1. Ending a knitted work.
2. Releasing lines holding a boat to its mooring.
3. Letting go...
On a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland, the fishermen's handmade sweaters tell a story. Each is unique-feelings stitched into rows, memories into patterns.
It is here that Rebecca Moray comes to research a book on Irish knitting. With her daughter, Rowan, accompanying her, she hopes to lose herself in the history of the island and forget her own painful past. Soon, the townsfolk's warm embrace wraps Rebecca and Rowan in a world of friendship, laughter, and love.
And it is here that young Rowan befriends Sean Morahan, a cantankerous old fisherman, despite his attempts to scare her off. As Rebecca watches her daughter interact with Morahan, she recognizes in his eyes a look that speaks of a dark knowledge not unlike her own. And when current storms threaten to resurrect old ones, Morahan and Rebecca find themselves on a collision course-with Rowan caught between them-each buffeted by waves of regret and recrimination. Only by walking headfirst into the winds will they find the faith to forgive without forgetting...and reach the shore.
"Plenty of novels in which knitting plays a starring role would make great chick flicks. Casting Off would make a great movie. Consider the elements: Exotic location. Feisty heroine with a past. Equally feisty kid. Hunky male lead... A crusty old man of the sea. A riveting climax. Awe-inspiring sweaters. While Dickson at times steers close to sentimental shoals, she tells a ripping good yarn, bringing to vivid life the people, seascape, and sounds of Ireland's western islands. The only thing missing: patterns for the...sweaters she so beautifully describes." - Vogue Knitting Spring Summer 2010 Nicole Dickson lives in North Carolina with her daughter. Casting Off was discovered in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest.
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