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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….

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Paperback, 347 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2011)
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Leah
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...more
Melissa
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

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...more
Norma
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...more
Marian
Dec 01, 2011 Marian rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Mayda
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
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
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...more
Sarah
I have finished The Knitting Diaries and found I really enjoyed each story.
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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...more
Jackie Lane
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...more
Nancy
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...more
Robin Brennan
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April Suter
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...more
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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...more
Laura
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...more
Tam
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...more
Katie (It's Time to Read) Leversuch
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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...more
Janice Liedl
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...more
Lisa
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...more
Ruth
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...more
Jodie
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
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
Katie
Being a knitting fanatic, I've read some of the Blossom Street books despite not really caring for Debbie Macomber's writing style. I picked up The Knitting Diaries because I enjoy reading about the relationships built around knitting communities, however I felt all 3 of these stories were lacking. The TwentyFirst Wish, even for Macomber, was under-developed and way too "neat and tidy" in it's resolution. The second story in this book had a rediculous premise: the main character meets a tall, ho...more
Lisa
The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber

This is a sweet follow up to a main storyline in Twenty Wishes about Anne Marie Roche and her young daughter, Ellen. This is a very typical Macomber story, clean and sweet so I am not going to say much about it. If you read this as a stand alone, you probably are not going to enjoy it as much as if you had read the previous novel because there really isn't a whole lot of back story explained, just enough to refresh your memory. Overall, though, still cute....more
Janga
The Knitting Diaries includes three novellas: “The Twenty-First Wish” by Debbie Macomber, “Coming Unravelled” by Susan Mallery, and “Return to Summer Island” by Christina Skye. The authors, all knitters themselves, have crafted stories in which knitting is a thread in the plot. Like most anthologies, this one is uneven with some stories stronger than others.

Macomber‘s “The Twenty-First Wish” picks up the story of Anne Marie Roche, her adopted daughter, Ellen, and Ellen’s father, a major thread i...more
Aislynn (Stitch Read Cook)
My Thoughts:

The Twenty First Wish is about Anne Marie and her daughter Ellen. We have met these characters before in the Blossom Street stories.

This was a cute story, which centres around Anne and her relationship with Ellen's father Tim. They like any couple have their ups and downs, they are trying to figure out where they stand. Anne Marie is happy in her relationship until Tim shows up and throws her for a loop!

I really enjoyed this story, it was heart warming and fun to read. I haven't read...more
Marcia Berg Haskell
"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

When Robyn Mulligan's dreams of becoming a Broadway star give way to longing for her childhood home, she returns to Texas, running h...more
Sebe Abolafia
The Knitting Diaries

This book is a collection of short stories about three women that love to knit and how it impacts their lives.

The Twenty First Wish by Debbie Macomber

Anne Marie Roche and her adopted daughter Ellen from Debbie Macomber's previous book Twenty Wishes are in this short story. I love this story about Anne Marie coming to terms with her feelings about Ellen's biological father Tim.

Reading about all of the people on Blossom Street brings me back to all the wonderful previous storie...more
Marianne
The Knitting Diaries is an anthology of three stories with a knitting theme. And, of course, there are knitting patterns included with each story.
The Twenty-First Wish, by Debbie Macomber, is a short story in the Blossom Street series, and centres around Blossom Street Books proprietor Anne Marie Roche and her adopted daughter Ellen. The title refers to an earlier book in the series, Twenty Wishes; Ellen has added a secret twenty-first wish to her list: that her adopted mother will fall in love...more
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