Yarn Retreat, Book #1 By Betty Hechtman
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Dawn
Dessert chef Casey Feldstein doesn’t know a knitting needle from a crochet hook. But after her aunt dies unexpectedly, leaving Casey to run her yarn retreat business, the sweets baker finds herself rising to the occasion—and trying to unravel a murder mystery…
My mom is able to do amazing things with yarn. She makes beautiful blankets and gifts for friends. I, on the other hand, cannot. My shortcomings did not make the book any less enjoyable.
Casey inherits her aunt’s home after her untimely death. Although she is a desert baker, she’s ready for a change. She moves into her late aunt’s home. Casey steps in to take care of any commitments which includes a retreat her aunt was scheduled to host.
Despite Casey having no knowledge of yarn or what to do with it, she steps up to help the group through a difficult time. I admire her resolve to follow through on the project started by her aunt. Casey is met with many obstacles but she stays the course.
I love the way the small-town is described. The town is damp, foggy. It provides a spooky backdrop to the story.
The group has recently lost another member, Amanda, when she got too close too the rocks near the lighthouse.
It seems like an accident, but was it? Was Casey’s aunt’s death an accident as well? Or is that one too many accidents to be a coincidence?
The yarn group has unique members. They are very much a gossip group. They sit around discussing the murders as well as possible motives. The hotel manager Kevin gives me the creeps. He keeps pushing Casey for all her aunt’s contacts so that he can take over the retreats. He doesn’t even have enough respect to allow her to grieve.
Casey’s parents are atrocious bullies. I cannot imagine having worse parents. I was proud of Casey when she stood up to them. It was past time for her to vocalize her needs.
Yarn to Go is a fun read. It’s perfect for a day at the beach or curling up at home. The characters are fully developed, the plot is sound with a few twists thrown in. I recommend Yarn to Go for young adults and women.