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Knit One Pearl One (Jo Mackenzie #3)

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Knit one . . . It's been a busy few years since Jo Mackenzie lost her husband. Life has brought adventure, surprises, unexpected pleasures, and, of course, lots of knitting. Jo's seaside yarn shop, with a brand new café, has taken off, keeping her busier than ever. And being a single mum to two boys and headstrong toddler Pearl is just as exhausting and enchanting as she t...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published (first published December 27th 2011)
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This is the third in a series about Jo Mackenzie and her knitting shop in a seaside town in Britain. We all know how I love a knitting-themed story, so I was always going to read this series. I really enjoyed the first book (The Beach Street Knitting and Yarn Club), the second book was alright (Needles and Pearls), the third one, well...just read on.

Let me tell you one important fact about this book. Jo Mackenzie, the protagonist and owner of a successful cafe and wool shop, is always tired. She...more
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As I enjoyed the first 2 books in the series very much, I expected to be just as happy with this one. Sadly, this is not the case. There didn't seem to be any actual plot to this one, and no additional development for any of the very interesting characters in the other books. Connie, Ellen, and Gran were all great characters that were just relegated to bit parts in this book.

Jo takes on an unrealistic amount of work and numerous labor intensive projects, complaining about all of it constantly, u...more
Angie Holtz
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Anyone who knows me, knows I have a love affair with yarn. Even if my hands don't cooperate. So the cover filled with so many balls of yarn would catch my eye in the bookstore. Win!

If I'm not mistaken, this is the 3rd book in the continuing saga of Jo Mackenzie's life in the small seaside town of Broadgate. Jo is working on raising her 2 boys and Pearl, her surprise baby from an affair with Daniel when she was in Italy after Nick died. She is still seeing Martin but ther...more
Another good read from Gil McNeil. I could see how some people would discard this as silly chit/knit lit, but I really enjoy the British perspective on motherhood and daily life. I hope there will be another episode coming soon. I love the down-to-earth nature of the main character and how she interacts with her children. It encourages me in my own life as a mother to look for the good things and try not to make a big deal over the little daily trials life has to offer. I found the "walking bus"...more
Disappointing follow up to Divas Don't Knit and Needles and Pearls. In the first two books something of significance happens to protagonist Jo McKenzie. In the first, her husband announces he wants a divorce, just before driving his car into a tree and dying, leaving Jo to pack up her two young sons and move house. In the second, a one night stand with a dashing photographer has left Jo with a baby on the way.

In this book? She walks her boys to school. (She needed to drive them in the second boo...more
In Knit One, Pearl Two, we once again get a peek into Jo MacKenzie's life.

Jo is the very definition of busy mom. With her three kids, including the youngest Pearl, and running a knitting store, she is constantly on the go. Thrown into the mix of course is a love interest that may or may not be what she's looking for.

Her life has been hectic for the last few years, ever since her first husband died in a car crash (after telling her he was leaving for another woman). She is trying to be independ...more
What I love about Gil McNeil is the way she writes about everyday life in a rambly, chatty sort of way. The other characters float in and out of the story, much like real life. They are all comfortable reads and I just love each story more than the last. I'm just sorry that I've read through all of her books and there is nothing new to pick up! Would love to read the continuing stories of Jo and her family and friends!
Loved this book! Fits in beautifully with the rest of the series. Wish the author would explore the relationship between Jo and Martin a little more.
A nice, simple bubblegum read. Just relaxing and nice to visit with characters from her earlier books.
I really enjoy Gil McNeil's books. They are fun and light - a perfect book to read while traveling.
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Ann aka Iftcan
In this, the third Jo Mackenzie book, Jo's baby (born on the kitchen floor at the end of the last book) is now nearing 2. Jo is still running her yarn shop, life in the small beach town is as hectic as usual and Annabelle--the PTA President from He** still hates her.

Life in Jo's life is shown in small snippets, with the day-to-day activities of a busy single Mum with 3 very different children. Some funny moments, some sad moments, and of course, there is always the horror of a visit from a craz...more
Shellys♥ Journal
This is the third book in the Beach Street knitting society series, which tells the "adventures" of widow Jo McKenzie, her two boys, new daughter and their British seaside knitting shop. Her life, although not terribly exciting, is often full of smaller and sometimes comical conflicts.

