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The Knitting Diaries: The Twenty-First Wish\Coming Unraveled\Return to Summer Island (Summer Island .5)

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The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber

Anne Marie Roche and her adopted daughter, ten-year-old Ellen, have each written a list of twenty wishes—on which they included learning to knit. But Ellen has quietly added a twenty-first wish: that her mom will fall in love with Tim, Ellen's birth father, who's recently entered their lives….

Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery

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Paperback, 347 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2011)
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Leah
Apr 11, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leah by: NetGalley
THE KNITTING DIARIES - 3.5 STARS

"The Twenty-First Wish" by Debbie Macomber - 3 stars


This is the first thing that I've ever read by Debbie Macomber. I've never really been too interested in reading her books so it was nice to get a little feel of her writing from this novella. I would say that this one is definitely a nice story, but it wasn't really for me. Everything just felt too...neat.

"Coming Unraveled" by Susan Mallery - 5 stars

"Coming Unraveled" is the story of Robyn and T.J., and if sort
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Kelly
I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Anne Marie & Ellen from one of my favourite Debbie Macomber stories Twenty Wishes. The story was fast paced, heartwarming and the emotions felt by the characters were believable.

I look forward to reading more by Susan Mallery in the new year, and author whom I'd never experienced before. Her story Coming Unravelled was a very cosy read, and very reminiscent of Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series.

Christina Skye's story was an okay read, but didn't mak
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Melissa
Jun 29, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, favorites
This is a wonderful book with 3 stories!

If you loved Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macmber, you will love the first story called
The Twenty First Wish!

I enjoyed Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery - a great romance "sizzling" in a Knitting store!

The last story is by Christina Skye - describing a romance between Caro and a handsome Marine she meets while staying with her Grandmother, I loved this story, and plan on looking for more books by
Christina Skye.
Ruth
Jan 25, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it

What could an anthology of three short romances by these authors be but sweet? All feature knitters, and all three stories are preceded by knitting patterns. The Twenty-First Wish is the continuation of Macomber's Twenty Wishes (my review) and like Macomber's recent work, it is squeaky clean. With its short length, I didn't really get a feel for the characters, but since I "knew" them from Twenty Questions, it wasn't a problem. Without that background, it is simply a predictable story with an ov
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Norma
Mar 22, 2011 Norma rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful set of short stories all brought together under one common theme – the love of knitting. I never learned to knit or crochet because I just wasn’t coordinated to do it. My mom, however, would sit for hours on end with needle and yarn in hands.

At the start of each story, there is a knitting pattern provided that ties in with the story. I can’t judge if they are simple or not because I don’t knit. But they did sound very interesting.

Twenty-One Wishes by Debbie Macomber

I have
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Marian
Dec 01, 2011 Marian rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
To my knowledge, I've never read anything by any of these authors, but I was sitting in the car waiting for someone to make it out of the grocery store and I needed something to read. Normally I start books that way and never finish them because they aren't my kind of book, but these stories were fluffy and sweet and had enough tension to keep things moving. I have no idea if they add anything to the series they're set in, but each story is very easily read and understood without having previous ...more
Gulen
May 30, 2014 Gulen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu kitabı sadece ilk öykü için, Debbie'nin Twenty Wishes ve Summer on Blossom Street'e ek öykü olan 21st Wish için okudum; ancak hazır başlamışken 2. ve 3. öyküyü de okuyayım dedim. Daha önce hiç okumadığım haklarında hiç bir fikrim olmayan yazarlardan Susan Mallery fena değildi de, Christina Skye'ın hikayesi beni çok sıktı. Romance ve Contemporary'de dram olması janrların gerekliliklerinden ama son hikayedeki gibi dram üstüne dram üstüne dram beni sıkıyor.
Kelly
Apr 09, 2015 Kelly rated it it was ok
If I had known this book was a collection of three cheesy romance stories when one of my knitting buddies offered to lend it to me, I would have declined. The stories are hopelessly formulaic - young single woman with some sort of tragedy in her life (the only things that got her through was knitting!!!) meets a young man with an equally tragic past and they fall instantly and madly in love, but both of them are too damaged to admit it until they simply can't contain their epic emotions any long ...more
Cathy Daniel
Feb 07, 2016 Cathy Daniel rated it liked it
I hope this isn't unfair. I only read the first story and I'm not a big fan of short stories, so for that it's only a 3 star for me. At least she ended up with the right guy!
Mayda
Apr 27, 2011 Mayda rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery, and Christina Skye each contributed a story to The Knitting Diaries, the common link being knitting. The best story by far is Macomber’s. If you are looking for a summer beach-read that won’t interfere with your afternoon snooze, this is the book for you. The stories are shorter than the average novel, and perhaps that is why they lack character development and a more involved plot. But if all you want is a bit of a problem along the way to a happy ending, you may ...more
Gail Hollingsworth
Apr 10, 2014 Gail Hollingsworth rated it really liked it
I've read many books by Debbie Macomber and Susan Mallery. Christina Skye was new to me. All three wrote a very fun book divided into three separate stories. I crochet, but I love stories having anything to do with yarn, so even though the stories had threads of knitting throughout, it was still very enjoyable. The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber was an extension of her Blossom Street Books. Ellen is a ten year old girl adopted by Annie Marie after Ellen's grandmother dies suddenly. Her bio ...more
Jessica Alcazar
Mar 06, 2014 Jessica Alcazar rated it it was ok
Shelves: traded
I got this book because I wanted to give Christina Skye a try with her Summer Island series and the only thing that comes to mind to describing her story is ... eh.
It's not really that great, but it's not bad either. It's just there. It's very short so therefor no one's story, except for maybe Caro's, was developed even a tiny bit. Too many things were left up to the imagination and as I've said before, although I do believe in love at first sight, and fiction novels are supposed to be just that
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Susan Baranoff
Three short stories of a similar genre by three different authors. I chose to read the first on by Debbie Macomber and then continue to "Hannah's List" in the Blossom Street series. After that I looped back and picked up the other two short stories. Ms Macomber's work was her expected competent writing and interestingly drawn characters, but the plot in this one was so freaking obvious as to be disappointing.

