Ah, Twilight. You may be thinking Stephenie Meyer when you read that, but me? I'm thinking of Lori Wilde's latest small-town creation, the tightly-knit (No pun intended. Wait. Yes. Pun intended) town of Twilight, Texas. This is the setting for her warm-hearted, emotionally-charged new contemporary romance,

 

The Sweethearts' Knitting Club.

 

Twilight, Texas, is a place where high school sweethearts can be reunited through the town matchmaker. It's the kind of place where, if you happen to be married to your high-school sweetheart and also know your way around a pair of knitting needles, you can join the local knitting group run by Flynn MacGregor.

 

Flynn has lived in Twilight all her life, and she's spent that time being a good girl: picking up the pieces of her shattered family after the death of her mother, fulfilling her mother's dream by running the knitting circle, and dating the solid, reliable Sheriff Beau Trainer.

 

But Flynn has a few secrets, one to do with her knitting ability and the other to do with the bad boy who captured her imagination and her heart all the way back in high school, Jesse Calloway. Jesse understood Flynn like no other person ever had or ever will, but he was sent to prison and Flynn thought she'd never see him again. Until, of course, now. He's out of the joint and ready for a new start in Twilight. Because it just so happens that he's never gotten Flynn out of his system, either...

 

Oh, the drama, right? Well this lovely little book is the December Feature Romance at Romantic Reads, and we'll be chatting about it all month. And next week, Lori Wilde herself will be visiting to tell us all about Flynn and Jesse, why she learned to knit, and what's next for Twilight.

 

Also this week: we're weighing in Eloisa James' latest Reading Romance column, which happens to be all about small towns. And we're helping folks find books that are comparable to Nicholas Sparks.

 

So come on over and tell us what you're reading and what you recommend. Also, don't forget that next week kicks off our special two-week long Sneak Peak program, where we'll be reading and discussing Heather Webber's Truly, Madly.

 

CenterStage says goodbye next week with a visit from the unmatched Philippa Gregory. We'll be talking about those Boleyns and her most recent book, The White Queen.

 

Don't miss Michelle Buonfiglio's rumination on why cover copy drives her to pick up certain books at Unabashedly Bookish.

 

Comments
by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-01-2009 05:32 PM

I'm eager to read Lori Wilde's book -- it sounds great, and I liked her other books. I'll join your discussion soon!

by 1lovealways on ‎12-01-2009 07:29 PM

Hi Melanie!

 

You know what they say.  Some of the things that go on in small towns are just like a soap opera.  Sounds like a good book.  Bad boys, good girls, good ole boys, bad girls, secrets, mysteries and Lord knows what else!  So much drama!

 

I've read several books about small town life and believe me the urban city dweller has nothing on these folks.  Yes, indeed this book sounds like it's going to be another of those kind.  I knit, but I bet I have nothing on these folks and their knitting circle (gossip circle)!  :smileyhappy: 

by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎12-02-2009 09:46 AM

I'm happy to say, too, that Lori is as wonderful as her books are!

 

1LoveAlways: I liked the knitting circle in Lori's story because it had women of all ages in it, so the gossip and comments were varied and funny.

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎12-02-2009 11:01 AM

Melanie, I love the idea of the multi-generational circle. I had this great little writing circle back in MN. Actually, we never did any writing, but we did talk about sex a lot.  We each are a decade apart, 30s - 40s - 50s, so ea brought a slightly different sort of wisdom to our meetings.  It's cool that Lori captures that special feeling in this book. 

by Author LWilde on ‎12-08-2009 11:19 AM

I had a lot of fun writing the knitting club. It was a nice change of pace to explore different age characters and their outlooks on life.

 

Lori