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Reader Roundup – When Romance Gets Crafty with Amy Alessio

Amy AlessioCrafting romances – siiigh. As a die-hard crafter, these types of romances really speak to me. And here’s some great ones from Amy Alessio!

Do you like crafts? Is it hard to decide whether or not to read your romance books or work on your latest project? You can either listen to books while working on something fun, or you can get romance books about crafty characters to inspire you.

tangledHeidi Betts “Chicks with Sticks” series begins with Tangled Up in Love.  Veronica Chasen challenges professional journalist rival Dylan to learn to knit. He jumps in needles first into her weekly knitting group and charms them all, especially Veronica.
casting spellsBarbara Bretton’s Sugar Maple paranormal series , beginning with Casting Spells, seems to be set in a nice small town. But secrets abound in the village inhabited by witches, vampires, warlocks, and sorcerer’s daughter Chloe Hobbs, who is just trying to run her popular Sticks & String knitting shop. Human police investigator Luke comes to solve Sugar Maple’s first murder and is not sure what he is finding, though he knows he is drawn to Chloe especially.
Dog-collar-CrimeLucie Rizzo is trying to earn some money by crafting pet accessories after being laid off from her banking job in Adrienne Giordano’s funny Dog Collar Crime. Living at home and sorting out feelings for her on again off again boyfriend Frankie has her stressed already but when she finds a real diamond among the beads she used on some designs in her budding business, she has a new problem to solve.
wild bikiniHow to Knit a Wild Bikini is the attention-getting title in the first of the Malibu & Ewe knitting shop trilogy by Christie Ridgeway. Personal chef Nikki finds Malibu & Ewe to be a comforting escape from the demands of her new job. Working for magazine writer Jay takes an odd turn when he wants her to pretend to be his girlfriend. That assignment could prove to be long term.
knitting clubLori Wilde covers knitting, quilting, baking and even gardening in different volumes of her Twilight small town series. Town tradition indicates that people who throw a penny in the town square fountain will marry their first love. Flynn MacGregor is holding out for her high school sweetheart Jesse despite the wishes of the Sweethearts’ Knitting Club members that she marry her longtime boyfriend.  In the True Love Quilting Club Trixie returns to the small town she couldn’t wait to leave as a young woman only to find chemistry with her first love, Sam. Sam is now a single dad, and Trixie can’t resist him. Readers will also want to try the First Love Cookie Club and the Welcome Garden Club.
knitting diariesDebbie Macomber’s Blossom Street series features a knitting shop among other welcoming businesses. Try reading the Knitting Diaries: a knitting story anthology by Macomber, Susan Mallery and Christina Skye. Macomber’s story is a follow up to her Twenty Wishes, and is called fittingly The Twenty-First Wish. It features an adopted ten year old and her mother, their knitting lessons and the daughter’s wish for her mother to fall in love. Mallery’s Coming Unraveled finds Robyn returning to her grandmother’s small town Texas knitting store and the hot headed man who does not want her to stay. Skye’s Return to Summer Island finds Caro recovering from a car accident in the community of knitters on an Oregon island. She finds new purpose, love and hope for the future.

Crafty heroines create love and art in these stories. Take a break from beading, knitting, quilting or other projects to enjoy these books.


Bio: Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens in programs for over seventeen years in her work as an award-winning librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. She reviews teen mysteries for and Crimespree Magazine as well as adult mysteries and romances for Booklist. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at

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4 Responses to “Reader Roundup – When Romance Gets Crafty with Amy Alessio”

  1. Morning Amy!

    I love crafting romances! I have Adrienne’s in my TBR stack….=) And I’ve read Lori Wilde’s and Christie Ridgway’s books. (And thoroughly enjoyed them) Now I’ve got more to add to my collection!

    Thanks for the great ideas…


    Posted by Carrie Spencer | September 21, 2013, 10:36 am
  2. I love crafts. Thanks for this list!

    Posted by Laurie Evans | September 21, 2013, 10:06 pm
  3. I’m not much of a crafter but I’ve read almost all the books you mentioned, and I loved them! I know I have others – I’m going to go nuts until I remember more crafty romances that are buried on my bookshelves. And now I have to go get the ones you mentioned that I don’t have yet!

    Thanks for a great post!

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | September 21, 2013, 11:53 pm
  4. I’m so glad you all enjoyed this list and found some new titles. I’m always looking for more ideas – clearly this is a topic I’ll have to revisit, though! Happy crafting – and reading.

    Posted by Amy Alessio | September 22, 2013, 6:07 pm

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