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Thursday, 6 January 2011

Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs

The beloved ladies of the #1 New York Times bestselling Friday Night Knitting Club return in a moving, laugh-out-loud celebration of special times with friends and family....

For college-age Dakota Walker, whipping up butter tarts and chocolate-orange scones at pastry school has become her passion, but she'll never give up knitting and gabbing on Friday nights at Walker and Daughter. The coziest yarn shop on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Walker and Daughter has also been a haven for Peri, Darwin, Lucie, KC, Anita and Catherine - the woman who have become Dakota's dearest friends, her big sisters, and sometimes her surrogate mothers.

With the holidays just around the corner, the women have even more reason to celebrate; There's a special wedding planned for New Year's Day. And in the meantime, Dakota is working to finish a sweater her mother started before she was born. As she takes on her mother's pattern, she learns from her family and friends that there was much more history in these stitches than she had anticipated, and that to build on her mother's legacy, Dakota must allow herself to become the woman she truly desires to be.

I absolutely loved the first book, Friday Night Knitting Club and have also read the second book, Knit too, which I enjoyed but not so much as the first. However, this book was another great read, I really thought Kate Jacob's had recreated the atmosphere of the first book, the community spirit of the knitting club before Georgia died.
The club still have their Friday night meetings, although some member may attend via a phone call, all looking forward to Anita's pending nuptials, which they are determined will go ahead, third time lucky, following her son's 'sabotage'.
Dakota is growing up and sets up a internship for over the festive period, however before she can tell her father, he announces he has arranged a trip to Scotland to see her grandmother. Dakota has decisions to make, her career or family and family wins. While packing for the trip she finds a part finished jumper that her mum hadn't finished for her father which Dakota decides will make a great Christmas present. The jumper has history, and it brings back many memories for the family, some happy, others sad. This is a great part of the book, an opportunity to learn more about Georgia and her relationship with James.
The wedding goes ahead, although it becomes a double wedding, a true knitting club affair and the celebrations round off the book brilliantly.
However the book is primarily about Dakota, she is growing up, choosing her career path, decisions about the family business, her fathers plan to change the shop into a knitting cafe for the community - for the knitting club to have somewhere to meet.
As with Kate's other books the book has both knitting patterns and recipes at the back, a great accompaniment to the story.
If you enjoyed the other books in the series, i would recommend this to you. I do think you would be best reading the previous books in the series before this one to get the full story.
Thank you to Elizabeth Tobin for sending me the book to review. I really enjoyed the read.

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