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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (September 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778321606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778321606
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A Seattle knitting store brings together four very different women in this earnest tale about friendship and love. Lydia Hoffman, a two-time cancer survivor, opens the shop A Good Yarn as a symbol of the new life she plans to lead. She starts a weekly knitting class, hoping to improve business and make friends in the area. The initial class project is a baby blanket, and Macomber (Changing Habits), a knitter herself who offers tips about the craft and pithy observations from knitting professionals throughout the novel, includes the knitting pattern at the start of the book. Well-heeled Jacqueline Donovan, who chooses to ignore her empty marriage, disguises her disdain for her pregnant daughter-in-law by knitting a baby blanket. Carol Girard joins the group as an affirmation of her hopes to finally have a successful in vitro pregnancy. Alix Townsend, a high school dropout with an absentee father and a mother incarcerated for forging checks, uses the class to satisfy a court-ordered community service sentence for a drug-possession conviction for which her roommate is really responsible. Unfortunately, Macomber doesn't get much below the surface of her characters, and, although they all have interesting back stories, the arc of each individual happy ending is too predictable. The only surprise involves Alix's hapless, overweight roommate, Laurel, and even this smacks of plot-driven manipulation. Macomber is an adept storyteller overall, however, and many will be entertained by this well-paced story about four women finding happiness and fulfillment through their growing friendships.
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"Debbie Macomber is a skilled storyteller and a sure-buy with readers." -- Publishers Weekly

"Debbie Macomber tells women's stories in a way no one else does." -- BookPage

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.

Customer Reviews

I read this book in 24 hours because I did not want to put it down.
L. Rogers
The reader can almost feel the authors love for both the craft of knitting and for each character - and the continual learning of life lessons along the way.
Julie Jordan Scott
I can't wait to continue to the next book, and I highly recommend this series whether you are a knitter or not!
Wendy Kaplan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on August 20, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With a renewed interest in knitting on my part, and having enjoyed several books by Debbie Macomber in the past, I recently read and enjoyed The Shop on Blossom Street. And whether you're an old time knitter or this is your first time learning to cast on and purl, I do recommend you read a book which blends a hobby with personal friendships.

The Shop on Blossom Street books tells the story of a young woman and cancer survivor who opens a knitting store. Offering knitting classes to attract customers, three women come to the shop to learn how to make a baby blanket. But these three women couldn't be more different or come to the classes for different reasons which don't necessarily include learning how to knit. And we as readers watch as these three women learn the stitches, watch their baby blankets take shape, and find themselves learning more about each other, helping each other with their projects and influencing each other's lives. By the end of the book we find them forming lasting friendships and we know we won't soon forget these knitters.

Similar to the premise of Debbie Macomber's book, Thursdays at Eight which I really enjoyed, The Shop on Blossom Street while somehwat perdictable was a good journey and satisfying destination. The best part is that the sequel, A Good Yarn, was recently published and I look forward to reading this shortly.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 23, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
Obie Award winner and Tony nominee Linda Emond gives a light and sympathetic reading to this story of a group of four women who share a love for knitting and a determination to overcome obstacles.

Lydia Hoffman has overcome cancer and now she realizes a dream by opening a shop in Seattle called A Good Yarn. It's a comfortable, homey place that offers knitting supplies and patterns. Before long it also houses a knitting class. The first lesson? A baby blanket.

Jacqueline Donovan comes to the class hopefully. Her marriage has soured into a sometimes amicable, lots of space between each other arrangement. The blanket is for her daughter-in-law, the young woman who married her only son. Jacqueline doesn't care for her at all. Can a baby blanket cover those feelings?

Another woman comes to class who also has thoughts of a baby - Carol Girard and her spouse are making one more try for a child with in vitro pregnancy. Alix Townsend is almost the antithesis of Carol, reluctantly knitting her blanket as part of her community service project.

What a disparate, interesting quartet! Easy, relaxing listening.

- Gail Cooke
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Lydia Hoffman has defeated cancer twice. To celebrate life, Lydia opens A Good Yarn, a knitting supplies store in Seattle. She also teaches a class on knitting. The first lesson is "How to Knit a Baby Blanket".
Jacqueline Donovan reacts poorly to her son's news that she is to be a grandmother for the first time. She does not like her daughter-in-law Tammie Lee. Maybe her bitterness is because she knows her marriage to Reese, a partner in an architectural firm, is dying. She must make amends with her son Paul so she joins A Good Yarn knitting class.
Desperate to become pregnant, Carol Girard joins the class seeking hope that her and her husband Doug's final attempt with in vitro pregnancy succeeds. This is her last chance to have the child she craves.
The court ordered Alix Townsend to do community service as part of her sentencing. She decides that knitting for the Linus Project should satisfy her case worker. However, she needs to first learn to knit so she joins the class too.
This four diverse women bond in friendship and love as they work on the baby blanket. Though their individual dreams may not be answered, a group dream forges as each learns the meaning of life.
THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET is a fabulous deep character study that rotates the narration between the women so that the audience has four subplots that cleverly knit together into a powerful look at the ups and downs of modern day living. Though not all dreams are fulfilled and some change for instance to cooking, fans will enjoy Debbie Macomber's strong tale of four females struggling to overcome different setbacks.
Harriet Klausner
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on February 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In this latest "gal pal" book, Debbie Macomber creates four very different characters. Lydia Hoffman is a two-time cancer survivor who decides to open a Yarn Shop as a symbol of her new life. Jacqueline Donovan joins Lydia's beginning knitting class, but has a hard time fitting in with some of the other women, due to her haughty and superior attitude. Carol Girard is a woman who is desparate to have a baby and she thinks that if she joins the knitting class and makes a baby blanket, that will be a good omen for her goal of motherhood. Alix Townsend seems like a real misfit when she joins the group. She is a tough young woman who has grown up on the streets and she is particularly prickly with the aristocratic Jacqueline. As usual, Debbie Macomber mixes these disparate characters together and somehow manages to "knit" them together in a lasting friendship. This is an enjoyable and easy read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AutumnHarvest on May 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the first book by Debbie Macomber I have read. In fact,until a month ago I had never heard of her. Now I find she has a website and seems to be quite involved with her many fans. In fact, for her book tour to promote this book she is doing signings at yarn shops and inviting her fans to knit a square while there to be joined together and assembled into blankets and donated to charities. I was more impressed with THAT than the actual book!
Not to say this isn't a decent story. It was a fun, fast read. I have been reading every book of knitting stories I can lay my hands on, and when I came across a novel on the topic, I thought I'd give it a try. Since I live in the Pacific Northwest and am familiar with Seattle, it was easy to visualize a lot of the background presented in the story. However, I thought the writing a little shallow and I kept wishing for a bit more depth of the characters as I read. I wanted more about the knitting and the goings on at the yarn shop than the outside lives of the three women who came to learn to knit. Some threads got dropped like lost stitches off knitting needles!
I do see there is room for a sequel to this book, as the yarn shop owner could become involved with a new group of knitting students and that could become an even better read than this one was.
Now, having said all that, I still intend to go to the book signing event in mid-May to do my little part in completing a part of one of the blankets. I absolutely LOVE the idea of this type of book tour. I hope it sparks more authors to come up with fresh ideas to not only promote their books, meet their fans, create a little more community, AND do something good for local organizations.
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