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

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There's a little yarn store in Seattle.

It's owned by Lydia Hoffman, and it represents her dream of a new 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 wants to knit something for her grandchild as a gesture o...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Mira (first published April 27th 2003)
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Remi
Oct 01, 2008 Remi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you like harlequin novels you'll like this one!
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I will use the same preface I did for the other knitting book I reviewed:
I knit and have been knitting for a long time (well since 2003 or 2004) ....and my projects range from simple to increasingly difficult.....This preface is going somewhere I swear....I started knitting b/c I like being crafty and I like doing something with my hands while watching tv other than snacking. That's it. And its just so damn cool to make my own clothing and such.

I also knit during down times at my hospital job.....more
Alaine
What a wonderful story about an eclectic group of women who form an unexpected friendship at a knitting class. It had me smiling and crying (a lot), I slipped easily into the emotion of each woman. Honestly I had left this book sitting on my TBR pile for so long because I thought it was about a knitting shop. I was wrong, the Yarn shop was simply the place that the women met.
This book tells the story of four women and the difficulties each of them are facing in their lives. It reminds you that y...more
Booklover
This was a good read,It is a story of 4 woman who suffer pain and have issues,how they finally accept n find happiness

Carol-She n her husband Doug want to have child but they have infertility problem they have undergone 2 IVF which failed Carol miscarried and now third is scheduled and this is the last chance to conceive if again she miscarries then they will have get emlisted for adoption which might more 4-5 years,in between these her brother Rick wants his ex-wife back but he is a cheater he...more
Paulette Garza
I like to knit....when I can. I like to read...all the time. Debbie Macomber is a great author of good wholesome fun fiction. She incorporates the lives of the women outside of the knitting realm. Topics like family relationships, cancer, self esteem, ect. add to the realism of her characters. Her follow up novel " A Good Yarn" wasn't as impressive as this first book [The Shop on Blossom Street] in her knitting series. I also found she has a companion book each of these titles at craft stores. T...more
Rachel
I decided to try this book, because we have tons of Debbie Macomber fans that shop at my bookstore. Something that popular couldn't be all bad, right? Right??

The writing wasn't bad per se, but the characters were two-dimensional and I figured out how everyone's plotline would end about 30 pages into the book. Lydia Hoffman is a two-time cancer survivor who invests her life savings into opening a yarn shop. She offers a beginners class on knitting, with the ultimate goal of making a baby blanket....more
Jennifer
Dec 22, 2008 Jennifer rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't like surprises
I read this because I knit and will read anything that has to do with knitting. (Obsessed much? Who me?) It is the story of four stereotypes women who have nothing in common but bond in a knitting shop making the same baby blanket for different reasons.

The shops owner is Lydia and she opened the store because she fought Cancer and realized you have to live life while you have it. Jacqueline is the snobby older woman who is judgemental and cold because her marriage is a hollowed out shell. Carol...more
Jo
This wasn't at all what I was hoping it would be. I'd hoped for a gentle book based around knitting in the same vein as the Elm Creek Quilts book, but instead found it to be trashy, over-sexualised, and badly written. Had to give up reading it after about 80 pages as I simply couldn't bear it any longer - and I almost never give up on books, especially when I've had to pay to get them. I've only added it here in case I ever forget and decide to try these books again.
Kirsten

Predictable, sappy, WAY too focused on traditional gender roles... Should I go on? I should've guessed all this from the back of the book, but it was about a knitting shop, and I knit, so I picked it up. Oh well.
Rosie
I checked out The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber from the library because one of the girls in my knitting group is reading the series, and I was really curious about it since I have never read any novels where knitting plays a prominent role. Well, I really thought the story was kind of dumb and predictable. I think I understand why certain readers are into books like this and romances in general, but I don't think they are for me. I will probably read the next three books in the seri...more
Stacy
This is the story of four women: Lydia, a cancer survivor who opens a yarn store, and her first three customers/students, Jacqueline, a society matron, Carol, a business woman trying to get pregnant, and wild-child Alix. The book takes us through their lives and how being in a knitting group together changes them.

