Title: The Great Christmas Knit Off
Author: Alexandra Brown
Blurb: Heartbroken after being jilted at the altar, Sybil has been saved from despair by her knitting obsession and now her home is filled to bursting with tea cosies, bobble hats, and jumpers. But, after discovering that she may have perpetrated the cock-up of the century at work, Sybil decides to make a hasty exit and, just weeks before Christmas, runs away to the picturesque village of Tindledale. There, Sybil discovers Hettie’s House of Haberdashery, an emporium dedicated to the world of knitting and needle craft. But Hettie, the outspoken octogenarian owner, is struggling and now the shop is due for closure. And when Hettie decides that Sybil’s wonderfully wacky Christmas jumpers are just the thing to add a bit of excitement to her window display, something miraculous starts to happen…
This is my 4th Alexandra Brown book. After reading and loving her Carrington series I was super excited to read The Great Christmas Knit Off, which is set to be another series. Yay!
I got stuck into The Great Christmas Knit off and straight away I was hooked I finished it within two days. I do love a good Christmas book and reading about all the snow was a delight having lived in Sydney for the last two Christmas’ it’s been bloody lovely to read about the cold and snow I have always associated with Christmas.
We are introduced to poor Sybil who was jilted at the altar. Heartbroken Sybil throws herself into her knitting, which she enjoys and finds comfort in. However with her mind being elsewhere, especially so, while she is working she finds herself hardly focusing on her job. She soon discovers she may have caused a major cock-up one that could cost her, her job! On the spur of the moment she decides to take her dearest friend up on the offer of letting her stay with her for a few days in Tindledale, at the new pub she has bought. She jumps on the train without a thought with just her dog basil for company and soon arrives to a picture perfect village, albeit an empty pitch black one due to a power cut. While there she soon discovers Hetties House of Haberdashery a shop dedicated to knitting and all things craft, Sybil is in heaven! Hettie and Sybil get off to a frosty start but soon become firm friends and once Sybil discovers that the shop may have to close down she takes it upon herself to help in any way she can to keep it open. As well as Hettie we get to meet a few other residents of Tindledale, we soon learn to love them all. A favourite of mine, being Ruby. Tindledale was such a lovely little village and whilst reading you felt like part of the family, they all rallied around to help one another. If only you had neighbours you could count on like this in real life! I also think that Tindledale could quite possibly be the most luscious setting for a Christmas book.
The Great Christmas Knit Off is heart-warming and Christmassy full of love and I can’t wait for the next book in the series and finding out what happens to Sybil and the rest of Tindledale next.
My Rating: 4.5*