Monday, 24 November 2014

Review for The Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown

The Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown
Publisher: Harper
Release: 6th November 2014
Genre: Christmas, Chick-lit
Source: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"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…"

The Great Christmas Knit Off is my first book from chick-lit favourite Alexandra Brown and I thoroughly enjoyed it! This is the first book in her new Tindledale series and after completely falling in love with this little village and the cast of characters who live there I’m already eagerly anticipating book two!

This book is all about Sybil’s fresh start. After being jilted at the alter and a disastrous mistake at work Sybil’s stress levels are sky high and so on a whim she decides to get away from it all for a weekend and stay with her friend Cher in the picturesque village of Tindledale.

Alexandra Brown does an excellent job of setting the scene and completely transports you to this beautiful little village in her writing. As soon as Sybil clapped eyes on the snowy olde-worlde village I fell in love and only grew to love Tindledale more as I got to explore the area along with Sybil and meet the warm and friendly locals who call Tindledale home. It sounded like the perfect place to spend Christmas and if it was a real village I’d move there in a heartbeat! With the snowy landscape, no phone service and Kitty’s Christmas cakes the whole book was festive from start to finish and sounded like the perfect place to escape from the world and re-charge.

Another aspect I loved about this book was the knitting. I’m not a knitter myself but the idea of taking the time and effort to knit something special and unique for friends and family is lovely and Hettie and Sybil’s knit and natter sessions sounded like so much fun that it’s made me want to have a go at knitting myself!

The Great Christmas Knit Off was a book that I loved snuggling down with each evening in front of the fire with a large mug of hot chocolate and is perfect for anyone who’s ever dreamt of leaving it all behind to find a new place to call home.

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