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Blossom Street where you'll find everything you're looking for! From yarn and flowers to friendship?
There's a new shop on Seattle's Blossom Street a flower store called Susannah's Garden, right next door to A Good Yarn. Susannah Nelson, the owner, has just hired an assistant named Colette Blake, a young widow who's obviously hiding a secret or two.
When Susannah and Colette both join Lydia Goetz's new knitting class, they discover that Lydia and her sister, Margaret, have worries of their own. Margaret's daughter, Julia, is the victim of a random carjacking, and the entire family is thrown into emotional chaos.
Then there's Alix Townsend, whose wedding is only months away. She's not sure she can go through with it, though. A reception at the country club, with hundreds of guests she's never met it's just not Alix. But, like everyone else in Lydia's knitting class, she knows there's a solution to every problem? and that another woman can usually help you find it!
- great series
i just love debbie macomber and all of her "series" books...it's so great to get to know the characters and keep up with them book after book....more info
- Another Warm Tale From Blossom Street
Although a number of knitting classes have taken place since the first book The Shop on Blossom Street, every so often there is a special group the author chooses to share with us. Lydia Geotz, cancer surviver and yarn shop owner, decides this special group will knit a prayer shawl. Each woman joins for her own reason, and the women are as varied as the reason they are in the group.
Colette Blake has rented out the small apartment above A Good Yarn and works in the flower shop next door. She is quiet and keeps to herself, but the others soon realize she is hiding from someone.
Susannah Nelson owns the flower shop next to Lydia, and decides to learn to knit. Although starring in her own book, Susannah's Garden, in this book she plays more of a supporting role to the other characters.
Back for another class is Alix Townsend who is in the midst of traumatic wedding plans. As much as she loves Jordan, Alix begins to wonder if she will be the right wife for the young minister.
While Lydia is excited about the class, she and Margaret are struggling with their mother's worsening dementia, and Margaret's daughter is involved in a horrible car-jacking.
As always, Debbie Macomber successfully allows the reader into each character's life in such a way as to make their situation believable. She provides just enough background for each character to keep us up-to-date on those we have already met, and introduces us to those who are new to Blossom Street.
The author said she had no intention of creating a series when she wrote the first book. However, avid readers of the Blossom Street novels can only hope for more stores to open up, keeping these wonderful stories and their interesting characters continuing for years to come.
Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, No. 3)
Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Back on Blossom Street (Leisure Arts #4279)...more info
- Back on Blossum Street
Debbie Macomber outdoes herself on the 3rd installment of her knitting group. I loved this book. Hope she continues this series with additional books....more info
- WARM AND HOPEFUL - GOOD LISTENING
Those eagerly awaiting a return to Seattle's Blossom Street will be pleased with Macomber's sequel to The Shop On Blossom Street. Many remember that cancer survivor Lydia Goetz opened a shop, The Good Yarn, which soon housed a knitting class of four women who forged friendships and helped each other through life's rough spots. The same kind of caring and helpfulness are found in Back On Blossom Street. Those who enjoy a feel-good listen will find it here.
For those who don't understand the healing properties knitting offers, Lydia explains it thusly, "Knitting was my salvation. That's something I've said often, I know, but it's simply the truth. Even now, after nearly ten years of living cancer-free, knitting dominates my life. Because of my yarn store, I've become part of a community of knitters and friends."
She is now beginning a new knitting class and this time the work is on prayer shawls. Among the knitters are Colette Blake, a young widow employed at the new shop next door that offers flowers and floral arrangements. Colette had been romantically involved with her previous employer who is now frequently ordering flowers - all too much for her to process. Clicking needles right along side her is Susannah Nelson, the owner of the flower shop.
Making a return visit is Alix Townsend, the daughter of ne'er-do-well parents who is now engaged to Rev. Jordan Turner. The wedding, which she had imagined as a small, meaningful occasion is quickly becoming a major social event. Now, just a few months before her walk down the aisle Alix is beginning to wonder whether or not she is cut out to be a minister's wife.
Add to these worries Lydia's sister's daughter being the victim of a car jacking and Lydia's gradual awareness that her history of cancer may prevent her from ever having children of her own.
However, according to the author's premise, there is healing in friendship and often a solution to one's problem is discovered in the words of another.
