Laura's Handmade Life, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Laura Lovegrove is leaving behind her seamless life in London.

Architect husband Adi has been relocated to rural Norfolk, a far cry from ultra-urban Ealing. Though Laura knew village life would be different, she didn't foresee a pokey cottage, nosey neighbours, errant poodles, and even an ex turning up.

Chris had been her big love at art college and seeing him again is utterly confusing.

Is she really so different from the impulsive student who once trawled charity shops for vintage treasures?

When a fire all but destroys Laura's collection of vintage clothes, she's heartbroken. And seriously lacking in outfits. But, salvaging what she can, Laura makes do and mends - sewing purses, bags, even dog leads (which should solve the poodle problem).

Soon, she's inundated with orders. But Adi is becoming more and more distant; it's like there's something he's not telling her.

Can Laura make a stitch in time and pull her family back together again?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages, Integrated: 30, Line drawings of stitches for each chapter opener
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780751545340

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It's not a terrible book but really, when I think back, the characters seemed to blur into each other and possibly she should have reduced the cast a bit to get a bit more character into them.Now, while I do appreciate that there are people who make a success out of a crafty business, it usually takes a while for it to catch on. She also seems oblivious of such things as Craftsy and Etsy. I saw a commenter elsewhere bemoan the lack of illustration for the described stitches that are the opening for every chapter (and honestly, chapter 9, is Cross Stitch aka Berlin Stitch and chapter 45 is Berlin Stitch aka Cross Stitch, there are more stitches out there!), the yurt sounds interesting but could have done with more description, the work people were doing could have also done with more description, actually the book could have done with more description, the author seems to have assumed that people knew what she was talking about without allowing references to creep in.It's a story about a woman coming to terms with what matters in her life but it's also a story that appears to be a little superficial and just a bit unsatisfying.

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