Summer on Blossom Street (Blossom Street Series #7)

Summer on Blossom Street (Blossom Street Series #7)

by Debbie Macomber

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ISBN-13: 9780778330233
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Series: Blossom Street Series , #7
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 125,179
Product dimensions: 4.23(w) x 6.54(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a leading voice in women's fiction worldwide. Her work has appeared on every major bestseller list, with more than 170 million copies in print, and she is a multiple award winner. The Hallmark Channel based a television series on Debbie's popular Cedar Cove books. For more information, visit her website, 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

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Summer On Blossom Street



By Debbie Macomber
Mira
Copyright © 2009

Debbie Macomber
All right reserved.



ISBN: 9780778326434


In knitting, as in life, we grow when we challenge ourselves. The concentration required to learn a new stitch or technique is good for both our hands and our brains.

—Bev Galeskas, Fiber Trends Patterns and U.S. distributor of Naturally New Zealand Yarns.

www.fibertrends.com

Lydia Goetz

Wednesday morning, a not-so-perfect June day, I turned over the Open sign at my yarn store on Blossom Street. Standing in the doorway I breathed in the sweet scent of day lilies, gladiolas, roses and lavender from Susannah's Garden, the flower shop next door.

It was the beginning of summer, and although the sky was overcast and rain threatened to fall at any moment, the sun shone brightly in my heart. (My husband, Brad, always laughs when I say things like that. But I don't care. As a woman who's survived cancer not once but twice, I feel entitled to the occasional sentimental remark. Especially today…)

I took a deep breath and exhaled slowly, enjoying the early-morning peace. I just don't think there's anyplace more beautiful than Seattle in the summer. All the flowers spilling out of Susannah's Garden are one of the benefits. The array of colors, as well as the heady perfume drifting in my direction, makes me so glad A Good Yarn is located where it is.

Whiskers, my shop cat, as Brad calls him, ambled across the hardwood floor and leaped into the window display,nestling among the skeins of pastel yarns. He takes up residence there most days and has long been a neighborhood favorite. The apartment upstairs is an extra storeroom for yarn at the moment; perhaps one day I'll rent it out again but that isn't in the plans yet.

The French Café across the street was already busy, as it is every morning. The windows were filled with pastries, breads and croissants warm from the oven, and their delectable aroma added to the scents I associate with summer on Blossom Street. Alix Turner is usually there by five to bake many of these wonderful temptations. She's one of my dearest friends—and was among my first customers. I'm so proud of everything she's accomplished in the past few years. It's fair to say she reinvented her life—with a little help from her friends. She has an education and a career now, and she's married to a man who seems completely right for her.

Blossom Street Books down the street was ready for business, too. Anne Marie Roche and her staff often leave the front door open as a welcoming gesture, inviting those who wander past to come inside and browse. She and her daughter, Ellen, would be coming home from Paris later today.

Nearly every afternoon Ellen walks their Yorkie past the window so Whiskers and Baxter can stare fiercely at each other. Ellen insists it's all for show, that the cat and dog are actually good friends but don't want any of us to know that.

I grinned at Whiskers because I couldn't resist sharing my joy and excitement—even with the cat. In fact, I wanted to tell the whole world my news. Yesterday, we found out that we'd been approved for adoption. I hadn't yet shared this information with anyone, including my sister, Margaret. We've been through the interviews, the home test and fingerprinting. And last night we heard.

We're going to adopt a baby.

Because of my cancer, pregnancy is out of the question. While the ability to conceive has been taken from me, the desire for a baby hasn't. It's like an ache that never quite goes away. As much as possible I've tried to hide this from Brad. Whenever thoughts of what cancer has stolen from me enter my head, I try hard to counter them by remembering all the blessings I've received in my life. I want to celebrate every day, savor every minute, without resentment or regret.

I have so much for which to be grateful. I'm alive and cancer-free. I'm married to a man I adore. His son, Cody, now nine years old, has become my son, too. And I have a successful business, one that brings me great pleasure and satisfaction. When I first opened A Good Yarn, it was my way of shouting to the world that I refused to let cancer rob me of anything else. I was going to live and I was going to do it without the constant threat of illness and death. I was determined to bask in the sunshine. I still am.

So A Good Yarn was the start of my new life. Within a year of opening the store, I met Brad Goetz and we were married the following spring. Because of what I'd been through in my teens and again in my twenties, I didn't have a lot of experience with men or relationships. At first, Brad's love terrified me. Then I learned not to reject something good just because I was afraid of its loss. I learned that I could trust this man—and myself.