"Back on Blossom Street" is a warm, pour yourself a cup of tea listening experience, especially as read by Laural Merlington, a voice performer with some 30 years of experience who narrates with grace and good humor.
- Gail Cooke
- I Want to Open a Shop on Blossom Street!
If ever there was a "happy place," Blossom Street is it. With its quaint shops in a renovated area of Seattle, the proprietors and their staff and customers lead lives both charming and charmed. Lydia Goetz is the anchor character whose knit shop provides the center of activity and is the place where unlikely friendships flourish. There's no problem too big someone in the knit group can't solve and though the endings can be somewhat simplistic, getting there is all the fun. Debbie Macomber writes with warmth and love as she grapples with the problems real-life women face. How nice it would be if we all had a shop on Blossom Street and friends like these who always provide the happy-ever-after ending?
Macomber's easy, conversational tone is most inviting and once you start this one, you'll soon forget you've just spent the whole day glued to her story. Susannah from her earlier book, Susannah's Garden, has returned to Seattle and opened a flower shop next door to Lydia. Soon, Susannah and her new employee, the recently widowed Colette Blake, have joined the latest knitting class. Alix Turner, also from past novels, decides she needs a knitting group to relieve the stress of planning her wedding to youth minister Jordan Turner.
It was Colette's story that I found the most enjoyable in this one. Her husband has been dead for a year so how will she explain she is newly-pregnant? And will her handsome boss go to jail after she blows the whistle on his Chinese "imports"? Also, Lydia's sister Margaret is feisty as ever and becomes obsessed with revenge when her teenage daughter Julia is carjacked and brutally injured. Old friends from former books return and two new and elderly ladies enter the picture to provide just the amount of wisdom needed by our Blossom Street ladies. There's a lovely wedding (or two), a family in crisis, and two patterns for prayer shawls knitters will enjoy.
The story ends with a hint that Lydia and Brad may be adopting a child soon, so I'm eagerly awaiting Summer on Blossom Street coming May 1, 2009.
- Another good book from this author
I enjoyed this book very much. It is as entertaining as the other books in the series and I would highly recommend it. ...more info
- Love Macomber for "fluff" reading
I read the series of Elm Creek quilt stories by Jennifer Chiaverini and enjoyed them. As a knitter, I did an amazon.com search for books that included knitters in the story line. Debbie Macomber has written a series of books about a knit shop owner and her customers. Easy, light reading and very enjoyable. We've taken several cruises and these are wonderful carry along in your purse books while travelling. ...more info
- Knit your problems away
I may be a man, and not just a man, but a fireman, but even firemen need to wind down after battling five-alarm blazes, prying victims out of wrecked cars, and saving little kitties down from trees, and I can think of no better way of winding down than to knit one, purl two, or read about others knitting and purling as they discuss their domestic problems and find solutions that celebrate the joys of friendship, understanding, and, of course, knitting.
I have been a fan of Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series ever since reading the very first book, "The Shop on Blossom Street", and with each new book have eagerly revisited that Street where Lydia, the proprietor of the title shop, A Good Yarn, holds a knitting class where fellow knitters come to knit, share their woes, and find both companionship and the answers to their problems.
"Back on Blossom Street" continues the fine tradition of the first two books in the series, and we meet new, likeable characters who enter into the comforting world of Blossom Street and A Good Yarn seeking a good knit but finding so much more. Lydia has troubles of her own concerning her beloved niece and the possibility of never bearing children, and finds that what works for her students also works for her as she opens up to her class with her own problems.
At the firehouse I've often tried to initiate the kind of heart-felt, open discussions of problems and feelings that take place in A Good Yarn, but the guys just ignore me, tell me to stop acting like a "wuss", or string me up the flagpole by my underwear. Because of such callous and macho attitudes, I am always buying new underwear, as well as thanking Debbie Macomber that at any time I can pick up her book and find myself, dare I say it, back on Blossom Street....more info
- Wonderful story about women
Back on Blossom Street contains another trio of women looking for answers. They are three courageous and very different individuals that become fast friends while helping one another excavate the keys to life's challenges amid their daily turmoil. They do this with help from Lydia's delightful shop, A Good Yarn, and a new floral shop next door, Susannah's Garden (also a Macomber book). Susannah herself joins the cast.
