August 8, 2011
A Good Yarn
I was talking to a neighbor the other day, and discovered there is a book club in our neighborhood! I got the information, and went to check out the book. A Good Yarn is the second book in the Blossom Street series, after The Shop on Blossom Street. I didn't read the first one before jumping into this book, and I don't think I missed anything important. They sum up the first book in the first few chapters, and everyone except Lydia and her sister are new characters.
Lydia opened A Good Yarn about a year ago, and it has thrived! She is happily dating Brad, and falling in love with him and his son is exactly what she needed after battling cancer. She starts a sock knitting class, and quickly has three women join.
Elise Beaumont is a retired librarian, and currently lives with her daughter while she fights a legal battle to get her life savings back. While living with her daughter her ex-husband Maverick, a professional gambler, moves in and tries to work his way back into her heart. Bethanne Hamlin recently got divorced and is struggling to stay afloat. She must find a way to support herself and her two kids. Courtney Pulanski is an overweight teenager living with her grandmother while her Dad is in South America. She is determined to lose the extra weight, and look good before starting her senior year of high school.
While tragedy after tragedy happens, these women bond together and strengthen each other. They give each other ideas, and listen each others heartache. I think the story is a little dramatic, but the feeling is good. I think women need a good outlet - where they can talk to other women and do something productive. Like a book club! There wasn't as much interaction between the characters and the knitting as I would have liked, and it felt like four stories in one as we got to follow each of the characters on their struggle toward happiness. A good, light read if you're into this sort of thing.