Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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There's a new shop on Seattle's Blossom Street—a flower store called Susannah's Garden, right next door to A Good Yarn. Susannah Nelson, the owner, has just hired an assistant named Colette Blake, a young widow who's obviously hiding a secret—or two.

When Susannah and Colette both join Lydia Goetz's new knitting class, they discover that Lydia and her sister, Margaret, have worries of their own. Margaret's daughter, Julia, is the victim of a ...

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Overview


There's a new shop on Seattle's Blossom Street—a flower store called Susannah's Garden, right next door to A Good Yarn. Susannah Nelson, the owner, has just hired an assistant named Colette Blake, a young widow who's obviously hiding a secret—or two.

When Susannah and Colette both join Lydia Goetz's new knitting class, they discover that Lydia and her sister, Margaret, have worries of their own. Margaret's daughter, Julia, is the victim of a random carjacking, and the entire family is thrown into emotional chaos.

Then there's Alix Townsend, whose wedding is only months away. She's not sure she can go through with it, though. A reception at the country club, with hundreds of guests she's never met—it's just not Alix. But, like everyone else in Lydia's knitting class, she knows there's a solution to every problem…and that another woman can usually help you find it!

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Without dropping a stitch, Debbie Macomber extends her Blossom Street series with this third heartwarming entry, set around a class at A Good Yarn, where a small group of women also work through critical turning points in their lives. The class specializes in prayer shawls (patterns and instruction included), which are designed to give emotional comfort, much like Macomber's books.

There's Lydia, the proprietor of the store along with her sister, Margaret. Their mother is failing, and for once, Lydia is not the first to notice. Margaret's daughter, Julia, becomes the victim of a carjacking, but it's the aftermath that seems the hardest -- neither Margaret nor Julia can deal with it. Susannah Nelson, who has just opened the flower shop next door, is a new entry to the class, as is her young helper, Colette Blake. Colette's husband was killed a year ago; now she's fighting her attraction to an ex-boss with a mysterious (or is it criminal?) connection to China. Last, there's Alix Towsend, who can't believe she's going to marry Jordan Turner, the local pastor -- but her future mother-in-law's plans for a very big wedding are giving her second thoughts.

Bolstered by the group, these women work through their various issues, with a few changes of heart and some mysteries uncovered by the final page. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly

Women who share a love of knitting support each other through the vicissitudes of life in Macomber's unsurprising third novel set on Seattle's fictional Blossom Street. Lydia Goetz, the proprietor of the knitting store (and series anchor) A Good Yarn, has begun teaching a new knitting class on prayer shawls. Fellow knitters include Colette Blake, a 31-year-old widow who rents the apartment above the shop and whose grief over her dead husband is being supplemented by confusion about her relationship with former boss and possible criminal Christian Dempsey. Also casting on is Alix Townsend, the daughter of a family of miscreants and now engaged to the Rev. Jordan Turner and so stressed over wedding planning that she wonders if she's pastor's wife material. Closer to home, Lydia's niece Julia is the victim of a carjacking and an ineffectual justice system, and Lydia is feeling bereft because, thanks to her history of cancer, she may never give birth to her own child. Readers will get exactly what they expect: a litany of feel-good, unassailable instances of the benefits of friendship, tolerance and knitting; happy endings for all; and simple if saccharine prose. Readers who already cherish life à la Blossom Street will welcome this slight variation on the theme. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459246676
  • Publisher: MIRA
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Series: Blossom Street Series , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 12,237
  • File size: 813 KB

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at DebbieMacomber.com.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

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"One of the best kept secrets in the knitting world is that knitting lace appears to be much more difficult than it is. If you can knit, purl, knit two together and put the yarn over your needle to form a new stitch, you CAN knit lace."

—Myrna A.I. Stahman, Rocking Chair Press, designer, author and publisher of Stahman's Shawls and Scarves—Lace Faroese-Shaped Shawls From The Neck Down and Seamen's Scarves, and the soon to be published The Versatility of Lace Knitting—Variations on a Theme

Lydia Goetz

I love A Good Yarn, and I'm grateful for every minute I spend in my shop on Blossom Street. I love looking at the skeins of yarn in all their colors and feeling the different textures. I love my knitting classes and the friends I've made here. I love studying the pattern books. I love gazing out my front window onto the energy and activity of downtown Seattle. In fact, I love everything about this life I've found, this world I've built.

