Heartbroken after being jilted at the altar, Sybil has been saved from despair by her knitting obsession and now her home is filled to bursting with tea cosies, bobble hats, and jumpers. But, after discovering that she may have perpetrated the cock-up of the century at work, Sybil decides to make a hasty exit and, just weeks before Christmas, runs away to the picturesque village of Tindledale.
There, Sybil discovers Hettie’s House of Haberdashery, an emporium dedicated to the world of knitting and needle craft. But Hettie, the outspoken octogenarian owner, is struggling and now the shop is due for closure. And when Hettie decides that Sybil’s wonderfully wacky Christmas jumpers are just the thing to add a bit of excitement to her window display, something miraculous starts to happen…
I am a huge fan of Alexandra Brown and the Carrington’s series, so it was with much excitement that I delved into The Great Christmas Knit Off.
Sybil is heartbroken, left at the alter by the man she loved and humiliated in front of her loved ones, she decides to pack her bags and go visit her friend Cher in Tinderdale.
As Sybil arrives in Tinderdale she starts knitting a new life for herself…..
Tinderdale sounds like a wonderfully picturesque village, with a loving and comforting community you can’t help but want it to be real and for the characters within to come to life.
Sybil has a heart of gold, she is genuinely lovely with no side to her. I loved the way Sybil felt like a friend throughout the story.
I am glad that she has great people around her, like Cher (who happened to make me smile instantly since she is a crossover character from Carrington’s) and the wonderful Hettie, who is fiercely private but always there with a helping hand.
Then we have the loving and slightly shy village doctor, Ben. Oh I loved Ben so much.
Every page of this story was wonderful and with the characters you get to experience all their hopes, dreams and sadness.
There are some truly memorable moments within this book and one of my favourites is on page 338.
Alexandra Brown has done it again, through the gentle weaving of her words and the threads of her characters lives, you find yourself lost within the patterning of these wonderful pages.