Knit, Purl, a Baby, and a Girl by Hettie Bell
Reviewed by Laura Fliegel
This book was wonderful! When Poppy has a drunken night with her ex-boyfriend, she ends up pregnant and has to make a decision about her future. She initially meets Rhiannon as her escort into Planned Parenthood, and then again as a member of Stitch n Bitch where Poppy goes to find support, community, and learn to knit before her baby comes. Despite some awkwardness, with open communication they become friends, friends with benefits, and eventually girlfriends. I loved this book for all the open communication and establishing boundaries, and then having those boundaries respected. Poppy’s mother is abusive and controlling, so watching Poppy have space to make her own choices, and have those choices respected was wonderful. I also loved the development of found family with the Stitch n Bitch group. This also does some very lovely on-page challenging of gender reveal parties and gender essentialism, as well as priority on autonomy and the power of choice. I had been looking forward to this book from the time I saw the author talking about it on Twitter, and getting to finally read it was so good. I definitely recommend this book for a queer romance with pregnancy and chosen family.
Published by Carina Adores, March 30, 2021