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The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  24,747 Ratings  ·  1,659 Reviews
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 of reconciliation with her
Kindle Edition, Reprint Edition, 399 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Mira (first published April 27th 2003)
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Barbara Christine I have only read the rose harbor series and reading the first book in the blossomstreet series. Speaking about the rose harbor series, I believe you…moreI have only read the rose harbor series and reading the first book in the blossomstreet series. Speaking about the rose harbor series, I believe you could read any one and understand what is going on. But it's an enjoyable serie and this book is fun so far. Hope this helps.(less)
Suzanne Yes .. there is no swearing and any romantic scenes leave you outside the bedroom door. They are definitely more about building a committed loving…moreYes .. there is no swearing and any romantic scenes leave you outside the bedroom door. They are definitely more about building a committed loving relationship than sex. Hope this helps ..(less)
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Oct 29, 2008 Alaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
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
Interesting read for me. Not the type of book I thought I would like but this author has been on my to-read list forever so I decided to give it a go.

Was the story told mostly on the surface? Yes. Other than the facts being given about each of the characters, did I get a super insightful look into who they were and what made them tick? No, but without making the book super long, it would have been difficult given all of the different characters and sub-plots. Did the problems in the book get wra
Nov 27, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think Debbie Macomber is my Fairy God-author. She seems to have come along just when I was in need of her cozy, comforting stories about relate-able female characters that you actually want to root for. Her prose is easy and smooth, and along with her warm-hearted but un-Pollyanna-like stories, results in a unique style that is soothing and unpretentious. In other words, I find Debbie Macomber's writing to be likable, lovable, and just what the doctor ordered to zap those over-extended mommy b ...more
Sep 29, 2008 Remi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you like harlequin novels you'll like this one!
Shelves: reviews-by-remi
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..
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
Mrs.  Garza
Jan 02, 2008 Mrs. Garza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2014 Gela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it so much at page 300 that I went to the book store and bought A Good Yarn & Susannah's Garden. Yes, that sums up my review ;-)
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.
Dec 22, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  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
Oct 20, 2008 Jo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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.
Mar 15, 2008 Kirsten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-pre-12-07, owned

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.
Claire Moss
Mar 23, 2016 Claire Moss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put this one down :) although a tad predictable I loved the characters and more than one story line to follow that kept me reading :) very heartwarming!
Amy Burt
Oct 27, 2013 Amy Burt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book(series) more than Debbie's Cedar Cove
May 17, 2014 Dee rated it really liked it
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
Dec 07, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 26, 2013 Erica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 24, 2014 Tricia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
2 stars or 3, I couldn't decide. It was a fine book. Pretty much what you'd expect out of a book of this style--good enough characters, good enough plot, fairly predictable, some parts that flowed well while others felt forced plus some plot points that don't actually work. Still, it was a fine book and I don't feel like I wasted my time on it. I actually listened to it on Overdrive before bed and it was good for that purpose of a light story that was easy to listen to. If I find others in this ...more
Jun 27, 2007 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy T
I really enjoyed this book and all the characters. I look forward the next book.
Elicia holly
Jan 01, 2014 Elicia holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sandra Melo
Nov 27, 2013 Sandra Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uma lição de vida
Margaret Chind
Apr 12, 2013 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Kim Miller
A couple years ago I was introduced to the writing of Debbie Macomber and surprised by how much I enjoyed it with a new-at-the-time novel, Hannah's List . What I didn't discover until recently is that it was the seventh book in a series. As the ninth book just released and my mom reviewed it I became interested in the rest of the series and sought it out. The series starts with this book, The Shop on Blossom Street.

I've been blessed with a copy of this from a publicist and have enjoyed reading
Feb 23, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
The Shop on Blossom Street is the beginning of a new series I have started reading that Debbie Macomber wrote. I enjoyed it immensely and loved the characters in the book.

Four women brought together by knitting have become good friends. Lydia Hoffman, owner of A Good Yarn, a yarn store offered knitting classes when she opened her new store on Blossom St. Lydia, who had battled cancer a couple of times, decided it was time to get back into the mainstream of life and this is the course she chose.

Apr 23, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Debbie Macomber! She is an excellent writer with an uncanny ability to really feel the character and know how to portray that person and his or her emotions and personality. Every character came alive for me in this series. I found myself laughing, crying, rejoicing, getting angry, and hurting along with the characters as they went through their different private struggles.

Lydia Hoffman opens her yarn shop as a way to make a living AND a way to heal after beating cancer. The lives of thre
Jul 02, 2008 Rosie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jonel Boyko
The way that Macomber tells this story in the first person really makes you feel like you’re hearing a story from a friend rather than reading a book. She unequivocally invites you into her world. She brings life’s highs and lows together in a way that warms your heart.

I learned a great deal about yarn and knitting throughout. It was built right into the story, intrinsic to the lives of the characters. I was astounded by the way this was so seamlessly worked into the tale. It definitely added e
Oct 07, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: knitting
This was a light, quick read, but I enjoyed the characters, their struggles, and how they were drawn together by a common interest (in knitting) despite their differences. I was also just looking for a knitting audiobook to listen to while knitting myself, so my expectations weren't that high.

The book is written in somewhat of a superficial way, though, with the author telling the reader, rather than showing, about the characters' thoughts, as well as including cliches (e.g. "In spite of all th
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
Aug 26, 2008 Lizzy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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
Aug 24, 2014 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bellistrik

Ich habe schon vor Jahren Die Maschen der Liebe gelesen und jetzt noch einmal das Original.
Emotional so toll geschrieben, Gänsehaut pur.
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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 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Blossom Street (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • A Good Yarn (Blossom Street, #2)
  • Susannah's Garden (Blossom Street, #3)
  • Christmas Letters
  • Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #4)
  • Twenty Wishes (Blossom Street, #5)
  • Summer on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #6)
  • Hannah's List (Blossom Street, #7)
  • A Turn in the Road (Blossom Street, #8)
  • Starting Now (Blossom Street, #9)
  • Blossom Street Brides (Blossom Street #10)

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