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Knit in Comfort: A Novel
Isabel Sharpe
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Knit in Comfort: A Novel

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  287 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Because of her father's belief that he was always "this close" to striking it rich, Megan Morgan grew up moving every few years, following her father's bliss. In a moment of her own recklessness, Megan puts her foot down in senior year of high school-accepting a marriage proposal rather than move again.

Now, twenty years later, stability hasn't given Megan all she imagined
Paperback, 300 pages
Published by avon (first published January 1st 2010)
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As I began to first read (I confess I picked up this used paperback simply because it was about knitting), I was a little depressed because I was afraid this book just wasn't going to live up to my expectations. The cover was sort of sappy and the characters were all running in together. I couldn't figure out what was going on. I'm sure glad I kept reading. Elizabeth, a NY transplant renting from Megan & trying to find herself, travels to the town of Comfort, North Carolina, after dreaming a ...more
From My Blog...[return][return]As a knitter I had high hopes for Knit In Comfort by Isabel Sharpe. The novel, and each subsequent chapter, begins with excerpts from Megan Morgan’s great-grandmother Fiona, who lived in the Shetland Isles. The excerpts are brilliant and would make a wonderful book as Fiona’s life interested me, as did her lace making. However Knit In Comfort is about Megan Morgan who is dreadfully unhappy and yet complacent in her unhappiness. Her husband Stanley travels a lot, sh ...more
i had a really hard time getting into this book because it opens with a knitting circle (with the kind of witty name purls before wine), which introduces us to the main character, megan, & a whole bunch of other ladies all at once. i had a really hard time keeping all the characters straight. the characterization was not strong. it wasn't even apparent for a while that megan actually was the main character. i kind of wanted to put the book down & stop reading, & i would have if i was ...more
From the blurb on the back cover:

"Megan has always longed form the comforts of home. But if her dreasm of a perfect life with her husband and children in Comfort, North Carolina, have sometimes come up short, she finds solace every time she -- along with other women of the town --takes up her knitting needles. From her hands comes beautiful creations, made out of the emotions she feels in her heart, and Megan feels like she really belongs. But then change comes to closeknit Comfort when Megan ta
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Not what I expected but a pleasant read nonetheless. Megan lives in Comfort, NC with her three children, mother-in-law, and husband. Her husband, Stanley, travels two weeks a month as a salesman. To help with finances Megan decides to rent out the apartment above the garage. Elizabeth is a 30 year old New Yorker who has yet to find herself. She currently is living with a TV chef/restaurateur who wants to marry her but Elizabeth has hopes of having a career for herself. She starts seeing signs fr ...more
Isabel Sharpe’s Knit In Comfort, the latest in a string of knitting-centered novels, is a slower-than-molasses look at the disintegration of a marriage, the forging of new friendships, the creation of something beautiful — and I wanted it to work. Really, truly, I did, but something was missing.

What went wrong, really? It’s hard for me to pinpoint what I disliked so much about these people, though that powerful dislike was strong and true. Elizabeth comes across as flighty, disconnected, a young
Anita Johnson
Megan Morgan is a gifted lace knitter, a talent passed down through three generations of her mother's family. Her great-grandmother, Fiona, lived in Eschaness on Shetland, an island near Scotland. Megan's mother told her many exciting and colorful stories of Fiona when Megan was a child and taught her how to knit lace as Fiona had. Megan always assumed her mother had a vivid imagionation but as she shares the stories with her knitting group, Purls Before Wine, in the cozy town of Comfort, NC, sh ...more
Rachel Lein
I admit, being an avid knitter, the title was what drew me in initially. After having checked out the summery and reading a few pages, I decided that I would give this book a shot.

The characters are likeable enough, but have nothing that is unique about them. You have straight-laced Megan, who never wants to rock the boat or ruffle anybody's feathers, and then you have Elizabeth, who suffers a bit from foot-in-mouth syndrome. There are others as well, but again, nothing unique about them. They c
Let me begin this review with thanks to LibraryThing and Avon Publishers for providing me with the opportunity to read this book. Knit in Comfort: A Novel by Isabel Sharpe is one of many books published recently which are centered on a group of women who share knitting as a common hobby. I wanted to love this book, and while I found it engaging enough, I only liked it.[return][return]The story revolves around two women. Megan Morgan lives a settled life in Comfort, North Carolina with her husban ...more
Knit in Comfort was a quick, interesting read.
Elizabeth, a young women from New York, travels to Comfort, North Carolina based on a dream in which she thinks her grandma tells her too. There she meets Megan - a wife and mother from who she rents a room.
Elizabeth views Megan's life as perfect and wonderful and the dream life she wants. However, Elizabeth doesn't realize that Megan, like everyone, is not in fact living a fairy tale and that looks can be deceiving.
But what brings them together - al

I really enjoyed this book. Southern atmosphere, a knitting group of women in their 30s who've known each other most of their lives, and a stranger who stirs things up while searching for a few answers in her own life all make for a good story.

