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"Warm and wonderful."―Cosmopolitan (UK)

"A warmly winning second-chance novel . . . Smartly written, Beach Street is also very, very funny."―Christian Science Monitor

About the Author

Gil McNeil lives in Kent, England, with her son, and comes from a long line of champion knitters. (Author's name is pronounced "Jill.")

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  • Series: Beach Street Knitting Society
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; Original edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341671
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AndreaF on January 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
With minimal character growth and so many scenes being reproductions of her previous books, I was not too impressed with this latest in the series. It seemed to me that there was not enough of the best characters (or, even, a continuance of those characters' personalities; some didn't seem like themselves), too much of "Cinzia" and other incidental characters (with no conclusion on them: ie, what happened to the woman who had lost a child?), poor development of Martin and Jo's relationship (that WAS Martin, right? I could hardly tell), poor introduction, description and development of Pearl (who seemed unreal to me), and too much complaining. I also thought the whole "relationship" between Jo and Daniel was ridiculous and selfish. I wonder if there was much personal interest on the author's part to continue the series?

Also, to the editor, Tom and Jerry were Great Danes in the second book. Now they're Rotts? There were several editorial mistakes and I hope this is eventually noticed and rectified.

However, on a positive note, I LOVED the first two books and will still anxiously await another possible book in this series.

* 19Feb12 ETA: After re-reading this book, I decided that 1* was a little harsh, so upped my rating to 2*. There were a few parts I enjoyed, but stand by my previous review.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deb Robbins on May 17, 2012
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As I enjoyed the first 2 books in the series very much, I expected to be just as happy with this one. Sadly, this is not the case. There didn't seem to be any actual plot to this one, and no additional development for any of the very interesting characters in the other books. Connie, Ellen, and Gran were all great characters that were just relegated to bit parts in this book.

Jo takes on an unrealistic amount of work and numerous labor intensive projects, complaining about all of it constantly, unable to finish anything without lots of help from family and friends. She whines a lot, more than the kids do, which adds nothing to the story and is just plain annoying. As for Martin, he may as well be the hired help for all the respect Jo allows him. Honestly, how many guys would just hang out for a couple of years waiting to see if his chosen lady might decide that he's worthy of relationship with her? That's what bothered me the most, I think, that Jo was so shallow she couldn't decide if she was interested in Martin or not, and that he simply hung out waiting for her favor. Unrealistic, to say the least.

The best part of this book is the children. The author knows how to portray kids in all their stages of growth, and writes wonderful dialogue for them. Pearl learning her words is seriously funny. The description of the walking bus is really great, as well as the kids' reactions to having their moms involved in it. All of the scenes involving the school are entertaining.

I'm not sorry that I read this book as I did enjoy a lot of it. I am disappointed that there wasn't any real story development, and that the ending left everything unresolved. There doesn't seem to be a reason for another book, and that's a shame.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Pearman on October 2, 2013
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I really enjoyed Gil McNeil's first two novels about Jo, but I hesitated to read this one after the negative reviews I saw here. Thankfully I decided to go ahead and was happily surprised to find how much I enjoyed this sequel. I might have been read a different book! The author continues the story of Jo's many relationships which are complicated and often laugh-out-loud funny. Pearl, Jo's toddler, has the same passions for unusual headwear and rearranging cupboards that my son had at her age. There is a lot about the shop and knitting and the new café. I particularly like that McNeil isn't rushing Jo to a traditional happy ending; instead the character puts her children first. This book covers another step on Jo's journey and I hope there are more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pauline M. Richards on May 21, 2014
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Have just finished reading Knit One Pearl One - I'm sad it is finished! A fun warm "feel good" book! Can't wait to read the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jerju on April 16, 2014
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I really liked this book. I read the series & liked all 3 of the books & enjoyed all of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennet Moir on January 25, 2014
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I have become a big fan of Gil McNeil. I enjoy England whenever I visit and always have my knitting. I have 21 alpacas and spin and dye the fiber, so am always using my alpaca for new knitting projects. The trouble is that once I "gift" an item, I have to make 20 more for those who plead for them. Keep it up, Gil. You have a real fan here
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I truly enjoyed the first two books by the author and found this one in the library. I love to knit and read books about other knitters. This book is a bit of a disappointment as it seems to be more about raising children without a father, and the knitting seemed secondary to the plot. It starts more than a year after the last book, and Pearl, the youngest child born out of wedlock is just over a year old and just starting to talk. We are reminded several times in the book about Jo's husband's accidental death after announcing that he was about to leave and move in with his lover, leaving Jo in debt with two kids (which gets old after the first couple of reminders). The father of Pearl apparently asked Jo several times for a paternity test and has had very little to do with Pearl since she was born. Pearl turns out to be my favorite character in the book, sounds adorable, though I do question Jo's inability to check the washer before running a load of clothes as Pearl has a tendency to put stuff like shoes, toys and pots and pans in the washer. Jo at times comes off as if she has no backbone and only occasionally stands up for herself.

Here's my conclusions on the book: 1) Life is hard for a single entrepreneurial mother with three kids under 10, unless, of course, you practically have a village (grandmother, friends, nanny, etc.) to help take of business/kids as Jo does. It doesn't hurt to have friends in high places (local movie star/diva) who promotes your business. 2) Men are either incredibly shallow/immature/self serving/mama's boys and aren't really necessary for raising a family. All three men in Jo's life, her dead hubby, her love interest Martin, her ex-lover now friend and father to Pearl Daniel prove to be somewhat disappointing/dissatisfying in their own ways.
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