Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sweetgum Knit Lit Society reviewed

I was late getting this book, so I was unable to post a review during the tour. However, this is a book not to be missed, so please go back and get the information to purchase your own copy here.


“Not only could appearances be deceiving; they could be devastating as well to the people that had to maintain them at all costs.” (p. 192)

Beth Pattillo understands a lot about pride and the human heart. She also knows something about broken hearts and lives and the way people protect themselves once they have experienced loss. The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society contains a colorful cast of characters that allows the reader an intimate look into a variety of human relationships, and tells a poignant story about facing reality and living honestly with the consequences of the choices we make in our daily lives.

The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society features the town librarian, Eugenie, and a group of women who share a common love for knitting and reading. The group meets to discuss a monthly literary selection and to share a knitting project related to the story. However, beneath the surface, each woman is struggling to cope with situations that threaten to overwhelm them. They each try to maintain “appearances” in order to protect the image they perceive themselves to have in the small southern town of Sweetgum, Tennessee.

It takes a surly, troubled teen from an alcoholic home to crack the veneer of one member’s heart – then another – and before a year has passed, the group of women who once shared only a shallow, often-false friendship find themselves bound together by true friendship and an abiding love. The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society is a story you won’t soon forget. It is a story that will cause you to take a closer look at your own heart and the honesty which you display in your own relationships. This is a gritty, sometimes painful story full of truth about friendship and relationship at all levels and the sacrifices that love sometimes requires. I highly recommend this book!!

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