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The Friday Night Knitting Club (& a giveaway)!

February 5, 2008

The Friday Night Knitting ClubFirst, let me say that I think the title of this book does it an injustice. Sure, it would appeal to knitters (and there are plenty of us out there) but I’m afraid that some one who doesn’t consider themselves “crafty” might shy away from this book and they really shouldn’t. As it turns out, The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs is a well written book about so much more than a knitting club. This novel is mostly a book about relationships – marriages, friendships, first loves and broken hearts.  

The book centers around Georgia Walker, owner of Walker and Daughter, a New York City yarn shop. Georgia is a single mother to a pre-teenage daughter Dakota. Having had her heart broken by Dakota’s father James while still pregnant, Georgia was left to find her own way to make a living and support her family. In comes Anita, a spunky, confident, wealthy widow in her seventies who not only helps Georgia start her business, but also works at the yarn shop to keep herself busy after the death of her husband. One day Anita suggests to a regular customer that she could take a seat in the shop and do some knitting. Quickly joined by Dakota (who not only is an accomplished knitter at the young age of twelve, but also an entrepreneur like her mom) Darwin, K.C and Peri and the Friday Night Knitting Club is born.

Throw into the mix the fact that James has made an appearance back into his daughter’s life and Georgia’s long lost BFF from high school, who is now a snobby New York socialite, has suddenly showed up at the shop and Georgia’s life gets a bit more complicated. I loved the fact that Georgia wasn’t a one dimensional character. Jacobs brought a lot of depth to her main character that I think a lesser author would have missed.

I was secretly happy when my friend Tracy suggested this for our February book club read – I had just bought it at Target a few days before and was anxious to start reading it. I also contacted the author (you can visit her site here) and she not only agreed to call into our book club meeting, but also had her publisher send me another copy of her book for a giveaway.

So, if you would like to win a copy of The Friday Night Knitting Club, please leave a comment here by midnight EST time February 13th to be automatically entered into the drawing. For an even better chance to win, post about this contest on your own blog (linking back to this post) and your name will be entered twice! And because it’s Valentine’s Day coming up and I’m all for passing on the love, the winner will also receive a Starbucks gift card!

The winner will be announced on Thursday, February 14th. I will also be posting an interview with Kate Jacobs, where she answers questions about the book publishing industry, what books she has been reading and a little bit about her next book coming out this spring.

88 Comments leave one →
  1. Swapna Krishna permalink
    February 5, 2008 11:18 am

    I’d love to be entered to win!

  2. Kierra permalink
    February 5, 2008 11:47 am

    thank you for hosting this giveaway!!

  3. February 5, 2008 11:53 am

    I’ve been eyeing this book for awhile. I would love to win it! Thanks. I’ll post a link on my blog as soon as I get to it.

  4. February 5, 2008 1:43 pm

    oooh, please put my name in the hat! And I will certainly post this to my own blog!

  5. February 5, 2008 2:14 pm

    I would love a chance to win. Thank you for your review. I am one of those non-crafty types that have shied away from this one. It’s on my TBR list now!

  6. February 5, 2008 2:29 pm

    I’m also a non-crafty type that may not have ever picked this up! I’d love to win it, and I’ll post about it later today. Thanks!

  7. February 5, 2008 2:47 pm

    Hi! I entered the contest and I also posted it on my blog. Thanks for this opportunity!

  8. February 5, 2008 4:27 pm

    This sounds like an enjoyable book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. February 5, 2008 4:56 pm

    Oh this kind of reminds me of Lee Childs Scrapbook mysteries. Sounds great!

  10. February 5, 2008 5:00 pm

    Love to see a young girl as an entrepenuer!

  11. February 5, 2008 5:43 pm

    Count me in!

  12. February 5, 2008 5:54 pm

    I’ve seen this one around–especially people reading it in the airport the past couple of weeks. I love that you contacted the author! I don’t think I would ever have the guts for that. 🙂 Count me in for the drawing.

  13. Karlie permalink
    February 5, 2008 8:11 pm

    I saw this book on Target’s reading list and have been wanting to read it ever since!

  14. February 5, 2008 8:44 pm

    I’d like to enter!

  15. February 5, 2008 8:49 pm

    I’d love to be in the drawing, and I blogged about it here.

  16. trish permalink
    February 6, 2008 12:06 am

    Enter me in this drawing and I’ll be posting about it tomorrow.

  17. February 6, 2008 11:52 am

    Please enter me in the drawing – thanks!