How blessed I am to be loved by him and Cody. Each and every day I thank God for the two men in my life.

Even with all I have, my arms ached to hold a baby. Our baby. Brad, who knows me so well, understood my need. After discussing the subject for weeks on end, after vacillating, weighing the pros and cons, we'd reached our decision.

Yes, we were going to adopt.

The catalyst for all this happened when Anne Marie Roche adopted eight-year-old Ellen.

I realized the wait for a newborn might be lengthy but we were both prepared for that. Although we'd be thrilled with an infant of either sex, I secretly longed for a little girl.

I heard the back door close and turned to see my sister, Margaret. She's worked with me almost from the first day I opened the shop. Although we're as different as any two sisters could be, we've become close. Margaret is a good balance for me, ever practical and pragmatic, and I think I balance her, too, since I'm much more optimistic and given to occasional whimsy.

"Good morning!" I greeted her cheerfully, unable to disguise my happiness.

"It's going to pour," she muttered, taking off her raincoat and hanging it in the back storeroom.

My sister tends to see the negative. The glass would always be half-empty to Margaret. Or completely empty—if not shattered on the floor. Over the years I've grown accustomed to her attitude and simply ignore it.

When she'd finished removing her coat, Margaret stared at me, then frowned. "Why are you so happy?" she demanded. "Anybody can see we're about to have a downpour."

"Me? Happy?" There wasn't much point in trying to hold back my news, even though I knew Margaret was the one person who wouldn't understand my pleasure. She'd disapprove and would have no qualms about imparting her opinion. It's her pessimistic nature, I suppose, and the fact that she worries about me, although she'd never admit that.

Margaret continued to glare. "You're grinning from ear to ear."

I made busy work at the cash register in order to avoid eye contact. I might as well tell her, although I dreaded her response. "Brad and I have applied for adoption," I blurted out, unable to stop myself. "And our application's been accepted."

A startled silence followed.

"I know you think we're making a mistake," I rushed to add.

"I didn't say that." Margaret walked slowly toward me.

"You didn't need to say anything," I told her. Just once I wanted Margaret to be happy for me, without doubts and objections and concerns. "Your silence said it all."

Margaret joined me at the counter next to the cash register. She seemed to sense that her reaction had hurt me. "I'm only wondering if adoption's a wise choice for you."

"Margaret," I began, sighing as I spoke. "Brad and I know what we're doing." Although Margaret hadn't said it openly, I could guess what concerned her most. She was afraid the cancer would return. I'm well aware of the possibility and have been ever since its recurrence ten years ago. It was a serious consideration and one that neither Brad nor I took lightly.

"Brad agrees?" My sister sounded skeptical.

"Of course he agrees! I'd never go against his wishes."

Margaret still didn't look convinced. "You're sure this is what you want?"

"Yes." I was adamant. Sometimes that's the only way to reach her. "Brad knows the risks as well as I do. You don't need to spell it out, Margaret. I understand why you're afraid for me, but I'm through with living in fear."

Margaret's eyes revealed her apprehensions. She studied me and after a moment asked, "What if the adoption agency doesn't find you a child?"

This was something Brad and I had discussed and it could certainly happen. I shrugged. "Nothing ventured, nothing gained. We'll take the chance."

"You want an infant?"

"Yes." I pictured a newborn, wrapped in a soft pink blanket, gently placed in my waiting arms. I held on to the image, allowing it to bring me comfort, to fill me with hope.

To my surprise Margaret didn't immediately voice another objection. After a thoughtful minute or two, she said in low tones, "You'd be a good mother… you already are."

I'm sure my jaw fell open. The shock of Margaret's endorsement was almost more than I could take in. This was as close as Margaret had ever come to bestowing her approval on anything regarding my personal life. No, that wasn't fair. She'd been partially responsible for Brad and me getting back together when I'd pushed him away—a reconciliation that led directly to our marriage.

"Thank you," I whispered and touched her arm.

Margaret made some gruff, unintelligible reply and moved to the table at the back of the store. She pulled out a chair, sat down and took out her crocheting.

"I put up the poster you made for our new class," I told her, doing my best to conceal the emotion that crept into my voice. The last thing I'd expected from Margaret had been her blessing, and I was deeply touched by her words.

She acknowledged my comment with a nod.

Continues...



