The Knitting Diaries

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The Knitting Diaries

In Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber, Anne Marie Roche has been through a lot of heartache. When she was forty years old, her husband died of a heart attack. Because of this tragedy, life changed overnight for her. Having time on her hands, she decided to volunteer in a local program and became close friends with a woman named Dolores. They grew so close, that when Dolores became seriously ill, Anne would continually stop by to help her out. In doing this, she also became close to Dolores’ granddaughter, Ellen. When Dolores passed on, Anne did the next best thing – she adopted Ellen and started her own little family. One of the favorite activities these two share together is their love of knitting. So along with Anne’s knitting friends, she and Ellen decide to make separate lists they call “Twenty Wishes” in which they list the top twenty things they want to accomplish in their lives. One of Ellen’s top twenty wishes is to meet her father and have a relationship with him. Tim Carlsen is Ellen’s biological father and has been dependent on drugs and alcohol for many years. Now, having received treatment and wanting to make a fresh start in his life, he wants to have a father-daughter relationship with Ellen. Ironically, Anne’s list contains the wish of finding a house that she and Ellen could call their own. When they move to their new house, things start falling into place for the both of them. That involves Tim wanting to take a shot at having a relationship with Anne, something he has wanted for a very long time and thought he wasn’t deserving of. Can the three of them find the peace and love they are looking for within each other?

Robyn Mulligan has decided to go back home so she can help her grandmother get through her knee surgery and recovery in Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery. In the meanwhile, she figures she can decide what to do with her life now that her acting career hasn’t taken off as she originally had hoped it would have. As each days passes, Robyn realizes just how much she’s missed her grandmother while she was living away for the past six years trying to make a name for herself in New York. As Robyn is adjusting to living back home in Georgetown, Texas she begins to frequent her grandmother’s knitting shop and stumbles upon a man who has taken up knitting as a means of therapy while he works through his depression of losing his wife and daughter over the past few years. Ironically, T.J. has become very close to Eleanor and her knitting friends and feels that Robyn is only out to milk these ladies for everything they’re worth. Little does Robyn and T.J. know that something will spark between them and there might very well be a reason they were meant to meet each other. Does Robyn and T.J. realize they have a lot in common and want to pursue a relationship together?

In the final story, Return to Summer Island by Christina Skye, Caro McNeal left Summer Island and moved to Chicago eight years ago to take up residence in a small, cramped apartment. One of the things she did while settling in was search for a local knitting store so she can continue the craft she’s enjoyed doing throughout the years. Now years later, she’s working as an extremely busy senior victim advocate with very little time on her hands to do much. But no matter how busy she might be, she won’t give up knitting because it always provides her with the sense of peace and helps her work through any problems she’s dealing with. Unfortunately, after becoming the victim of a hit and run car accident, she ends up in the hospital in pretty bad shape. When she finally awakes, her grandmother tells her that there is serious damage done to one of her arms and wrists and the doctors are fearful that she won’t regain full use of it anytime soon. She’s heartbroken that she isn’t able to do her knitting as a form of therapy. Once she’s released from the hospital, her grandmother takes her back to Summer Island so she can help her through her intense recovery period. But as she’s living in her grandmother’s home, she never imagines that the very man that will turn her world upside down will be coming to pick up a painting that her grandmother has done for one of his friends. Can Gage be the man that Caro falls in love with and changes her life for the better?

I absolutely loved this anthology. I easily fell in love with each set of characters and wanted them all to find their way home during the most troublesome times of their lives. Each author wrote a poignant story that immediately engrossed me and kept me entertained the whole way through. I’ve read stories from each talented author in the past and to have them writing an anthology together was pure heaven for me. If you’re looking for a novel that has characters that sweep you off your feet and transport you into their world for a few hours, than look no further because this is the novel you need to add to your library. Well done ladies!

Book Blurb for The Knitting Diaries

The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber

Anne Marie Roche and her adopted daughter, ten-year-old Ellen, have each written a list of twenty wishes—on which they included learning to knit. But Ellen has quietly added a twenty-first wish: that her mom will fall in love with Tim, Ellen's birth father, who's recently entered their lives….

Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery

When Robyn Mulligan's dreams of becoming a Broadway star give way to longing for her childhood home, she returns to Texas, running her grandmother's knitting store. But the handsome, hot-tempered T. J. Passman isn't making it easy on her. If he can learn to trust Robyn, and overcome his tragic past, they just might discover a passion like no other.

Return to Summer Island by Christina Skye

After a devastating car accident, Caro McNeal is welcomed by a community of knitters on Oregon's sleepy Summer Island. She also finds meaning and purpose in the letters she exchanges with a marine serving in Afghanistan. But when life takes another unexpected turn, will Caro pick up the threads of hope, opening her heart to wherever it takes her?

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2011 5.00