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Hooked on You by Jenn Matthews


This book truly hooks you in and draws itself delicately around you.

Anna, a teacher and mother of two is in a life-by-rote kind of place. She has adopted Timothy, a young man on the AD Spectrum and has a daughter, Bethany. She has a kinda relationship with Liam, universally disliked by both her kids. She teaches, holds book clubs for her students and gardens. Her daughter encourages her to meet new people and suggests joining or developing a hobby. Anna decides to do the hobby thing first and thinks of maybe, knitting. She goes to buy yarn at the quirkily named shop, Darn That Yarn, owned by Ollie. A war veteran, Ollie had got involved with a colleague in Iraq. A female colleague. That led to a very messy divorce and a breakdown of her relationship with her daughter. Her relationship with her son remains okay, but coming out also led to a complete rejection from the rest of her family including siblings et al. She struggles to actually label herself gay, though she has no doubts about her sexuality.

Ollie suggests crochet as a new hobby for Anna and informs her that she (Ollie) runs a crochet class twice a week. After trying to learn crochet via YouTube and failing miserably, Anna finds herself in Ollie’s class featuring an interesting set of tertiary characters, including Ollie’s best friend, Mathew.

The book is deceptive in its pace. The changes in Anna from being straight to being attracted to a woman to questioning her sexuality to acting on her attraction move fluidly and at an even pace. However, Ollie puts brakes on the physical aspect of their relationship (still cannot figure out why!?!) and that makes the pace of the book way slower than it is. And yes, unless you know and/or are interested in crochet, the heavy detailing and leave you a little glazed over (it did that to us).

But all in all, this is a great read.


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