When Jo Mackenzie's husband dies in a car crash after telling her he wants a divorce, she figures a change of scenery is what's best for her and her two young sons, Jack and Archie. Jo decides to move to a small seaside town in Kent and take over her grandmother's knitting shop. She also figures some changes would be good for the shop, which she renames McKnits. Concentrating on seasonal window displays, ordering new stock, and starting a weekly "stitch and bitch group" allow Jo to put her talents to good use. Managing the shop, along with taking care of Jack and Archie keep her too busy for romance, although her best friend Ellen (a famous news anchor) insists she should start looking. The Beach Street... is a delightfully cozy novel about one woman's quest to put the sad events of the past behind her and look towards her future surrounded by her family and friends. Jo's adventures continue in Needles and Pearls which hasn't been published in the U.S. yet. Let's hope Hyperion picks it up. People who like Katie Fforde should give this novel a try.