The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street Series #1)

The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street Series #1)

by Debbie Macomber

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The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street Series #1) by Debbie Macomber

Four lives knit together...

There's a little yarn store in Seattle called A Good Yarn. It's owned by Lydia Hoffman, and it represents her dream of a new beginning, a life free from cancer. A life that offers a chance at love...

Lydia teaches knitting to beginners, and the first class is How to Make a Baby Blanket. Three women join. Jacqueline Donovan disapproves of the woman married to her only son, but knitting a baby blanket would be a gesture of reconciliation.

For Carol Girard, the baby blanket brings a message of hope as she and her husband make a final attempt to conceive.

And tough-looking Alix Townsend (that's Alix with an i) is learning to knit her blanket for a court-ordered community service project.

These four very different women, brought together by the age-old craft of knitting, make unexpected discoveries-about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to friendship and acceptance, to laughter and dreams. Discoveries only women can share...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778315674
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: Blossom Street Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 103,710
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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 www.DebbieMacomber.com.

Hometown:

Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington

Education:

Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

Read an Excerpt

"The yarn forms the stitches, the knitting forges the friendships, the craft links the generations."

—Karen Alfke, "Unpattern" designer and knitting instructor

LYDIA HOFFMAN

The first time I saw the empty store on Blossom Street I thought of my father. It reminded me so much of the bicycle shop he had when I was a kid. Even the large display windows, shaded by a colorful striped awning, were the same. Outside my dad's shop, there were flower boxes full of red blossoms—impatiens—that spilled over beneath the large windows. That was Mom's contribution: impatiens in the spring and summer, chrysanthemums in the fall and shiny green mistletoe at Christmas. I plan to have flowers, too.

Dad's business grew steadily and he moved into increasingly larger premises, but I always loved his first store best.

I must have astounded the rental agent who was showing me the property. She'd barely unlocked the front door when I announced, "I'll take it."

She turned to face me, her expression blank as if she wasn't sure she'd heard me correctly. "Wouldn't you like to see the place? You do realize there's a small apartment above the shop that comes with it, don't you?"

"Yes, you mentioned that earlier." The apartment worked perfectly for me. My cat, Whiskers, and I were in need of a home.

"You would like to see the place before you sign the papers, wouldn't you?" she persisted.

I smiled and nodded. But it wasn't really necessary; instinctively I knew this was the ideal location for my yarn shop. And for me.

The one drawback was that this Seattle neighborhood was undergoing extensive renovations and, because of the construction mess, Blossom Street was closed at one end, with only local traffic allowed. The brick building across the street, which had once been a three-story bank, was being transformed into high-end condos. Several other buildings, including an old warehouse, were also in the process of becoming condos. The architect had somehow managed to maintain the traditional feel of the original places, and that delighted me. Construction would continue for months, but it did mean that my rent was reasonable, at least for now.

I knew the first six months would be difficult. They are for any small business. The constant construction might create more obstacles than there otherwise would have been; nevertheless, I loved the space. It was everything I wanted.

Early Friday morning, a week after viewing the property, I signed my name, Lydia Hoffman, to the two-year lease. I was handed the keys and a copy of the rental agreement. I moved into my new home that very day as excited as I can remember being about anything. I felt as if I was just starting my life and in more ways than I care to count, I actually was.

I opened A Good Yarn on the last Tuesday in April. I felt a sense of pride and anticipation as I stood in the middle of my store, surveying the colors that surrounded me. I could only imagine what my sister would say when she learned I'd gone through with this. I hadn't asked her advice because I already knew what Margaret's response would be. She isn't—to put it mildly—the encouraging type.

I'd found a carpenter who'd built some cubicles for me, three rows of them, painted a pristine white. Most of the yarn had arrived on Friday and I'd spent the weekend sorting it by weight and color and arranging it neatly in the cubicles. I'd bought a secondhand cash register, refin-ished the counter and set up racks of knitting supplies. I was ready for business.

This should have been a happy moment for me but instead, I found myself struggling to hold back tears. Dad would've been so pleased if he could have seen what I'd done. He'd been my support and my source of strength, my guiding light. I was so shocked when he died.

You see, I'd always assumed I would die before my father.

Most people find talk of death unsettling, but I've lived with the threat of it for so long, it doesn't have that effect on me.The possibility of death has been my reality forthe last fourteen years, and I'm as comfortable talking about it as I am the weather.

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From the Publisher

Macomber is an adept storyteller.... Many will be entertained by this well-paced story about four women finding happiness and fulfillment through their growing friendship." -Publishers Weekly

"Four women brought together by their interest in knitting makes for an interesting read by bestselling novelist Debbie Macomber. . . . The Shop on Blossom Street shows the author's understanding of the heart of a woman." -The Sunday Oklahoman

"Macomber is a master storyteller; any one of these characters could have been a stereotype in less talented hands. Instead, these women and their stories are completely absorbing." -RT Book Reviews

