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Product Details

  • Series: Blossom Street
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345528816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345528810
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (644 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* There is a reason that legions of Macomber fans ask for more Blossom Street books. They fully engage her readers as her characters discover happiness, purpose, and meaning in life. The ninth title, which stands well alone, focuses on Libby Morgan, a driven attorney who has eschewed everything and everybody in her pursuit of a partnership. Summoned to the managing partner’s office expecting a well-deserved promotion, she is devastated to be laid off and told to “enjoy life.” After fruitless months looking for a new job in a bad economy, she joins a gym and reconnects with an old law-school friend. At A Good Yarn, she reconnects with the love of knitting she had learned from her mother, who died when Libby was 13, and makes friends, including 13-year-old Ava, who recently lost her mother. An errand takes Libby to the hospital, where she is recruited to rock newborn babies and where she meets “heart-of-stone” Dr. Phillip Stone, who has also seen his devotion to work wipe out any personal life. Macomber’s feel-good novel, emphasizing interpersonal relationships and putting people above status and objects, is truly satisfying. --Diana Tixier Herald

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Praise for Starting Now

“Debbie Macomber is undoubtedly among America’s favorite authors [with] a masterful gift of creating tales that are both mesmerizing and inspiring. . . . Her Blossom Street characters seem as warm and caring as beloved friends.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

“There is a reason that legions of Macomber fans ask for more Blossom Street books. They fully engage her readers as her characters discover happiness, purpose, and meaning in life.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Macomber understands the often complex nature of a woman’s friendships, as well as the emotional language women use with their friends.”—New York Journal of Books

More About the Author

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber's novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of these novels hitting the number one spot.

In 2014, Macomber's all-new hardcover publications will include Blossom Street Brides (March), Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Inn Novel (August) and Mr. Miracle (October) and paperback editions of the #1 bestseller Starting Now (April) and her acclaimed Christmas novel, Starry Night (October).

In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children's books.

Macomber's beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel's first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, which was ranked as the top program on cable when it debuted in summer 2013. Hallmark is now filming a second season of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove which will premiere this July 19. In addition, Macomber's upcoming Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle, will be made into an original movie premiering on Hallmark Channel in fall 2014. Previously, Hallmark Channel has produced three successful Christmas movies based on Macomber's bestselling Christmas novels, Mrs. Miracle, Call Me Mrs. Miracle and Trading Christmas.

Macomber owns her own tea room, Victorian Rose Tea Room & yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision's international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative.

A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.

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The story is engaging, and the characters are well developed.
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It had enough twists and turns to make you want to know what the ending would be and so you just kept reading and reading.
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I highly recommend this book and also highly recommend this book for anyone that would love an easy read.
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81 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Itkin VINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
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Just how far would a workaholic go to get the promotion she wants, to be partner. Libby Morgan has ended a marriage and lost most of her friends to achieve the ultimate goal as a lawyer to make partner. The only problem is when she is called into the office it is not to tell her she made partner but to let her go.

Libby is stunned as she really has no life and no friends and does not know what to do next. She assumes she will have no problem getting a job in another firm but times are rough and many large companies are downsizing and just like she was let go so have many other lawyers have been let go also and there are no jobs to be found.

Alone and not sure what to do she decides to join a health club as she is packing on weight staying home and eating ice cream (something she never had time to do before). She then calls her friend Robin, who works as a prosecutor, for the City of Seattle and gets her to join the health club also.

Next she visits the A Good Yarn Shop and meets the owner, Lydia Goetz, Casey her daughter, Ava who is Casey's friend and Margaret who is Lydia's sister. Libby decides to try and knit again (something she had done with her mom but stopped after she died) and gets the encouragement she needs from Lydia and Margaret, Casey and Ava. Libby starts by knitting premie hats for the babies in the hospital and picks it up easily after a few lessons from Lydia.

After completing many of the hats over the weekend with nothing else to do she brings them back to the Yarn Shop. Casey and Ava are going to drop the hats off at the hospital and Libby decides to join them. She meets Sharon and does not realize that from this one encounter her life is about to change.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Ms Winston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2013
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I have read a few of Debbie Macomber's novel and have come to the conclusion that I am not a natural fit for her fiction. Having stated that, I know that her works are very popular and she has a huge following. For those of us who like women's fiction with more of a bite, there are many other authors out there that fit that category. Someone once likened reading Ms Macomber's novels to getting a warm hug from your grandmother, and I think that is a good way to frame this review. It is a very sweet book with a predictable ending, and with characters that will not stay with you for more than a few hours after you finish the novel. The most edgy, and believable, part came when Libby, the laid-off workaholic attorney, decides to get a tatoo after having a few drinks at a bar with one of her friends. There are several stories intertwined in this book, including a possibly - pregnant thirteen year old girl. The novel is part of a series, "Blossom Street," involving knitting, but it can serve as a stand-alone book, which is how I read it. The book should appeal greatly to Ms Macomber's fan base, and there is nothing inherently "wrong" with the book, but for me I just like my women's fiction with more of an edge.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By sandlady on May 1, 2013
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I loved the Blossom Street Series. The characters were real people you could meet next door, very three dimensional. These characters are not in any way real. Their stories do NOT make sense, the story does not flow well, the characters are cardboard. The conversations are trite.

Libby's transition from uptight 80 hour week lawyer to I'm not sure what to call her, is flawed, Robin's reticence is pure nonsense. The sequence of events leading up the the revelation of Ava's pregnancy and early delivery are improbable. So many characters denied this poor child proper medical care for so many reasons. CPS should have removed both children much earlier in the story, whoops, no story. And if not prior to the birth, certainly an intensive investigation would ensue when Ava presents to the labor and delivery suite. Yet, she is returned to the negligent care of her grandmother. And to "assume" adoption without investigating the baby's father? This is a lawyer, did she not understand the law at all?

The most glaring discrepancy comes in the description of the newborn nursery. This is from days gone past. When my grandson was born last year, there were rarely any babies in the regular newborn nursery during daytime hours, except for those needing exams or procedures or preemies. Most of the babies she rocked were described as 8 pounds, full term, etc. Rooming in with the mother is pretty much standard these days, and continues on into the evening and night hours as well. The premise that an untrained volunteer would be left alone in any nursery, let alone one with preemies in it with no staff members around for hours on end is simply demeaning to all the hard working newborn nursery nurses in the industry. (No, I am not one.) I also find one expression, "aid car" interesting.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 3, 2013
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In Seattle, workaholic attorney Libby Morgan is shocked when she loses her position as expected to be main partner, but is not concerned as she expects law firms to come running to her. Instead she remains unemployed and bored.

To pass time, Libby daily visits A Good Yarn knitting store on Blossom Street where she picks up the hobby of knitting that she used to enjoy doing alongside her late mom when she was a kid. Libby becomes friends with the shopkeeper Lydia Goetz, the owner's teen daughter Casey, the latter's BFF Ava and other knitters. However, troubled Ava touches Libby's heart who tries to help her, leading to the unemployed attorney meeting Dr. Phillip Stone. However, when opportunity to return to her partnership path occurs, Libby must choose between her satisfying low-keyed life of friends and love or the lonely glide to legal top gun.

The return to Blossom Street (see Summer on Blossom Street and A Turn In The Road) is an engaging visit for long time readers as old friends play secondary roles while newcomers take the lead. Although the entertaining storyline follows the stitches as expected, fans will enjoy the mixing of friends and knitting with many kinds of loving relationships.

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