Pittsburgh resident Libby Cartwright is shocked to learn that she has inherited “Barb’s Knits,” a knitting store owned and operated by her mother in Cleveland. Libby was estranged from her mother, who essentially abandoned her as a child and left her to be raised by her grandparents. Now that Libby’s mother is gone, it appears that the fate of Barb’s Knits is in Libby’s hands.
Libby has no intention of running a knitting store. For one, she doesn’t knit. There are also geographical constraints; she and her husband own a small law practice. Unfortunately, though, their practice is in dire financial straits. Barb’s husband wants Lily to sell the store for the money, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Meghan, doesn’t want to move to Cleveland.
Without even going to Cleveland to see the store and property, Libby simply hires a real estate agent and puts it on the market. Her plans change abruptly, though, when her husband turns her life upside-down. It turns out that he has been seeing an associate from their law office; she is now pregnant, and he intends to divorce Libby so he can marry his girlfriend.
Over Meghan’s strident objections, Libby packs the two of them up and heads for Cleveland. With the help of some locals who knew Libby’s mother, Libby reopens the shop, which she renames Metropolitan Knits. This is all over the continued objections of her daughter, who wants to move back to Pittsburgh, and she makes her point known by rebelling on a regular basis. Libby makes some new, close friends and comes to learn more about her mother and the person that she was. She is able to see a side of her that she never knew, and it is a process of looking past her feelings of betrayal toward forgiveness and acceptance. Libby even gets a second chance at love with a handsome and prosperous local, Hal O’Connell.
Knit Two Together is a cozy story about relationships, love and forgiveness with some family drama thrown into the mix. At times, the story proceeds a bit too slowly; I would have preferred a faster-moving plot. That said, this book is an interesting drama centering on Libby’s life, past and present, as she tries to make a new life for herself and her daughter while gracefully moving on from her old one.