  18. February 6, 2008 12:01 pm

    I’d love to win – please enter me! Thanks 🙂

  19. February 6, 2008 1:16 pm

    I keep hearing about this book lately, so, of course I’d like to be added to the drawing! Thanks so much!

  20. February 6, 2008 3:51 pm

    Reading about knitting? Could I knit while I read? Sign me up! Hopefully I can get my act together to be entered twice!

  21. February 6, 2008 4:55 pm

    I’ve heard about this book for a while. I believe they are making a movie with Julia Roberts.

    Sign me up for the giveaway. If I get the time I’ll post a link at our site too.

  22. February 6, 2008 5:18 pm

    Oh my, another book to add to my never ending reading list. I’ve just discovered your blog and am enjoying it!

  23. February 6, 2008 11:29 pm

    Count me in too!!!

  24. February 7, 2008 10:07 am

    I’m in, and I blogged about it to promote it for you. I just ran across your blog, have been enjoying it!

  25. February 7, 2008 10:18 am

    This sounds like a great read! Please count me in too! 🙂

  26. February 7, 2008 2:52 pm

    Who can resist a good book, especially one that’s being given away? Can’t wait to see who wins!

  27. February 7, 2008 3:12 pm

    I have been wanting to read this book for a while; thanks for holding this contest!

    How cool that you were able to contact Kate Jacobs! I’m looking forward to her interview 🙂

  28. February 7, 2008 4:17 pm

    I have been waiting to get my hands on this book but the hold list at the local library is about a mile long…thanks for having the contest!

  29. February 7, 2008 6:21 pm

    Great review! I’m probably one of those people that might pass the book up because I don’t consider myself crafty, but you’ve made it sound wonderful!

  30. February 7, 2008 6:30 pm

    It sounds like a wonderful book – I admit even I was hesitant to try this one, as I thought it might not be to my liking, but it sounds good! Count me in for the drawing, please 🙂

  31. February 7, 2008 8:20 pm

    Yay. I’m in.

  32. February 7, 2008 8:22 pm

    This book sounds great! Plus I need a J author for the A-Z challenge! Please enter me in the drawing! I will also post on my blog! 🙂

  33. Natasha permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:08 pm

    Hi! I would like to enter. I post about this contest on my blog. Thanks!

  34. chanknits permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:05 am

    Sounds great! Count me in…

  35. February 8, 2008 11:49 am

    Sounds great… a book AND coffee.. count me in!

  36. February 8, 2008 4:26 pm

    neat i am in

  37. February 8, 2008 7:49 pm

    I’d seen the book and thought it looked fun. I’m in!! I’ll get a link up later, too!

  38. February 8, 2008 11:26 pm

    I’ve had my name on the list from our library, it is a popular title. I’m looking forward to the movie, but I’m more looking forward to reading the book. thank you for offering the book. (Chan sent me over)

  39. February 9, 2008 12:41 am

    Sounds like a terrific read – count me in as well!

    I’m going to include it in my contest round up blog post at my book review/contest blog – A Book Blogger’s Diary


  40. Mary permalink
    February 9, 2008 12:45 am

    I love a good read, count me in!

  41. Cindi Hoppes permalink
    February 9, 2008 1:37 am

    Hi, What a fabulous giveaway contest. I would love to read the book your are giving away. I would give the Starbucks card to my son in college! It is very cold when he goes from class to class. He has a Starbucks in the Union Building. He could stop and get a hot drink. Thanks very much…..Cindi 🙂

  42. February 9, 2008 5:58 pm

    I added this one to my TBR. Thanks!

  43. February 9, 2008 8:26 pm

    I just got my link up! It’s at


  44. February 9, 2008 10:25 pm

    Count me in!

  45. February 10, 2008 12:17 am

    Sounds great! Count me in! 🙂

  46. February 10, 2008 12:39 am

    What a great contest. Count me in.

  47. February 10, 2008 2:04 am

    Oh, me too!

  48. February 10, 2008 2:19 am

    Heya, I’d love to receive a copy. I’ve read the intro chapter of it at the local bookstore and would love to have it in my hands! Thanks for the great contest.

  49. February 10, 2008 8:40 am

    Sounds like a good book, count me in!

  50. February 10, 2008 9:16 am

    Hey Stephanie!! Please count me in for your book give away. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  51. February 10, 2008 11:42 am

    Enter me please! I heard about the contest from Alana (


  52. February 10, 2008 1:51 pm

    I loved this book – and I’ve never knitted a stitch in my life. It’s a wonderful story about women, relationships, friendships, and having a passion for something.

    Great review! How exciting to have the author speak to your book club.

