Starting Now is the ninth book in Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series. Some of the books have been more interesting than others, but with the return of familiar characters and the introduction of new ones, this series of comfort reads could go on for quite a while.
Libby Morgan's determination to make partner in the law firm she works for cost her everything, her marriage, friends. So, the day she's called into her boss' office, her life is turned upside down when she learns she's being let go. What does she have in life? And, as time goes on and she can't find another job, she realizes she doesn't really have anything. In desperation, she joins a gym, begs a friend to go with her, and then accompanies that friend to A Good Yarn, the shop on Blossom Street that will change her life.
Her trip to A Good Yarn introduced her to Lydia, the shop owner, Lydia's daughter, Casey, and Casey's best friend, Ava. When Libby takes the two young teens to the hospital to drop off knitted caps for preemies, she's shocked at the rude treatment she receives from a surgeon there, Phillip Stone. But, something about the babies draws her back to the hospital where the former workaholic finds pleasure in volunteering to rock the newborns. Returning to the hospital, though, puts her in frequent contact with Dr. "Heart of Stone". He's another workaholic already trying to make some changes in his life.
Libby Morgan isn't prepared for any changes in her life, a romantic interest, a change in her professional plans, or a needy teenager who sees Libby as a friend. If she's going to find happiness in life, though, she needs to make some changes, "Starting Now".
There are few surprises in this latest Blossom Street book, however readers of this series are not really looking for surprises. Starting Now means a return to familiar territory with new problems for new characters.and, there's nothing wrong with comfort reads. Once again, Debbie Macomber succeeds with a comfortable formula of problems, friendship, and romance with a happy ending.
Debbie Macomber's website is www.debbiemacomber.com
Starting Now by Debbie Macomber. Ballantine Books. 2013. ISBN 9780345533531 (hardcover), 340p.
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