This was, by far, the most predictable, formulaic book I've ever read. As soon as every woman's story, and those of supporting characters, was laid out, I knew exactly what was going to...more
Jess
So the book only got 4 out 5 stars even though I frequently reread it. It was awesome for a feel good story. It's a romance book, but not a bodice ripper. The women are complex, have issues, and you can see why they made the choices that landed them in the position. The only thing that stopped it from getting 5 stars was that at times it seemed flat. Otherwise, it's a thoroughly good story to read when you want characters that you can enjoy and root for, and it not being all about making out or...more
Elicia holly
one of the best books i have read! I love this book! every time i read it I want to break out my yarn and crochet! blossom street sounds like a amazing place to be!
Erica
I'm a little bit embarrassed that I read this book at all; I enjoyed a later book in the series (which I found on Amazon's Kindle Prime Lending Library, where the pickings can be slim) and was looking for an easy airplane read. The plot sounded like it would be predictable but entertaining enough - four women, knitting, relationships / babies / etc. That part was fine, and Macomber is a vivid and fluent writer. But this book is just so... naive. Deeply conservative in a completely unaware way. T...more
Laura
I suppose I am a bit of a literary snob. I have avoided reading books by this prolific author and others like her precisely because they are on book stands everywhere. I guess what I failed to recognize is the fact that in order for them to be so readily available, they are very competent writers with a large readership. I now understand why Ms.Macomber is so popular with her readers. The shop on Blossom Street is in Seattle, Washington. It's a yarn shop that has been opened by Lydia Hoffman, a...more
Lizzy
This book followed the lives of four very different women who had only one thing in common - they all attended (or coordinated) a knitting class at a shop on Blossom Street. Each of the stories was interesting enough, in and of itself, but since each chapter changed to a different character's point of view, it had a fairly disjointed feel to it.

I think the novel would have had a greater impact if it had focused more on one individual - or at least for longer at a time on each individual. The hea...more
Dee
Two-haiku review:

Knitting class of four
Each one with different problems
Friends help each other

Four different stories
Knitted together with love
Very nicely done
Maria M. Elmvang
I picked up "Back at Blossom Street" at a whim at a garage sale, not realizing until I sat down to actually read it that it was the third in a series. Not one to let a small thing like that stop me, I immediately turned to Amazon and as they had the two first ones at a reasonable price, I bought them and started reading. It took me less than 10% to fall in love with the series.

"The Shop on Blossom Street" is a wonderfully cozy story. There's not much plot to it, but it's simply a charming comfor...more
Sarah Lolly
I was kind of shocked at how much I liked this book. Usually I like my romance to have a little more bite, but Lydia's struggles - with the shop, her sister, her health, her feelings towards Brad - all roped me in. I wanted to read more.