These brilliantly portrayed women bring their lives to Lydia's knitting classes and divulge themselves by small measures in a place they will embrace as a sanctuary. This story is of Alix, Lydia, and the mysterious widow Collette, but includes other circles of three as well. They are all intertwined around the first three, their stories blooming up and down Blossom Street.
I could hear foghorns in the harbor and see that portion of downtown Seattle with its shops and grocer's stalls. With an apartment above the yarn shop, books and flowers next door, and a friend's bakery across the street, why did Lydia move? That is another good yarn.
Life's greatest sunshine and darkest skies are shared deep inside A Good Yarn, around a heavy wooden table where knitters click needles, tell stories, and support one another away from the city. This reminds me of the Star Trek(tm) The Captain's Table series wherein weary starship captains discover a door not always apparent in the fog. When they enter, they can tell their stories to appreciative comrades in arms.
Lydia's table is the descendant of the quilting bee and the knitter's improvement on the support group, but women around this table are more effective than therapy.
This installment of the Blossom Street knitters challenges women with outrageous wedding plans, mental illness, a carjacking, illegal immigration, babies, loss, and wonder. It also contains the best-portrayed senior woman I have seen in some while. Noting Alix's use of the AA term "stinkin' thinkin'," I await more novels in this series, perhaps dealing with her youth ministry and the plague and redemption from drugs and alcohol.
Recommends for teens and adults who like Seattle, friendship, and meeting life events with a can-do attitude.
Armchair Interviews says: We hope there will be at least a dozen more in this series....more info
- Write it with 1/3 the words, if at all.
This is my 1st and last book by this author. Even without reading the 1st two books in the series, I found that the background information on the characters was repeated over and over until I started talking back to my CD player. The writing was unimaginative and the characters unbelievable. Too many twists and turns to get to know anyone or anyone's life well. Helped pass the time on the road....more info
- Excellent book!
Debbie Macomber is such a great writer, she makes you feel like you really know the character's in her books and they are friends of yours. I have read all of her books and I think the Blossom Street series are my favorites.
Also, the references to real knitting techniques and instructions is very interesting even though I don't knit.
I recommend this book to any one who likes to read Debbie Macomber and especially to anyone who has read the first two books in this series.
- Almost makes me wish I could knit!
I love this series. I can't wait to see whats next. I can't knit a stitch, but enjoy the family of characters that Debbie Macomber knit to life with her story line.
- Very nice follow-up
I had read the first two Blossom books, and I wasn't disappointed in this third one.
Great characters, enjoyable plot and a great read....more info
- Won't be visiting Blossom Street ever again!
I won't return to Blossom Street. My first, and last, visit to this fictional Seattle community. Simply put, the author must have used a handbook of "chick lit" cliches in the fashion of the Sisterchicks and Bottom Dollar Girls series. We have Alix, the punk recovering addict, engaged to boy-next-door minister. Poor Alix struggles with issues of belonging in her fiance's wealthy, squeaky-clean family. Not to mention she doesn't want a fancy wedding, but everyone else does!!!! Her fiance is a schmuck for most of the book, but they make up!!! And we have the lonely young widow who gets involved with her mysterious boss. And then gets pregnant! And then can't decide if she loves him! And then befriends his living relative!!!! And then, he goes missing!!! The only believable story was Lydia's, an entrepreneur and cancer survivor who wants a baby of her own. She assists her sister and niece after a devasting car-jacking. If the book focused on Lydia's ordeals, I would have been much more interested. She's the least cliched of them all.
I was also sickened by the unbelievable corny dialogue among the women friends. Their little jokes aren't funny- I couldn't imagine anyone laughing in real life.
This book is not even a beach read. Skip it. ...more info
- avid reader
This book was just as enjoyable as "A Good Yarn" and "The Shop on Blossom Street". It was impossible to put the book down!! Debbie follows the stories of the characters in the first 2 books as well as some new characters. I would recommend reading all three of the books in this series of the yarn shop....more info
- Great Series!!
