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Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel Paperback – April 2, 2013

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Book 9 of 10 in the A Blossom Street Series

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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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“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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Product Details

  • Series: Blossom Street (Book 10)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Printing edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345528816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345528810
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (968 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ms Winston VINE 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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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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The Blossom Street series has been a favorite of mine and I looked forward to this new edition. As it is, however, this latest novel fell far short of my anticipation. Although the others have had substance and charm, this reads as if it were written for and by a fifteen year old. The characters were underdeveloped and there was little or no plot, just a very predictable and sugary sweet ending. I missed the characters who came together to knit and share their heartaches and dreams at "A Good Yarn". Sadly, this book, although pleasant enough, just does not belong on Blossom Street. What a big disappointment! I just can't understand all the five star reviews!!
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I've loved the Blossom Street books for years, mostly for the wonderful characters, and situations that pull the reader into the story and don't let go until the great ending.

This new book gives us undeveloped characters who wander in--and sometimes straight out--of the too many and uneven plots. The main character is likeable enough in the first two thirds of the book--then suddenly goes off the rails. SPOILER ALERT: Why would a strong, intelligent women go running back to the law firm that stabbed her in the back not once but twice? Why does a good lawyer who lost her mother while young (a major plot-point) just walk away without a fight from the baby she loves and was asked by the birth mother to adopt? And, as another reviewer already stated, why do our two main characters do nothing to help the a 13 year old pregnant girl with an unfit guardian, other than offer pep talks?

The worst part for me was that this book started out with so much promise. It had a good premise and interesting characters--not to mention a great author. My only question is: what happend?
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I am a big fan of the Blossom Street series because the books are usually as much (or more) about the friendships formed among the women who come to the shop as about the romantic love they find along the way. I was especially looking forward to this book because I felt a lot in common with the main character Libby. But knowing so much about her professional field ended up reducing my enjoyment of the book because it bothered me too much when the book didn't line up with reality.

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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