by Debbie Macomber

May 2004
ISBN: 0-7783-2044-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books

In Debbie Macomber’s latest book, The Shop On Blossom Street, four women at very different stages in their lives find comfort and friendship in the most unlikely place

The timing of opening her new store probably couldn’t be worse for Lydia with all the construction happening on the Blossom Street, but as Blossom Street is changing so is Lydia.

A Good Yarn, Lydia’s fledgling shop is starting business by offering a knitting class. The class will start with the making of a baby blanket. Each woman who signs up for the class has a different reason for attending. Carol, a young married woman who wants nothing more than to get and maintain a pregnancy. She will go to extreme measures to achieve her dream. As she’s walking she happens upon A Good Yarn, and takes the sign in the window as a personal sign that she will soon be reaching her dream. Jackie, whose husband is the architect in charge of Blossom Street’s renovations, She signs up for the class as a goodwill gesture towards her daughter-in-law who has just announced she’s pregnant. The last member of the class is Alix. She is the youngest and only signs up because she sees it as a way to complete community service she has been ordered to do.

Each class is unique as the women come to like and understand each other. The women in this story though extremely different from each other begin to bond like sisters, and to worry about each other like families do. With each page read I felt the ever changing relationship and love these women were developing for one another. To me it proved that the love and bond of sisterhood is not dependent at all on blood, but can be created from the most unique of blending of people as long as everyone involved in the creation is willing to look inside of themselves, and make a change.

Ms. Macomber is making a change from pure romance to women’s fiction. I for one enjoy these stories of women finding friendship, and sisterhood outside of their normal comfort zone. It gives me hope for the state of our world.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Sandi.

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