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The Shop on Blossom Street (A Blossom Street Novel, 1) Paperback – April 30, 2013
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There's a little yarn store in Seattle called A Good Yarn. It's owned by Lydia Hoffman, and it represents her dream of a new beginning, a life free from cancer. A life that offers a chance at love
Lydia teaches knitting to beginners, and the first class is How to Make a Baby Blanket. Three women join. Jacqueline Donovan disapproves of the woman married to her only son, but knitting a baby blanket would be a gesture of reconciliation.
For Carol Girard, the baby blanket brings a message of hope as she and her husband make a final attempt to conceive.
And tough-looking Alix Townsend (that's Alix with an i) is learning to knit her blanket for a court-ordered community service project.
These four very different women, brought together by the age-old craft of knitting, make unexpected discoveriesabout themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to friendship and acceptance, to laughter and dreams. Discoveries only women can share
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"Four women brought together by their interest in knitting makes for an interesting read by bestselling novelist Debbie Macomber. . . . The Shop on Blossom Street shows the author's understanding of the heart of a woman." -The Sunday Oklahoman
"Macomber is a master storyteller; any one of these characters could have been a stereotype in less talented hands. Instead, these women and their stories are completely absorbing." -RT Book Reviews
"Debbie Macomber tells women's stories in a way no one else does." -BookPage
About the Author
- ASIN : 0778315673
- Publisher : MIRA; First Time Trade edition (April 30, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.43 x 1.05 x 8.19 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is true that few writers can manipulate a plot with such grace and compassion on a subject like knitting that many writers might not even attempt, but Debbie manages to do just that, illuminating real life as we puzzle over the characters’ choices as if they were ours to make. Knitting is of course the cover for many issues that each character brings to the core of the novel.
Its hard to imagine such a diverse group of people who would likely never even deign to speak to one another without the backdrop of learning to knit; each participant brings in her own strange mixture of reasons for wanting to learn, but we find these are merely a cover for what eventually is created from this unique storyline.
This book will deliver and if you're like me, you'll put yourself in the place of Lydia Hoffman and ask yourself how you would keep your life together and what decisions would you make if this tragedy was to be visited upon you. And, I hope you'll cheer for Lydia, as she seems to make the only decision that can save her and her family. The novel is rich with complex characters and a compelling plot that will haunt you long after you finish the book.
This is a graphic novel that should provoke discussions among its readers. It may have you arguing over the meaning of loyalty and forgiveness and it certainly begs the question of whether our past deeds should be used to judge our present lives. Certainly they should inform our future and adjust our decisions but at what point should they continue to be used against us?
Macomber has given us a book full of characters that will take hold of your heart, show you what it means to be human, and leave you wanting more. It's always a great disappointment when a good book is over. I highly recommend this book, buy it, savor it and take time to reflect on the topic.
This was not even remotely challenging for reading. Yes, it's very lighthearted for the most parts. You go into the story having an idea that things will be resolved in one way or another. And they are. There are some ups and downs, and I think that there could have been more information on the character interactions than there were, but I'm hoping that happens in her next books. It was more like a story of 4 people's lives that happen separately, and happen to cross at certain points. I suppose this is more realistic at this point in their meeting than to have them totally involved with each other. In any case, it was fun to read.
I did have one HUGE problem with the author's writing style. She has the tendency to remind you every other time she mentions someone exactly who they are in relationship to everyone else (every time she mentions a maid's name, she points out that this is the maid). I find it almost insulting, as though as a reader I can't be expected to remember who the sister, the boyfriend, his son, etc. are from one section to the next. It was still a fun book to read, pure entertainment. Don't expect anything deep to come out of it, but it's great for when you just want to read about someone else's lives for a while.
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I started with Twenty Wishes, loaned me by a friend. At the time I thought romantic fiction wasn't my genre and put it aside thinking I needed more depth in my literature.
A few weeks later it was,the only book I had on hand so I thought I'd read as was desperate for something.
Was I ever wrong about my previous assumptions!
I've never been so pleasantly surprised. Her books are so much more than romantic fiction. They are about men and women with real losses, suffering and wounds. But they are redemptive in their life lessons. Some of the lessons seem like cliches because we've all heard them before. But they pack a punch like something you're discovering for the first time. At this time in my life, this author's books ars the medicine I need. Entertaining, warm, real, inviting ......they're just where I want to be.
This is not a taxing book to read but if you are looking for a light hearted, easy read give it a go