Friday, August 28, 2009
The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love by Beth Pattillo (Book Review)
Shared by Kristi Herbrand
Title: The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love
Author: Beth Pattillo
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
First sentence: Every Tuesday at eleven o'clock in the morning, Eugenie Carson descended the steps of the Sweetgum Public Library and made her way to Tallulah's Cafe on the town square.
Summary: Once a month, the six women of the Sweetgum Knit Lit Society gather to discuss books and share their knitting projects. Inspired by her recently wedded bliss, group leader Eugenie chooses "Great Love Stories in Literature" as the theme for the year's reading list--a risky selection for a group whose members span the spectrum of age and relationship status.
As the Knit Lit ladies read and discuss classic romances like Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice, each member is confronted with her own perception about love. Camille's unexpected reunion with an old crush forces her to address conflicting desires. Newly widowed Esther finds her role in Sweetgum changing and is surprised by two unlikely friends. Hannah isn't sure she's ready for the trials of first love. Newcomer Maria finds her life turned upside-down by increasing family obligations and a handsome, arrogant lawyer; and Eugenie and Merry are both asked to make sacrifices for their husbands that challenge their principles.
Even in a sleepy, southern town like Sweetgum, Tennessee, love isn't easy. The Knit Lit ladies learn they can find strength and guidance in the novels they read, the love of their families, their community--and especially in each other. (back cover)
My thoughts: The cast of characters in this book is both quirky and lovable. I enjoyed getting to know each and every one of them and am now determined to go back and read The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society! I am hoping for more books with this group. I suggest you pick this one up to read over a lazy weekend, curled up in your favorite chair, with a cup of tea or hot chocolate by your side.
The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love
Publisher/Publication Date: Waterbrook Press, June 2009