Knitting was my salvation. That's something I've said often, I know, but it's simply the truth. Even now, after nearly ten years of living cancer-free, knitting dominates my life. Because of my yarn store, I've become part of a community of knitters and friends.

I'm also married now, to Brad Goetz. A Good Yarn was my first real chance at life and Brad was my first chance at love. Together, Brad and I are raising our nine-year-old son. I say Cody's our son, and he is, in all the ways that matter. I consider him as much my child as Brad's; I couldn't love Cody more if I'd given birth to him. It's true he has a mother, and I know Janice does care about him. But Brad's ex-wife is… well, I hesitate to say it, but selfish is the word that inevitably comes to mind. Janice appears intermittently in Cody's life, whenever the mood strikes her or she happens to find it convenient—despite the parenting plan she signed when she and Brad divorced. Sadly, she only sees her son once or twice a year. I can tell that the lack of communication bothers Cody. And Janice's cavalier attitude toward motherhood angers me, but like my son, I don't mention the hurt. Cody doesn't need me to defend or malign Janice; he's capable of forming his own opinions. For a kid, he's remarkably resilient and insightful.

On a February morning, my store with all its warmth and color was a cozy place to be. The timer on the microwave went off; I removed the boiling water and poured it into my teapot after dropping in a couple of tea bags. The rain was falling from brooding, gray skies as it often does in winter. I decided it was time to start another knitting class. I maintain several ongoing classes and charity knitting groups, and I usually begin a new session four or five times a year.

As I considered my new class, I was also thinking about my mother, who's adjusted to life in the assisted-living complex reasonably well. In some ways, I suspect that moving her was even more difficult for my sister, Margaret, and me than it was for Mom. Although Mom hated giving up her independence, she seemed relieved not to have the worry about the house and yard anymore. I wept the day the house was sold, and while she never allowed me to see her tears, I believe Margaret did, too. Selling the house meant letting go of our childhood and all the reminders of growing up there. It was the end of an era for us both, just as it was for our mother.

While I drank my tea, I flipped through the new patterns that had arrived the day before. The first one to catch my eye was a prayer shawl. Lately, I'd seen several patterns for these shawls, some more complex than others. I could easily envision knitting this one for Mom.

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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Debbie Macomber

Barnes & Noble.com: We love this third book in the Blossom Street series. I gather that initially this wasn't intended to be a series -- what (or who) changed your mind? And do readers need to read these books in order?

Debbie Macomber: I'm so pleased you enjoyed Back on Blossom Street! I think it's my favorite of the series so far. You're right; When I wrote The Shop on Blossom Street it wasn't intended as the beginning of a series -- but then I received a multitude of comments from readers who told me they wanted more stories about the Blossom Street community and the yarn store. MIRA agreed and A Good Yarn came about. Now we're going back to Blossom Street yet again. This time we'll be visiting the flower store, Susannah's Garden, as well as Lydia's yarn shop. Every book is written to stand alone, so it isn't necessary to read the first two books of the series to enjoy this one.

B&N.com: Reading your books, I'm always struck by the power of multiple plotlines, and the richness that comes from having characters from different generations and different stages of love. Is it true that watching TV (like The Practice) shaped, at least partially, this direction?

DM: Thank you. I consider that a very nice compliment. The answer is yes. I see storytelling as my real skill, my gift, so there are generally any number of plots buzzing around in my head. I had done a few books with multiple plotlines but not to the extent of the Blossom Street or Cedar Cove books -- until I started analyzing successful television shows. Many of them leap from one storyline to another. Your example of The Practice is a good one; ER does the same thing. These days we all have seem to short attention spans anyway, and I guess you could say this approach keeps things hopping! As well, it allows me to relate characters and storylines to each other, to create interconnections -- just as we do in life.

B&N.com: How old were you when you started to knit? And what role has it played in your life?

DM: I was around 12. I wanted to knit but my mother didn't know how, so she took me down to the local yarn store and I sat with the ladies there and learned. The first item I ever knitted was a purple vest for my mother; in fact, she still had it when she died. I've been knitting off and on since that time. When our family was young, I didn't get much knitting done, but later, after the grandkids arrived -- well, there's no stopping me now! Actually I don't dare stop, considering all the yarn I've already collected.

