Christmas at The Little Knitting Box | | Book Review

November 29, 2017

It's been a while my dearest blog, but beginning my second year of university has been overwhelmingly busy, and exciting, and I have been prioritising settling back into the routine of uni life. I have two essays due that are 99% finished, which for once in my entire life I am well ahead of my assignment game. Who finishes an essay a week before it's due?? This nerd apparently. 

So, here's a book review perfectly fitting in with the season, and maybe if you're not feeling it yet, maybe it's too early for you (No such thing.) then I hope this post may help you find a festive read. 

I love Christmas, it's my favourite season. As soon as November rolls around I'm in full festive mode.  On the 1st of November the Christmas playlist was on. I also love knitting, it's my latest hobby, something I've persisted at and made a few beautiful scarves. So with that, I knew I would love reading Christmas at The Little Knitting Box.

This review is part of a blog tour with a paperback copy of Christmas at the Little Knitting Box and chocolate in a giveaway at the end. UK only.

Set in the most magical city for the festive season New York City, we meet Cleo who runs a knitting store in The West Village. It's her pride and joy, and every knitters dream. I loved Cleo's character, she's business minded and passionate, but like everyone, she has her flaws. She's got a history, one that led her to move from England to New York. She takes a massive risk but discovers NYC is her home and I don't blame her. 

There's just one problem. She receives a letter regarding the future on her store, of all the stores on the street. Cleo has a decision to make, another life-changing decision. But when she meets Dylan Bakersfield, a handsome single dad with two children her life changes. This is not one of those ridiculously romantic stories, not that I have any major dislike for them, they're just not my cup of tea. Dylan's story is complicated, and between Cleo and him they (kind of) work together and sort out their problems.

Not only does Cleo have The Little Knitting Box's future on her mind, she has to consider this man, Dylan, someone she's beginning to like and see a future with, but a man with his own bundle of problems - the ex-wife Prue (Who I couldn't stand at first but as her story unfolded I realised she wasn't the villain) who keeps popping up unexpected and a risky career change.

Cleo desperately wants to make the right decision for everyone involved. 

This story is incredibly festive, there's nothing I want more now than to spend a magical Christmas in NYC and to spend it with my family too. Family is important to Cleo, she's your typical home gal. Helen J Rolfe crafts her characters fantastically, they have complex, thought-out back stories with depth. 

One of my favourite scenes is the Inglenook Falls Christmas Market. Cleo happens to bump into Dylan and his two children and they enjoy an evening of festivities, of hot chocolate, cheese tasting and decoration making. 

It's the perfect mix of Christmas, crafts and a little bit of romance, although rocky at times, the ending is wonderful!

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Christmas at the Little Knitting Box

Christmas is coming and New York is in full swing for the snowy season. But at The Little Knitting Box in the West Village, things are about to change …

The Little Knitting Box has been in Cleo’s family for nearly four decades, and since she arrived fresh off the plane from the Cotswolds four years ago, Cleo has been doing a stellar job of running the store. But instead of an early Christmas card in the mail this year, she gets a letter that tips her world on its axis.

Dylan has had a tumultuous few years. His marriage broke down, his mother passed away and he’s been trying to pick up the pieces as a stay-at-home dad. All he wants this Christmas is to give his kids the home and stability they need. But when he meets Cleo at a party one night, he begins to see it’s not always so easy to move on and pick up the pieces, especially when his ex seems determined to win him back.

When the snow starts to fall in New York City, both Cleo and Dylan realise life is rarely so black and white and both of them have choices to make. Will Dylan follow his heart or his head? And will Cleo ever allow herself to be a part of another family when her own fell apart at the seams?

Full of snow, love and the true meaning of Christmas, this novel will have you hooked until the final page.

You can purchase the book here - Amazon UK and

Contact Helen on her website, on Facebook and Twitter. 

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