by Debbie Macomber

May 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2144-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books

Itís been a full year now, and the doors to A Good Yarn are open to readers again. The shop on Blossom Street has been very successful, and its owner Lydia couldnít be more deserving of the success she has worked so hard to achieve.

Lydia has been continuing to offer knitting classes, and has decided that itís time to offer a class on how to knit socks. She still waxes nostalgic about how the very first class she ever taught at A Good Yarn clicked, and misses that feeling with her following classes. The sock class doesnít generate the interest that Lydia had hoped for, but the three women who do enroll soon are just as dear to her as those who had enrolled for that very first class.

Elise Beaumont, is a retired librarian who had high hopes of how she would be spending her retirement. Unfortunately, the reality of her retirement is far from the dreams she had of it. Instead of owning a piece of land, and a home of her own, sheís forced to live with her daughter and her family as a long legal battle sheís been forced into has put a severe strain on her financial resources.

Bethanne Hamlin, is a homemaker who never saw the curveball life has thrown her. Her husband of twenty years has decided that he no longer loves her, and divorces her for a woman several years his junior. Bethanne is also struggling financially and dealing with the resulting anger of two teenagers whose lives have also been upended because of the divorce.

Courtney Pulanski, is living in Seattle because her father has decided to take a job in Brazil. Again money is the consideration for his choice. With two children in college, and Courtney about to start her senior year he feels he has no choice. However, Courtney has had enough upheaval in her life, and the move to Seattle just compounds Courtneyís feeling of loneliness since the sudden death of her mother four years ago.

Along with the worries Lydia has about this class bonding, sheís got to struggle with her relationship with Brad, her sisterís unusual moodiness, and the failing health of her mother. Lydia, not used to being the one to do the worrying, finds within herself a strength she didnít know she possessed. She can tackle problems that in the past would be overwhelming to her, and handle them with the hard earned strength that she has come to possess.

Ms. Macomber has again written a tale of unlikely friendship. Each has enrolled in the knitting class for their own reason and has, through the class, come to respect one another. As I read I could feel the respect and friendship binding these women together much the way the knitting of each stitch holds the socks they have knit together.

Over the years Iíve come to look forward to Ms. Macomberís novels, and A Good Yarn left me with a wonderful feeling. I believe that I enjoyed this even more than its predecessor The Shop on Blossom Street. When I turned the last page and closed the book I was left with a nice contented feeling. Iím hopeful that we the readers will get at least one more book featuring Lydia, and the beginnings of her newlywed life with Brad.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Sandi.

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