A Good Yarn (Blossom Street Series #2)

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Lydia Hoffman owns the shop on Blossom Street. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived—and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad's ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness.

Three women join Lydia's newest class. Elise Beaumont, retired and bitterly divorced, learns that her onetime husband is reentering her life. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a much more recent divorce. And Courtney Pulanski ...

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Lydia Hoffman owns the shop on Blossom Street. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived—and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad's ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness.

Three women join Lydia's newest class. Elise Beaumont, retired and bitterly divorced, learns that her onetime husband is reentering her life. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a much more recent divorce. And Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager, whose grandmother's idea of helping her is to drag her to seniors' swim sessions—and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn.

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Publishers Weekly
Macomber revisits the cozy Seattle yarn store of 2004's The Shop on Blossom Street in another heartfelt tale of crafts and camaraderie. After a slow beginning, this sequel clips along satisfyingly, as shop owner Lydia, a cancer survivor, and her no-nonsense sister, Margaret, meet three new and conveniently quite different friends and bond over the complications of life. Overweight, depressed teenager Courtney Pulanski has found herself plopped into a new town for her senior year, living with her grandma while her dad works in Brazil. Bethanne Hamlin, a recent divorcee, and Elise Beaumont, who's been single for years, are both still suffering from their broken marriages. Serving as sounding boards and sources of endless support for each other, the women find friendship and, of course, resolution for their problems (the latter a little too easily). Readers will miss The Shop on Blossom Street's spirited Jacqueline, who plays a minor role here, and a few things-like the character of Elise's ex-husband, Maverick-strain credibility. But the author's trademark warm treatment of the lives of women will satisfy her readers. Despite occasional draughts of treacle and a too-easy denouement, this should be another Macomber bestseller. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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The tales continue about several different women brought together by one knitting shop. Simultaneous Mira hardcover. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778322955
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Series: Blossom Street Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.96 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber has more than 100 million copies of her books in print, and her stories about home and family have a worldwide audience and have been translated into twenty-three languages. In addition to being a #1 New York Times bestseller in fiction many times over, she also has an enormous following among knitters as the author of dozens of pattern and craft books. In 2008, she launched a branded line of knitting products through Leisure Arts, the company that publishes her knitting guides. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, have four children and nine grandchildren, and split their time between Washington State and Florida. This is Debbie’s second picture book co-authored with Mary Lou Carney; their first, The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweaer . . . That Grandma Knit, was published in 2009.

Linda Emond's credits include The Sopranos, all four Law & Orders, and American Experience: John & Abigail Adams. On Broadway: 1776 and Life x 3 (Tony® nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award). Off-Broadway appearances include Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul (Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award).

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
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"Making a sock by hand creates a connection to history; we are offered a glimpse into the lives of knitters who made socks using the same skills and techniques we continue to use today."

—Nancy Bush, author of Folk Socks (1994), Folk Knitting in Estonia (1999) and Knitting on the Road, Socks for the Traveling Knitter (2001), all published by Interweave Press.

LYDIA HOFFMAN

Knitting saved my life. It saw me through two lengthy bouts of cancer, a particularly terrifying kind that formed tumors inside my brain and tormented me with indescribable headaches. I experienced pain I could never have imagined before. Cancer destroyed my teen years and my twenties, but I was determined to survive.

I'd just turned sixteen the first time I was diagnosed, and I learned to knit while undergoing chemotherapy. A woman with breast cancer, who had the chemo chair next to mine, used to knit and she's the one who taught me. The chemo was dreadful—not quite as bad as the headaches, but close. Because of knitting, I was able to endure those endless hours of weakness and severe nausea. With two needles and a skein of yarn, I felt I could face whatever I had to. My hair fell out in clumps, but I could weave yarn around a needle and create a stitch; I could follow a pattern and finish a project. I couldn't hold down more than a few bites at a time, but I could knit. I clung to that small sense of accomplishment, treasured it.

Knitting was my salvation—knitting and my father. He lent me the emotional strength to make it through the last bout. I survived but, sadly, Dad didn't. Ironic, isn't it? I lived, but my cancer killed my father.

The death certificate states that he died of a massive heart attack, but I believe otherwise. When the cancer returned, it devastated him even more than me. Mom has never been able to deal with sickness, so the brunt of my care fell to my father. It was Dad who got me through chemotherapy, Dad who argued with the doctors and fought for the very best medical care—Dad who lent me the will to live. Consumed by my own desperate struggle for life, I didn't realize how dear a price my father paid for my recovery. By the time I was officially in remission, Dad's heart simply gave out on him.

After he died, I knew I had to make a choice about what I should do with the rest of my life. I wanted to honor my father in whatever I chose, and that meant I was prepared to take risks. I, Lydia Anne Hoffman, resolved to leave my mark on the world. In retrospect, that sounds rather melodramatic, but a year ago it was exactly how I felt. What, you might ask, did I do that was so life-changing and profound?

