I am vociferously passionate about good books. And I hate adverbs.
I felt something was missing at the end of the last book, (Knitter in His Natural Habitat), and this is it. This is the hour of reckoning, both the backdrop and the future. Jeremy is ever evolving and one of the most loving and lovable creatures I have even encountered in a book.
He is understandably fuzzy at the beginning of this story, and I love to see the whole crew come together for him and Ariadne. I so love that there are fantastic women characters too in this book, (even though Stanley remains truly shocked at the mention of lady parts) and Ariadne is flanked by Aiden’s mom, two gorgeous, full, life-sized real people. Thank you author.
Oh, Jeremy. Sweet, sweet Jeremy, with his head full of notions and ideas about himself that are simply not true. How he starts with thinking that he had it coming, almost dying, and then, how he evolves, and gets to shine; it is simply beautiful. He is a work of art—while showing us how Jeremy develops new skills to fend for himself, we can hear his inner voice narrating a new song as it goes through such a change. So few words are needed to expose him to the world. So much love is used in the process.
I love the setting, the snow, the Colorado winters, the simple people, the way some people are idiots and some people are really good, it is such a good slice of life. Amy Lane does this really well, this broad-brush painting of small-town life.
This is not a wild-ride read. This is more of a sweetness, come-into-myself-and-shine book. And as such, it is wholly uplifting, and a fine, fine story to round up the whole Granby Knitting series. I feel nothing has been left out. The whole story had been told. I would, of course, love to read more about these people, but I feel oddly satisfied with where they are now, who they have become, and how much love they have both earned and received.
A beautiful rounding-off for this fantastic story, told in several books and novellas.
Warmly recommend reading all of them. Again and again.
Because. Soft bunnies. And lovely boys.
Note: the first three novellas in this series (The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters, Knitter in His Natural Habitat, and How to Raise an Honest Rabbit my review here) are now out in a combined, printed volume called The Granby Knitting Menagerie—I wish they would also come in an eBook volume.
I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, Dreamspinner Press, and a positive review wasn’t promised in return.