  53. February 10, 2008 3:35 pm

    Oh, I`ve wanted to read this book. Thanks for hosting the contest. A nice Valentine for knitters,

  54. Elaine Rosser permalink
    February 10, 2008 5:50 pm

    Love this !

  55. February 10, 2008 6:54 pm

    I’d love to win!

  56. February 10, 2008 8:38 pm

    I keep seeing this book mentioned on various blogs. It must be good.

  57. Hannah permalink
    February 10, 2008 8:54 pm

    I think I was meant to have this book because I almost just bought it on a knitting website! What a coincidence! Thank you for the chance to win!

  58. February 10, 2008 10:16 pm

    Please include my name in the drawing. Sounds like a good book. Thanks. Happy Valentine Day.

  59. February 10, 2008 10:44 pm

    Me too, please. Thanks for the contest!

  60. February 10, 2008 11:56 pm

    Wow! 55 comments. Do I stand a chance??? 🙂 Aw, throw my name in the hat. What the heck. 🙂

  61. February 11, 2008 12:02 am

    Thanks for the contest, very generous!

  62. February 11, 2008 3:01 am

    I’d love to read this book, but I’ve bought so many books recently that I was trying to resist the temptation.

  63. Melanie permalink
    February 11, 2008 8:10 am

    I love your website and I love books. There is not enough time to get them all read. Love to win another one for my bookshelf. Thanks.

  64. February 11, 2008 9:54 pm

    I don’t know if it’s too late, but I did add a link to my blog:

  65. LisaRD permalink
    February 11, 2008 11:38 pm

    This looks like a very fun read. Thanks for doing such a fun drawing!

  66. February 12, 2008 9:03 am

    Please enter me! (and I posted on it today – I thought I would find the linkback here…) Thanks you! – Care at

  67. February 12, 2008 4:33 pm

    This book has caught my eye at the store several times. I would really love to read it! Please ‘pick’ me as the winner! 🙂

  68. February 12, 2008 10:54 pm

    I found you through bkclubcare and I would like to be entered. Thank you for hosting.

  69. anne permalink
    February 12, 2008 11:21 pm

    Please enter me. I know that this is a wondeful novel and thanks for this giveaway.

  70. acupofjoy permalink
    February 13, 2008 1:34 am

    I’d love to win this book! I love to knit and read and review books! Great! Fabulous! Throw my name it with the rest, please!


  71. February 13, 2008 2:45 am

    this book is one I have been interested in, I’d love to read it!!!

  72. Paula Gordon permalink
    February 13, 2008 8:24 am

    I would love to enjoy this book.

  73. Eabs permalink
    February 13, 2008 8:39 am

    This sounds an awful lot like the Debbie Macomber books about a yarn shop owner and her knitting class. Are there enough differences to make it enjoyable? Willing to read it and find out.

  74. Laura permalink
    February 13, 2008 3:30 pm

    I would love to read this book. Sounds a bit like the Jennifer Chiavarini books for quilters, but for knitters. I also loved the Debbie MacComber books about a yarn shop owner. It sounds as though it might be a little bit more indelth than the ones I mentioned. I would LOVE to find out!

  75. February 13, 2008 8:30 pm

    Holy cow, there are a lot of people interested in knitting and women’s gatherings! Enter me into this enormously long list, please. I just watched “The Jane Austen Book Club” and am in the mood for some more stories about groups of women and their relationships!

  76. November 22, 2008 5:25 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Friday Night Knitting Club, and also reviewed it on my blog about books, Suko’s Notebook! Recently I posted an interview with Kate Jacobs, who so graciously gave of her time on the eve of her new book’s publication.

  77. charlene permalink
    January 17, 2009 2:07 pm

    I would love to be entered in the contest! I am a single mom myself and crochet daily. Lately, I have been selling some projects on the side to try to make ends meet. I never get prizes for myself; it all goes to my son. This would be a nice prize for me.

  78. Nancy permalink
    January 20, 2009 8:00 am

    Our book club is discussing this book tonight. Please enter me in the contest, and thank you!

  79. Kathie permalink
    February 11, 2009 12:35 pm

    I have been looking forward to reading this book. The library has quite a wait list. I would love to be entered in the drawing! Thanks.

  80. Ann permalink
    February 12, 2009 3:34 am

    Am I the only one who thought this book was awful? It was poorly written, full of unbelievable characters, one dimensional, wooden dialogue. In fact it’s all dialogue. Throw in a mix of ethnic groups, races, religions, ages & finish with a death by cancer – & she’s covered it all. It feels like it was written by a formula. Can’t believe this author was an editor. More suited to pre-teens than adults. Do not put me in for the drawing.


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