I enjoyed this story. I have always loved the characters, and have grown to enjoy the way the story goes. It is not a huge, suspenseful adventure, but really the story of a woman in adverse circumstances learning t...more
The third and final in this fun, funny, readable series dragged a bit, though it could've been my level of busy! Still, it has some laugh out loud scenes and a strong message that it's okay for women to be independent. I will definitely read more Gil McNeil if I can find her. Highly recommended, knitter or not!
This is a follow-on to a previous book [ Needles and Pearls]which I also enjoyed even though it is very lightweight. but makes a a good read when your brain is frazzled - as mine was during my travels in China last month.
This is set in a UK beach/seaside town, clearly modelled on real ones and much improved to the ones I've visited... A gentle story in the chick lit area with much amusement for anyone who has ever looked after a small toddler - like my children and grandchildren. I was assume al...more
Pamela Ferguson
Well, it was set in the seaside village in England (very nice) with a very likable main character, Jo, as a single mom with three kids, and a budding business of a knit shop + cafe in town. Very nice! She had the best fortune to have a huge support system - gran, Elsie (in the shop), Martin (boyfriend), Cinzia (visiting Italian lady that loves kids), and various other characters. Her business was a success due to her hardwork and famous friends that were always bringing her publicity for her sho...more
My favorite quote, "I don't mean in bed; I think there's far too much talked about that. No, I mean the things they say, the little things they do, that make you realize you're important to them, that they'd turn the world upside down to find you. Anyway, that's what I think, pet." A comfortable read.
Many disconnected parts in this book, but it still had some merit as a lightweight read with humour added. If you've been a mother, you may be able to relate to some of the antics of the youngest, in particular.
Kate Baxter
This book speaks well to all the mommies and mothers to be who are trying to maintain a semblance of a normal existence between tantrums and toys thrown down the toilet. Jo MacKenzie, owns a charming British seaside yarn shop which caters to the "Stictch and Bitch" crowd. Formally entrenched in the television production industry, she knows the value of an attractive window display and hers are the talk of the town - mostly good. She shepherds her three small children solo after the loss of her p...more
Mary Byrnes
I realized this was number 3 in a series after I started reading. It was an enjoyable book but I would not go out of my way to read more by this author. I don't think reading books 1 and 2 would have made this much better for me.
Enjoyable read. I do think the author needs to show some growth in the main character because I see myself starting to tire of the same situation over and over.
Christine Calabrese
Somehow I missed book two of the series but it didn't matter. I was caught up without any of that tedious repetition slays other series. Well done!
This is the third book in the Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club series. All three are great reads. This book continues the story of Jo Mackenzie's whirlwind life. She lives in a beach side town and runs a yarn shop and cafe. She has three small children. The community is really her family. She is happy as long as her children are happy. Lots of people could take a lesson from that. She has excellent coping skills.
I enjoyed this book so much. Actually, I have taken ages to finish readin...more
It's been a fun series of 3. Some unexpected twists, but a fun summer read either way. I'm ready for a 4th book if there is one in the works!
Such wonderfully enjoyable humor, as well as real-life "flawed" (or what I consider to be "normal," since we're all flawed) characters. I love the fact that Jo uses humor to deflect so much frustration and rather than always "punishing" her children or being negative with them, she tries to redirect, distract, etc. She allows herself snarky thoughts, but then self-coaches herself to put a positive spin on her interactions. Actually, I think there's much to be learned from Jo...and all good! She...more
We're back with Jo Mackenzie in the Best Seaside Village (Small) in England, with more knitting-based adventures: daughter Pearl is developing a personality, Madonna-like actress friend Grace is pregnant again, Pearl's dad Daniel may be coming back into Jo's life. Gil McNeil writes lots of amusing dialogue - and I enjoyed this - but I am starting to feel like I want a little more PLOT to be happening. Here, I know: can Jo finally tell her dead husband's annoying parents what a complete jerk thei...more
I think of Gil McNeil's books as 'comfort' books. There's something so reassuring about the way that she writes that make her books perfect for curling up with on a rainy evening and returning to time and time again. The third in the series is another example, and while I love her characters, I think the plot progresses too quickly as I feel it just flits through this year. I think that McNeil has probably tied things up tightly enough in this novel so I wouldn't be suprised if this is the last...more
I have so enjoyed spending summers and holidays with Jo Mackenzie and her children and friends. Always funny and touching and totally real. I love how strong and caring she is and how she handles everything that cones her way. It makes me want to learn to knit.
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Gil McNeil is the author of the bestselling The Only Boy for Me, Stand By Your Man, In The Wee Small Hours and most recently Divas Don’t Knit. The Only Boy For Me has been made into a major ITV prime-time drama starring Helen Baxendale and was broadcast in 2007. Gil McNeil has edited five collections of stories with Sarah Brown, and is Director of the charity PiggyBankKids, which supports projects...more
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