I opened a yarn store on Blossom Street in Seattle. That probably won't seem earth-shattering to anyone else, but for me, it was a leap of faith equal to Noah's building the ark without a rain cloud in sight. I had an inheritance from my grandparents and gambled every cent on starting my own business. Me, who's never held down a job for more than a few weeks. Me, who knew next to nothing about finances, profit-and-loss statements or business plans. I sank every dime I had into what I did know, and that was yarn and knitters.

Naturally, I ran into a few problems. At the time, Blossom Street was undergoing a major renovation—in fact, the architect's wife, Jacqueline Donovan, was one of the women in my first knitting class. Jacqueline, Carol and Alix, my original students, remain three of my closest friends to this day. Last summer, when I opened A Good Yarn, the street was closed to traffic. Anyone who managed to find her way to my store then had to put up with constant dust and noise. I refused to let the mess and inconvenience hamper my enthusiasm, and fortunately that was how my clientele felt, too. I was convinced I could make this work.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Great Read - a True Feel Good series!!

    I love how this series is progressing - it is a true feel good read that keeps you wanting to know what happens next. The last books original characters are streamed throughout which is wonderful. I often read a book and wonder, what happened to them "after" the last chapter - this series fills that curiosity!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Loved it

    Read the whole series! Thoroughly enjoyed. Book one was my fav!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Amazing

    I really enjoyed this book. I love how the characters lives are transformed through a knitting circle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Blossom Street Series

    I started with her books with this series and I adore her writting style and the way she pulls you into others lives. All her series and short stories are great "feel good get-a-away" stories.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

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    The return to Blossom Street and the Lydia's knitting classes wa

    The return to Blossom Street and the Lydia's knitting classes was very much like going to visit an old friend.  The beginning was so warm and welcoming I just snuggled down in the couch and dug right in.  With a new project for a new class, Lydia meets another varied small group that.  A group that at first appears to be too different to ever mesh that eventually grows to be close friends.




    While this may sound like a rinse and repeat of book one, the characters' stories are new and very interesting - each with their hidden depths and dreams.  Macomber weaves their stories together in a light and touching fashion that was just plain enjoyable to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    ok

    her books are beginning to be similar for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Apprentice den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Good easy read

    Relaxing resd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Recommend

    I always enjoy Debbie Macomber's books. I read the Cedar Cove series and I am enjoying the Blossom Street series too. It makes me want to travel to Seattle to see all the places she writes about.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    A relaxing experience!

    I enjoyed this book so much! I have to say that I am enjoying making my way through the series. I love the characters, I want to go and hang out with them and learn how to knit socks!

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    great book

    Love Debbie Macombers books. Hard to put it down, great reading.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

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    Loved it!

    A lovely followup to The Shop on Blossom Street, this book continues Macomber's look at the lives of the women who frequent a small yarn shop in Seattle. Lydia's shop has become a place of refuge for the friends, a place to talk and to knit, sometimes for themselves and sometimes for charity. Macomber is a master at weaving emotions into her words, letting us peak into the romance, the heartache, the anger, and the fear of her characters. I can't wait to start the next book in the series!

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Great Story

    This is the first book that I read by Ms. Macomber and let me tell you, she tells an amazing story! This woman is so talented! I was drawn in by her complex characters immediately. The story line was excellent. Although this is the second book in a series, I didn't feel lost or confused by anything I was reading. It made me want to read more about these ladies and their fascinating lives. This book is great for all ages and I highly recommend it and anything else by Debbie Macomber.

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    A wonderful book to curl up with!

    This was my first read by Ms. Macomber and it's kept me coming back ever since! A great book for fans of knitting who know the connections you make despite barriers of age and circumstance. Debbie's character development pulls you in. This is a book for all! The storyline moves along and takes you on an adventure with it. I love the cast of characters,plot and setting.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    Macomber does it again!

    Debbie Macomber does not fail to entertain in the sequel to her first book in the Blossom Street series. A new set of characters all with vastly different lives and experiences will touch your heart. And a special treat, your favorite characters from the previous novel make guest appearances. With female characters ranging from 17 to 65 years old, this is definitely a series for everyone!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Yarn that is good!

    This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Macomber and I did enjoy this book. I'm happy to see that they have patterns in each of her books but did not realize that she was under Romance Novels. I enjoy more of
    the mystery types that seem to be coming out more with patterns for knitting, crocheting and needlecraft! I enjoy how she describes each
    character because you do have a better understanding of what they are
    going through. I recommend this book along with a good pattern!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Great Yarn

    Enjoyed the way that everyone cares about each other how knitting can
    soothe the nerves.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Excellent reading

    A friend recommended the Blossom Street books and I am so happy she did. Debbie Macomber writes so that I felt I knew and could be friends with the characters. I read the first book of the series before this one and was just an enthralled with the details of A Good Yarn. I hated to put the books down until I finished reading. I will definitely read more books by Debbie Macomber.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    As good as the first in the series.....

    A Good Yarn is just as wonderful as The Shop on Blossom Street. Macomber makes you feel like you are part of the circle of friends in the book. I love the way she mixed the characters from the first book in with the characters in this book...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    A great story!

    In A Good yarn, we learn what some of the characters from The Shop On Blossom Street are up to. We also meet more interesting ladies and we feel like we get to know them. I would definetely recommend this book to others!

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