October 05, 2011

Knit Two by Kate Jacobs

I enjoyed this book much more than I did the first one. I was a bit skeptical to begin with; how could Jacobs write a sequel after the tragedy she created in her first novel?

Well she did and it was excellent. Knit Two takes us back to all the characters five years later. Dakota is eighteen and attending NYU while trying to please her father instead of following her own dreams. Anita is planning her marriage. Catherine is running her store. Peri is running the knitting shop. Lucie now has a five year old and is a successful producer of music videos. KC, although not mentioned much in the novel, is enjoying her life as a lawyer. And finally, Darwin is pregnant with twins.

As with the first novel there is not an overt plot to follow. Each character has a new set of realistic life problems that they are helping each other through. Dakota just wants to be a pastry chef, and no one is supporting her, instead they want her to follow in her mother's footsteps. Catherine keeps falling in bad relationship after bad relationship and seemingly not content with herself. Peri has aspirations of making it big with her knit line, but just can't get there. Lucie has a mother who is slowly slipping away to Alzheimer's and a daughter who's favorite word is "no". KC can't stop smoking. Darwin is overwhelmed by caring for twins and still managing her career. And finally, Anita is in search of her sister and dealing with her sons' disapproval of her future marriage.

This novel is definitely cheerier and more uplifting than the first. The characters are described better and seem to grow throughout the novel. They have real depth and you feel yourself caring about what happens to them and wishing them the best.

As usual, Jacobs writing style is easy to read and enjoyable. She describes everything with perfect clarity but doesn't bore with wordiness.

I enjoyed this second installment and have seen that there are a few more in the series that I will definitely check out.

Knit Two
Published in 2008
320 pages plus two recipes and a knitting pattern

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