The Van Ripper women have been the talk of Tarrytown, New York, for centuries. Some say they’re angels; some say they’re crooks. In their tumbledown “Stitchery,” not far from the stomping grounds of the legendary Headless Horseman, the Van Ripper sisters—Aubrey, Bitty, and Meggie—are said to knit people’s most ardent wishes into beautiful scarves and mittens, granting them health, success, or even a blossoming romance. But for the magic to work, sacrifices must be made—and no one knows that better than the Van Rippers.
When the Stitchery matriarch, Mariah, dies, she leaves the yarn shop to her three nieces. Aubrey, shy and reliable, has dedicated her life to weaving spells for the community, though her sisters have long stayed away. Bitty, pragmatic and persistent, has always been skeptical of magic and wants her children to have a normal, nonmagical life. Meggie, restless and free-spirited, follows her own set of rules. Now, after Mariah’s death forces a reunion, the sisters must reassess the state of their lives even as they decide the fate of the Stitchery. But their relationships with one another—and their beliefs in magic—are put to the test. Will the threads hold?
For the most part I enjoyed this book, the characters are wonderful. Allen does a great job with making the characters of all three sisters believable and likable. I personally do not knit but I still found that I enjoyed all the references to yarn and knitting and I am sure a true knitter would be even more delighted with this book than I was. This is really a character driven book with some knitting magic thrown in and for most of the book it worked for me.
The part of the book that I had a problem with was the actual magic. I am a huge Sarah Addison Allen fan so I find that I compare magical realism books with hers and this one just was not as good as SAA's. I just did not find myself believing in the magic the way that I do in SAA's books.
Even with the problem with the magic in the book I did still enjoy the story. I loved reading about the three sisters and the love story thrown in for Aubrey was very sweet. I would still recommend this one to the magical realism fan, not as good as Sarah Addison Allen but still a worthwhile read.
I am a stay at home mom of three kids who loves to read. I have always been a reader, but I have been reading even more recently and have found some amazing books. My favorite genres are historical fiction and classics. I also try to read lots of other types of books, but I always come back to my favorites.