The other two authors (Susan Mallery and Christina Skye) clearly met the same writing co
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Sarah
Jul 21, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
I have finished The Knitting Diaries and found I really enjoyed each story.
Viola
Aug 28, 2015 Viola rated it liked it
I like reading bundles when I have no idea what I feel like reading. The three stories in this book were good. my favorite is Return to Summer Island. I liked the other stories as well. one made me cry (when my husband ask why I was crying I said I was reading. He said, "it is a sad book?" I said, "No it was a happy ending" He understood. I liked that all had some type of knitting involved in the story. I am not a knitter did not try to understand the instructions for knitting projects before ea ...more
Jeanine Lent
Mar 06, 2016 Jeanine Lent rated it really liked it
"The Knitting Diaries" was made up of 3 stories, each one by a different author. The first story was "The Twenty-First Wish," by Debbie Macomber. It is part of the Blossom Street series, & should, ideally, be read after you read the book "Twenty Wishes." In that novel, a group of women decide to make lists for themselves of, what else, 20 wishes. I don't want to give away anything from that novel, but this story, "The Twenty-First Wish," is an enjoyable follow-up to that novel. It is a fun s ...more
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Anthology of three romances that revolve, at least in part, around knitting.

The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber 3 ***
It's been awhile since I read Twenty Wishes. I had trouble remembering some of the characters. Quite frankly, I don't think this story will make sense to anyone unless they've recently read Twenty Wishes. It's like an extended ending you wished the first book had, as it ends with Anne Marie finding romance. I don't recommend it as a stand-alone story because it's written as i
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Jackie Lane
Aug 17, 2011 Jackie Lane rated it really liked it
Although I am not a Knitter, I clearly enjoyed this book.

The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber:

After reading Twenty Wishes, I knew I had to read this novella. It was such a great catch up on Anne Marie Roche and her 10 year old adopted daughter, Ellen. I was cheering all the way for Anne Marie and Tim (Ellen's birth father) to get together. I think one of my favorite parts in the book was when they were looking for the lost dog.

Such a great read and a wonderful addition to the Blossom Street
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Nancy
May 19, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it
I am not a big fan of half books or in-between books or whatever it is that authors are calling them nowadays. Those annoying books that either follow up where the last one left off or a taste of what is to come next in the series. I just do not understand them. Why not include the information, if it is at all necessary, in the book where it belongs and not tempt the reader to buy yet another book that turns into a waste of money.

I read the Twenty Wishes and I read and I read Summer on Blossom S
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Robin Brennan
Apr 02, 2013 Robin Brennan rated it it was ok
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April Suter
Aug 13, 2011 April Suter rated it really liked it
Returning to Blossom Street and the twenty wishes the girls have had in earlier novels: Now Anne Marie and her daughter Ellen are moving to their own home. All the knitters are helping and two guys, Tim (Ellen's father) and Mel are really wanting to help also. Read to find out what Ellen's new 21st wish is.

