by Anthology

April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2937-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Knitting is many things to many people…

The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber: Anna Marie Roche has adopted ten-year-old Ellen when Ellen’s guardian grandmother dies. Both Anna Marie and Ellen have written a list of twenty wishes they want to see come true. One of Ellen’s wishes is that she’ll meet her biological father. Tim (her father) seeks her out, and wants to be a part of her life. But then Ellen adds a twenty-first wish—that Tim and Anna Marie will fall in love.

Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery: Robyn Mulligan has gone to Texas to help her grandmother recover from a knee replacement surgery. She’s also helping out by managing her grandmother’s yarn shop and leading the knitting group. T.J. is recovering from an accident that cost him the use of his hands. He’s trying to get the full use back by knitting, something his doctors felt would help. He doesn’t trust Robyn and wants her to leave…but can Robyn help him overcome his tragic past?

Return to Summer Island by Christina Skye: Caro McNeal was in a serious car accident on the way to a meeting, and then to pick up her grandmother. Now she wakes up in the hospital, unable to use one of her hands. Returning home to Summer Island with her grandmother to rehabilitate, Caro meets a marine serving in Afghanistan. But then life takes another unexpected turn…

The Knitting Diaries is a contemporary romance anthology written by three authors, among them best-seller Debbie Macomber. I’ve never read any of Ms. Macomber’s books before and thought I’d give it a try.

Each story is prefaced with a complete pattern for a knitted project, such as a “wedding purse”, a “puppet knitting pattern”, and “twisted wrist riblets”. Then each story is a romance centered around knitting. The stories weren’t really engaging and had some sex... I found them kind of tawdy. I usually find with anthologies there is one really good story and the others aren’t so good. That was the case with this one. If you like to knit, then the three patterns alone are worth the price of the book. If you like Harlequin type romances and brightly colored yarn woven through it then you’ll love The Knitting Diaries.

Reviewed in August 2011 by Laura.

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