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The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society (Sweetgum Knit #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  911 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Sometimes life has to unravel before you can knit it together…

On the third Friday of each month, Eugenie, Ruth, Esther, Merry, and Camille meet at the Sweetgum Christian Church to enjoy the two things that connect them: a love of knitting and a passion for books. Their camaraderie remains unthreatened until Eugenie, the town librarian, introduces an angry teenager into the
Paperback, 342 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Waterbrook Press
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This book is about a knitting and literary society in a small town. It is *exactly* the kind of book you would expect from reading that description - sentimental, trite, predictable, etc. However, last week when I was feeling particularly bleurgh I needed the literary equivalent of a McDonald's chocolate fudge sundae and I got it. It won't blow your mind or change your life, but it delivers what it promises.

On an interesting side note, this is the first book I have ever read which self-identifie
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
After reading about a father's poignant love for his son in an almost dead world traveling South in The Road and man's extreme hubris of Mother Nature in Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, I needed a comfort read. And, THE SWEETGUM KNIT LIT SOCIETY fulfilled that need.

Beth Pattillo combines 2 of my favorite past-times: knitting and reading. One evening every month in Sweetgum, TN five women cast on together to form a comfortable group discussing their knitting
I wanted so much more.

All the characters in this book seems so sad and bitter and trapped. There was no hope or love, and I think that's what I kept looking for. None of the women seem to really CARE. About their knitting projects, about the books that their reading, about each other. Every plot point seems inspired by guilt or a burdensome sense of obligation.

How much more wonderful this book could have been if the characters felt a sense of joy and or love in their lives, their friends and l
Jan 05, 2009 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Macomber's Blossom Street books
Shelves: 2009-a-to-z
Most of the reviews I have read refer to the "friendship" aspect of this book -- I just don't see it. Yes, these women get together once a month for knitting & book club, but that's it -- I didn't get the feeling that there was any real friendship among them, most of the time I didn't even get the feeling that they particularly liked one another. The knitting parts seemed forced -- almost as if some one some where decided that it was time for another book about a group of women who knit, so ...more
Each month five ladies meet together at Sweetgum Christian Church to share their love of knitting and the books they've read. Two are sisters with a precarious relationship at times; one is a harried mom of three that finds out she's expecting; 24 year old Camille is caring for her terminally ill mother. Eugenie is the spinster town librarian who brings troubled teen Hannah into their group and assigns them all classic young girl novels to read. Each of the women have secrets they are harboring ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Margaret rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Margaret by: Danielle Douglas
I'm rather at a loss for my opinion of this book. I have read beyond dozens of rave reviews for this story telling of how it is a fun, cozy, and light read for lovers of Christian fiction. I really just do not get that from it at all. I read Christian fiction for an uplifting escape from the whoas of my current day. This was a story that made it feel like I've never experienced anything bad in my life ever before, especially nothing in comparison to the characters of this story. It in a way remi ...more
Easy, pleasurable romance novel. Don't we all take in one (or three) of these from time to time? A group of small town ladies meet once a month to discuss books selected for the most part by the town's head librarian (who as it happens, is a spinster knitter). Go ahead, LOL! I am as I write this:) Anyway, the ladies read a book and knit something that speaks to the theme of the book ( or try to). As is the case with most ladies, they have challenges in their lives that they must overcome.

I can'
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I've had this book sitting in my Kindle for awhile; I picked it up when it was free or nearly free at Amazon. It is basically what I've come to expect from knitting novels: a bunch of women deal with life struggles whilst also knitting. A number of the characters are stock ones, but there are a few twists that make them more interesting than you might expect. They're not all lovable or even likeable. Nevertheless, at the end of the book, I found myself engaged enough with them to go get the sequ ...more
Sometimes life has to unravel before you can knit it together...
I was lucky enough to win The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Pattillo from a giveaway hosted at Michelle Sutton's blog. So thank you, Michelle, for sending this book to me! I loved every minute of it.

In Weekly Geeks #12 fashion, I'm going to do an interview-review for this book, aswering the questions I was asked in this post.

Joy Renee asked: How does the title relate to the story? Was it fitting?
Yes, it was very fitting. The boo
Angela Blount
Sweet indeed. I read pretty widely, but this crafts-and-female-friendship-complexities yarn (pun intended) was a bit outside of my norm. Many of the plot tensions were fairly mundane and had to do with interpersonal relationships rather than external conflicts, though that made it feel more realistic than fictional. As did the faith-incorporated but not quite 'inspirational' undertones.

There is a fair bit of head-hoping throughout, which made me think there was perhaps one too many characters to
Andie Murray
This book was ok. It was pretty predictable, and pretty saccharine-sweet. There's virtually no edge here, no suspense. Nothing keeps you hanging on. The characters are relatively one-note. That said, it wasn't horrible, and I did keep reading to the end.

This was my first foray into "knit-lit" and I was hoping for a little more knitting.

I realized about halfway through the book that it is "Christian fiction," which I wasn't looking for but it wasn't very preachy or anything. I recommend this bo
Rebecca Jo
So you know I'm going to love a story that revolves around a group of women who get together every month & talk about a book they've read & do a knitting project along with each book. How can I NOT like this?

I found it was written by the same lady who wrote "Heavens to Betsy" & the follow up to that - books I so enjoyed reading, I even reached out to the author & emailed her how much I loved them.

So yeah, this book was just as good as I expected it to be.

The story of 5 ladies who
This is the kind of book I love to read...several women, with individual lives but one thing in common, come together and grow. I'm ready to start the second book!

