What Casting Off is about:
On a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland, the fishermen's handmade sweaters tell a story. Each is unique-feelings stitched into rows, memories into patterns. It is here that Rebecca Moray comes to research a book on Irish knitting. With her daughter, Rowan, accompanying her, she hopes to lose herself in the history of the island and forget her own painful past. Soon, the townsfolk's warm embrace wraps Rebecca and Rowan in a world of friendship, laughter, and love.
I found this little gem of a book on my library's sale cart and for .50 cents how could I go wrong? The cover alone made me stop and take notice. After reading the back and finding out that the setting was Ireland, I was sold! There wasn't one part of this book that I didn't like. The characters are all there and so are their personalities. I swear every book that I read where the people go to the pub, knit, and are fisherman have me chomping at the bit to get my passport and board this next flight to Ireland and never come home!!!
Recommend? No question...yes! For me I'm always looking for stories that allow for character growth and keep me engaged with the storyline. I was totally immersed into the stories behind the creation of the gansies (sweaters) and the different designs that are knitted into them. This book made me wish time and time again that I grew up learning how to knit! Perfect way to spend a few days and left me wanting to read more from this author!
Source: Purchase from library sale cart
Bookish Thoughts #32