I recently finished reading Kate Jacobs most recent publication, Knit the Season. This is her fourth book and third story of the knitters from the Friday Night Knitting Club. I received a complimentary manuscript of this novel and this is my review.
(Spoiler alert, sort of!) I will be the first to admit that I did not love the Friday Night Knitting Club. It wasn't that it was poorly written, but I read it postpartum when I was sleep deprived and ridiculously emotional. In that book, the lead character, a mother, dies. That was enough for me to skim through the last quarter of the book and return it promptly to the library. I missed reading the second installment of Knit Two, which continued the knitting club story. I may have to go back and read that now, since I really did enjoy Knit the Season.
Knit the Season picks up with the focus upon the child of the first book as a young woman and her experiences in life and the lessons she has learned and still needs to learn. Dakota Walker is a young woman studying to become a pastry chef while juggling relationships and the business (a wonderful yarn shop in Manhattan) she inherited from her mother. The story focuses on Dakota's reflections on her past, newly gained information about her mother, and how she handles pressure in life, especially at the winter holiday time. She manages to reconnect nicely with her father and grandparents, each who has a lesson for her to learn about herself and her mother, who she misses. She even travels to Scotland for the holidays with her extended family to visit her maternal great grandmother, who helps her learn even more about life and what is truly special about it.
This new story does refer to the past two tales often, however, I found that haven't read the second book did not prevent me from enjoying this book. I did have some experience with the characters, but Kate Jacobs does a fine job of providing enough details that the reader is able to enjoy this story without having previously read her first two knitting tales. The story is easy to read and would make a great book for traveling to fill those hours of waiting while driving or flying. (Or if you are headed somewhere tropical it would be a great beach book!) Knitters definitely would enjoy this book more so than non-crafty folks, but anyone looking for a heart warming novel this season could read this book with satisfaction.
If you are looking for a gift idea for a knitter or other fiber enthusiast, or someone who enjoys lighthearted novels, Knit the Season would make a great gift. Make it a full set of all three books for a memorable gift!
I did notice that Lands End is selling this book, which I thought was odd at first until I realized that it was tied into their Feel Good charity program encouraging people to help others stay warm this season. What a great way to help others!