Bland and predictable third installment of the Friday Night Knitting Club series (Knit Two, 2008, etc.).
Georgia, founder and proprietor of Walker & Daughter yarn shop, died in the first novel, leaving daughter Dakota to be raised by formerly absentee father James and the knitting club stalwarts. Now 21-year-old Dakota is in culinary school and dreams of turning Walker & Daughter (run by Peri, when she’s not designing handbags) into a knitting café. While making plans for this transition, Dakota wants everything to stay the same, but everything is changing. Octogenarian Anita is finally marrying her boyfriend, despite her wormy son Nathan’s attempts to break them up. Darwin and Lucie are even more involved with their children. Catherine is going to marry Marco and maybe move to Italy. Peri has been asked by a couture label to move to Paris and run their knit division. And James has finally met a woman he’s serious about. This is all too much for Dakota, who deeply feels Georgia’s absence and associates change with loss. Maybe Christmas abroad will cheer her up. She relinquishes an important internship to travel with James, Georgia’s parents and brother to visit her great-grandmother on a farm in Scotland. There Dakota learns important life lessons: Family is important, time is precious, unpleasant memories can be good and other homilies more appropriate to YA lit. Jacobs’ prose is pleasant, and she smoothly juggles all the story lines, but there’s just not much going on here. Numerous mentions of woolen goods neither improve the plotting nor make the characters more endearing.
A quick stroll through familiar emotional territory rather than the epic voyage of self-discovery the author seems to have intended.