The Shop on Blossom Street

The shop on blossom street

Status: Read from Mar 27 to Mar 30, 2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 395
My rating:  5star/5
Author: Debbie Macomber

Synopsis:

Can you tell from first impressions whether someone could become your closest friend?

Thirty-year-old Lydia has survived cancer twice. She’s determined to embrace the future, but is she brave enough to risk falling in love?

Image-conscious Jacqueline is in her mid-forties with an empty marriage. She’s devastated that her son has married beneath himself.

High-powered thirty-seven-year-old Carol longs for a baby. After two failed IVF attempts, she’s hoping for one last miracle.

After a tough childhood, young Alix is angry and defensive. But meeting a special someone from her schooldays may make her change her ways.

 

Review:

This is a wonderful story about an eclectic group of four women who form an unexpected friendship in a knitting class. Thirty-year-old Lydia Hoffman is a two times cancer survivor. She opens a yarn shop on Blossom Street in Seattle, Washington. She undertakes this business as a reaffirmation of life and living. Knitting has helped her in coping up with her numerous cancer treatment sessions. Along with selling yarn, she also offers a beginner’s knitting class. Three women join her class, not because they love to knit, but have various other reason to join in.

Jacqueline, in her mid-forties, has no happy married life. Her only son, who was always close to her, has married an Asian girl of his choice without his parents concern. Though doesn’t approve of her daughter-in-law, but she decides to be a good grand mother to her grandchild. So, she joins the knitting class to make a baby blanket for her soon to be born grandchild.

Carol is thirty-seven-year-old, and very successful women in the corporate world, same as her husband. But this couple till now have failed to have children. After two failed IVF attempts, she and her husband have made one last attempt to conceive by using artificial insemination. She is very positive to have this baby this time. Carol joins the knitting class, to make a blanket for her hoped for child.

Alix is a young woman with spiky purple hair. She has gone through a very difficult childhood. She joins the knitting class to fill some community service requirements. Jacqueline despises her looks. Both jacqueline and Alix are ready for verbal accusation and argument.

These four women have different difficulties in life. This book reminds that you should never judge a person on their appearance or presume their circumstances. The age mentioned specifically shows that age is no bar to friendship, nor the social status, nor the persons past or living circumstances. The story is narrated as first person by these four women’s point of view. This narrates how these women bonds together to love and support one another in various attempts to fight and face their own difficulties in life. Even they could never image that they would become good friends given their age differences and varied social status. This book has more depth in it, then a reader can presume from the synopsis and the book cover. It is a very satisfying and happy reading experience. If you are looking for a light happy read, then do go for this book. Highly recommended to get a cheery smile on face after reading this book.

There are series of books associated with Blossom street yarn shop. And she has two new releases coming this year. I am surely going to read more of her books.

“God never closes a door without opening a window.”

About the Author:

DebbieMacomber

When Debbie Macomber first decided to write a novel, people caller her a hopeless dreamer. As a young, dyslexic mother of four active children, no one believed she had what it took to write a book, as she had only high school education.  She wrote – for years. But each time she completed a story and mailed it off to a publisher, the manuscript was returned, stamped “rejected”. As though as it was to keep her spirits alive, Debbie never gave up.

But all her perseverance paid off and Debbie’s heartwarming novels have made her a New Your Times bestselling author with sales over 200 million copies of her novels worldwide.

Debbie mainly writes romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Four of her novels have become made-for-TV movies.  In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. In 2016, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (February), Sweet Tomorrows (August), and Twelve Days of Christmas (October) and an adult coloring book, The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home To Color (April). In 2017, four of her books are to be published:  If not for you (March), Any Dream Will Do (August), Merry and Bright (October), Twelve Days of Christmas (October).  In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.

To know more about her works visit her website at https://debbiemacomber.com .

Also check out her instagram profile @debbiemacomber.

 

 

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