Dec 11, 2014

The Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown

The perfect seasonal tale of how laughter, friends and wacky Christmas jumpers can mend a broken heart. For fans of Trisha Ashley and Jenny Colgan.

Heartbroken after being jilted at the altar, Sybil has been saved from despair by her knitting obsession and now her home is filled to bursting with tea cosies, bobble hats, and jumpers. But, after discovering that she may have perpetrated the cock-up of the century at work, Sybil decides to make a hasty exit and, just weeks before Christmas, runs away to the picturesque village of Tindledale.
There, Sybil discovers Hettie’s House of Haberdashery, an emporium dedicated to the world of knitting and needle craft. But Hettie, the outspoken octogenarian owner, is struggling and now the shop is due for closure. And when Hettie decides that Sybil’s wonderfully wacky Christmas jumpers are just the thing to add a bit of excitement to her window display, something miraculous starts to happen…

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After several months Sybil is still heartbroken. She's been left at the altar for someone very close to her. Knitting used to be such a joy, but now it's also a distraction and a way to cope. Sybil loves to knit, no matter how small or large the project, she's enjoying each minute and every stitch. When something horrible might have happened at work Sybil decides not to wait for the outcome. Instead she takes the train to Tindledale to stay with her best friend. As soon as she arrives there she's entering a whole different world from what she's used to in London. She loves the beautiful village and the people with their kind hearts. Tindledale also has Sybil's dream shop, Hettie's House of Haberdashery. Soon Sybil and Hetty are friends and they don't only start to knit together, they're also  helping each other out. Will staying in Tindledale eventually heal Sybil's heart?
The Great Christmas Knit Off is a warm Christmas story, which is exactly the way I like it. Alexandra Brown has written a marvellous novel about the friendship between two women who are far apart in age, but very close in spirit. I can't describe how much I loved this story. It has everything a Christmas novel needs; snow, warm handmade Christmas jumpers, delicious food, great company and a magical festive atmosphere. I wish I could pack my bags to go to Tindledale straight away. The village sounds like a place from a fairytale. The inhabitants are eccentric and fabulous, they're friendly and they're looking out for each other. All of these things are the ingredients for a very successful Christmas novel. 

1 comment:

  1. I have this to read. Looking forward to it. I'm wearing a Christmas top tomorrow it's national Christmas jumper day xx

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