I loved Debbie Macomber’s Shop on Blossom Street, so I was excited to get the book The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love by Beth Pattillo.

Knit for Love

The Knit Lit Society of Sweetgum, Tennessee meets to discuss literature and show their knitting projects that somehow connect to the stories they are reading. In this book(book 2) they discuss “Great Love Stories in Literature” — Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Song of Solomon, and Gone with the Wind. The stories parallel somewhat the lives of the ladies in the society.

Romeo and Juliet’s story is lived out through the lives of a bi-racial romance. While I read the story, I was hoping they wouldn’t kill themselves like in the play.

There was also a Pride and Prejudice storyline where the rich, arrogant business man falls for the less than desirable shop keeper.

The Gone with the Wind parallel comes in when one of the ladies has to deal with the illness of a child.

I enjoyed the teenage romance. The teenage romance links to Wuthering Heights story since Cathy and Heathcliff began their love for one another as children just like the young couple in the book. Fortunately, the couple in the book had a happier ending than Cathy and Heathcliff. I read Wuthering Heights for my 10th grade book report(verbal). Very complicated plot–loved it.

OK, I didn’t quite get the Song of Solomon parallel. That’s just my ignorance I suppose.

I was a little disappointed in the  librarian’s story. She is an older newlywed(to a Pastor) of just a few weeks when the book begins.  Before being a Pastor’s wife she rarely attended church because of being let down by the people. Still,  I’ve been let down by people in the church before, but they are just people–sinners–so I wouldn’t let them stop me from doing what is my duty–not to the people, but to God(obedience). In the end she is supposed to stand up and give her testimony which is supposed to relieve any doubts the church people have in her Christianity. The actual testimony wasn’t in the book, which disappointed me a great deal, and the summary of her testimony sounded like a “this is what I’ve done” which is contrary to my belief in saving faith being based on what Christ did, not what we do.  I was not convinced.

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The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love