Once again, Debbie Macomber takes readers into the cozy world of Blossom Street in Seattle, Washington, where women's romances and friendships help them triumph over adversity. Macomber's readers who are familiar with the series will recognize characters and welcome the new ones in Blossom Street Brides. New readers will feel welcome in a charming world of small shops, family and romantic difficulties, and happy endings.
Macomber's latest novel focuses on three women who are friends, Lydia Goetz, Lauren Elliott, and Bethanne Scranton. Lydia owns A Good Yarn, and is happily married with two children. But, her daughter is struggling with nightmares while Lydia struggles with answers to a strange question. Who is leaving baskets of yarn around town, encouraging people to knit for the homeless, and then visit A Good Yarn.
Lauren and Bethanne run into each other at A Good Yarn, both looking for yarn for a baby basket. Bethanne's daughter-in-law is expecting. She's ecstatic, but she also worries about seeing that grandchild. Should she keep her business in Seattle, or move to California where her new husband lives and owns a wine distribution company? As much as she loves Max, it's her ex-husband who is always on her doorstep, begging her to take him back.
When Lauren learns her younger sister is expecting, she realizes it's time to dump a boyfriend who won't commit, and move on with her life. But, is she really prepared to fall head-over-heels for someone the first time they meet?
Macomber excels at creating likable, strong women whose businesses and relationships complicate their lives. In other words, these women could be the women down the street, which is the charm of the Blossom Street books. Their lives aren't easy, but that doesn't mean they can't find friendship and love to help them through. Blossom Street Brides takes readers back into the warm stories that continue to entertain and enchant.
Debbie Macomber's website is www.debbiemacomber.com
Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber. Ballantine Books. 2014. ISBN 9780345528841 (hardcover), 318p.
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