B&N.com: What's coming up next?

DM: In September [2007], the seventh installment of the Cedar Cove series, 74 Seaside Avenue, will be out. (You can tell I love writing series!) And then in October, back by popular demand...drum roll, please...Where Angels Go, which is another story about my Christmas angels, Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy. There are also a number of upcoming reprints, including Christmas Wishes in November (it's a paperback reissue of last year's Christmas Letters plus an earlier-refreshed (!) story called "Rainy Day Kisses." After that, there's a brand-new edition of Dakota Home, first published in 2000. It'll be available in December. And more to come in 2008!
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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Those eagerly awaiting a return to Seattle's Blossom Street will be pleased with Macomber's sequel to The Shop On Blossom Street. Many remember that cancer survivor Lydia Goetz opened a shop, The Good Yarn, which soon housed a knitting class of four women who forged friendships and helped each other through life's rough spots. The same kind of caring and helpfulness are found in Back On Blossom Street. Those who enjoy a feel-good listen will find it here. For those who don't understand the healing properties knitting offers, Lydia explains it thusly, 'Knitting was my salvation. That's something I've said often, I know, but it's simply the truth. Even now, after nearly ten years of living cancer-free, knitting dominates my life. Because of my yarn store, I've become part of a community of knitters and friends.' She is now beginning a new knitting class and this time the work is on prayer shawls. Among the knitters are Colette Blake, a young widow employed at the new shop next door that offers flowers and floral arrangements. Colette had been romantically involved with her previous employer who is now frequently ordering flowers - all too much for her to process. Clicking needles right along side her is Susannah Nelson, the owner of the flower shop. Making a return visit is Alix Townsend, the daughter of ne'er-do-well parents who is now engaged to Rev. Jordan Turner. The wedding, which she had imagined as a small, meaningful occasion is quickly becoming a major social event. Now, just a few months before her walk down the aisle Alix is beginning to wonder whether or not she is cut out to be a minister's wife. Add to these worries Lydia's sister's daughter being the victim of a car jacking and Lydia's gradual awareness that her history of cancer may prevent her from ever having children of her own. However, according to the author's premise, there is healing in friendship and often a solution to one's problem is discovered in the words of another. 'Back on Blossom Street' is a warm, pour yourself a cup of tea listening experience, especially as read by Laural Merlington, a voice performer with some 30 years of experience who narrates with grace and good humor. - Gail Cooke

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A wonderful story

    On Blossom Street in Seattle Lydia Goetz and her sister Margaret own A Good Yarn where they sell knitting paraphernalia and provide class instructions. Renting the apartment above the store is thirty-one years old grieving widow Colette Blake, who has signed up to attend the prayer shawl knitting class and is confused by her desire for her employer Christian Dempsey. Family friend baker Alix Townsend feels overwhelmed by her upcoming out of control marriage to Reverend Jordan Turner because she fears her reprobate DNA is not suited for the life of a pastor's wife. Margaret¿s daughter is a carjacking victim. Finally, Lydia feels incomplete as a woman as cancer has pretty much wiped out her chance to ever give birth. Over knitting, these friends and family find comfort one stitch at a time.---------------- Fans of the Seattle series will appreciate the latest traumas, tragedies, and joys as the knitting clan come together to help one another overcome adversity and share in rejoicing. The story line is more a series of vignettes as focus rotates between the well developed ensemble cast. Debbie Macomber shows her skill with each key player being unique. Although similar in tone to the previous A GOOD YARN tales and that of the Cedar Cove saga (does anyone bring alive the picturesque northwest better than Ms. Macomber does?), readers will enjoy the ups, downs, and ups of this knitting crew.------------ Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

    My Guilty Pleasure

    I am a big fan of modern fiction. I also like the classics, especially Brit Lit. When it comes to sitting outside in the shade on a warm spring day and reading something for relaxation, this fills the bill perfectly. There are times when a fairly predictable story with easily likable characters and a plot where no one gets blown up, participates in espionage, suffers as a tortured soul, is just the thing. As a character in Mary Kay Andrews The Fixer Upper said, "empty literary calories". Debbie Macomber books are like the Little Debbie Snack Cakes of my reading life. I love them and I feel a little embarrassed about it. The good news? They don't make you fat.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