Robyn returns home to her grandmother in Texas after struggling in New York. An overprotective (and handsome!) Texan is not too sure Robyn's intentions are where they should be. TJ wants to sh
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The Knitting Diaries, Three writers coming together to write about three separate beautiful stories that give a glimpse into the lives of three different women with nothing in common but their love for knitting.

I really enjoyed The Twenty-First Wish, I find it the closest to 'real' from all the other stories. The characters are lovely but they sadly fell under the cliche type when they could be different. The second story, Coming Unravel, is about this aspiring actress Robyn Mulligan, who travel
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Laura
Aug 02, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Title: THE KNITTING DIARIES
Authors: Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery, Christina Skye
Publisher: Mira Books
April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2937-4
Genre: contemporary romance / knitting

Knitting is many things to many people…

The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber: Anna Marie Roche has adopted ten-year-old Ellen when Ellen’s guardian grandmother dies. Both Anna Marie and Ellen have written a list of twenty wishes they want to see come true. One of Ellen’s wishes is that she’ll meet her biological father. T
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Ellie
Mar 18, 2011 Ellie rated it it was ok
I don't read Debbie Macomber so I would have normally skipped right over this book. But I was reading "Already Home" by Susan Mallery (gave it 4 stars, great book) and noticed that Coming Unraveled is set in the same town, so I found my way to this book.

I skipped right over the Debbie Macomber story.

Coming Unraveled was short, sweet and to the point. The story starts off with a little bit of tension due to a misunderstanding. This just sort of fizzles pretty quickly when the hero realizes and ad
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Katie (It's Time to Read) Leversuch
REVIEWS CONTAIN SPOILERS!

Addition: Review e-book from netGalley

Genre: Female fiction, romance

Rating: 4 out of 5

This is a collection of short stories, written by prolific chick-lit authors Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery and Christina Skye.

Debbie Macomber

Knitting is a way of life: The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber

Anne Marie Roche and her adopted daughter, ten-year-old Ellen, have each written a list of twenty wishes - on which they included learning to knit. But Ellen has quietly added a tw
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Janice Liedl
Jul 26, 2013 Janice Liedl rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Of the three novellas, I tolerated the first, really loved the second and mostly loved the third. Debbie Macomber's "The Twenty-First Wish" had some cute moments and a lovely storyline between an older woman, Anne Marie, with responsibilities (including a somewhat annoyingly precocious adopted daughter) and the man to whom she's attracted, but it blew too hot and cold for me with the other guy, Mel, as an over-the-top complication that was all-too-easily resolved.

"Coming Unraveled", on the other
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Lisa
Feb 05, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I love these anthologies! This one was great. The authors all have similar yet different styles and each story made to want there to be more! Now while I don't knit, I have zero patience, I like that this is what links the stories.

The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber

I was most excited about this section of the book. I have read all of the other books about the women on
Blossom Street
and have fallen in love with their story. This book start with Anne Marie Roche signing papers on he
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Ruth
Jul 30, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
Although Debbie Macomber's name was in large print on the front cover this is actually a book with three novellas in it by three different authors.

Story 1 is by Debbie Macomber. This was a follow-up to a story that she wrote called Twenty Wishes. We now find Ann Marie and her adopted daughter Ellen moving into a house that Ann Marie just purchased. Ellen is concerned because she doesn't want to leave her friends on Blossom Street. Things seem to be falling into place for Ann Marie. After falling
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Jodie
Apr 11, 2011 Jodie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, net-galley
The Twenty-first Wish by Debbie Macomber: Anne Marie adopted a little girl named Ellen and not long after the adoption, Ellen's father, Tim, showed up. Ellen was delighted her father was in her life, it was one of her wishes. Anne Marie enjoyed his companionship and soon developed feelings for Tim only to discover he was seeing someone else. Since Tim was Ellen's father, he was still around and to help ease the awkwardness, Anne Marie began dating Mel, a man 20 years older. After a few months an ...more
Denise
Sep 03, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I picked it up because of Debbie Macomber's name on the book. I love Debbie's books and wanted to see what was happening on Blossom Street. The story was typical Macomber and I thoroughly enjoyed it but as it turned out I don't think it was the strongest of the three stories. I had never read any books by Susan Mallery or Christina Skye but definitely will add them to author's to read. I liked both of the stories and Return to Summer Island by Skye actually had me crying a lot ...more
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