Christmas at The Little Knitting Box by Helen J Rolfe
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?
The description of all those beautiful yarns brought back my own knitting days and I still love the look and the feel of haberdasheries.
The whole thing was more or less perfect- I say "less" because the first couple of pages didn't grab me, and if they don't grab you either, keep reading because the rest of them most certainly will.
The author paints a lovely picture of a city I've never had any urge to visit, until I read this wonderful tale, and it's not just the descriptions, or the Christmasiness of the story which drew me in, it was the two main characters themselves and the metaphorical journey they go on both separately and together.
And who couldn't fail to adore those gorgeous children, or their even more gorgeous father! I need a Dylan in my life!
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About the Author
Helen was kind enough to answer a couple of questions, so we can get to know her better.
If you could be any age again for a day, what age would it be and why?
This is a tough question to answer as there are so many ages I have enjoyed being!
In a way I’d love to have another day as a child of eight. I still believed in Santa Claus back then and it was also the year it snowed, from memory, so Christmas was all the more magical. There’s something so exciting about going to bed on Christmas Eve and knowing Santa will come and leave presents and a stocking, and waking up was so exciting especially when I saw that the whole of our street was blanketed in white.
Otherwise, I’d like to be in my late twenties. I think I’d learnt a lot about life by then and I’d be savvy enough to enjoy things, appreciate them and make the most of them. I also had the energy to enjoy more Christmas festivities too!
If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
This would be awesome if it ever happened!
Now that I’ve been to New York, I am torn! So I’m going to be awkward and cover two choices…
My first choice would be New York because it was totally amazing. Staying in a brownstone I really felt I was living there – it was noisy, but then I expected that. I would love to go there again because even though I felt like I saw so much, there is a lot still to see. Next time I’d like to make my way over to Brooklyn perhaps, do more of Central Park which was a welcome escape from the mayhem of the city, and I’d like to perhaps see it in the winter instead. On my visit it was glorious sunshine and blue skies, but it would be really interesting to see how the city changed in the colder months.
My other choice would have to be Australia! I lived there for fourteen years and to say I miss it is an understatement. When I was in New York it actually reminded me a lot of Australia, with the wide roads, the yellow taxis, the sun and blue skies. I’d fly into Melbourne, my all time favourite city. I’d be able to walk along the banks of the Yarra, enjoy a hot chocolate in Melbourne’s famous laneways and meet up with friends who I miss dearly.
More about Helen
Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women's fiction with an emphasis on relationships and love. She enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and characters who face challenges and fight to overcome them. Helen enjoys creating strong female lead characters and although her stories often deal with serious issues, they always have a happy ending. Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen's books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds. Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she studied writing and journalism and began writing for women's health and fitness magazines. She also volunteered with the PR department of a children's hospital where she wrote articles and media releases. Helen began writing fiction in 2011 and hasn't missed the I.T. world one little bit, although the I.T. skills have come in handy of course, especially when it comes to creating and maintaining a website. After fourteen years of living in Australia, Helen returned to the UK and now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their children. To learn more about Helen and her writing, find her at: www.helenjrolfe.com https://www.facebook.com/helenjrolfewriter https://twitter.com/hjrolfe