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Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel Paperback – April 2, 2013
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“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
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In 2015, Macomber's all-new hardcover novels include Last One Home (March), Silver Linings (August) and Dashing Through The Snow (October). Paperback editions will be issued in 2015 for Blossom Street Brides (March) and her Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle (October). In addition to fiction, Macomber has published cookbooks; inspirational and nonfiction works; as well as acclaimed children's books.In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children's books.
Macomber's Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel's first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, now enjoying its third season. In addition, Macomber's upcoming Christmas novel, Dashing Through the Snow, will be adapted as a Hallmark Channel movie in fall 2015.
Macomber owns the Victorian Rose Tea Room and A Good Yarn Shop, named after those she featured in her 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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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.Read more ›
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.
Also, the connection to the Blossom shop and the people there wasn't as strong as in some of the previous books and the friendships Libby made were more like passing references than real friendships. Basically there wasn't the same kind of bonding between women where they share their feelings and support each other and I missed that.
I also didn't particularly like (or believe) the romance between Libby and Phillip and I didn't like how Phillip acted when things changed in Libby's life. I'd explain more but it would involve giving away spoilers. i also felt that Libby stayed fairly passive throughout the book -- the book talks about the changes she made but she still reacted to things that other people did or said rather than changing how she reacted and I didn't think she had changed in any major way. Again, it may be that Libby is a little too close to home for me.
Because the story really revolves around Libby, her friend Robin, her unemployment, and her relationship with Phillip, you don't need to have read the earlier Blossom Street books before reading this one.
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Workaholic Libby Morgan is determined to make partner. However, a huge monkey wrench is thrown in her plans when her law firm decides to end her employment. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Cecelia Dowdy
I am NOT a fan of romance fiction. But when it comes time for a little escape, it is Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street that becomes my respite. Read morePublished 19 days ago by LMc
She is a good writer - very good - so are a ton of other authors whose Kindle book prices are much more reasonable. Read more
One of Debbie Macombers better stories. I wanted to keep reading and not put the book down. A Must read!Published 26 days ago by Silvia A. Belmares
Really enjoyed this book. Was anxious to finish. Enjoyed the characters. They were well developed. Demonstrated how we should be role models to othersPublished 29 days ago by charlie
A return to Blossom St and your favorite residents. New character Libby learns there is more to life than being a partner in a big-time law firm.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer