Author: Kate Jacobs
Format: Audio Book
Published: Penguin Audio; Nov. 2008
Narrator: Carrington MacDuffi
Synopsis: Continuing the warm-and-fuzzy saga begun in her popular The Friday Night Knitting Club, Jacobs stitches together another winning tale of the New York City knitting circle, more a sisterhood than a hobby group (the irascible Darwin Chiu can't even really knit). In this installment-and it does feel like an installment-readers catch up five years after the unexpected, book-capping death of club leader (and knitting shop owner Georgia Walker. Georgia's 18-year-old Dakota is at NYU, discovering her first love, while her father James and Georgia's best friend Catherine are still coming to terms. The rest of the cast runs a wide gamut of ages and experience, but is easier to follow this time around, as Jacobs is more comfortable giving them more space and backstory. Pregnant, whip-smart professor Darwin and her husband, Dan, are welcoming twins; video director and single mom Lucie is coping with a hyperactive 5-year-old and a failing parent; Georgia's old mentor, the wise Anita, begins questioning her own motives; and everyone's stories cross paths in satisfying, organic ways. A trip to Italy provides some forward motion, and pays off in a charming denouement that nevertheless pushes a familiar it's-the-journey-not-the-destination message; still, this sequel is as comforting, enveloping and warm as a well-crafted afghan.
My Take: Last year I listened to The Friday Night Knitting Club (click for my review) and enjoyed it. It was sweet and easy to listen to. When I saw that my library had the sequel I thought, sure, why not?
All of the women from the Knitting Club are back sans Georgia. We catch up with them five years later. Many things have changed and many things have not. I think, although I'm not really sure why you would, that you could easily read this book without reading the first book because the first few chapters are devoted to telling you about each of the women, what they've been up to, and what they've become in the last few years. Everyone has grown up and moved on. They are all still sad and affected by Georgia's death but life is also very busy and demanding and sometimes they forget to make the time for each other that Georgia always made sure they did.
I'm not really sure what to say about this audio book. It was cute, it was nice, but not a whole heck of a lot happened. For me it was a little superfluous and overly lengthy. In the middle a large group of the women decide to go to Italy, kind of like how in the first book some of them go to Scotland. It was nice, the trip to Italy. I wish I could go to Italy for the entire Summer too, but alas my job doesn't let me. I think if you read the first book, you'd want to read this to see what happens but I am not sure I'll be continuing with the series.
Have you continued with the series, and if so, is it worth it?
Cover Lust: I do think this cover is absolutely beautiful!