My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have had a copy of this book for years, and always liked the cover. I finally read it for a book club pick this month. From the description it reminded me of How to Make an American Quilt. Georgia is the owner of a yarn shop, Walker and Daughter, which she runs with her pre-teen daughter Dakota, and with the help of her good friend, the motherly-figure Anita, who helped get Georgia started with her business when she was still a single, pregnant young woman. There’s other characters too, including Lucie, who gets pregnant on the sly, Darwin (really??) a blunt college student, and James, Dakota’s absent father who stumbles back into their lives. He not only wants a relationship with his daughter, he may also want Georgia back too– but can she forgive him? There’s other characters too, but I honestly don’t even remember their names. They felt like disjointed members of a group.
The writing style was not for me. I didn’t mind the fragments as some reviewers, but the constant head-hopping was so frustrating. I don’t mind 3rd person POV, but for goodness sakes, I could hardly get invested in one character before it jumped to the next, sometimes in the same scene! I also thought the amount of backstory really dragged the story down. So. Much. Backstory. I didn’t feel a connection to any of the characters or believe they had a connection to each other until halfway through the book because the stories all felt so separate.
The ending had a bummer twist, and I actually cared enough by then to feel sad, but it was too late. 3 stars for effort and potential, and for the good parts, of which there were several. But honestly, I wish the whole book had been Anita’s story, with way more actual Friday night knitting and commradarie between these women.