• Marilyn Rondeau

Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

Mama Joy was the glue that held the STRONG KNITS shop together and when she suddenly died her four foster and adopted sons struggled with what to do with her store located in Harlem.

Jesse Strong, the youngest, was not a bad guy unless you were in love with him for most of his life. Yes, he was devoted to his adoptive mom but he was also noted for his reputation of breaking hearts in Harlem. Jesse wants to keep the store open; his brothers want to shut it down. Jesse knows how to knit but he really doesn’t know much about how to run the business so he makes an impassioned plea to his childhood friend, Kerry Fuller (who has been crushing on him her entire life) to help him run the business.

When I picked up this book I really didn’t know what I was expecting, but it didn’t take long for me to realize what a wonderful ‘love’ story this was. And I don’t mean romantic love, although that does come later. Mama Joy had so much love in her heart and she passed that all down to her sons, her neighbors, and all she met. She instilled this love and caring into her boys and it was such a joy to read how everyone wanted to pitch in in some way to help save the shop and continue on with helping to save Mama Joy’s legacy.

The more Kerry and Jesse worked together to find new ways to increase business they discovered that there was some chemistry between them that Kerry knew about but with Jesse’s reputation - could she trust. Their romance started to grow in increments of one step forward and two back but it was fun to finally watch it grow. What helped also, were Jesse’s brothers who saw more than Jesse knew leaving Jesse a bit clueless at times.

All in all – a great read – a fun read – and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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