great christmas knit-off book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Sybil has had a rough few months and things just seem to be getting worse. It all started when she was left at the alter of her Star Wars themed wedding by her fiancé, Luke. Luke, who happened to run off with Sybil’s identical twin sister, insisted on Sybil going all-out with the wedding, even wearing the Princess Leia hairdo! Now, as Christmas nears, Sybs hears of a mishandling of money within the company she works for and, fearing it was her own distractedness that caused it, decides to leave town for a bit and heads to see her friend Cher in Tindledale. Ah, Tindledale…such a picturesque winter scene if there ever was one! When she arrives, she is amazed at the welcome she receives from complete strangers…nothing like what you’d get in the city!

As she meanders through the quaint little town, she comes into Hettie’s House of Haberdashery and finds herself helping sweet, elderly, Hettie in revamping her shop and revamping her spirit! As Sybs learns of Hettie’s past and of her uncertain future, she determines to gain the help of the townspeople and those closest to Hettie to keep her in her home as long as possible. Thus begins the Great Christmas Knit-Off, a way for members of the town to come together and knit a crazy amount of sweaters for a large order to be delivered in less than two weeks!

Along the way, Sybil meets a handsome fellow (Dr. Darcy) who helps her to figure out some of her sleeping issues, but also helps her navigate the close-knit community in which she finds herself. With all the things happening in her personal life, Sybs is wondering if she ever wants to go back to the real world. Or would she rather just stay here in Tindledale and follow her heart for the first time in her life? When she finally comes face-to-face with her sister for the first time since the wedding-that-wasn’t, Sybs realizes how much she’s come to love her temporary life in Tindledale.

As a knitter, I was super excited to read a book about knitting…such fun! The Great Christmas Knit-Off was my first book by Alexandra Brown and I was pleasantly surprised to find I really enjoyed the characters! Some parts of the book seemed to just be a bunch of run-on sentences and thoughts and were somewhat hard to follow…but maybe that was just the style of thought for that character? Not sure. However, it didn’t detract from the story at all. The characters are fun and cheeky and yet all seem to have some hidden “something” in their background that makes you want to keep reading to find out what it is! Looking forward to more books about Tindledale!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.