Change is in the humid, fragrant air and I felt like I was right there watching it all start to play out. Isabel Sharpe wrote wonderful dialogue for her characters. I loved the fable that she worked into the novel. It's a story Megan's mother told her whe
This is the story of several women, current and past, who have the skill and training from their mothers and grandmothers, to knit Shetland lace. Requiring very small needles and very fine wool, knitting this lace is an art form passed along from generation to generation.

The current women live in Comfort, North Carolina, a small town which seems to be the perfect place for a woman visitor from New York, in a state of indecision about her love life and her future. Unfortunately, things are not a
Julie Shearer
I enjoyed the side story (told in flash backs) of Fiona and the lacemaking storyline in the modern story. I even tried to google images of Shetland lace.

Characters were to be desired - really didn't like elizabeth poking in others' business. She came off as very gen Y and immature. Megan was a dishrag that I wanted to shake and her "secret" storyline icked me out. Ella reminded me of Samantha from "sex and the city". Maybe this was supposed to be "desperate knitting housewives"?

I was disappoint
Light easy read that overall I enjoyed. My one issue is that I thought some of the character development was a bit lacking, particularly for the two main characters of Megan and Elizabeth. I found the characters of Fiona and Gillian much more compelling and they were only a secondary part of the story.
Great story, ok writing. I found the author's style to be a little distracting at times. But I really enjoyed the story, and it really made me think about my own life and how I can be more purposeful in making decisions that make me happy, rather than just letting life happen to me.
Elizabeth escapes to Comfort, NC and she rents a room over Megan's garage. Elisabeth begins to find what she seeks as she gets to know Megan's family and knitting group, The Purls. Megan also finds things she didn't even know she was looking for.
Woke up not knowing what to read this morning- found this on the shelf and it seemed like an easy read. Lo and behold, a few hours later and I am done. Definitely not a work of literary genius. From the way the description was written, I was expecting a little bit more of the Shetland aspect (similar to Guernsey stories) or a little bit more like the knitting books I've read in the past (The Friday Night Knitting Club and its sequels). I got neither of this. I wasn't impressed with Elizabeth's c ...more
I had a hard time keeping the characters straight in the beginning because so many are introduced at once. As the plot progresses, it is indeed predictable and not especially climactic. Perhaps that is why I like this book. The characters are decent, especially David (such cute dialogue) and Ella. The story never stressed me out and I felt like I could walk away at any time (as opposed to books that suck so badly that I keep reading with hopes that things will get better). When characters commen ...more
Joanne Ramey
I really enjoyed this book as it tells the story of how woman when joined by a common interest can become independent & strong thru a common interest.
Wish there was a way to give half stars. I've been switching back and forth between 3 & 4 stars, and decided to leave it at 4 because I wanted to help boost the ratings. This was a book club selection, and not one that I would have read otherwise (just wouldn't be on my radar), so I'm once again grateful to our club for expanding my reading horizons. The story started out slow and disjointed, but by about a third of the way through, it starts to come together and becomes interesting. It's we ...more
Heather Nielsen
The book was kind of a dragging to get into... it was about half way through the book, where there were small 'hints' as to the true drama of the story, that kept me interested and finishing the book.

I had a really hard time to keep track of all the characters and the discussions, where I had to re-read quite a bit and figure out who said what.

The last half of the book was where the real interest of the story came into play.

I am glad that I read it.... I just wish I had read through it faster at
Carol Lawrence
This is probably a book for knitters, and not so much readers.
This book felt like it was overwritten. I'm not sure exactly what the difference is between having rich descriptions and being over-described, but this one was the latter. The characters didn't feel real to me. However, it got better, perhaps after everyone had been introduced and their back stories told. I enjoyed the knitting in the story, and I rather liked the book by the end, but I probably wouldn't recommend it.
So glad Megan FINALLY grew a spine and stood up for herself. Stanley is truly a jerk and I don't think David would be a better choice at this point. Better to stand on her own. An interesting group of women who come together once a week to knit despite the fact that for the most part they don't like each other. An interesting parallel (sort of) story line set in the Shetland islands.
This book showed me a lot of different types of people, and it spurred a newfound interest in lace knitting. I've been a knitter for 11 years now and only recently have I begun fair isle techniques and other defined scandinavian and celtic methods. I didn't care too much for the character development...but the story and insight into the shetland isles is amazing.
Oct 26, 2014 Melissa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Surprisingly good! Expected a light read but enjoyed how the characters evolved. Also the flashbacks to Shetland Islands and info on lace knitting great. Makes me hanker to cast on a lace shawl. Will now backtrack to author's other titles as potential easy summer time reading.
Joanna Taylor
Had to put it down because I didn't like the main character. It doesn't happen often, but she wasn't worth my time.
A pleasant read...another typical woman coming into herself since her husband has been cheating on her for years. Cmon now ladies - nobody deserves that!

A lot of interesting parallels in the plotline. I think a few more edits and this could be a great novel.
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Isabel Sharpe was not born pen in hand like so many of her fellow authors. After she quit work in 1994 to stay home with her first-born son and nearly went out of her mind, she started writing. Yes, she was the clichéd bored housewife writing romance, but it was either that cliché or seduce the mailman, and her mailman was unattractive. After more than twenty novels for Harlequin, and the exciting ...more
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