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The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society: A Novel Paperback – May 20, 2008
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This Yada Yada crowd meets the Elm Creek quilters in a Mossy Creek like Tennessee small town is a fine ensemble tale starring fully developed women in personal crisis who finds their knit lit members being there for them. The story line is well written, but though smooth, the author never explores deeply any of the ensemble cast while touching on all of them. Fans will enjoy the sisterhood as each helps one another.
There are many books with groups of women coming together for a purpose, such as a knitting group or book club. This book combines both interests and does a good job of tying the knitting projects into the book theme. I enjoyed that element very much. What I missed was each character's greater depth and introspection that I have seen in other books. Overall an easy read.
While the characters are probably true to life, I didn't really find them likeable: Esther and Eugenie are downright prickly. There wasn't really anything that drew me to any one of them. The chapters alternate telling each story and showing what happens at the latest meeting. The friendship aspect was really lacking. Other than getting together once a month, these women really had nothing in common and little contact outside the Knit Lit Society.
I did appreciate how the author tried to tie in each month's book with what was going on in these women's lives: especially choosing childhood classics to help Hannah, the young teenager they reluctantly all adopt into their circle.
I'll read the sequel and hope I find it more enjoyable than this one. Light Christian, but unfortunately there was nothing stellar about it. A promising story that fell flat. Many other people enjoyed it more than I did, so you will find a lot of good reviews out there, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this line of books and want more. Is Beth Pattillo going to follow with this town and knit society? I hope she does.Published 3 months ago by Peggy Richardson
A very fun story. The first in this series. Develops the separate but entwined stories of several women dealing with their own issues hidden under the surface. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A Reader and a Writer
I love stories with characters you can imagine in your social circles. Though dealing with tough issues in life, it is still a positive book.Published on April 25, 2013 by Carolyn K
This book was ok. It was pretty predictable, and pretty saccharine-sweet. There's virtually no edge here, no suspense. Nothing keeps you hanging on. Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by Andie
I have been getting in a knitting craze lately. Not actual knitting mind you (I can't even thread a needle to save my life) but reading about it in books. Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by Deborah
I enjoyed this book. It is a great choice for knitters and knitters to be!! Characters are so real...I would love to have them over one Friday nitePublished on December 23, 2009 by Ellie Fredrickson
I HAVE READ BOTH BOOKS ABOUT THE KNIT LIT LADIES OF SWEETGUM AND HOPE THERE IS A SEQUEL. THE BOOKS EXPLORE LOVE, DISAPPOINTMENTS IN LIFE, SURVIVAL AND OVERCOMING RACIST OPINIONS. Read morePublished on June 18, 2009 by Glenda Presley
Similar to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe--it will warm your heart, but lacks a certain quality that will take your breath away.Published on November 11, 2008 by sara
The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Pattillo is one of those books that you can't put down. I read the book in 2 sittings and put it down only to have it picked up by my sister... Read morePublished on September 8, 2008