It’s a small town outside of Nashville where a group of women gather together once a month to knit while they discuss a book, the Sweetgum Knit Lit Society. The members: a spinster librarian being forced into retirement, a woman pregnant with an unplanned child right when her husband informs her they will have to declare bankruptcy, sisters who have been vying for the same man (bitter, yet silent about it), and a young woman having an affair with the married son of another member of the group. Throw into the mix an angry teen whose mother is a prostitute in everything but name and an elderly preacher, newly arrived to Sweetgum, who had jilted the librarian decades ago.
Patience, forgiveness, and reconciliation mark the events happening in Sweetgum.
Award winning Beth Pattillo has introduced us to a town just like yours, with hurts and secrets that need to be made right. The characters and situations are all too real. For me, missing what a more clear influence of Christ as events progressed. While some of the characters attended church, Christianity was not an essential aspect of the process of change. Since some of the situations remained unresolved, perhaps the sequel (which I read shortly for a book group) will provide the lacking spiritual influence.