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Product Details

  • Series: Blossom Street Books
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778326314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778326311
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Macomber returns to Seattle's fictional Blossom Street of A Good Yarn (and others) for a hopeful tale of four widows who meet at 38-year-old Anne Marie Roche's bookstore. Separated from her husband after he refused to have a baby with her, Anne Marie felt certain they would reconcile—until he suddenly died. Lillie Higgins lost her husband in the same plane crash that claimed the husband of their daughter, Barbie Foster. Elise Beaumont entered widowhood after cancer claimed her husband. Together, the four make life-fulfillment wish lists. With Elise's prodding, Anne Marie decides to fulfill one of her wishes—do good for someone else—and becomes a lunch buddy to an at-risk third grader. Anne Marie, meanwhile, must deal with the reappearance of her adult stepdaughter, Melissa, who always held her in disdain. Elise mainly serves as a catalyst for Anne Marie's journey, but there is plenty of focus on Lillian and Barbie, who find purpose in unexpected and difficult relationships. Though stilted dialogue can pull readers out of the moment, Macomber's assured storytelling and affirming narrative is as welcoming as your favorite easy chair. (May)
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From Booklist

Macomber brings her readers back to Seattle’s Blossom Street and quickly whisks us into the lives of its inhabitants. This tale begins on Valentine’s Day at Anne Marie Roche’s bookstore when four widows—Anne Marie, Elise, Lillie, and her daughter, Barbie, members of one of her book groups—decide to celebrate friendship together. One of them brings up the idea of making a list of wishes: things they’ve secretly wanted to accomplish but never did. However hesitant they might be at first, as the women complete their lists, they begin to embrace the idea of making each wish a fact. Anne Marie, especially, has had a hard time coming to terms with the death of her older husband and for almost a year has holed up inside her store and herself. Her wishes are fulfilled in ways she’d never imagine. Witnessing her rebirth is a joy to behold. Even the most hard-hearted readers will find themselves rooting for the women in this hopeful story while surreptitiously wiping away tears and making their own lists of wishes. --Maria Hatton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

By the end of the story, I felt like making Twenty Wishes of my own...
Jane Jones
The characters are people you find you care about and the story is good (plus this one actually makes you think).
Holly
I found this book very hard to put down and when I read the very last page, I still wanted more, more more!
Kenosha

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on July 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Debbie Macomber doesn't write heavy Russian novels with tragic heroines and deep, multi-layered plots. She writes novels that appeal to millions of ordinary women. So why do I think this simply delightful book could change your life? It's because she compels you to do one tiny little thing---make a list of twenty things you want to do in life. She invites you to celebrate hope, to fill that nagging void in your life, and to tell your brain the secrets of your heart.

Anne Marie Roche, the widowed owner of Blossom Street Books, invites three other widows to celebrate with her what could have been a sad Valentine's Day for all four. At thirty-eight, Anne Marie still longs for the child she never had. Her husband Robert already had a family when she married him and he had no desire to start another and be mistaken for his child's grandfather.

The other widows are Barbie Foster, forty-something mother of twin boys, who lost both her husband and father in the same fatal plane crash; her mother, Lillie Higgins, a sixtyish society matron; and Elise Beaumont, a retired librarian who'd reconnected with her husband after thirty years apart, only to lose him again after three.

While Lillie and Barbie set about accomplishing their lists with gusto, Anne Marie moves a bit slower and needs the guiding hand of Elise to steer her on a quest to find one good thing about her life. A Lunch Buddy program at the local school leads her to Ellen, a shy eight-year-old, and to a surprisingly rewarding life that includes knitting, dancing in the rain, and the trip to Paris she has always wanted to take. Anne Marie's life fills with happiness and love, not in the way she imagined it would, but in a way that will leave the reader deeply satisfied.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn S. Hlabse on May 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love Debbie Macomber and this is without any question her best book yet. You don't have to be a widow to understand this - just a woman who has wishes that she'd like to fulfill. This would make an excellent book for reading groups and I can't recommend it highly enough. I read it in 24 hours - I just couldn't put it down and I'm going to read it again. That's great praise coming from me who rarely reads a book more than once but this one is worth it. I've started my own list of 20 Wishes. It would make a great gift.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nana Pam & furkids on May 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading this delightful book, and as with all her books found myself laughing and then crying throughout. Her characters (people) are so real that I feel that I'm there with them. Am so grateful we have this wonderful writer who shares these stories with us. Also, know it's a different book or series but I LOVE her angel books too! Just finished the latest one and it too was delightful! Thanks Debbie!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book, however it wasn't one of my favorites by Debbie Macomber. I enjoy the positive endings to all of her books, they give you a cozy feel. I feel like I have walked the streets of Seattle (even though I've never been). Her descriptions give you plenty to go on as far as setting is concerned. I gave this one a 3 because as much as I like Debbie's writing, this book was a bit too breezy for me. I like a little bit of grit and this book just didn't have it. Its worth reading, its just not the page turner I'm used to from Debbie Macomber.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Macpherson on May 23, 2008
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This is a sweet, delightful, feel good story. I really enjoyed it. And even though nobody was getting shot or killed, it truly was a page turner. I felt like I was a member of their little club and couldn't wait to hear the latest about each and every one of them. I read it with a constant smile on my face.
I live in Seattle area and also enjoyed all the references to our beautiful city. The people here are awesome. This book is written as if it were a true story. And perhaps it might be--someone, somewhere who can identify with at least one of the characters.
I agree that the "Twenty Wishes" is an excellent idea to do---as well as taking up knitting, going to Paris and, of course, dacing barefoot in the rain.
Relax, enjoy and be ready to feel good when you read this delightful story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Josephine M. Newstad on May 8, 2008
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"Twenty Wishes" was a great book. It was a page turner that I couldn't, or wanted to, put down. It was filled with hope and love. Debbie Macomber has done it again. She's made me want to start my own list!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marlene C. Kremer on May 2, 2008
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I loved this book. I received it yesterday. I started reading it about 1 P.M. I did go out last night. I finished the book at about 2 P.M. today. DEBBIE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE writers I especially like her books about Blossom Street. You will enjoy this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leslee Borger on May 30, 2008
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I've read almost all of Debbie's books and I believe this to be the very best. It has all of the heart and soul you've come to expect in a Debbie Macomber book, and if you've liked her books in the past, you will love this one. I absolutely recommend it to every woman who reads to feel uplifted and just a little bit better about life. If you read it, I bet you'll be making your own wish list as soon as you finish the last page.
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