The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady

Sharon Mondragon. Kregel, $15.99 trade paper (272p) ISBN 978-0-8254-4702-0
Mondragon debuts with this charming tale of knitting, faith, and change. Margaret Benson, a passionate, brusque member of Hope of Glory Community Church, runs the congregation’s Heavenly Hugs Prayer Shawl Ministry, just as she runs most everything at the struggling church. But life is about to change for Margaret and her band of knitters when the Prayer Chapel is closed for repainting and they must find a new place to knit. Rector Pete McIlhaney has an ulterior motive: the church will close if congregation numbers continue to fall and he hopes Heavenly Hugs can help by spreading the positive message of Hope of Glory to recruit new members. Margaret, Rose, Jane, and Fran move first to the local bookstore at the mall and then to the couches outside Macy’s. Despite Margaret’s disgruntled view of Rector Pete for forcing them out, Heavenly Hugs begins to make a difference and new members flock to the group: Sarah asks for prayer for an upcoming test; Eileen is gifted a prayer shawl and begins visiting the church; Celeste asks for prayer for her sick boss, the bookstore manager; Amy and Kineasha ask for knitting lessons. As the knitting group catches on, lives begin to change and even Margaret’s rough demeanor thaws. Inspirational fans who enjoy the work of Rachel Hauck will love this story. Agent: Ali Herring, Spencerhill Assoc. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 08/05/2021
Release date: 09/01/2021
Genre: Inspirational Fiction
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