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Life In Cardigans – Book Review

Date: 3rd June 2016
Author: Sarah Holmes
Publisher: Darwin Escapes

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Welcome back book lovers! This month we’ve been reading Life In Cardigans by Val Fraser

I stumbled across this self-published gem through a friend of a friend, and what a yummy little memoir it was!

Fraser holds you by the hand like a friend and delicately takes you with her on a journey through significant moments in her life, all beautifully and uniquely tied together through her love of cardigans. If you’re looking for a rollercoaster of emotions, a tale about a whirlwind romance or a story littered with dramatic twists, this isn’t it; it’s Chicken Soup For The Soul, it’s a hug in a book, it’s a chat with a friend over a coffee, it’s your favourite cuddly cardigan.

cosy knit

The author’s exquisite use of descriptive language had me convinced I’d been there too, leaving me wanting to say “I know exactly what you mean” out loud on several occasions. There were, however, moments in the book where I craved more information as she tends to keep each chapter short, but when I remember this is the story of the author’s life, I tell myself that some things are private and chastise myself for being a nosey parker. Clever, funny, poignant, touching; I wish I had Fraser’s magic touch for the right list of adjectives to help share my love for this book.

knitted cardigan

Punctuated with references to her faith, written in informal, seemingly jumbled excerpts, yet woven skilfully (see what I did there) through an adoration for the titular woollen items, Life In Cardigans might at first seem like it isn’t for everyone, but it is. Not since I read The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho have I wanted to underline passages to refer back to for those moments in life where I need words of wisdom. And many words of wisdom there were.

If you’re looking for a nice read this summer, you can’t go wrong with, Life In Cardigans, and it’s available from Amazon at a nice low price. Excuse me won’t you, I’m off to buy a new cardigan whilst I wait for Fraser’s next book.