal from this but do it in front of the whole world. This well written book walks us through not only Kennedy’s story of recovery but other women’s as well.  For me it was very interesting to see another book I have read, while it was for a college course, come up in this book.  I need really connected that being left at the alter would be like going through the process of death.  The concepts from, On Death and Dying, follow very closely to recovering from a heart break.  I was touched with Kennedy’s honesty and openness to discuss even the most personal parts of her recovery and forgiveness of herself and God.  I found it very interesting that while most women would either blame themselves or the man who left them, Kennedy blamed God.  There sure was a process for her to move from this to letting God take over her life.  While there are hard topics in this book, I also felt that there was a sense of humor written in as well.  While I am happy to say that I have been married for 10 years, there were things that even I needed to hear from this book.  I would recommend this book to any woman who has ever had her heart broken or just feels alone in this world.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
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