“Don’t play coy with me, Blackthorn.”
Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you a book review for a sweet, contemporary story about learning to find happiness in the small things and coming together as a community to support others.
This book was an ARC given to me from the publisher and author through NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity, and know that all thoughts are my own and do not reflect the author or publisher in any way.
This book comes out October 1st, and I am so honored to have gotten an early release copy of it to review. Enjoy this spoiler-free review, and use the links at the end of the post to read this book when it comes out this week!
Title: The Woolly Hat Knitting Club
Author: Poppy Dolan
Genre: Adult Contemporary/ Women’s fiction
When JP breaks both his wrists, his sister Dee comes to his rescue. But when trying to balance helping her brother with her insane work hours, Dee is fired amidst rumors of inappropriate workplace behavior. Now stuck in her hometown, Dee throws her efforts into helping JP grow his knitting shop and online blog. When she sees her old nemesis from work, Ben, Dee is convinced he had something to do with her untimely firing.
One day, Dee runs into her best friend from high school, Beckie, who is struggling with having had a premature baby, and JP sends out a message to fellow knitters to knit soft hats that will fit the small baby. This challenge grows into a movement to support families with premature babies, and Dee must balance her love for business with her loyalty to her brother.
What a charming book! I loved the characters, the setting, and the storyline. Getting to know Dee, JP, and the gang was wonderful, and I totally fell in love with the knitting store and the small town.
Dee was such a fun main character because we could see her determination, kindness, and loyalty throughout the book. She has put so much energy into her work for so long, it is hard to live without burning herself out everyday. This story was fascinating because it showed Dee trying to help her brother and friend in a way that she understood- but was misunderstood by others. Dee grew so much in this book and truly got to explore herself and her needs throughout the story.
I loved the knitting store, blog, and community! This was such a sweet, refreshing concept for the book, and I immediately fell in love with this wonderful crafting community. JP is so fun, and I love his natural, honest vision for his store. Supporting families’ with premature babies by knitting hats is such an adorable concept, and this book just made me feel good.
There were such great relationships throughout this book! I adored all the ships throughout the story, and I liked how the relationship moments were balanced between the knitting challenge and Dee’s personal growth.
Overall I adored this book! My only negatives are that some parts of the story seemed to be added in just for drama, and I disliked how quickly JP and Beckie turned against Dee when they disagreed with her promotional choices. That being said, I still enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to people looking for a sweet, easy story about love, growth, and knitting.
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