Lisa's Reviews > The Knitting Diaries: The Twenty-First Wish\Coming Unraveled\Return to Summer Island

The Knitting Diaries by Debbie Macomber
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Feb 05, 11

Read in February, 2011

Sometimes I love these anthologies! This one was great. The authors all have similar yet different styles and each story made to want there to be more! Now while I don't knit, I have zero patience, I like that this is what links the stories.

The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber

I was most excited about this section of the book. I have read all of the other books about the women on
Blossom Street
and have fallen in love with their story. This book start with Anne Marie Roche signing papers on her new home. She is both excited and worried, as she is concern about her daughter, Ellen, and how she will adjust to the new home away from
Blossom Street
. Anne Marie adopted Ellen in a previous book which also brought Tim Carlsen, Ellen's father, into their lives in an expected turn of even shortly after the adoption was complete, but Tim had lied to Anne Marie and things were tense between them. Anne Marie has been dating Mel for a few months, but doesn't know what she makes of it. Tim and Mel had a dislike for each other with Anne Marie and Ellen in the middle. Ellen reveals to Anne Marie that she has added a twenty-first wish to the list that Anne Marie, Ellen and their friends on
Blossom Street
put together one Valentine's Day. Her wish - for her mom and dad to be a family. Can this happen?

I love how this story is written from both Anne Marie and Ellen's point of view. This is a fun loving story that just sucks you in. I finished this section wanting to know more about what was going to be happening in the lives of the friends on
Blossom Street
. I can't wait for more!

Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery
I had never read anything by Susan Mallery prior to this book and I was pleasantly surprised. I like her style of writing and that she had the foresight to hid an important part of T.J.'s life from us.

Robyn has arrived home to her grandmother home and knitting store after failing to make it big on Broadway. Right away, T.J., a quiet stranger to her, yet taken in by her grandmother and her friends, feels that Robyn is back to take advantage of her grandmother since he did his homework and realizes that Robyn never made it on Broadway. There is tension between them until T.J. realizes that she actually has a plan. But what is T.J. secret that has hid from everyone in the store.

This was a well written story. I would love to see another book that tell us more about the grandmother in this story and her friends got to where they are today. I loved T.J. secret and who he really is.



Return to Summer Island by Christina Skye
After Caro is in a devastating accident in Chicago, she returns to Summer Island under her grandmother's care. She is frustrated and hurt. She meets Gage, a marine, who is headed back to war. As he is rushing out of town, his departure bumped up, he gets Caro's email address and requests that she write him. He plans to leave his beloved pets with a friend, who ends up being very ill as he is drop them off. With no where to turn, he ends up at the pet shelter, where is pets are taken in and promised to be given a good home until he returns. Caro finds his pets there and builds a relationship with them. She writes with Gage and one night she wakes up with the horrible feeling that something is wrong. Has something happened to Gage?

I think that this was a perfect fit for what is going on in our world today. There are so many people separated by the war in the Middle East. I love that this story shows us both what is going on in Gage's war life and Caro's frustrating recovery. This story touched my heart - I actually had a tear at the end of this story.

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Denise The only thing I didn't like about Robyn in Coming Unraveled was how she was so excited about buying the store from her grandmother and then ready to leave it to her employees to travel with T.J. Other than that I loved the story.


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