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Product Details

  • Series: Blossom Street
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Library ed edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778326438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778326434
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Macomber adds a tear-jerking installment to the Blossom Street series with this account of lives intersecting at the series-hinging yarn store, A Good Yarn. Upbeat cancer survivor Lydia and her pragmatic sister, Margaret, start a Knit to Quit group in their Blossom Street yarn store, hoping to bring in customers for weekly self-help sessions. Casey, the 12-year-old girl Lydia takes in while waiting for an infant of her own to adopt, helps out in the shop when she's not sulking in her room or causing trouble for Lydia's family. Local baker Alix wants a baby as much as Lydia does, but she and her husband agree she needs to quit smoking first. Then there's super-stressed chocolate magnate, Hutch, who takes the knitting class after his doctor suggests it. Hutch hits it off with Phoebe, who is trying to quit obsessing about a broken engagement. Rounding out the crowd, bookstore owner Ann Marie must deal with her adopted daughter Ellen's biological father, a recovering addict, re-entering their lives. Macomber deftly handles the multiple story lines and emotional terrain of families, while the predictably happy ending is very genuine. (May)
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From Booklist

Macomber’s new Blossom Street novel begins in Lydia’s store, A Good Yarn, located in downtown Seattle. Lydia has a new class, “Knit to Quit,” for people who need to redirect their energies while trying to quit negative habits. Phoebe joins on impulse. She’s just called off her engagement for the second time and needs to quit her fiancé, a controlling, self-absorbed manipulator. The small class also attracts Bryan, whose stress-filled job has made this young man a prime candidate for a heart attack. Both find that the knitting helps them with their problems, and brings them together. Our old friend Alix joins to help her quit smoking before she tries to get pregnant. And Lydia herself is a major player this time as she and her husband decide to adopt a baby. What happens instead is heartwarming in the extreme. Macomber’s typical strengths are at full capacity in this must-read for her fans, who will find their emotions fully engaged and completely satisfied. --Maria Hatton

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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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Griffith VINE VOICE on April 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Finished this book at 1 a.m. this morning--as with the other books in the series, I couldn't put it down. New characters are inroduced to the Blossom Street group, and as always, it's interesting to see how previous characters develop and mingle with the new. I would love to give this book a five star review, yet feel unable to do so. It's a good, easy, uplifting novel (as are all of the author's books), and that's a huge plus in times like these. I appreciate the "everything turns out well" style of Debbie Macomber, aware that some might criticize a seriously happy-ending style. What can I say? I love a happy ending.

My main disappointments in this book (versus the others in the series) have to do with characterization. I've lived all over the country, known many, many women in all walks of life, and have never known someone like Pheobe. She just didn't seem plausible to me. By that, I mean her inner struggle didn't seem appropriate for a relatively short term relationship and fiance. Had she been involved with the man she hoped to "knit to quit" over the course of many years, or had she been married to him, her emotional tug-of-war would have made better sense. Perhaps there was something in her background to cause her to question herself repeatedly? The reader doesn't know if there is. Her character's background isn't developed... in previous books, the character's backgrounds come into play and help readers understand why they think and act as they do.

I also wanted to know more about Casey. A lot of critical information was void there. Some of her background was touched upon, yet left me wondering about more specific details.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Linda Wielgosz on May 7, 2009
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I thoroughly enjoy Debbie Macomber's books and look forward to reading all of them, and when this book came this past week, I immediately started reading and was done within two days. Although one reviewer said she never met a woman like Phoebe, I disagree. I have met many strong women who have had to make very hard decisions about relationships. If just one reader after reading of Phoebe's decision to leave the relationship of a unfaithful/manipulative partner, the story helped someone. No one, either male or female, has the right to abuse a relationship. Yes, the book has a happy ending, but then why do I read, to escape, to be uplifted. A wonderful read, put your feet up, a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day and Debbie takes your home.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Brinkley on May 10, 2009
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I like Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series, but this latest entry was somewhat disappointing. I'm sure it's difficult to create new characters to interact with the shop owners who have been part of the series since the beginning, but these are only half-drawn and, in the case of Phoebe, difficult to like. I enjoyed the addition of a man to the knitting classes, but his love affair with Phoebe progresses too easily to be believable, especially since she is something of a pathological liar. The plot is predictable, and the writing filled with cliches that should have been reworked before publication. The term "phoning it in" came to mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nan on June 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have been listening to books on tape suggested by my librarian as I drive to and from work. I was just so disappointed in this book. Delilah's reading voice is so annoyingly syrupy, and that may have colored my whole experience with the book, but the characters, events, outcomes etc. are also just so predictable (and in Phoebe's case, a ridiculous conflict - I can't even imagine tolerating the first offense, let alone the second.) In addition, the writing style is just so choppy. If I were not one who will just not stop a book in midstream, I would have turned in back in before the half-way point. The warmth of most of the characters and their care for one another is wonderful. The book is just written in a style for pre-teens, and I will never listen to a Delilah narration again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book lover -Philadelphia on March 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was my first in the Blossom Street series and I thought that Macomber did a pretty good job of filling a new reader in on what had gone before, without leaving too many holes. It's nice beach reading and heartwarming, even if every story line is wholly predictable.

On the other hand, there were two things that bothered me: First, that Phoebe, an otherwise independent woman should be so manipulated by both her mother [who should be going to bat for her!] and her former fiance. And, second, that a social worker would drop a child with a family with NO INFORMATION AT ALL on her background, interests or problems. That's no kind of professionalism! It really made no sense and destroyed credibility.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carey Devine on March 29, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Honestly I have no Idea were to start.. I love all the characters in this book. I have always been able to relate to each book in some way shape or form.

I love Lydia and love her shop.... Love the fact that Lydia tried helping another person and making a difference. The reason why I love reading books because I can escape my own life and read about something so horriable yet so wonderful at the same time.

I will not spoil this for everyone because I loved this book and could talk about it all day long. Can't wait to go to the library tonight and get the next one.. Hope no one took it already :D

Happy reading.
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