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Knit One Pearl One (Jo Mackenzie #3)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,667 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
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
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Published (first published January 1st 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
May 18, 2012 Jacklyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 15, 2015 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the third in the Jo Mackenzie series which started with the Beach St. Knitting Society and Yarn Club. The characters are real and very likable, similar to the way you feel about Maeve Binchy's characters. I adore the relationship between Jo and her Gran. The characters, including the children, are realistically drawn and the humor is enjoyable. You enjoy when archenemy Annibelle is brought down a notch or two, just as Connie and Jo do!

I was torn between giving the story 3 stars and
Apr 18, 2013 Nichole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
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!
Jan 17, 2012 Callie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 23, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Gil McNeil's books. They are fun and light - a perfect book to read while traveling.
Lilac Wolf
Dec 21, 2011 Lilac Wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From Lilac Wolf and Stuff

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
Apr 14, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
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
Jun 01, 2012 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I enjoyed the first two books in this series greatly, but with this one I couldn't get past the blatant wish fulfilment of it. And complete lack of narrative tension. But It's a cozy read with the same enjoyable characters and just enough sharpness, of a very English flavour, like mature cheddar. It might be that I'm no longer in the right frame of mind for something quite so insubstantial, or it might be a real quality drop ... Hard to say.
Jul 03, 2014 Knitme23 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 14, 2011 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice, simple bubblegum read. Just relaxing and nice to visit with characters from her earlier books.
Jan 27, 2017 Nan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got stalled in this book, not because it's not a good one, just too much going on in my life to settle down and spend some time with it.

Still love this series, and will hope to see more in the continuing adventures and mis-adventures of Jo and her crew. They are delightful and lovable folk, and I feel I made some friends that I don't want to lose track of.
Amy Swafford
Jan 20, 2017 Amy Swafford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed this series, I love the characters and the setting and the story. I'm sad that I am done :(
In this third book from Gil McNeil I am still amazed how she can take every day life of a mother of three, her family and friends and make it so irresistible. I am looking forward to more from this author. And , by the way, there is knitting in the book - but you don' t have to be a knitter to enjoy it. Think of it as more of a " friends" book.
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This book has even less of a plot than the last one in this series did. Its a round of birthday parties, parental obligations, knitting, pregnancies, and hanging out with the same people as the last two books. That said, it's a comfort read. A small town, suitably eccentric locals, a slowly flourishing small business, children who are adorable even when they are being annoying....

Having re-read these three books over the past couple of days, the thing that was most annoying was how utterly devoi
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Apr 26, 2014 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
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
Dec 06, 2012 Ukgardenfiend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sallyann Van leeuwen
This series seems to be running out of steam with book number three. Single mum Jo is busy with her three children and running the wool shop and cafe. Pearl is now a cheeky toddler, with Jack and Archie 9 and 7. Any dialogue scene with the kids is perfect in its authenticity. Jus not a lot happens in the rest of the book, wishy washy Martin is still on the scene, as are the usual cast of entertaining characters. I guess I got a bit tired of Jo. People fawning over her, celebs loving her, men wan ...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
Feb 07, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gil McNeil's novels are just so soothing to sink into. Patrick asked me, as I was reading this one, what the story was about, and I actually got stuck trying to tell him, because - honestly - very little happens! And yet, it all felt totally lovely and absorbing, and I loved the experience of reading it. Her books are gentle, funny chick-lit novels about smart, competent single mums balancing work and family, and they manage to both accurately convey the chaos of parenting AND make me laugh abou ...more
This is the third book in the Jo McKenzie/Beach Street Knitting series. Like the previous book, it is mostly the day to day life of Jo, her friends, family, and knitting shop. Jo is balancing her “go slow” relationship with Martin, pregnancy in two of her friends, and a new show for her friend, Ellen. Pearl is now a toddler and has a mind of her own, but thankfully Connie has a relative from Italy staying to work on her English skills who also doubles as an au pair for Jo. The shop windows chang ...more
Jan 28, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 27, 2012 Faye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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