Despite its rocky beginning, Lydia Hoffman's yarn shop is doing well, but her relationship with Brad Goetz is faltering. Pleased by the success of her first knitting class, Lydia offers another class and signs up three women: Elise, a former librarian facing lean finances and forced proximity to her ex-husband; Bethanne, a recent divorcée seeking a new direction; and teenager Courtney, temporarily separated from her father and siblings and painfully adjusting to attending a new school.

They're unlikely friends, but there's something about spending time with Lydia at A Good Yarn that makes anything seem possible.

Revisiting the ladies from The Shop on Blossom Street and becoming acquainted with this new group is enriching and entertaining. Crafters will especially enjoy this, but anyone should readily identify with at least one character. (May, 352 pp., $19.95)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer