Real Men Knit

Real Men Knit

Book - 2020 | First edition
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"When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop. Jesse Strong is known for two things: his devotion to his adoptive mom, Mama Joy, and his reputation for breaking hearts. When Mama Joy unexpectedly passes away, he and his brothers have different plans on what to do with Strong Knits, their neighborhood knitting store. Jesse wants to keep the store open. His brothers want to tie off loose ends and close shop... Part-time shop employee, Kerry Fuller has kept her crush on Jesse a secret. When she overhears his impassioned plea to his brothers to keep the knitting shop open, she volunteers to help. Unlike Jesse, Kerry knows the knitty-gritty of the business and together they make plans to reinvent Strong Knits for a new generation. But the more time they spend together, the stronger the chemistry builds between them. Kerry, knowing Jesse's history, doesn't believe their relationship can last longer than one can knit one, purl two. But Jesse is determined to prove to her that he can be the man for her forever and always-after all, real men knit." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Jove, 2020
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE JAC PBK
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781984806505


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Farrah Rochon, herself an author to check out, says, "Kwana Jackson combines everything I look for in a story: family, heart, romance; and knits it into the perfect reading experience." Recommended by Allyson.

As a knitter and a lover of romance, this book was perfectly suited to me. BUT you don't have to be a knitter to love the story of Jesse and Kerry. Recommended by Becca.

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May 03, 2021

Because I’m a knitter, a friend recommended this book. I loved it. Real men can knit.

Jan 18, 2021

Want to try a different spin on the cosy knit shop romance novel? This is a delightful discovery! Four boys trying to determine the future of their mother's knitting shop. They can all knit, but don't agree on how to redirect the business and keep it running - until.....

RandomLibrarian Jul 18, 2020

Review excerpt: "'Real Men Knit' is a contemporary romance set in Harlem. Mama Joy was the owner of Strong Knits, one of the few older Black-owned small businesses in Harlem. She was also the foster mother to Jesse, Noah, Lucas, and Damian, and mentor and mother-figure to Kerry, all of whom are now adults. When Mama Joy dies, Jesse and Kerry decide to try to keep the store open as a tribute to Mama Joy and because the store serves as something of a community center. That’s pretty much the whole plot – this is a character-focused book and is all about the romance between Jesse and Kerry, as well as the importance of family, friendship, and community. Also there’s a lot of knitting."


Jun 09, 2020

Enjoyed this story as it seemed fresh and unconventional. At times it was slow as there was much toing and froing of feelings between Kerry and Jesse that seemed repetitious. But really like the premise that strong men can enjoy knitting and not be ashamed of it.


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Aug 10, 2020

abbyrobin22 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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