“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 boasting oodles of Irish charm.  A crusty old man of the sea.  A riveting climax.  Awe-inspiring sweaters.  While Dickson at times sheers close to senitamental 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: the patterns for the hand-knit sweaters she describes.”  Vogue Knitting International Spring/Summer 2010