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Knit Two
by Kate Jacobs
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Putnam, 2008 (2008)
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*   Reviewed by Lori Waddington

In January 2007, author Kate Jacobs' debut novel, The Friday Night Knitting Club, was a huge success. Almost two years later, she has written a sequel entitled Knit Two. SPOILER ALERT: If you have not yet read the first novel, you are about to find out how it ends.

When Knit Two opens, five years have passed since the sudden death of Georgia Walker, owner of the yarn store Walker And Daughter. Georgia's daughter Dakota is now eighteen years old and lives with her father, James. In addition to attending college at NYU, Dakota is part-owner of Walker and Daughter where she works when not in school. Though she knows she is expected to take over running the yarn store when she graduates college, Dakota is much more interested in pursuing a culinary career.

Seventy-eight-year-old Anita Lowenstein is now engaged to marry Marty Popper, and Peri Gayle has remodeled Walker and Daughter to showcase her successful line of pocketbooks. Lucie Brennan is busy struggling with her aging mother and five-year-old daughter; K. C. Silverman is happy with her law career; and Darwin Chiu has just given birth to twins. Rounding out this group is Cat Phillips, who now owns an antique store in a suburb of New York.

The problem with Knit Two is that it lacks the substance of the first novel; Georgia's character was so well-written that the sequel suffers from her passing. Nevertheless, Kate Jacobs does a commendable job of keeping the reader interested as she continues the story of the Knitting Club.

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