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Mad About Ewe

(Common Threads #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,250 ratings  ·  235 reviews
Dawn Botstein is doing just fine after her divorce, thank you very much.

She’s got her yarn store to run, her house to herself for the first time in her life, and no use for men anymore. That is until the hottie silver fox who walks into her store turns out to be her old high school crush—the guy who rejected her 30 years ago.

No way is she going to lose her head over him
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published March 18th 2021 by Smartypants Romance
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Penny Reid
Dec 22, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

I am SO excited to announce that 'Mad About Ewe' by Susannah Nix is now LIVE in Kindle Unlimited! Where are my Knitting in the City readers? Prepare thyselves for this heartfelt second chance romance.

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Dawn Botstein is doing just fine after her divorce, thank you very much. She’s got her
Lady Heather
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it

"4- It takes great courage to shoot for the stars!"

There were so many things I really enjoyed about this book.
1) It was a second-chance romance. Not only did the protagonists know one another from high school, but they were both basically starting their lives fresh after being divorced.

2) I LOVED that the protagonists were in their late 40's.
They've lived some life.
There was the fact that there were grown kids involved. An aging parent. The recent death of a parent, and illness.
Real Life.
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Dawn Botstein is doing just fine after her divorce, thank you very much. She’s got her yarn store to run, her hou
Leigh Kramer
CW: cancer

This is a tricky one to review. I’m always here for seasoned romance and in this case, Dawn and Mike are in their late 40s. I wish the story I got matched the blurb: two classmates reconnecting twenty years later. Instead, it’s a cancer book. It felt like a case of bait and switch. Content warnings were sorely needed because I probably would not have accepted an ARC and would have waited to read this until later. (Nix normally includes content warnings with her books so I hope this inf
I loved Susannah Nix's "Chemistry Lessons" series so I was super excited to see her adding to the Pennyverse! Funny enough, that series felt a bit too young for my personal reading preference and MAD ABOUT EWE feels just a bit too "old". I know, I am a horrid ageist when it comes to romance reading! #selfloathing

There were a lot of really great parts of this book! I loved that our female lead is divorced and the male lead is TWICE divorced (a rarity in romance reading for sure). There is such a
Susannah Nix
Dec 22, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
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MAD ABOUT EWE is live in KU!

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Dawn Botstein is doing just fine after her divorce, thank you very much.

She’s got her yarn store to run, her house to herself for the first time in her life, and no use for men anymore. That is until the hottie silver fox who walks into her store turns out to be her old high s
Jessica Alcazar
This book is my first read by this author so I can’t really say I know what she was put on this earth to write but I am fairly certain this is what she was put on this earth to write. This real and relatable, realistic over 40 romance journey is her word wizardry. #betme

With age, comes experience. There’s no denying that. That experience can come packaged in a billion different ways that everyone handles in their own unique way. There’s no instruction manual for life. With age/time people also f
Amanda Z
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 slow and dreary stars
I really hate leaving negative comments for a book in which the author took obvious care when writing it. Nevertheless, this is my honest reaction after finishing the book. I almost DNF it at 40% but I hate doing that especially because the writing in this book is solid. I will also preface this by saying that I am facing middle aged so it's not that I had a problem with the author writing about characters that in the romance genre are considered to be "older." In fact,
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

… before Mike went off to college in Ohio— I screwed up my courage to ask him out on a date. It did not go well. His expression in response to my proposal that we catch a showing of Turner & Hooch was not unlike that of Janet Leigh when Norman Bates pulled back the shower curtain. The sight of Mike’s face frozen in shocked surprise still haunted me occasionally in my anxiety dreams.

I’d catch a heady whiff of her perfume. It was floral, but not like just any old flowers. She smell
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susannah Nix is an author I’ve enjoyed books from in the past. I haven’t read the Smartypants romance world.

Dawn has a successful busy life in Chicago. Mad about Ewe is her baby. Since her children have grown up and she’s got divorced her focus has been on the wool. When an old crush invades her world the past doesn’t feel as far away as it once did.

Mike’s life isn’t turning out the way he wanted. With two divorces under his belt he’s starting fresh. When he bumps into Dawn, the youth he was cha
Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
maybe I'm bored
maybe this is too heavy TW (view spoiler)
or maybe for two characters in their late 40s they sure seem really immature
or maybe it is all the above..
DNF halfway trough
Susannah Nix
Feb 16, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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M.E. Carter
I really, really enjoyed this one. We need more stories like this in romancelandia.
Cassandra Martin
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book almost completely blind. This was a very sweet second chance romance, with the main characters set in their late 40s.

I really have come to appreciate these books that not only tackle hard subjects but place their characters later in life than a typical romance novel.

Dawn and Mike have both had relationships and marriages when they meet again after knowing each other in high school. This creates characters with depth, and knowledge of what they do and do not favor in a rel
Kate Olson
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The only thing that rivals married romance is 40+ romance ❤️ I adored this story (sent marginally in Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City universe) about two almost-50 Chicagoans reuniting after being separated since high school. It’s set in a knitting store (LOVE) and features all the realities of middle aged love and romance. I wish the whole series was by Nix rather than the rotation of authors that Smartypants Romance uses. (available on Kindle Unlimited)
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hot-romance
Finally! A book for the 40+ crowd, nobody understands what Dawn is experiencing unless you’ve lived long enough. She’s a divorcée enjoying the business owner life until her high school crush walked through her door. Mike has not had it easy either, two divorces and a crappy job. I loved how they flirted like high schoolers but then worked out issues like practiced adults. Although it seems like a great second chance story they never had a first chance, thanks to high school politics and egos. Th ...more
Quinn's Quippy Quotes
Jan 10, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: hoopla
It was refreshing to read a book about someone in the same stage of life as me. Honestly, this was really well written. I’ve never read anything by Susannah Nix so I didn’t know what to expect. This might not hit with everyone but for someone entering their 40’s and everyone close to me getting divorced as well as my body failing me on the daily, this hit home for me.
TW: Endometrial Cancer

Dawn Botstein is living the dream. She is finally a business owner - she owns a lovely yarn shop called Mad About Ewe. One day walks into the store Mike Pilota, the guy she had a HUGE crush in highschool.

