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Friday, October 16, 2015

The Great Christmas Knit-Off by Alexandra Brown - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

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About The Great Christmas Knit-Off

• Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 13, 2015)

When life unravels, it's time to knit . . .

Sybil has always taken comfort in her passion for knitting, creating beautiful garments stitch by stitch. But her world suddenly unravels when her fiancé ditches her for her identical twin sister at her Star Wars–themed wedding, leaving Sybil at the altar sporting a Princess Leia do. And things go from bad to worse when an incident at work jeopardizes her job.

To escape her woes and forget that she'll be alone for Christmas this year, Sybil sets off to visit her friend Cher in Tindledale—a winter wonderland of quaint shops and snowy rooftops. When she arrives in the idyllic town, she can't help feeling like she's in a Hallmark greeting card. She's embraced by welcoming—if eccentric—locals wearing handmade sweaters that remind Sybil of her own creations and her unrealized ambitions of selling them. So when the owner of a vintage-clothing boutique asks her to make an assortment of knits for their display window, she's thrilled. And hoping to heal her broken heart, the hot town doctor has even taken an interest in Sybil.

But just when Sybil thinks she's going to have her fairy-tale Christmas after all, an unexpected turn of events threatens to unspool her happily ever after.

My Thoughts:

As I am writing this blog post it is nearly 100 degrees in Texas in the middle of October, so, for one, was thrilled to read something cool and refreshing to take my mind off the heat, and "The Great Christmas Knit-Off" by Alexandra Brown fit the ticket perfectly!

I absolutely fell in love with this charming holiday novel!  It has a little bit of everything readers look for in a great read - it has a cast of memorable characters, a unique setting in small town England, and, perhaps most importantly, a fast-moving and fun storyline that will keep the pages turning until the very last, very, very satisfying ending!

Author Alexandra Brown once again proves she is a master storyteller with this lighthearted tale. To me a book should inspire the reader's imagination to see the story as a "movie in your mind," and Brown accomplishes this feat with a great deal of humor, a generous portion of romance, and just the right amount of intrigue to keep the reader entertained! 

It may be October, but with "The Great Christmas Knit-Off," you'll be inspired to get in the holiday mood a bit early!  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ...

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About Alexandra Brown

Alexandra Brown began her writing career as the City Girl columnist for the London Paper. She wrote the weekly column—a satirical diary account of her time working in the corporate world of London—for two years before giving it up to concentrate on writing novels and is now the author of the Cupcakes at Carrington's books. Set in a department store in the pretty seaside town of Mulberry-On-Sea, the series follows the life, loves and laughs of sales assistant Georgie Hart.

The Great Christmas Knit-Off is Alexandra's fourth book and the first in a new series set in the fictional village of Tindledale, following the lives of all the characters there. Alexandra lives in a real village near the south coast of England with her husband, daughter and a very shiny black Labrador retriever.

Find out more about Alexandra at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to William Morrow Books for providing the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

It must have been so refreshing to read such a "cool" book in that heat!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

LuAnn Braley said...

I hear ya on the Texas weather. I remember when we lived in FTW looking at an outdoor thermometer one June evening/morning at midnight and it was over 100...of course this was in 1998. We've not got Christmasy weather in Kentucky yet, but it is noticeably colder than the summer.

Ok, now that I've chatted, I probably really should say something about the book, eh? :O) I agree with you, this was a great way to get in the Christmas mood. I've been trying to get a gift list together and having a hard time, but now I'm humming carols and everything! *lol*