Thursday, 25 December 2014

The Great Christmas Knit Off – by Alexandra Brown

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

The perfect seasonal tale of how laughter, friends and wacky Christmas jumpers can mend a broken heart. For fans of Trisha Ashley and Jenny Colgan.

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…

My Opinion:

I love Alexandra Brown’s Carrington’s series and that’s why I was really excited for this
book!!! And it’s the start for a whole new series, that’s awesome!

This story follows Sybil. After being left at the altar six months ago and having trouble at work she decides to go away for a while. Her broken heart needs a mend. She goes to this lovely village called Tindledale, to visit a friend.
Sybil is such a wonderful character; she is in a bad place when we meet her. But that change seems to her good and she is finally doing something to get out of her misery. I loved following her story, getting to know all these wonderful people in Tindledale and let me tell you one thing: This village is perfect and sweet and the right place for Sybil to change her life. The other character’s are so sweet and helpful and they all become friends really fast.

When Sybil goes into Hettie’s House of Haberdashery she falls in love with the place and that lovely woman. Her shop is in for closure, but can Sybil help to change that?! After all she has a huge passion for knitting and she comes up with a plan.

Eventually parts of her past come creep9ing up, but she has her own way to deal with it all now and let’s not forget gorgeous and sexy doctor Ben. They had the perfect chemistry from the start and it was great to read about them getting to know each other more and more, there were so many sparks and sweet scenes between them.

Tindledale is an amazing place and just the place for a Christmas story, with so much magic, festive spark and the snowy and sweet surroundings.

Sybil’s dog Basil added so much cuteness to the book, I loved the way Alex included him into the story.

It wouldn’t be an amazing book without some drama going on. It added the right amount of mystery and secret to the story and all the revelations towards the end, made the personalities of all character’s clearer. All the character’s are well lined out and one can see that Alexandra Brown has put a lot of thought and details into each one of them

This book is my fave out of Alex’s books so far. I love her writing, t’s brilliant. It’s so detailed, vivid and sparkly. I felt like being there with the characters in this beautiful, festive and romantic place!!
THIS BOOK IS A MAGICAL MASTERPIECE!!! It’s full of emotions, warm feelings and Christmassy spark. The perfect book to snuggle up to surrounded by Christmas lights and mulled vine.
I can’t wait for the next book of this series!!! Hurry up Alex ;)


My possible cast:

Sybil: model

Ben: model

Alex on Twitter: @alexbrownbooks

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