Skip to main content

Wednesdays are for reading (Beauty and the Moustache)



Katie came across this book somewhere (I really should ask here where)  and put it on Instagram. Knitting, romance and free? Yes please. This is the fourth book in the Knitting in the City series, and the prequel to the Winston Brothers series. Normally I would not read a series out of order, but it was listed as a standalone, so I “bought” it.

And I loved it. This might be best romance book I have ever read. The characters are delightful, the love feels real and the process of getting there feels believable. And she cuts out of the sex scenes, which is the way I like it - close the door, I know what they are doing in there, I don't need a blow by blow description thank you very much.
While story is told is told in first person from the point of view of Ashley the main character, there is a whole cast of supporting characters – a knitting group of friends, and her brothers, and the landscape itself, that give the book vibrancy and texture.
While there is some mention of knitting, which made me smile, knitting is not the focus of the book - in fact, I never found out what Ashley was knitting. I did keep wondering though.
 

My only regret is that I didn’t start at the beginning of the series. True, the book makes sense by itself, but you meet Ashley’s friends and their partners, who are the subject of the previous books. The moment I finished this book I bought the first in the series, and I’m so excited that there are loads of books by Penny Reid for me to catch up on - 7 Knitting in the City Books, and 6 Winston Brothers - to be both excited and exact!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Yarnalong - the (first) one with the MKAL

You know how I love a link up, a KAL or a chance to knit what everyone else is knitting? Well, I'm doing Ysolda's Gloamin-tide mystery knit along. The clues are coming out on Monday late evening my time, so I knit the first one on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I'll try to take photos of the next clue on a different coloured background!
I'm reading Chaim Potok's Davita's Harp.I was at my parents a few months ago and my husband was talking about money to his brother at the back of the house. Because the conversation was none-of-my-business I went and browsed their book cases. I picked up this book - they have an old copy, which i imagine I read as a child, but i can't remember it at all. I'm wading my way through it - it is not a fast read, and the protagonist seems precocious, but I'm interested enough that I am hanging in there.

The first clue only took me two knitting nights, so I am also knitting a pair of socks. Check back here on Thursday, when I w…

Yarnalong - the one with Strathendrick

I have finished the colourwork on Strathendrick:

Now "all" I have to do is to kitchener the shoulders - in colourwork, and knit the collar, sleeves and bottom hem. Piece of cake. 

This has been a really fun knit, except for the bit last night where I found out somehow I have an extra repeat on the back. I'm sure I can sort that out though, it's already meant to be hugely oversized.

I'm also enjoying my read - Raising Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory. Every book he writes is innovative and completely different. This one is about zombies - but not really. I recommend.

I've got jury duty tomorrow, and there is some discussion about whether I will, or won't be allowed to take my needles into the court. The info they sent said "no knitting needles" but I've been through court security before, with Signature Stilletos, no less. So I think I'll leave the giant jumper at home, and take a pair of socks on 2mm bamboo needles, and see how I go. In any c…

Yarnlaong - the one where it is June

Funnily enough, this month I'm reading Golden Fool the second book in the Tawny Man trilogy. Last month I was reading the first. I have actually read some other books in between! If youw ant to follow my reading, you can find me on Goodreads as Sharondblk.
I am knitting the Kate Davies vest Carraig Fhada. I've had the yarn for it since the beginning of 2017, and i can't believe it's taken me this long to start it. I'm knitting it in the specified yarn, Kate Davies' Buchaille, and loving it.  It's such a fun knit: beautiful yarn, intuitive pattern with a great rhythm to it.
This weekend is a long weekend here (Queen's Birthday, even though it isn't, biologically speaking, the Queen's birthday)
I am looking forward to going in to the three day weekend with such a compelling book and fun knitting project on the go. There will, of course, also be some running, some socialising and a lot of sleeping, but it's the reading and knitting that I'm lo…