It was shelved in the religious fiction section of my library, but I wouldn't let that stop you from reading this heartwarming book!
Usually, these kind of books disappoint me. A ladies group, pulling in all their different current life struggles, and how they resolve them. Typically, these types of books fall one of two ways - the characters are unbelievably AWESOME and solve all their problems because they are WOMAN! The men are secondary. Or their problems are all solved in unrealistic, and sometimes, unexpected ways. Considering the lightness of the two previous books I've read by this author, I was surprised at how she t ...more
Positively a great book. The author's introductions of the characters meshed well with the combined storylines throughout and the conclusions were great! Can't wait to read book 2 in the series!
This was the best book I've read in a long time. The characters immediately pulled me in to their lives and I wanted to know what would happen next with each of them. I felt the small knit lit society a small group of peculiar woman held secrets that were realistic. This little group of women were a book group discussing literature and knitting projects together that could be found in the pages of the books they choose. The head librarian Eugenie who is very much like many determined teachers ru ...more
The addition of the teenage girl saves this book. In fact, it might have been a better young adult book with more emphasis placed on the teenager's plot. The older female members of the knitting and reading group are all interesting with varied backgrounds and current issues, but rather cliche and predictable...until you throw the neglected teenage girl they're all going to adopt, whether they like it or not. A very fast read, with enough interesting plot points to keep the story moving forward ...more
Comfort read full of life crisis solved over the knitting needles.
This novel is about a group of women who belong to the Sweetgum Knit Lit Society in Sweetgum, Tennessee. Every month, the women choose a book to read for their discussion group and knit an item that is related in some way to the book. The women range in age from 24 to over 60 years. Eugenie Pierce, the town librarian, is the leader of the group. For years, her life has been safe and secure, and she has tried hard to keep it that way. Eugenie's peace and tranquility are shattered when a man from ...more
Michele Minor
This book does a good job in showing how six women become closer together in nine months by using literature and knitting. Merry is a stay at home mother of three who is experiencing a suprise pregency that she is even keeping a secret from her own husband who has a secret of his own that can threaten Merry's lifestyle as a SAHM. Eugenie is the spinster town librian who the town council wants her to retire when a man from her past shows up in Sweetgum, TN. Ruthie is the church secretary of the c ...more
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Probably 3 1/2 is more like it for me but I was feeling nice and rounded up :-)

Here is my review from my blog:
I was having a bit of a reading dry spell but I broke it on Friday when I picked this book up off my desk (where it has been sitting for several weeks) during lunch time and made myself start it. I'm glad I did. The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Pattillo was exactly what I was looking for this weekend. It was a cozy story about a group of very different women in a small town who come
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I've seen many good reviews of this book, and nearly every one praises it. I received the second book as an ARC and figured I should read this one first. It's a nice story: a group of women get together once a month to talk about the latest book and knit. Sounds lovely. Predictably, each woman has a crisis of some sort in her life and by the end of the story, everything has worked out.

While the characters are probably true to life, I didn't really find them likeable: Esther and Eugenie are downr
Nicely done tie of books, knitting, relationships. I certainly had a hard time finding these women as friends, amazed that they did not know some of the secrets being so small town. Liked using female children's books then their discussions of relating now to adult lives, use of knitting projects that related to the stories. Glad to see the behavior of the sister in love with a husband. Related to Hannah the teenagers story as realistic, as a librarian I laughed at the stereotype spinster and he ...more
If 1.5 stars were available... but what does it matter. This was a quick read into the lives of a handful of troubled, small town women trying to deal with the realities caused by their choices and the men in their lives. Rather than explore the existential crisis within each character, the story glosses over the root of the problems and deals only with the here and now.

Oh, and there is knitting even the characters are bored with.

Small town life is ripe for psychological analysis, but this story
3.5 stars.
Favorite quotes:
Pg 20 ~ And then Camille noticed the smaller figure behind Eugenie. A teenager, and a trashy one at that. Black Goth eye makeup and nail polish and clothes that looked like they'd been fished from a Dumpster. All in all, your basic nightmare.

Pg238 ~ A long moment of silence hung suspended over the group, like a raindrop on the edge of a leaf.
When spinster librarian Eugenie introduces young rebel Hannah to the knit lit society, she’s hoping to effect a change in the girl.

Here’s our knit lit society:
• Esther, the town queen: well married, well-coiffed, and always striving to appear perfect;
• Ruthie, Esther’s sister: the church secretary with a big ol’ secret;
• Camille, the young one: the daughter who is taking care of her mother and her mother’s dress shop; and
• Merry, the perfect wife: perfectly frazzled, that is.

Together the women
Jina Howell-Forbes
This is a book about the members of a combination book club and knitting club. The members meet each month to discuss the "book for that month" as well as to display their finished projects from the "Knit of the Month". The people in the group (who are woman of varying ages and one teenager) have complex relationships with both the group members and with the people in their lives outside the groups. Most of what happens is interesting if somewhat predictable. The book is a nice read, but not ver ...more
Jun 30, 2008 Alexandra rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Gentle Reads
Since I write the Christian Fiction newsletter at work, I decided it was time to read an actual Christian Fiction book (I've only read one before, probably 5 years ago). I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It turned out to be quite a pageturner but was also very sweet and calming. It was about a group of women in Sweetgum, TN, who are all part of the same knitting/book club that meets in the Sweetgum Christian Church. The religious themes are very subtle and the story doesn't appear to have ...more
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