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Summer on Blossom Street (Blossom Street Series #5) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 262 reviews.
Happily_Retired_Gramma More than 1 year ago
An interesting look into the life of foster care, second loves, and other topics centered around a knitting shop ~ includes knitting pattern!
theflowerlady More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for anyone to just pick up and read, but if you are reading the series, don't skip any. The plot gives away the 4th book in the series. This book is a very fast read. One you can set down and come back to and never feel you have missed anything.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Knitting forces its fans to grow no matter what challenges arise, to follow and change patterns where necessary in order to create something deeply and truly beautiful! Debbie Macomber here welcomes her Blossom Street fans back to another story of possibilities in the very real world full of unexpected ups and downs!

Lydia Goetz, knitting teacher and store owner, and her husband Brad have a huge dream to adopt a child, an immense plan fraught with difficulty as Lydia is a two-time survivor of cancer. Her sister, Margaret, cares so much but walks on eggshells with her comments. How do you encourage such a person to live life to the fullest and at the same time not take risks that could produce formidable difficulties? But Lydia's a woman of spirit who lives her life like her craft and we enter her surprising world with wonder at what patterns await her future.

Then meet Phoebe Rylander, a strong-minded woman who has just broken her engagement with a handsome but cheating man, a guy who just can't seem to realize that breaking faith is just what guys do and whose lies are about to change Phoebe's world forever.

Bryan "Hutch" Hutchinson is a CEO of a well-known chocolate company, a man whose lifestyles seem to indicate he may not live much longer than his father who died young of a massive heart attack. All work, no exercise, a fast food diet and a lack of a meaningful relationship seem sure to guarantee his demise as well unless he's willing to embrace some drastic change.

Alix Turner is not your usual minister's wife. A rebel with a rather unusual past, Alix knows she needs to quit smoking if she can have a healthy child with her husband, Jordan; but Alix hides a deeper fear than that of dropping her addictive habit, a fear she must face before her task becomes even slightly possible.

Finally, meet Anne-Marie Roche, whose return from a Paris vacation is about to become rather upsetting as a man claiming to be her adopted daughter's father appears and demands his rights.

Oh, there's so much more than what's written above in this well-plotted tale of dynamic, fascinating and flawed characters who meet for Lydia's "Knit to Quit" classes. Debbie Macomber's romance is so very refreshing in the way it realistically, quietly and passionately develops, shored up in the world of love that allows its infatuation to develop into something abiding and special enough to survive anything! Summer in Blossom Street is a terrific novel both Macomber fans and new readers will savor and pass on to many others, perhaps in their own book or knitting clubs!


Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on February 12, 2009
taxdeva More than 1 year ago
Another wow book. keeps you interested and wanting to read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...and this one is no exception. There's a knitting class of course, this one is Knit to Quit: whether it's an addiction to a spoiled ex, a smoking habit, or the shop owner's sister who seems to rain on everyone's parade, knitting seems to help stop bad habits for all who join the class. This book is not just one story, it is the many stories of a close community. There's a young girl, abandoned by her parents and raised by a sick grandmother who has no one to turn to except the girl's school reading buddy volunteer. There's a group of several widows, who meet as a book club, and become friends. I could tell you more but I don't want to spoil the surprises that keep happening on Blossom Street. Enjoy.
Kats56 More than 1 year ago
This is a good clean book. I felt that Anne Marie needs her own book. Looking forward to see what the next book will bring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series....more please
lexxa83 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Another great installment of the Blossom Street series. I have really loved watching the characters evolve in each book, and the new characters introduced in this book were excellent as well. I will say that I did listen to the audiobook version of this, which was narrated by the radio host Delilah. It was a tolerable recording, only because the story was engrossing, but I found Delilah to be an AWFUL narrator, probably one of the worst in any audobook that I have listened too.
drebbles on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn, is offering a new knitting class - Knit to Quit. She has three students: Phoebe Rylander who is trying to get over her ex-fiancée; Alix Turner who wants to quit smoking in order to try and have a baby; and Bryan "Hutch" Hutchinson who needs to find a way to deal with the stress of running the family business. As Lydia tries to teach them to knit, she also has her problems as she is struggling not only with caring for her aging mother but with being a foster mother to an angry 12 year old girl. And then there's Anne Marie Roche, adjusting to life with her recently adopted daughter Ellen. They seem to be settling in nicely until a stranger appears and threatens their happiness. It may be Summer on Blossom Street but life there is never easy. "Summer on Blossom Street" is another good book in Debbie Macomber's soap opera like Blossom Street series. Fans of the Blossom Street books will be glad to see old favorites like Lydia, Alix, and Anne Marie while meeting new characters like Phoebe and Hutch. It's easy to see from the beginning what direction the Phoebe/Hutch story is going in, but it is fun to sit back and enjoy the ride, even if Phoebe does find it a tad too easy to get over Clark. Macomber throws a few contemporary references into the plotline (for example a frivolous lawsuit) and a few twists, but the story isn't all that deep. Alix gets a little shortchanged in the plotline, although her conversations with Casey are some of the highlights in the book. Lydia's plotline is a little deeper as she struggles not only with an aging mother but an unruly foster child (of course readers will also know where that plotline is going). Anne Marie's plotline is the strongest - as she is the deepest character, showing some real flaws as she deals with an unexpected and unwelcome visitor. Debbie Macomber isn't the best writer in the world - it is easy to see where her plot lines are going and she tends to not only repeat herself in writing, but also her plot lines (the adopting an older child plotline, while a good one, is wearing thin after being featured in back to back books). But Macomber's strong point is her story telling - she continues to create characters that readers care about and want to revisit time and time again to see how they are doing. "Summer on Blossom Street" is no exception.
krissa on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is an oddly familiar, comfortable read. I like the way this author mixes new and old characters in this series. We always get to continue with the thread of the old, but it stays fresh with the incorporation of new. For example, Lydia has grown through the series, dating, marrying, having a family, ect. Some authors can write 30 books, and the character is the same in the first and the last. (I¿m sure this is called something, I just don¿t know what). I like that Macomber can advance the story through many books, but I never feel lost. Then there is another character named Alix. Alix is progressing, but I¿m not sure it¿s for the better. In this novel I just found her whiny, and thought she was there for padding for other story lines. So I guess I am ambivalent on the way this worked this time around. The novels themselves are based in a community that comes across comfortable and friendly, and you just want to step into the pages and have a cup of coffee or sit and knit a while. Now, these novels are somewhat formulaic in that it is always a group of characters that come together for a knitting class, and then help each other work out there problems by the end. But it is always a complete ending, and a nice place to visit.
julyso on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Summer on Blossom Street is the fifth book in the Blossom Street Series by Debbie Macomber. Lydia Goetz, who owns A Good Yarn, starts a knitting class called "Knit to Quit" for those who are trying to quit something. It could be smoking, a man, or stress. We meet several new characters and get caught up with some series regulars. Phoebe is trying to get over a cheating ex-fiance and Hutch is trying to lesson the business related stress in his life. We also see how Anne Marie is handling the appearance of her adopted daughter's birth father showing up in their lives. This book is about friends and family helping each other out during difficult times.I always enjoy reading Debbie Macomber's books. She just has a lovely, comfortable style that just brings you right into the story. Her characters are real and I always love finding out what they are up to. Blossom Street is wonderful-it is like one big family that you want to know all about! Yes, this book will leave you with a smile in your heart.
LesaHolstine on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Macomber skillfully brings the group together, and throws in Lydia's friends from earlier classes. Slowly, Macomber is building a group of friends and family for Lydia. It's a close-knit community (pun intended) that comes together on Blossom Street. And, for those of us who are fans, Summer on Blossom Street is one of the stronger entries in the series. It's the type of book we all need occasionally. These are nice people who have troubles, and find a way to work through them. The Blossom Street books are feel good stories. Who doesn't want a book with a happy ending now and then? And, after a few tears and smiles at the end, there's a hint of a continuing story. It's a welcome hint for readers of this charming series.
CoraJoanBurgett on LibraryThing 10 months ago
