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Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

summer on blossom street

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 to 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!

I have been a fan of Debbie Macomber’s work for quite some time and this is one of my favorite series.  This was a pleasant surprise and I was thrilled for the opportunity to be able to review this book.  It is a quick, easy read and perfect for a rainy weekend or a nice sunny summer day sitting outside.

The Blossom Street characters are back, but new characters are introduced as always.  This is one of my favorite parts, seeing who the new faces will be and what they will add to the story.    Lydia, the owner of the local knit shop has a new class she has named Knit to Quit which will help its members overcome their problems.  Phoebe Rylander is there to sort out the fact that she is with a man who has been caught paying for sex…again. Alix Turner wants a baby more than anything but knows that it is necessary for her to quit smoking before she can even think about trying.  The biggest surprise is the first male knitter to join the group.  Bryan Hutchinson joins after his doctor orders him to – the stress of running the family business is going to drive him to an early grave.

This author weaves the characters lives in such a way that you feel as if you are sitting there working through their problems with them.  I enjoy each of these books a little more than the last and hope this won’t be the end of this series.

Debbie Macomber, the author of Twenty Wishes, Back on Blossom Street, Between Friends, and the Cedar Cove series, is one of today’s leading voices in women’s fiction. A regular on every major bestseller list with more than 100 million copies of her books in print, the award-winning author celebrated a new career milestone in September 2007, when the latest in her Cedar Cove series, 74 Seaside Avenue, scored #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weeklyand Bookscan bestseller lists. Her popularity is worldwide with her books translated into twenty-three languages. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of nine grandchildren. They live in Washington State and winter in Florida.

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