Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Great Christmas Knit-Off by Alexandra Brown – TLC Tour Stop

The Great Christmas Knit-Off was exactly what I needed right now during the mid-term season of my semester, a novel that was equivalent to a large cup of hot chocolate with whip cream on top.  Sybil, Sybs, is having a crisis.  She was set to marry her fiancé in a May the 4th Star Wars themed wedding complete with Sybs dressed as Princess Leia with the buns, when her fiancée ran off with another woman . . . her twin sister!  After a mistake at work and with her personal life in shambles, Sybs decides to visit her friend Cher in a quaint English village, Tindledale.

Once in Tindledale for a long weekend, Sybs discovers that in a small town, everyone knows what the new person is doing and their business.  She also discovers Hettie’s House of Haberdashery complete with many items that sing to her knitter’s heart, but also a lot of old stock that needs to be changed.  The proprietor, Hettie Honey, loves knitting, but is facing eviction due to the unscrupulous actions of her nephew and the poor business she has had over the past few years.  Sybs decides to help out Hettie, while Hettie also helps Sybs with a knitting project, and pretty soon, Sybs has the house of Haberdashery on the map as a trendy place to knit and chat.  She also devices a way to get the town knitting and helping Hettie for a great Christmas knit-off.  Along the way, Sybs also meets the dashing Dr. Darcy.  Will Sybs find her way in the world and take the chance for a new start?  Will Hettie’s shop by saved?

I loved the cozy writing and storyline.  The characters in Tindledale were interesting, and fun to read about.  I loved Sybs and was cheering for her through the book.  I love stories about people having a crisis and how they are able to work their way through it.  I also love when someone follows their passion and dreams.  And I also love Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice and loved the nod to the name of the hero in this novel, Dr. Darcy. 

Overall, The Great Christmas Knit-off is a delight to read with a great story, characters, and setting.  I want to visit Tindledale!  I love Christmas novels, and this will be sure to be one that will delight for years to come.

Book Source:  William Morrow for a review for the TLC Book Tour.  Thank-you and check this link for more stopson the tour.

About The Great Christmas Knit-Off

• Paperback: 400 pages • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 13, 2015) When life unravels, it's time to knit . . . Sybil has always taken comfort in her passion for knitting, creating beautiful garments stitch by stitch. But her world suddenly unravels when her fiancé ditches her for her identical twin sister at her Star Wars–themed wedding, leaving Sybil at the altar sporting a Princess Leia do. And things go from bad to worse when an incident at work jeopardizes her job. To escape her woes and forget that she'll be alone for Christmas this year, Sybil sets off to visit her friend Cher in Tindledale—a winter wonderland of quaint shops and snowy rooftops. When she arrives in the idyllic town, she can't help feeling like she's in a Hallmark greeting card. She's embraced by welcoming—if eccentric—locals wearing handmade sweaters that remind Sybil of her own creations and her unrealized ambitions of selling them. So when the owner of a vintage-clothing boutique asks her to make an assortment of knits for their display window, she's thrilled. And hoping to heal her broken heart, the hot town doctor has even taken an interest in Sybil. But just when Sybil thinks she's going to have her fairy-tale Christmas after all, an unexpected turn of events threatens to unspool her happily ever after.
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Alexandra Brown APAbout Alexandra Brown

Alexandra Brown began her writing career as the City Girl columnist for the London Paper. She wrote the weekly column—a satirical diary account of her time working in the corporate world of London—for two years before giving it up to concentrate on writing novels and is now the author of the Cupcakes at Carrington's books. Set in a department store in the pretty seaside town of Mulberry-On-Sea, the series follows the life, loves and laughs of sales assistant Georgie Hart. The Great Christmas Knit-Off is Alexandra's fourth book and the first in a new series set in the fictional village of Tindledale, following the lives of all the characters there. Alexandra lives in a real village near the south coast of England with her husband, daughter and a very shiny black Labrador retriever. Find out more about Alexandra at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  1. Laura, I like the sound of this Christmas novel! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. Terrific review, as always!

  2. Seems like a great book for this time of year, leading up to Christmas! Kind of like Love, Actually. :)

    Thanks for being on the tour!