You could say that Debbie Macomber's fiction is "formulamatic" (is that a real word?), but the series relating to Blossom Street is especially refreshing. from "book to book" you end up loving all of the main characters. Debbie weaves them seamlessly into her stories. I'd like to visit Blossom Street myself, have a pastry at the French cafe, buy some flowers from Sussanah's Garden, and learn to crochet at Lydia Goetz's yard shop.
njmom3 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I have read all the books in the series. So, every time a new one comes out, I look for it. Light, easy, and quick read.
onyx95 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
As the owner of A Good Yarn, Lydia Goetz knows most of the people that live or work on Blossom Street. It is not surpising that the interest was there for another knitting class. Knit to Quit was just what Phoebe Rylander was looking for, anything that would help her get over the horrible way her ex-fiance has betrayed her trust ... again. As for Alix Turner, she and her husband, Jordan, wanted to start a family, but after all the stress of getting married, Alix had started smoking again. Then the man that had signed up for the class walked in, Bryan "Hutch" Hutchinson had taken over the family business after the unforeseen death of his father and now had the high blood pressure and stress that went with the job. His doctor had recommended he learned how to knit, now that he had been to see the class, he was glad he did. Lydia's own situation was a little closer to home, wanting to adopt a baby, her and husband Brad decided to foster a 12 year-old for a couple of days, which turned into more. All the while Anne Marie Roche, the owner of Blossom Street Books, was enjoying her and her adopted daughters (Ellen) summer vacation, a handsome man (Tim Carlsen) had been looking for them. His interest leaned more towards Ellen, and the reason was made clear that he wanted to know if he was more family to Ellen then Anne Marie was, biologically if not legally.What a lovely home coming that was, to find all my old friends on Blossom Street and all doing so well. I really enjoyed meeting the new characters, from Casey and Tim to Phoebe and Hutch. I enjoyed reading about the newest of Lydia's classes and the return of so many of the former characters was the best. So much of this book isn't wrapped around the yarn store or the class, but everyone involved has something to do with each other. The feeling of belonging, how to find it and the desire for it is all over this one. Some of Anne Marie's story surprised me, but in the end it seems to have almost been worked out.
golsonwill on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I loved this book. Great story and happy ending for all.
theunorganizedmom on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I love how you can pick up any of the Blossom Street books and catch up on all the characters. This book was no exception. I loved reading and catching up with what seems like old friends. Debbie Macomber does such a great job of making you feel like you are right there on Blossom Street and could walk in to A Good Yarn and sign up for classes! Can't wait for the next one!!
koalamom on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I love these books. I always cry and the end. I always find myself rooting for the four people who highlight the story and hope for the best. The best usually happens but you still sit on the edge of your seat as you read about, Lydia, Anne Marie, Phoebe and Hutch (who is a man who learns to knit with this group of women)and hope that the major problem in their lives is overcome and all to the good. Predictable, maybe, but I still cringe when things go wrong and cry at the ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read!??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Debbie Macombers books znd enjoyed thjs series
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MysM More than 1 year ago
Fascinating Insights & Characters This is only the second book I've ever read by Debbie Macomber.  Summer on Blossom Street is part of a series and seems to come in about the middle.  It tells the stories of several people who work on Blossom Street near Lydia Goetz' wool store, A Good Yarn and people they know, meet, and love.  Lydia runs the store with the help of her sister Margaret and together they're hosting a special night class called Knit to Quit for people have something or someone they need to relegate to the past.  It's a catchy idea and catch on it does. Anne Marie owns Blossom Street Books and, while she would like to attend the class, because of her adopted 9-year-old daughter, Ellen, thinks she will do the knit project at home.  Her husband died about two years ago and maybe it's time for a bit of romance to come into her life.  When Ellen's biological father turns up, Anne Marie will need more than knitting to reduce the stress. Phoebe Rylander is a physiotherapist who has just ended an engagement with a charming, manipulative, and philandering lawyer whom she loved very much.  But now she needs to focus on something that will help her get over him despite their two families trying to push them back together. Alix Turner is the baker at the French Café across the street from A Good Yarn.  Alix is trying to give up smoking so that she and her husband, Jordan, can start a family.  Because of her dysfunctional formative years passed from foster home to foster home, she's not convinced she'll make a good mother despite the fact that she wants it more than anything. "Hutch" Hutchinson's doctor has warned him to get fit and do something besides work 10 hours a day and worry about the looming court case where he's being sued by a woman who claims to have lost her employment value because she's become obese as a result of eating the chocolates his company produces.  He joins a fitness club and the Knit to Fit class to reduce his stress. Lydia, too, needs to reduce her stress levels as many things complicate her life.  She and her husband, Brad, want to adopt a baby since she can't have children of her own.  Her step-son, Cody, is all in favour.  But when their social worker calls them in desperation to foster a 12-year-old girl, Casey, for "just a few days" and it begins to turn into the whole summer, their family is totally disrupted.  Add to that caring for her aging mother and Cody's total dislike of Casey, and she's going to need lots of knitting projects to reduce the stress. The various stories are told in separate chapters and I have to admit I was tempted to skip ahead and read a particular person's story (not saying which one) straight through.  But I didn't.  Lydia narrates her own story but the others are told in the 3rd person.  There is an element of faith running through the stories without being pushy or overwhelming.  All of them are well-told and well-paced and the book moves along very quickly.  It's easy to see why Macomber is so often at the top of the best seller lists.  In addition to the Blossom Street series, she has many Christmas novels, and a series called Cedar Cove which appeal to me but several other series as well — something for everyone.  Very fast read.
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