I’ll just start right off by stating that I loved Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs! There it’s out there and now I can continue to gush about it. I’m such a fan of The Friday Night Knitting Club Series and Knit the Season was again a story that took me back and made me feel as though I was in the comfort of old friends. Best of all, this one was centered around the Christmas season which made it even more special!
Knit the Season begins a year after the end of Knit Two and finds Dakota maturing in even more ways and becoming more like her mother all the time. Dakota is in college to become a pastry chef which has been her dream since young when she used to bake for the ladies in The Friday Night Knitting Club. She is going to incorporate her talents as a pastry chef and owning the knitting shop, Walker & Daughter, into a knitting cafe.
This novel also gives Dakota the opportunity to spend the Christmas holidays with her Gran, her dad, her grandparents and Catherine in Scotland. What a great opportunity as Dakota loves her Gran and Gran is 97 years old; there may not be too many Christmas’ left to share together like this. From this holiday season with Gran and her family, Dakota comes away with so much more than just memories of the holiday. She comes away with many memories of her mother Georgia when she was younger, things that Dakota never knew before that bring her even closer to her mother.
I loved that Georgia was so woven into the story in this novel. We learned more about her and her past that all led up to the beginnings of The Friday Night Knitting Club and Walker & Daughter. It was wonderful to visit with all the other ladies again like Anita who is getting remarried, Darwin and her twins, KC being her normal self and making me laugh, Peri who is struggling with her own wants and that of her obligation to Dakota and we can’t forget Catherine. In this novel she really makes some changes to her life and it’s lovely to see her evolving into such an amazing woman.
As always this novel had me laughing and crying and even for me as the reader, reliving wonderful memories of all these ladies over the years of reading this series. I care about all the ladies especially Dakota which isn’t much different from all the ladies in the knitting club who drew so tightly around Dakota when Georgia died. They are a wonderful, warm and caring group of women who have developed such a beautiful and close knit friendship. As a knitter myself I love the whole aspect of knitting being what brought these women together in the first place and has continued to hold them together as they still regularly meet up.
Knit the Season can definitely stand alone if you’re in the mood for a great holiday read. However I do recommend reading The Friday Night Knitting Club and Knit Two as well simply because if you don’t you will miss out on the wonderful history of these women and all that has gone on before. As with all these stories there are some recipes and knitting patterns in the back. When I open up one of Kate’s books I always excitedly turn to the back to see what she has there and I wasn’t disappointed this time.
Knit the Season along with The Friday Night Knitting Club and Knit Two would make really great book club choices. There are so many elements to these novels worth discussing and even better if you have knitters in your group. As well Kate is always open to discussing her novels with book clubs. Last year we had her visit our book club online to discuss Knit Two and it was just fantastic to get her perspective along with our own on her novel. All in all I don’t think you’d be disappointed at all picking Knit the Season for your book club pick for December or if you’re just looking for a great read.
Changes are definitely brewing for all the members of The Friday Night Knitting Club. I wonder what this will mean for them? I can tell you one thing for sure – I can’t wait for the next book to see what Kate has in store for all the ladies next! Make sure to pop by tomorrow as I had the opportunity to ask Kate a few questions and she will be here to share her thoughts on those questions.
You can read the first chapter of Knit the Season here and you can buy the book here in the US and here in Canada. Knit the Season releases today! Be sure to pop over and visit Kate Jacobs website as well!
To the publisher for my review copy of Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs.