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The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society (Sweetgum Knit #1)

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Two things unite the ladies at Sweetgum Christian Church: their love of knitting and their passion for books. Librarian Eugenie invites Hannah--an angry teenager--to join their circle. Will Hannah's unique perspective bring fresh energy to their meetings or unravel the group?
Hardcover, Large Print, 334 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Center Point (first published May 20th 2008)
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Belinda
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
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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
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Amanda
Jan 04, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather
Oct 21, 2010 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
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
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Alessandra
Sep 09, 2013 Alessandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Margaret Chind
Jul 06, 2008 Margaret Chind rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Gail
Oct 13, 2008 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura
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
Andie Murray
May 21, 2012 Andie Murray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series
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
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Shirley
May 22, 2015 Shirley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Cindy
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!
Bob
Jan 25, 2013 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Carolyn Vandine west
I had to stay up late last night to finish this book. I have never read any of Beth Pattillo's books but I really loved this one.
It has been a long time since I read a book that I could say I really cared about each of the characters. She was sneaky leaving one character or family situation up in the air at the end of chapters and then going to another one. I hope there will be more to follow in the Knit Lit Society. So please if there isn't more, write more please Beth! Should have looked firs
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Beverly
The book club that I attended all of the last year while we read the entire set of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novels has become a knitting book group. This is quite a change since I loved the series set in Three Pines; loved the characters, loved the mysteries and loved the setting. But, in spite of my reservations, so far (2 books in) I have enjoyed the first two offerings. I expected some saccharine prattling with undeveloped characters and little to no plot other than a lot of talk abou ...more
Kerry
Jul 25, 2009 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: everything
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Rebecca Jo
Mar 16, 2015 Rebecca Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Donna
Jan 10, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Dee Gurganus
I stumbled upon "The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society" while scanning through the shelves at the library. And an excellent find, it was. It was an easy, enjoyable read. While the story line's primary focus was the activities and lives of the members of the Sweetgum Knit Lit Society, it also offers a deeper look at human nature. The women of the unique knitting and book group each have a personality the world sees and one they hold to themselves. But don't we all do that. Eugenie, the town librarian, re ...more
Dora
Mar 17, 2016 Dora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book for anyone who enjoys both reading and knitting

Eugenie is the town librarian who is approaching retirement age. She rules her library with an iron fist and tries her best to rescue youths who are about to stray. Hannah is one of her projects. After she catches Hannah tearing pages from a book, she gives her three choices pay for the book, be turned over to the police, or work off the cost of the book AND attend the Sweetgum Knit Lit Society.

The other members of the society ar
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Barbara
Sep 06, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting look at the lives of six women and the way in which they intertwine as they get to know each other as members of a knitting/book group.The characters were realistic and well-developed, and it was very interesting to watch the young teenage girl, Hannah, change during the course of the book. The main drawback I found with the book is that for most of the story all of the women had very serious difficulties they were going through, and even though things changed for many of them ...more
Grace
Aug 05, 2014 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Patricia
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
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
Susan
Oct 05, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Sweetgum, TN is the kind of perfect little town that exists only in fiction. But wait a minute: the perfect members of the knitting and book club do have problems. Merry is worried about her marriage; librarian Eugenie is afraid of her forthcoming retirement; Camille's mother is very ill; sisters Ruth and Esther share an unresolved conflict. When Eugenie brings a neglected teen-ager into the group, Hannah seems to act as a catalyst for all the changes that are in store for the ladies. But the bi ...more
Kshydog
May 27, 2014 Kshydog rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Theacrob
Jun 10, 2015 Theacrob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elizabeth
Oct 21, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of another knitting club book by Debbie Macomber. I think this book had a little more depth to it. It's the story of a knitting/reading club. The concept is a little different from most book clubs and knitting clubs. The book chosen for his month requires a knitting project that fits in with book. I kind of like that. What happens when a sulky 13 y.o. is added to the group as penance for destroying some library
property.
Shari Blakey
I could tell from the summary of this book that it was light reading centered around a group of women in a combined book and knitting club in a small town. Most of the other books in my "stack" were serious reading, which I rarely do in December, so it seemed like an ideal time for this book. The story is certainly not great literature, but pleasant reading around books, knitting and a variety of unique characters.
Lynne
Jul 03, 2013 Lynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, that about sums it up. At first the story is a bit depressing. Every one of the women have issues they are dealing with. But as the story continues, they end up recognizing their problem, not just the symptoms, but the underlying issue. By recognizing their issue, they are able to at least start the process of rectifying the problem. They help young Hannah in her life and at times, it helps them as well. Very good book. Would be excellent for a book club.
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