I was in the mood for a ‘feel good’ chick lit story: and Macomber’s books are that and so much more. Her characters are always well developed and presented, and while the setting is fictional both issues and characters are completely based and grounded in the real world. Friendships are important in these books as well: a nice diversion from the real-world situations that are often rife with jealousy and competitiveness, supportive only when the one in need of it is struggling.
This is the first of Macomber’s books that I have read for review, and the first in this series: but the book stood alone perfectly well, although from seeing other reviews there are characters that were featured in earlier books in the series that reappear and have some influence on the plot.
In this title, three of the women all are confronting relationship issues: Lydia is having issues with her newly adopted daughter and her aging mother even as her new marriage is moving along swimmingly, but the future of her yarn shop is adding to her stress. I really enjoyed Lydia and her efforts to make everything comfortable and safe for all of the people she encounters. Her yarn shop is her refuge and her place to connect with friends made through the store.
Bethanne is also a newlywed, but she and her husband are coping with a relationship at a distance: To add insult to injury, her ex-husband is reluctant to let go, playing on her concerns and questions. She’s been a good friend to Lydia, and they are able to share concerns and support one another even when they are feeling low.
This book introduces Lauren, at the crossroads with her long-term boyfriend. She is wanting a commitment and marriage, and he just doesn’t seem to be up to the task. Relationships are comfortable, and being alone is scary: Lauren needs to reach deep within herself to find a solution that she can live with. Add to it the fact that someone is leaving baskets of yarn all over town, and encouraging people to knit a simple scarf for charity, with Lydia’s shop being the collection point: there is a mystery to be solved on top of all the interpersonal issues.
These stories can move from realistic to overly wrought with drama, but the concerns and emotions will ease reader’s ability to empathize with the characters and enjoy the story. Flowing smoothly, these stories show the supportive nature of these women, their deep friendships and the healing that comes from a kind word. Macomber writes in prose that is both crisp and hopeful, leaving readers with a smile at the end. While this is the first of her books that I have read for review, it was not my first encounter with her heartwarming style, and will not be the last book penned by this author that I will read.
Title: Blossom Street Brides
Author: Debbie Macomber
Published by: Ballantine Books
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 59 minutes
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Now wedding bells are ringing in the tight-knit community that gathers around A Good Yarn, a store in a pretty Seattle neighborhood. Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love.
Lauren Elliott has waited years for her long-term boyfriend, Todd, to propose, yet he seems more focused on his career than their relationship. When Lauren learns that her younger sister is pregnant before she herself even has an engagement ring, she feels overjoyed yet disheartened. Knowing she can’t put her future on hold, Lauren prepares to make a bold choice—one that leads her to a man she never dreamed she’d meet.
Newly married to her second husband, Max, Bethanne Scranton is blissfully in love. But with Max’s job in California and Bethanne’s in Seattle, their long-distance marriage is becoming difficult to maintain. To complicate matters, Bethanne’s cunning ex will do anything to win her back.
Lydia Goetz, too, is wonderfully happy with her husband, Brad, though lately she worries about the future of A Good Yarn. As she considers how to bring in business, she discovers that someone has beaten her to the punch. Baskets of yarn are mysteriously popping up all over town, with instructions to knit a scarf for charity and bring it into Lydia’s store. Never before has her shop received so much attention, but who hatched this brilliant plan?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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