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September 30, 2021

The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan ~ an Audiobook Review

by Donna Huber

The cover and title of The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan kept catching my eye but I thought it would be too much of a chick-lit rom-com for my likely but one of the times it caught my eye I noticed it was listed as woman's fiction so I decided to give it a try. It is a light women's fiction story like you would find in a romantic comedy and there is some romance, the plot is focused on all sorts of relationships - siblings, colleagues, friends.

Amazon affiliate links are used on this site. A free audiobook was provided for an honest review.

The Woolly Hat Knitting Club
October 2021; Saga Egmont Audio; 9788726869811
audio (9h 38m), ebook, print; women's fiction

Dee is a driven marketing executive (some would call her a workaholic). But one thing that will make her drop everything is her brother JP. When he calls saying he has two broken wrists she abruptly leaves a meeting to go to him. While helping him, things at work seem to be falling through the cracks and Dee finds herself suddenly terminated 

I have to say her workplace was toxic. I know there's are companies that are demanding, but with so much more emphasis on life-work balance, I had problems believing that a company would be like that anymore. Plus her employment contract seemed a little outlandish - no recourse for termination? Perhaps employment law is different in the UK.

Dee's unemployment allows her to re-evaluate her life including relationships she has neglected. It is a journey of self-discovery that is a familiar one for many women.

The rest of the cast of characters is colorful and full of life. They make for a fun, lively story that is very enjoyable. It reminded me of The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs and not just because both stories feature knitting. The camaraderie between the characters felt similar.

The audiobook was easy to listen to with some distractions (I listened to most of it while work). Lizzie Wofford does an excellent job. There is a number of characters and she creates unique voices for each of them. I had no problem distinguishing the various characters. 

I wasn't really sure what to expect when I picked up this book as Poppy Dolan was a totally new-to-me author. But it was a delightful story with lovely characters. Her style reminded me of another one of my favorite British writers, Lily Bartlett.

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour

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