    Highly Recommeded

    just as interesting and exciting as the rest of the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Elder's den

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  • Posted June 9, 2012

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    CD Abridged/Women's fiction: This novel is book 3 of the Blosso

    CD Abridged/Women's fiction: This novel is book 3 of the Blossom Street series. I listened to two others. There is usually no mystery and just narrative....and everyone lives HEA. This one is no exception. There are the usual three women in novel who are figuring out like.
    While I liked it okay, I did have problems with Collette. Spoiler: while she is pregnant with boss's baby after a one night stand, she becomes a doormat. After leaving her place of employment and him because she thinks he's smuggling Chinese immigrants. Well, this is a Macomber novel and you know he's innocent. However, she doesn't and continues to pine over the guy. She is a doormat! For that, it gets three stars.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    This is the forth book in a series of eight however first one th

    This is the forth book in a series of eight however first one that I was listening to on audio book. Even though I did not read prior 3 books, I was not lost at all. From very beginning I was drawn in and rode the waves of the story. I truly loved the Christian undertone in the story. Various nuances of how everyone might struggle at one point or another yet come out victorious, virtuous, and confident in God.

    A make feel good book that I completely relate to.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Debbie macomber is a great authir she is really good at tying this book together there is romance there mystery ssuspence and more i love this book!!!!!!!! I hope you lile it to .

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    No real preview

    The sample of this book was only 32 pages and all of the preview was the table of contents and knitting instructions and pattern. No part of the story was in the preview.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

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    A super book for the series.

    After reading the first two books I had reservations that this book "Back on Blossom Street" would be a winner. To my joy I wasn't disappointed and this book was just wonderful to read. Ms. Macomber inclueded a few twists and she has a super approach in writing the details of characters and places that made me feel like I was there with them. If you're a Debbie Macomber fan then I would think that you would enjoy this book.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

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    A fun series to read

    I really enjoyed the Blossom Street series.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Love and Friendship Bloom on Blossom Street

    I love the Blossom Street series! So far this one is my favorite. It's a well-written story of love, friendship, and family. I couldn't wait to see how everything turned out for each of the ladies. Back on Blossom Street is easy to follow, filled with recaps of past events, so it's not vital to read the books that came before it--although I do recommend reading those as well. Even if you're not a knitter, like me, the story is enjoyable, because it's about building relationships more than anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    What A Neighborhood!

    Talk about a neighborhood of caring people, and how they come together
    for each other. Great Reading!

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

    I'm back with friends with "Back on Blossom Street!"

    Debbie Macomber continues her successful "Blossom Street" writing style of introducing her readers to a variety of characters through a yarn store that gives knitting classes. This book made me want to knit! (After I finished the book!) The reader will become so absorbed in the lives of the characters that you will not want to put this book down. You will read through the lives of each woman and how the yarn store helps each woman to accomplish something important in her life.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Debbie came through again.....

    This is the third book in the series and I found the characters just as interesting as in the first two books. I had a hard time putting the book down. The characters seem so real and I felt they could become my friends. I couldn't wait to read the next book in the series, "Twenty Wishes". Excellent reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    Relaxing

    I really find Debbie's writing, thus far, to be very calm and relaxing even with thick plots and drama. This book's characters are loveable and fun. Now I not only want to read the rest of the stories in this series but pick up knitting as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2008

    OUTSTANDING

    Once again, not disapointed with the events on Blossom Street. Debbie Macomber delivers again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    Too much of the book was spent in reciting the background of each character from the previous books in the series. This left the story line choppy and thin and not up to the typical exciting Macomber story. The Cedar Cove series is a great example of weaving background into a story that moves along at a good pace - grabs and holds a reader's interest and attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    Ms. Macomber has a style that engulfs you and keeps you wanting more. This book was no exception. I laughed, cried and worried along with the characters I have grown to love. With old and new people visiting A Good Yarn, I wish I too could join one of Lydia's classes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    A Good addition to this series. Great characters once again in a wonderful setting. I would have liked at least one of the characters to have a little more emotion and be a more modern woman.

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