by Debbie Macomber

May 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2451-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books

As the weather warms many people are thinking of vacations and other leisure time activities. What better leisure time activity could there be than reading? May I suggest that you settle down with Back On Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber?

In this latest by Macomber readers are welcomed back to A Good Yarn where a new knitting class is about to begin. This time class participants will learn to knit a prayer shawl. Lydia is anxious for the class to knit not only the shawl, but the beginning of new friendships as her previous classes have done.

Alix Townsend has signed up. Even though she’s an experienced knitter by now she’s hoping the class will help with her pre-wedding jitters. Susannah Nelson who owns the local florist has also signed up, as has her one employee, Colette Blake a young widow.

The women don’t take an instant shine to each other and at first Lydia worries, but as the class progresses so do the friendships. Things seem to be going along fine, but there are stresses that soon take a toll not only on members of the knitting class, but also on Margaret, Lydia’s sister.

The tragedy that has affected Margaret’s family threatens the closeness that she and Lydia share. Lydia is also struggling with her mother’s failing health, and her sudden overwhelming desire to have a baby. How will all the women learn to be their best and will the knitting of the prayer shawl play a part in that?

Ms. Macomber writes characters that I could easily imagine walking down the street and being a part of my personal life. Back On Blossom Street takes readers back to a place they’re comfortable at and into the personal lives of women they’ve come to know and love. As you read you don’t feel as though you’re intruding on someone’s private life, but rather listening as you try to help friends through some rough patches in their lives.

Back On Blossom Street is a nice easy read. It doesn’t require a lot of hard work to follow the story, and will have readers anxiously awaiting the next installment about Blossom Street and the great things that are happening there.

If you’re new to Blossom Street that’s also okay, but be warned you’re going to enjoy these characters and will want to look for the other books that are set on Blossom Street so you can fully enjoy your time at A Good Yarn as so many others have.

Reviewed in April 2007 by Sandi.

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