Discussion #3 & Final Wrap-Up: The Friday Night Knitting Club

This is it, the 3rd and final discussion of book #26, The Friday Night Knitting Club. And last but not least, let’s finish off with a few more questions from that special reader guide that we know so well:

  • Things get interesting in Scotland when Georgia’s Gran offers her loving but firm analysis of the women’s lives. She points out that Cat is capable of handling stress but hasn’t tried and that Georgia’s spent too much time ruminating on the past. Her advice: mistakes are made; the important thing is to decide how to react to what people offer, because you can’t make them change. How do the women accept this advice in each of their lives?
  • While James and Dakota are in Baltimore visiting his parents, Georgia decides to tell the club that she has cancer. Why does she share her news with the knitting club before she tells her immediate family?
  • When Georgia gets diagnosed, she worries that a show of weakness will be unacceptable to Dakota, James, and others who know and love her as a pillar of strength. How do her loved ones prove her wrong?
  • In your opinion, what is the main lesson of The Friday Night Knitting Club?
  • On a scale from 1-10 (1=worst, 10=best), how do you rate this novel?

Which brings us to the final question… shall we read Knit Two next? Or would you prefer we put it to another poll-thingy vote? Your thoughts are kindly requested.

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9 Responses to Discussion #3 & Final Wrap-Up: The Friday Night Knitting Club

  1. Things get interesting in Scotland when Georgia’s Gran offers her loving but firm analysis of the women’s lives. She points out that Cat is capable of handling stress but hasn’t tried and that Georgia’s spent too much time ruminating on the past. Her advice: mistakes are made; the important thing is to decide how to react to what people offer, because you can’t make them change. How do the women accept this advice in each of their lives?
    Georgia regained her friendship with Cat & relationship with James. Georgia also forgave Bess and let her parents back into her life. Cat finally shared the truth about her past with Georgia, made the final break with Adam, and found her calling by pursuing her entrepreneurial dream.

    While James and Dakota are in Baltimore visiting his parents, Georgia decides to tell the club that she has cancer. Why does she share her news with the knitting club before she tells her immediate family?
    As noted in the next question, Georgia is obviously worried James and Dakota’s vision of her as a “pillar of strength” would be crushed when they rely on her so much in their lives. She tells the knitting club first because she feels the club members’ would open their hearts to her without “recoiling at her vulnerability”, as James and Dakota were more likely to do.

    When Georgia gets diagnosed, she worries that a show of weakness will be unacceptable to Dakota, James, and others who know and love her as a pillar of strength. How do her loved ones prove her wrong?
    Immediately, Georgia’s loved ones brainstormed and pooled their ideas together to find ways to keep Georgia’s family and business running smoothly. They provided emotional and day-to-day support while keeping her spirits high, caring for her in every way needed. By giving herself over to others in caring for her, Georgia’s worries were kicked directly to the curb.

    In your opinion, what is the main lesson of The Friday Night Knitting Club?
    A few lessons come to mind, but the one that I find most prevailing is that while we should always do our best to be true to others, we must also remember to do the same for ourselves. It wasn’t until the end of the novel that everyone seemed to learn this lesson and finally discover peace and happiness.

    On a scale from 1-10 (1=worst, 10=best), how do you rate this novel?
    This novel gets a 10 from me, as it’s one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time. Now if only the sequel would live up to my high expectations – won’t that be the best treat of all? Absolutely.

  2. maksbestfriend says:

    * Things get interesting in Scotland when Georgia’s Gran offers her loving but firm analysis of the women’s lives. She points out that Cat is capable of handling stress but hasn’t tried and that Georgia’s spent too much time ruminating on the past. Her advice: mistakes are made; the important thing is to decide how to react to what people offer, because you can’t make them change. How do the women accept this advice in each of their lives?

    I think at first each one is coming back into the friendship slowly but surely. I think that this would have been a work in progress, but now that Georgia is gone, I hope that Cat can continue her forward growth.

    * While James and Dakota are in Baltimore visiting his parents, Georgia decides to tell the club that she has cancer. Why does she share her news with the knitting club before she tells her immediate family?

