The emotions in this series are a bit too raw for my liking. However, this novel, the second in the series, is better than the first. There is also no need to read the first one before reading this one, as any holes are filled in by the author. My main reason for reading this series was to see how the author worked the knitting culture into her story. My take on this: only a moderate success. Personally, I wouldn't recommend this series.