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

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The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 635 reviews.
Ric6 More than 1 year ago
This was my weekly free book on my Nook a couple of weeks ago. It looked interesting but I wasn't familiar with the author but since it was free I downloaded it. After I started reading it I couldn't put it down. There are four main characters in the book and every chapter switches to a different character's perspective. Sometimes the chapter will end leaving you hanging and I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter from that characters perspective to see how it finished out. Even though I am not a knitter it was easy to relate to these women because they are all going through events in their lives that could happen to anyone. I am a 23 year old female and this book was right up my alley!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this book to my ebook collection on my nook because it was offered for free. I have never read any books by this author, so I thought I would give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. It was easy to relate to the different characters and the book never really dragged along in any place. I really liked how all the characters ended up with a special bond in the end, but each had their own unique story. This book really kept me interested and made me want to read more. Apparently this book is the first of a series by this author. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
4teacher More than 1 year ago
This book has such a warm, charming feeling throughout. What a wonderful writing style to get the readers wrapped up in the characters and keeping the reader turning the pages, dying to see how each main character unfolds her life. It is wonderful to see how each woman gets to the Good Yarn store and the effect it has on her. Every reader can relate to the variety of knitters introduced in this book and how their lives become more enriched because of their new found friendships.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Macomber book and I'm definately interested in reading more. I loved how different the characters were and how their lives all came together through adversity and a happy ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such a refreshing book. I am always amazed at how I can become so involved with Macomber's characters. The story focuses on the lives of 4 women who are COMPLETELY different but their lives become involved together. Wonderful!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a fast, enjoyable and easy read. The author has a great way of describing the characters and I highly recommend this book. It was a free ebook (not a book I would have purchased) - but I am certainly going to now purchase more books by this author. CL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like happy endings. So, sometimes I give the more intense literature and non-fiction a rest and pick up a light read. This is a cute story that is very touching. It would be good for say a vacation or summer book. I have the e-book version but went to buy a paperback for my mother (who doesn't have a reader). I know she'll enjoy it.
Char47 More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended the Blossom series and I am so glad she did. I started with this book, the first in the series. The characters were fun, just very "normal" everyday people. It was hard to put this book down. I couldn't wait to start the next book in the series, "A Good Yarn".
knit-hexe More than 1 year ago
This has to be my most treasured book in my library. I have read and re-read it over 5 times. It is such a feel good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book and storyline was well written and flowed together well. It was a nice, sweet, typical read but I did enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I have read about 10 of Debbie Macomber's books and I have not been disappointed yet. I love the characters and how their problems overlap and intertwine. A great read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Debbie Macomber book I read. You really feel like you get to know the characters in this book. It's a book with a happy ending(don't we all that?)I enjoyed this book so much, I decided to read other books by Macomber!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I adore Debbie Macomber. I have read plenty by her and truly found this book amazing!! The characters and their lives will keep you captivated. I didn't put it down until I was finished. It was sweet and totally enjoying!! I can't wait to read 'A Good Yarn'. This book is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was hesitant about reading this book. I enjoy reading murder mystery novels. But this book was something different. I decided to read it because I used to love to Knit and I haven't done it in a long time, and I was hoping to get back into it again. This book will help you with that, but it would also help you to believe in romance, hope and friendship. If you have lost any hope....after reading this book you get the hope back and much more.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
This is my second book in the Blossom Street series and I found it difficult to put down. Three women join the proprietor of a new yarn shop in Seattle for weekly knitting lessons. Each of the four have issues that they may not be aware will affect the group. As they spend more time together, lives are changed by the interactions of the group members. Sweet romance is a given. I'm on to the next book in the series!
artAS More than 1 year ago
thoroughly enjoyable read. a comfort read for sure, cant wait to start the 2nd one, "a good yarn"
Mary Kelnhofer More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that i have read by this author and I am hooked! Cant wait to start the next one!
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 5 days ago
An interesting story that probably isn't what I should be reading the day I go in for the results of my annual checkup.After several bouts with Brain Cancer and after losing her father Lydia decides to open her own wool shop. When she starts a knitting class little does she know that this is the start of some friendships that will change the lives of the women involved forever.
Louise_Waugh on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Everyone thought I would like this one because it is about knitting, but its really NOT. Its another chick-book about "relationships" and has some knitting trendiness thworn in.
mamacate on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Entertaining, silly fluff. I listened to it as an audiobook while knitting, and if you can get past the rather contrived characters and plot, it's not a bad background for knitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Can't wait to read book 2 In the series. Wonderful book. Great story and very interesting.Can not wait to read book 2 in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good clean book - a story without loose ends. But, caution: It begins similar to another book and I was ready to archive it and then realized I had just purchased it a couple of weeks ago. I am so glad I continued reading it. The story starts out with a lady who has gone through two bouts of brain cancer and yet has survived. The first surgery was when she was 16 and to keep herself busy she started knitting. Now, as a grown woman she decided to try opening a knitting shop. Once opened, she advertised knitting classes. From then on the story (mostly) revolves around the owner and the three ladies who signed up for the beginners class. The three could not be more different and there was a lot of anger and snipping until something major happened which changed everything. I recommend this book and was so happy that the author 'wove' all the details together together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know exactly how Carol is feeling about babies cycles appointments everything she is feeling. It iis so heartbreaking. In the end you either end up with that precious child you both want so much.. None of these feelings apply to anyone who has had a baby and just wants another. You dont understand what its like. Or you can end up completly broken and alone with no way to fix it. That is what happened to me I lost yhe man I loved . No one told us what to expect. Iit was hard. I will always love you..But its to late all gone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read, very nice book.