Friday 2 January 2015

Review: The Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown

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…

Review: I totally didn't know what to expect coming into this book. Alexandra brown is an auto buy author for me and so I didn't even read the blurb before reading-sometimes that's the best way don't you think? Anyway, what I found was a lovely heart-warming read that's great at this time of year but would be perfect for a reread at any time of year! This book has gorgeous characters, a fab setting and true Fairytale storyline! 

I loved the setting in Tindledale, it's like Sybs literally leaves the problems and the hustle and bustle of London behind and travels to a magical land, the Narnia-sequel village of Tindledale! It's got it all,the hunky doctor, the village gossip and the pivotal village pub! I love the link between Sybs and her friend Cher in the village and then when she finds the knitting shop-meant to be! All the characters in the novel are great, I love Sybs and her determination, I love her friendship with Cher and Hetty is a great edition to her circle of people. Ben is a great love interest and Alexandra brown has written in all the usual quirky characters you would find in a small country village, eccetentric and yet believeable! 

The storyline is very much a fairy story yet with reality built into it. It has romance and Rama, a bit of mystery and a lot of heart warming moments. There are a few times where the storyline seemd a little slow to me, like in the beginning when Sybs is getting ready to go and meet her mystery man from the train, it seems to take her ages to actually get ready and go and meet him, things keep stopping her and I felt like surely it must've been dead of night by the time she got there but overall, the rest of the novel is pacey and fun and really just a lovely story! I really enjoyed this novel and would definitely recommend giving it a read! 

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