My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Dee Blackthorn’s brother, JP, breaks both wrists not only is he in need of a helping hand – or two – but the knitting shop he owns can’t function. Sisterly duties take Dee away from her demanding job and she is unceremoniously fired amidst scandalous office rumours. Dee is certain that her hot-shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all.
Back in the village of Fenwild where JP’s shop resides, Dee bumps into Becky, an old friend who is new mum to a premature baby. Desperate to help Becky, Dee convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make tiny woolly hats to keep the little one warm. Seeing how grateful her friend is, Dee makes it her mission to help lots of other premature babies. When Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee’s sacking she is initially furious, but hears him out before roping him into helping the knitting cause.
But before long Dee’s good intentions backfire and she risks losing her friends, her family and Ben, who’s turned out to be not so bad after all…
WHAT I THOUGHT
Poppy Dolan introduces us to some lovely characters, beautiful settings and a cute little storyline that just makes you want to snuggle up on the sofa on an autumnal evening with a hot cup of something, savouring every moment of this joyous book.
The main two characters; Dee and JP, are brother and sister with two very different personalities. Dee has a fast-paced job, very career minded and lives in the city. JP used to be all those things until he had a moment of clarity which led to him opening a haberdashery shop. He found a love in knitting when he needed it most, and with him being business minded still, he runs a successful blog, vlog and shop.
JP has managed to break both of his wrists which is not good for him and his business at all. He has a very close relationship with Dee, being his sister and also co-business owner, so she comes to the rescue and will do anything in her power to help him and also hold down her own tough job. That is until she finds herself unemployed after apparent “underperformance”. Will she manage to build a friendship with one of her rivals at her old company as a result…?! Sometimes things happen for a reason. There are many bumps along the way for Dee but she is a tough one, she can get through it with a little help from her friends…
Poppy writes beautifully, she has taken something she loves and turned it into a story that she can share with the world. This novel made me chuckle with the banter that passes between siblings, feel weepy with the premature birth aspect of the story – having given birth early myself I have seen firsthand what goes on in NICU and the emotions families go through – and The Woolly Hat Knitting Club has made me appreciate how important family and friendships are.
This isn’t your average chick lit, or women’s fiction as it is now labelled. It is refreshing, modern and I love the way Poppy uses a classic hobby to establish a story about hope, friendships and helping those in need. It is a truly lovely read.
Thank you to Canelo and Poppy for my copy and ‘cozy night in package’ – I loved it. For those interested, The Woolly Hat Knitting Club is available to buy now on e-reader only.