The second book I am featuring this week is The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love by Beth Pattillo. I am about a third of the way through this book right now and am enjoying it. I will say that, so far, it seems there are a few themes that are recurring among a number of the characters (singleness, the return of a past love, recent death in the family, etc...), but I am still interested in seeing how things play out. It will be especially interesting to see how the books the Sweetgum ladies are reading play into their lives in the chapters I have yet to read.
Here is the summary for the book:
Once a month, the six women of the Sweetgum Knit Lit Society gather to discuss books and share their knitting projects. Inspired by her recently-wedded bliss, group leader Eugenie chooses “Great Love Stories in Literature” as the theme for the year’s reading list–a risky selection for a group whose members span the spectrum of age and relationship status.If this book sounds interesting to you, you can pick up a copy at Random House.
As the Knit Lit ladies read and discus classic romances like , , and , each member is confronted with her own perception about love. Camille’s unexpected reunion with an old crush forces her to confront conflicting desires. Newly widowed Esther finds her role in Sweetgum changing and is surprised by two unlikely friends. Hannah isn’t sure she’s ready for the trials of first love. Newcomer Maria finds her life turned upside-down by increasing family obligations and a handsome, arrogant lawyer, and Eugenie and Merry are both asked to make sacrifices for their husbands that challenge their principles.
Even in a sleepy, southern town like Sweetgum , Tennessee , love isn’t easy. The Knit Lit ladies learn they can find strength and guidance in the novels they read, the love of their family, their community–and especially in each other.
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