The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Beth Pattillo
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The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society: A Novel - eBook

WaterBrook Press / 2010 / ePub

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On the third Friday of each month, Eugenie, Ruth, Esther, Merry, and Camille meet at the Sweetgum Christian Church to enjoy the two things that connect them: a love of knitting and a passion for books. Their camaraderie remains unthreatened until Eugenie, the town librarian, introduces an angry teenager into their midst. Eugenie also gives them a new reading list: the classic novels of girlhood that young Hannah has never read. Little Women. Pollyanna. Heidi. Books that remind the women of the hopes and dreams they have lost along the way.

With each click of their needles, the ladies of the Knit Lit Society unravel their secrets: A shadow from Eugenie's past haunts the controlled order of her life. Merry's perfect little family is growing again-but will she continue to feel her identity slip away? Camille dreams of leaving town but is bound by ties of love. And the sisters, Ruth and Esther, must confront a lie they have lived with for over thirty years.

As Hannah is reluctantly stitched into their lives, the women discover the possibility that even in sleepy Sweetgum, Tennessee, they can still be the heroines of their own stories.

Product Information

Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9780307499066
ISBN-13: 9780307499066
Availability: In Stock
Series: Sweetgum Ladies

Publisher's Weekly

Take five knitters, put them in a book club, expand it to include a rebellious teen and you’ve got this agreeable “yarn” by Pattillo. Eugenie Pierce is a 60-something “tough love” librarian in Sweetgum, Tenn. who finds the neglected 13-year-old Hannah Simmons tearing out pages of a library book. In reparation, Hannah must attend Eugenie’s “Knit Lit Society” at Sweetgum Christian Church. Pattillo offers a mélange of additional characters: Merry McGavin is an overwhelmed mother; single gal Ruthie Allen is 55 and at odds with her sister, Esther Jackson; Camille St. Clair is a 24-year-old committed to caring for her terminally ill mother. All five women harbor secrets that Hannah’s presence in the group will prompt them to reveal. Though the plot can be predictable, the story grows smoothly in Pattillo’s competent hands. As each woman’s situation comes to a crisis point, the tension never escalates past a gentle simmer. Pattillo, a Rita Award-winning writer author (Heavens to Betsy) creates a sweet story of redemption that will go down well with knitters as well as the knitting-challenged. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Missouri
    Age: Over 65
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
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    February 22, 2012
    GrandmaCee
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society.
    The second book I read in this series. Slow to get the story moving but, an easy read. I will pass it along for others to read.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 29, 2009
    Dawn
    This review was written for The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society.
    Loved this book! The five ladies you met are all people we know or are. The live behind the facade of their perfect lives. It takes a troubled teen to help them see their secrets and lies they have been living. Hannah brings their friendships to the surface. They open up and realize no matter what there is hope and light. Great down home read!!!!
  3. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    June 19, 2009
    Ruth Snow
    This review was written for The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society.
    I enjoy reading about knitting groups since I love to knit, this series I have read both books, however seems to have a lot of down moods with it. Maybe I read it at a wrong time in my life, but I really would have liked some upbeat stuff in it. It is true to life however and I guess that is what the author was going for. I enjoyed the second book better. I would read more if they have more. I would also enjoy a knitt pattern in the books, one had one the other didn't I enjoyed the Debbic Macomber series better. But these are okay.
  4. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    July 21, 2008
    Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
    This review was written for The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society.
    Pattillo is a talented author who can sweep her readers into the story rapidly, and keep them engrossed until the end. I was looking forward to receiving this tale of a group of women who integrate their knitting, reading interests, personal lives, and faith. The story, compellingly written, succeeds with the first three, but comes short on the fourth.The characters start by knowing each other only superficially; it is heartwarming to watch them come to care for each other, reaching out in love and support as they are drawn closer by the introduction of troubled teenager Hannah into their midst.For those who prefer a strong faith element in their fiction reading, they will not find it here. Though some of the characters profess faith in God and are involved in church activities, we rarely see this faith played out or expressed in their lives. Each character experiences dramatic personal difficulties in their lives over the course of the book, but none lean upon Jesus, or turn to the Bible for advice, guidance or support during these trials. We are unable to see His work in the lives of His children throughout the novel.Despite this disappointment I was dragged along by the rapid paced and emotionally involving storyline - Pattillo has mastered the art of emotionally engaging her readers. The extent to which the women come to know and care for each other as they each struggle with their own personal trials is an encouragement to let down our guard, permitting others to know and care for us. The pain and complications isolation cause are clearly portrayed through each womans emotional anguish.Intense and personally involving, readers who enjoy tales of female friendship without requiring a strong faith element will find The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society a rewarding read. Devotees can look forward to a new Sweetgum novel in 2009.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 26, 2008
    Stacey
    This review was written for The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society.
    The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Pattillo is a heart warming read about five ladies who meet once a month to discuss books and knit. When one of the ladies, Eugenie, brings troubled teenager, Hannah, to the group, she changes the reading list to incorporate wonderful classic titles for the young girl. As the ladies revisit these classics from their own childhoods, they are confronted by the life issues that they have left unresolved.This charming, heartfelt novel showcases the value of friendship, love and the grace of God. It is laugh-out loud funny and a good, cathartic cry all rolled into one! This novel helped to remind me that angry young people are frequently hiding pain and that it only takes one person to take an interest and truly make a difference in their lives. There is even a shawl pattern included for knitting. This would be a great selection for your book club.
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