Everyone's stories were enthralling, and what a cute way to tie them all together, through knitting classes. Strange how simple things can change the way we think or feel. I loved Alex, going from a badass to a softie (though I don't understand why her appearance...more
Becky Rippel
Apr 14, 2014 Becky Rippel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My friends & cousin - Kathy
Recommended to Becky by: Book Club Selections
Even though it wasn't a mystery, it was a wonderful, feel good book which looks at women and women's issues and friendship in a very readable way. Lydia Hoffman has twice battled cancer and is finally able to start on a long time dream of having her own knitting shop. To encourage customers to get acquainted with the shop, she offers a 6 week class knitting a baby blanket. The three women who sign up could not be more polar opposites. Carol has been disparately trying to have a baby. She has had...more
Kayleen
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Mandy Baggot
Debbie Macomber seems to have quite a following and as I'd never read her books before I thought I would give them a try. All I can say is WOW! This lady knows how to write a story and hold your interest from page one. I have absolutely no interest in knitting at all but the knitting was just a backdrop to the interwoven relationships in the book. I loved the characters, loved their different lives and how their worlds were drawn together. I am definitely going to read more from Debbie Macomber....more
Sharyn
If this had been my 1st Macomber book, I owuld have given up at about page 20, but as I had listened to 20 wishes and realized it was #5, in my OCD way I had to read the series. The set up in this and probably the rest (as I already started #2) is a chapter represents a character and switches each chapter. One of the main characters was so awful I could barely read her chapters. The interesecting lives of a Yarn shop owner and the women she teaches knitting to, all overlap and change in the book...more
Austenviolet
Nihayet Macomber'ın Blossom Street serisinin ilk kitabını da okumayı başardım. Tam da düşündüğüm gibi, seriye baştan başlamak daha önce okuduğum 2. ve 5. kitapları daha anlamlı yaptı. :) Yorum olarak, diğer kitaplardan farklı söyleyebileceğim bir şey yok, Macomber'ın tarzı aynı... Olayların ilerleyişi birbirine benziyor, sadece arka fonlar farklı. Yine de diğer iki kitap gibi bunu da zevkle okudum, hatta en hızlı bitirdiğim bu oldu... Kadın karakterlerin kocalarına ya da erkek arkadaşlarına karş...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
The Shop on Blossom Street is about four very different women brought together by shared goal completing a knitted baby blanket. Lydia Hoffman owner of A Good Yarn and avid knitter as well as cancer survivor hopes that her shop will be a new beginning. Jacqueline Donovan is lonely married woman searching for a new direction and a way to cope with the news she's going to be grandmother. Carol Girard is trying to become a mother and believes that learning to knit will foster that belief. Alix Town...more
Cheri
I don't think I've ever read a Debbie Macomber book before, but I've seen the movies on The Hallmark Channel that are based on her books. I have to say, they are right up my chick flick sweet romance hearts and stars alley. Yet I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would.

The funny thing is that I liked the storyline and I liked the characters, which leads me to believe I didn't like the writing. I find that shocking since Macomber is such a well respected/known author. I felt like she h...more
Ivete
I only picked this up because I am a huge knitter, and it pains me that this book sucks as much as it does because it is related to my favorite hobby. But truly, this book is absolutely horrible. Each woman's individual reason for ending up in the knitting class was interesting, but the writing is downright awful. Reading this was like pulling teeth, and I hated myself for even bothering to finish it.
Gulen
Sıcak bir hikayesi var, karakterlerin yaşı nispeten daha büyük ve "hımm kiloluyum ve galiba şu süper kaslı ve inanılmaz yakışıklı, bir de başarılı, ve işte süper zengin adam beni beğenmez" triplerinde kadınlar da yok. Hikayeler ve karakterler daha inandırıcı.

Seriyi bana Beril önermişti, artık yavaş yavaş okurum diye umuyorum diğer kitapları da.
Esmanur
Çok hızlı ilerleyen bir kitap nedense beni çok etkilemedi. Tabii bu kötü olduğu nalamına gelmiyor. Sadece beni pek etkisi altına almadı. Tabii bundan bu kitabı Tolstoydan sonra okumamın çok büyük etkisi var. Adam İflahımı kuruttu yaa :D :D :D Ama değer :D Her neyse genel olarak güzeldi :S Sevgiyi ve dostluğu en iyi anlatan kitaplardan biri :D :D
Steph
This is my first time reading Debbie Macomber. The characters were east to follow and keep up with and, for some, could be relate-able. The book is told first person from Lydia's point of view. The chapters regarding Alix, Carol, and Jacqueline are told from a third-person point of view. Lydia opens a yarn shop and begins offering knitting classes. Each of the other three woman come into the shop with their own set of problems and sign up for the class. The book follows their lives/stories over...more
Rosemary
I loved getting into the lives of five women from all different backgrounds. You can find a little of yourself in all of them. I feel I am a better friend after reading this book. You learn that listening is much more important than talking. I like the modern-day setting--it seem like it could be taking place down the street.
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Macomber brings to life the compelling relationships that embrace family, community and enduring friendships, filling her readers with a sense of love and hope.

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