Another great series by Debbie. I love the knitting aspect of this series. I'm no good at reading patterns but I did figure out this pattern. It was easy enough for me to understand. I love this series....more info
- Fabulous mainstream fiction
On Blossom Street in Seattle Lydia Goetz and her sister Margaret own A Good Yarn where they sell knitting paraphernalia and provide class instructions. Renting the apartment above the store is thirty-one years old grieving widow Colette Blake, who has signed up to attend the prayer shawl knitting class and is confused by her desire for her employer Christian Dempsey. Family friend baker Alix Townsend feels overwhelmed by her upcoming out of control marriage to Reverend Jordan Turner because she fears her reprobate DNA is not suited for the life of a pastor's wife. Margaret's daughter is a carjacking victim. Finally, Lydia feels incomplete as a woman as cancer has pretty much wiped out her chance to ever give birth. Over knitting, these friends and family find comfort one stitch at a time.
Fans of the Seattle series will appreciate the latest traumas, tragedies, and joys as the knitting clan come together to help one another overcome adversity and share in rejoicing. The story line is more a series of vignettes as focus rotates between the well developed ensemble cast. Debbie Macomber shows her skill with each key player being unique. Although similar in tone to the previous A GOOD YARN tales and that of the Cedar Cove saga (does anyone bring alive the picturesque northwest better than Ms. Macomber does?), readers will enjoy the ups, downs, and ups of this knitting crew.
If you're looking for a little escapism with a guaranteed "happily ever after" this is a okay book for that.
I was greatly disppointed in the production quality of the audio, though. Major direction shifts (which character is now narrator) were separated by nothing. It felt like the producers sped up the speed of the narration overall, the read was quite fast & the indistinguishability of character changes made it less than appealing.
It was also very predictable for me. I foresaw the scenarios of Colette's former boss, the wedding twist, even Colette's resolution at end. It was all very much just like a fairy tale. Maybe the original book was, too, but this one was transparent to me....more info
- Not her best
Since I am a long time fan of Debbie's I finished this book, even though I had a difficult time. I look forward to her next....more info
- the shop on Blossom St
I have enjoyed this book in it's entirety. It is refreshingly interesting from front to back covers. The characters are made to seem real. They have attitudes and opinions. Huraay women who can think and walk and chew gum all at once. Thanks Debbie, I enjoy all of your works....more info
- Good read
I enjoyed this book very much. I find DM's books to, ususally, have too many characters for me really get to know them all or to care about all of the story lines. When I read other DM books I tend to discard some of the characters and their story lines by skipping chapters that revolve around them, but with the knitting series, this was not true, I really enjoyed the stories surrounding all of these characters. It's a weekend one day read, so enjoy!...more info
- Another Good Yarn
In the third book of this series, Lydia Goetz has started a new knitting class in which each member will make a prayer shawl. While the class is going on, each one is living through a difficult time in her life. Alix is engaged to be married but her best friend and her prospective mother-in-law are planning the wedding without any regard for the wishes of Alix and her fiance, Jordan. Colette is till mourning the death of her husband and is confused about her feelings for her former boss, who seems to be involved in illegal business transactions. Lydia and her sister Margaret are concerned about their mother's health and also about Margaret's daughter, Julia, who is the victim of a violent crime. The women knit together, share their problems, and form close friendships. The characters in this book are not quite as compelling as some of the previous ones, but it is still a good read....more info
- Pot boiler of a literary soap-opera in Macomber's return to knitting.
Usually I stay away from what used to be termed women's fiction, finding it a bit too much on the fluffy and drama side of things. The plots are full of family melodrama, tending to revolve around unwanted pregnancies, conflicts in love and careers, and life-threatening illnesses. Think of them as soap-operas, written for a literate audience.
I first encountered Debbie Macomber's books when a friend mentioned that the art of knitting played an important part in The Shop on Blossom Street, the first of the series, and that the main character was a cancer survivor. At the time I was going through a rough patch, and decided to read it for something lighter than my usual fare. Too, the book was set in Seattle, a place I remembered well from growing up.
Now in the third book of the series, author Debbie Macomber returns to Blossom Street, a once run-down neighborhood that is starting to flourish again from small shops that are opening. The first shop, A Good Yarn, is still being run by Lydia, who narrates a good portion of the novel from a first-person stance, and has gotten married to her beau, Brad the UPS guy. She is still teaching her knitting classes, and has rented out her apartment to Colette, a young woman who appears to have quite a mystery about her.
