Sunday, May 16, 2010

Review: Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

First line: Wednesday morning, a not-so-perfect June day, I turned over the Open sign at my yarn store on Blossom Street.

From the inside cover: Knitting and life. They're both about beginnings - and endings. That's why it makes sense for Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn on Seattle's Blossom Street, to offer a class called Knit of Quit. It's for people who want to quit something - or someone! - and start a new phase of their lives.

First to join is Phoebe Rylander. She recently ended her engagement to a man who doesn't know the meaning of faithful, and she's trying to get over him. Then there's Alix Turner. She and her husband, Jordan, want a baby, which means she has to quit smoking. And Bryan Hutchinson joins the class because he needs a way to deal with the stress of running his family's business - not to mention the lawsuit brought against him by an unscrupulous lawyer.

Life can be as complicated as a knitting pattern. Just ask Anne Marie Roche. She and her adopted daughter, Ellen, finally have the happiness they wished for. And then a stranger comes to her bookstore asking questions.

Or ask Lydia herself. Not only is she coping with her increasingly frail mother, but she and Brad have unexpectedly become foster parents to an angry, defiant twelve-year-old.

But as Lydia already knows, when life gets difficult and your stitches are snarled, your friends can always help.

My thoughts: This is the sixth book in Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series and was as good as the previous five books. Debbie Macomber has a gift for taking ordinary people and putting them in situations that anyone might find themselves in. The reader not only gets introduced to new characters via this class, but characters we have gotten to know in previous books make their appearances and we get to follow along on their life's journey (one of my favorite reasons for reading series). The stories of women, and now men, connected by knitting and life experiences continues. I find myself wanting to try knitting, but not knowing how to knit does not detract from this series. I am looking forward to the next Blossom Street book!

(I borrowed this book from the library.)

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