The Great Christmas Knit-Off by Alexandra Brown is the perfect book to read coming into the holiday season, when you are tired out from working, cooking Christmas puddings, cakes, shortbread, coconut ice and the like, staying out too late at Christmas parties, thinking of, shopping for and wrapping Christmas presents, and doing your best to avoid putting up the Christmas tree. (I’m not saying I don’t enjoy all of the above, I’m just a bit tired…)
The Great Christmas Knit-Off meets most of the criteria required to relax during these hectic times.
Christmas time? Tick.
Recently single heroine, who has lovely red curly hair? Tick.
Wonderful friends who come to the rescue of those in need? Tick.
A charming village, with a pub called the Duck and Puddle, a village green, quaint shops and a close community? Tick.
Knitting and other crafty things? Tick.*
A new friend who is a fairy god-mother type character, specifically, a gay hairdresser? Big Tick.
Another new friend in the form of a burlesque dancer, who just so happens to own a vintage/retro clothing shop in the village, who lends the heroine great clothes? Big, Big Tick.
An opportunity for the heroine to help someone who desperately needs assistance? Tick.
A love interest for the heroine, named…. wait for it…. Dr Ben DARCY (I kid you not!)? Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick!
Large print? Tick.
All in all, I enjoyed The Great Christmas Knit-Off and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an escape from reality the week before Christmas.
*I’m not crafty and would have preferred a food theme (baked items spring to mind), but I’m not complaining. Reading about people who love knitting was sort of sweet and old-fashioned.