Friday, November 7, 2008

Unraveled-Robyn Harding

Robyn Harding
Berkley, Dec 2008, $14.00
ISBN: 9780425224625

Although her social life is at ground zero, freelance writer Beth Caruthers knows she did the right thing when she rid herself of her boyfriend, as he rejected any meaningful commitment beyond the bed. However, needing some outside activity and especially wanting to avoid her roommate’s plight of having a pet as her best and only friend, Beth joins a knitting circle, a hobby she quickly enjoys.

Beth appreciates the company of her new knitting friends and even begins dating again. However, her new boyfriend’s secrets end their relationship but also as a consequence leave Beth a pariah amidst her knitting friends. As she muses introspectively, Beth finds herself lacking and with renewed courage rejects a proposal and tries to atone for her transgressions with her friend.

Although the theme of a coming of age adult learning that relationships need more than a vacuous I do, fans will enjoy this brisk often humorous tale. When Beth’s concept of the perfect life UNRAVELED, she could have hidden inside herself, but instead confronts what her actions cost her especially with her knitting circle friends. Her growth makes for an engaging contemporary drama.

Harriet Klausner

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