In the past year or two, I’ve really gotten into the idea of reading Christmassy novels this time of the year. They’re usually a nice quick read, perfect for when you’re busy trying to get organized, and they really help get you in the festive spirit. So when I saw this on NetGalley, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, it seemed right up my alley, especially since I’ve been knitting a lot this year.
Sybil hasn’t had the best of years. Jilted at the alter at her Star Wars themed wedding, when her fiance ran off with her twin sister, Sybil has been wallowing, not socialising and just going through the motions of her uninspiring job. Her only comforts are her dog and her knitting. She longs to open up a knitting shop one days and often daydreams about it at work, leading her to make a potentially massive mistake one day. Mortified at the prospect of possibly losing her job, Sybil goes to visit her best friend in Tindledale, a quaint picturesque village, for a long weekend and falls in love with the place and the people living there. Especially Hettie and her House of Haberdashery. The haberdashery is in need for a makeover and Hettie is having troubles of her own. Hettie and Sybil form a friendship over knitting, helping each other through their problems and uniting the entire village in a knit-a-long.
I loved this story. It was a great read, really helped get me in the mood for Christmas. I loved the setting of Tindledale, where the locals all know each other and try to help and support each other. The book made me laugh out loud in places and it also made me really sad at times, especially when hearing about Hettie and her story. There is of course a happy ending, there couldn’t not be really, it IS Christmas! If you like any Jenny Colgan books or have read any of Alexandra Brown’s other Carrington books (which I haven’t read but will probably check out in the future), then you’ll definitely enjoy this! It’s a heart warming tale.
This book was received from NetGalley, where I am under no obligation to review after reading. All thoughts are my own and I would have bought this anyway!