I needed a feel good, light hearted book in my life and I found it on “The Woolly Hat Knitting Club” by Poppy Dolan. It was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and I was glad to have the audiobook, as the narration by Lizzie Wofford really brought it to life!
Delilah, Dee to her friends and family, has a career that many people dream of. She has worked hard in order to achieve her goals, even though it meant she had to provide less and less hours to her friends and family. Because of her long hours and her smart brain and skills, she is very much admired and envied at her work environment. One day, during a customer meeting, she receives a strange message from her brother, asking her to return home because he needs her. Dee might be a business woman, but she values family above all, so she drops everything in the middle of the meeting and rushes to her home village of Fenwild, only to find her brother with two broken wrists!
JP is a crafter, a knitter actually that runs a knitting shop in Fenwild. With both his wrists broken, not only can he not mend for himself, but it’s his business that requires attention too. He cannot tend to his business all alone. He is not capable of doing most of the things needed in the everyday life of the shop. And not only that, but JP keeps a knitting blog called “About a (Knitting) Boy” and he also creates some YouTube videos and tutorials in order to help people learn how to knit or give any major updates on the shop and blog! Too many things that he cannot deal with at the moment.
Dee loves her brother and she is determined to do anything in her power to help him. One more reason to do so was that knitting started as therapy for JP, after his major breakdown while working long hours, just like his sister. Dee wants the knitting business to go great for her brother, so that he doesn’t have to go through another breakdown. This and the fact that she co-owns the place gives her all the motive she needs to help him and support his business. So she starts spending her time between her job at London and Fenwild. Being the perfectionist she is, she works even harder to get both ends delighted and successful. However, it seems that her work is not being highly appreciated anymore as on her return one day to London, she get’s fired due to mostly some rumours of inappropriate behavior. See is sure her colleague Ben is behind all this and she’s going to prove it.
Like I said in the beginning, this is exactly what I needed to read and Poppy Dolan definitely delivered a cute and lovely book! I loved reading about Dee. She was such a wonderful character! She values family so much that she would do anything for her brother. Even learning to knit, if that’s what it would take to keep him and his small business at the surface. She knows what a disappointment as big as having the business he loved go stray , would do to him and she was determined not to let that happen. Just because he could not use his hands to knit, or pretty much do anything else, didn’t mean that he would go out of business. That’s the kind of sibling love one can look upon to! Okay, she may have overreacted at some point, but she finally understood that she had crossed the line and stood back!
Also, I had no idea the crafting community could be so supportive, but you know what? They actually are, not just in the book! Crafters are people who want to share and support, they are people who love and care about others, especially those in need. And what Dolan did, to have a premature baby been born by one of Dee’s old friends, was really great! The reader understood what something like that means to a parent, while at the same time it came handy to the plot itself!
I really liked the narration by Lizzie Wofford. The story had only one view, Dee’s view, and she was incredible in bringing Dee to life. I could immediately understand Dee’s emotions and also, as well as how she understood world. Her voice is one of the best for audiobooks, especially when it’s about rom-coms and lovely books like this one!
Thanks to NetGalley and Saga Egmont Audio for the opportunity to listen and review this audiobook. The views expressed are my personal and honest opinion.