    I think that because they have been her friends for a long time and it is easier/safer to tell those who do not have a vested interest, like Dakota/James in her life. I think it is harder to tell the ones that you love like family, and this was easier to have a test audience of sorts to see how they react to her news so that she could couch how to better tell her daughter and James. And it did appease her concerns/worries.

    * When Georgia gets diagnosed, she worries that a show of weakness will be unacceptable to Dakota, James, and others who know and love her as a pillar of strength. How do her loved ones prove her wrong?

    I think that she learned that she didn’t always have to be the strong person. That she could let go and lean on others and ask for help. That it was okay not to be able to be everything and do everything and that no one was going to think less of you for it.

    * In your opinion, what is the main lesson of The Friday Night Knitting Club?

    To follow your heart, to be more forgiving, to not be so hard on yourself, to let go of the past, and heavens, love. Love freely, and give from the heart.

    * On a scale from 1-10 (1=worst, 10=best), how do you rate this novel?

    10!!! This book touched my heart and of course made me cry and any book that does that, gets high ratings from me.

    Waiting for the next books, well for me, audio cds to come in the mail!

    Want to read a book we all have while we wait? Dory is still waiting for her book…

  3. … like ‘Life’s a Beach’? I’ve got my copy now, if the interest is still there…?

  4. maksbestfriend says:

    I have my copy…I just asked Dory if she had a copy, awaiting an answer while she awaits her book we just finished.

  5. Dory says:

    Hey, I’m so disappointed my book has never arrived yet but I do have *Life’s a Beach* sitting right here so I can read that with you while ya’ll wait on Knit Two to arrive and I still wait on my first one. lol I’m out of town tomorrow and Thursday so I won’t be here to check the mail til Thursday pm now anyway.

    I just finished book 2 of the Twilight series and waiting on 3 and 4 to arrive also… so this is a good time for a beach book. 🙂

  6. @maksbestfriend & @Dory – So ‘Life’s a Beach’ it is. We’ll hold off on ‘Knit 2’ until after Dory finishes ‘The Friday Night Knitting Club’… or shall I say, assuming it ever reaches her house? Grrrr! Anyway, I’ll make the final selection announcement as soon as I finish posting this reply, then we can all get started reading.

    BTW @Dory: Did you complain to the seller? If you purchased it through Amazon’s marketplace, they should know about this issue. There’s no excuse for that kind of delay. *sigh*

  7. Dory says:

    Well, no, I didn’t complain to the seller. Yet. I think it must have been shipped parcel post though…. or Pony Express. Actually, it probably would’ve already arrived if a horse brought it. 😉

  8. @Dory – Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “snail mail”, doesn’t it? Next time ask for horse delivery. lol

  9. Dory says:

    * Things get interesting in Scotland when Georgia’s Gran offers her loving but firm analysis of the women’s lives. She points out that Cat is capable of handling stress but hasn’t tried and that Georgia’s spent too much time ruminating on the past. Her advice: mistakes are made; the important thing is to decide how to react to what people offer, because you can’t make them change. How do the women accept this advice in each of their lives?

    I think both of them might have initially bristled at the directness, they both were finally able to move past the hurt and become true friends again. It was the catalyst to lots of changes: Georgia and James getting back together and Cat moving on without Adam and starting her shop.

    * While James and Dakota are in Baltimore visiting his parents, Georgia decides to tell the club that she has cancer. Why does she share her news with the knitting club before she tells her immediate family?

    They were her closest friends. She needed their support to work up the nerve, sort of a *practice run*.

    * When Georgia gets diagnosed, she worries that a show of weakness will be unacceptable to Dakota, James, and others who know and love her as a pillar of strength. How do her loved ones prove her wrong?

    They all rally around her, organizing workers for the shop and the best care for Georgia. I think she discovered that others actually COULD and WOULD take care of her if given the chance… she’d done it by herself for far too long.

    * In your opinion, what is the main lesson of The Friday Night Knitting Club?

    Love never fails comes to mind first.

    * On a scale from 1-10 (1=worst, 10=best), how do you rate this novel?

    As I said earlier, I struggled at the beginning but I ended up loving it. (And yes, Becca, I cried) I give it a 9. I’ll get Knit Two. 🙂

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