Colette has found a job with Lydia's new neighbor, Susannah (from another of Macomber's novels), who has opened up a flower shop. The reader quickly discovers why Colette is hiding -- her former employer seems to have gotten involved with an illegal alien smuggling scheme, and it was Colette who dropped a letter to the INS. Too, a Christmas party got out of hand, and she ended up emotionally entangled with her boss, Christian Dempsey. If that wasn't enough, Colette is mourning the loss of her husband in a tragic home repair accident. To say that this woman has baggage is an understatement.
A former character, Alix, has returned as well. Working at a cafe across the street as a baker, Alix is engaged to be married to a young pastor, Jordan Turner. Despite their wishes for a small, family-centered wedding, her future mother-in-law, Mrs. Turner, and Jacqueline have taken it upon themselves to create a huge wedding, and more or less shoved Alix right out of the decision making process -- something that Alix resents bitterly. Too, she's haunted by the thoughts that she's not good enough for Jordan, and that everyone will be looking for her to show her 'true colours.'
Finally, there is Lydia's sister, Margaret. Life is a bit more stable, but everything is about to go to pieces when her daughter, Julia, is badly injured in a carjacking, and Margaret is out for blood, a hunger for venegeance not just ruining her daughter's recovery, but also stressing everyone around her.
I won't reveal how everything is resolved here, but by the last page, everyone's problems have been solved, some by strikes of immense good fortune, meddling relations, and other twists. Sadly, it's pretty predictable, unfortunately, with Macomber revealing most of the big twists by telling the reader within the first twenty pages or so. For me, that blew some of the interest and mystery of the story -- of the three stories, Colette's is the most interesting, but everything is blown apart right away by knowing just what happened with her boss, the INS letter and her doubts. As this is a modern romance, we know that Colette's problems will be solved by the last page, but it certainly would have made for more interesting reading if the author had only bothered to be a bit more skillful in how she revealed those details instead of clumping it all together in a few paragraphs.
After that, I was about to give up on the story, but the only reason why I even bother with this series is for one little detail -- the knitting patterns and advice and links that Macomber gives in each of her 'knitting' series. The websites and quotes from various knitting mavins are very useful, and the patterns easy to follow.
My biggest problem with this one is that the intelligent reader can figure out within the first hundred pages how most of this is going to turn out. The writing style is so placid and harmless that except for several scenes with Margaret and her family, there's not a lot of excitement going on. Even then, it's not much more than a tepid simmer, and resembles a rather muddy puddle in a side alley for all of the emotional depth that it carries. All of the characters are pretty much one-notes, with lots of internal angst, and not much else.
That's too bad. It's this sort of writing that gives romance a bad name in the industry, and there was so much wasted potential in this novel. I can really only give it three stars, marking it as just average. If you're into knitting, I would rather suggest the collection of knitting patterns that are derived from this series and released by Leisure Arts books.
Somewhat recommended, depending on your reading tastes....more info
- Great Story
I love the Blossom book series of stories. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I love the different stories going on in one book....more info
- A good follow-up
I was thrilled to see Debbie Macomber return to Blossom Street. It was rewarding to see how the characters from her first two books had progressed, as well as being introduced to new women to cheer for.
The strengths of Macomber's writing are her sympathetic characters...Alix in particular is a compelling character, and I loved seeing her relationship with Jordan progress. The introduction of Colette kept the series moving forward without abandoning the previous group of women.
I have to say that my least favorite character is Lydia. Her life has become too complacent, and even the progression of her mother's illness didn't serve to pull me into her life. I was more interested in what was going on with her customers than with her!
While I've loved the Shop on Blossom Street stories, I think it may be time to leave this story behind and perhaps find a new knitting shop to explore. ...more info
- Love Blossom #3
I've read all of Debbie's knitting books and love each of them. Debbie draws you in and takes you through the Blossom Street area with her writing. I feel like I am part of the Blossom Street knitting community and look forward to the next project as well as what is taking place in the lives of Lydia, Susannah, Alix and the rest of my new "knitting friends."...more info
- Huge fan of this series!
I love this series of books, and this was no disappointment. (I bought the audio version of the book). Great characters, and wonderful storyline...I couldn't stop listening to it. As a knitter, I loved it!...more info