Georgia and her knitting group - Anita, Peri, Darwin, Lucie and the rest - were much more than I expected. I generally don’t enjoy girly, female-driven books but decided to give “The Friday Night Knitting Club” a chance, expecting it to be boring and predictable. It didn’t take long to get sucked in, and I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.
“The Friday Night Knitting Club” centers around Georgia Walker, a single mother raising her daughter, Dakota, running a knitting shop called Walker and Daughter. It’s a successful business she has built from nothing. She has an eclectic group of regulars who come in and out of the store. The Friday Night Knitting Club was never planned. It just kind of happened. The group of women gather together every Friday in Walker and Daughter to work on their latest project and share the stories of their lives. Some are expert knitters, some can’t knit a sock, but there aren’t any requirements for this club - just a feeling of sisterhood and fellowship.
Life is moving along for Georgia, when unexpectedly, Dakota’s father comes back into the picture. He abandoned Georgia when he found out she was pregnant. The pregnancy was unexpected, so he packed up his stuff and vanished leaving her pregnant, alone and broke. Now he’s back and wants a part of his daughter’s life, something Georgia is none too happy about, but something she can’t deny her daughter.
Each woman in the knitting club has her own story to tell, her own problem that she gets to forget for a few hours on Friday night. With encouragement and friendship, they find there’s nothing any of them can’t overcome with the help of their sisters.
I was expecting “The Friday Night Knitting Club” to be a shallow book with predictable, shallow characters, but it wasn’t. The women in the book are complex and real. Though Georgia is the main character, I found depth and personality in each of the women.
Jacobs’ writing is emotional and compelling. I found myself unable to stop reading at one point and was surprised at how much I was enjoying the story. The writing had a nice pace to it and kept me wanting more.
Jacobs did make knitting seem fun. The shop with all its yarns was a central location and character in the book. Even though I don’t have the patience, or desire, to learn to knit, I’m sure many women tried their hand after reading “The Friday Night Knitting Club.”
Hopefully next time I come across a book like this, I’ll go into it with a more open mind. Sometimes when you jump in thinking you know what you’re getting, you can turn the last page pleasantly surprised and thoroughly satisfied.
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