Mike was the ultimate popular guy and even though he worked with Dawn when they were young he never considered dating her. Years later and he clearly sees his mistake and wants to rectify it asap.

Mad About Ewe is a lovely and heartwarming story about second chances. I loved
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awww, yes. A second chance romance. Dawn and Mike had a bit of a missed connection in high school (not missed so much as pushed aside because kids can be dumb about things that don't matter too much in the grand scheme of things) and running into one another 30 years later is a wake up call. For Dawn, she found out that lingering crush she had in her teens is still going strong. On Mike's end, meeting Dawn again and seeing what she's done with herself (and figuring out what she means to him) hel ...more
Stephanie (read_with_steph)
This book is perfect for readers looking for a later-in-life romance (the MC's are in their late forties) that touches on serious topics and faces the realities of dating as an adult head-on, but maintains a sweet and sexy underlayer. This book feels refreshingly real. While I've read several Susannah Nix books before, they have all been part of her women in STEM series, where I believe the heroines are in their 20s-30s so this was a change. One thing I love about later-in-life romances is you t ...more
Laura  Jones
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dawn Botstein is in her 50's and is newly divorced from Jerry in a mostly amicable split. They raised two boys who have now flown the nest, leaving Dawn in solitude. Thankfully, she finds happiness in her fiber arts store, Mad About Ewe. On one day at the store just like any other, however, her love life, or lack there of, takes a drastic turn. Dawn still remembers the epic crush she held for Mike Pilota back in high school when they worked together at Pizza My Heart. Now, 30 years after Dawn ha ...more
Lenore Kosinski
Mar 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

I received a free copy through Smartypants Romance in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

3.5 stars — I enjoyed parts of the book, but ended up feeling kind of meh on other parts.

I think part of my problem is that I had a hard time connecting with parts of Dawn…or maybe the extremes of Dawn. Like, I can definitely vibe with the caretaker personality of not wanting to be a burden on friends and family (though not necessarily from personal exp
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Mad About Ewe by Susannah Nix

‘“Men,” Linda harrumphed from her chair by the window. “Can’t live with them, can’t tip the lot of them into a volcano and start society over without ‘em.”’

I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into this story, even from having read the blurb I had no idea just how much I would love this realistic yet profound romance story, but I was surprised in a rather spectacular fashion, with how easy the laughs came, the book overflowing with wit and charm, a
This was a very sweet second chance romance with some fiery heat for good measure.

Dawn Botstein is the happily divorced owner of her very own yarn shop. Honestly, if you own your own yarn shop you cannot possibly need anything else except maybe Mike Pilota her super crush from way back when.

In high school Mike was the cool kid everyone wanted to be around and Dawn was just not running in the same circles but they did spend time together and got along well in private while she nursed her crush.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was sexy and sweet, but with the added complexities of an over-40 romance. Dawn and Mike are completely lovable and totally relatable for me. In fact, if Mike were not a fictional character, we would have attended Ohio State at the same time. And these characters are so real and easy to connect to that you forget that they aren’t actual people!

I’m not sure if you classify Dawn and Mike as a second-chance romance, since Mike turned Dawn down flat in high school, bu
Kelly (the book hussy)

My first time reading this author. I liked that the couple was in their late 40's. I didn't like how the heroine was still hung up on what happened in high school. Both characters had some immaturity. So the age difference didn't seem to matter in the end.
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***5 Stars***

I freakin’ adored this book.

I’m not sure if it was because the characters kinda fit into my age bracket, or the fact that I found that many of the conversations they were having with themselves in their heads I could relate to ~ even though I don’t share their specific life experiences...I don’t I just found this book to sweet, funny, heart warming, frustrating, smexy and just an all around great read for me from start to finish and I really wish th
Micky Cox
Oct 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Finally a book with middle aged characters that are actually compelling and relatable! Fantastic audiobook with dual narration that helps bring all the characters more fully to life. A sweet romance about second chances and starting over in mid-life.
Michele McMullen
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
A wonderful second chance romance with Dawn and Mike. I was loving the fact that the characters where in their late 40's and have each been married before. This couple went to high school together but ran in different crowds. It is not to say that Dawn may not have fantasized about the handsome football player but she knew it wasn't meant to be. Now Dawn has found herself newly divorced and finally for the first time living her life for herself. Mike has relocated to his home town and is helping ...more
Jul 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library, dnf, audio
DNF at 43%

The characters were 'old' and there was a lot of emphasis on how old they were. They were 47-48. Not old.

However, they acted like teenagers. Oh he deserves a pretty wife, I'm not good enough for him, etc, etc.
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Susannah Nix is a RITA® Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of rom-coms and contemporary romances who lives in Texas with her husband. On the rare occasions she's not writing, she can be found reading, knitting, lifting weights, drinking wine, or obsessively watching Ted Lasso on repeat to stave off existential angst.

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