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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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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.
Katie (It's Time to Read) Leversuch

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
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
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
Feb 17, 2011 Janga rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 11, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leah by: NetGalley

"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
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
Sebe Abolafia
Mar 30, 2011 Sebe Abolafia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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.
Jul 21, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
I have finished The Knitting Diaries and found I really enjoyed each story.
Aug 02, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
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
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
Julie Barrett
Jun 07, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
Knitting Diaries by Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery, and Chritina Skye
Knitting is a comfort to all and you can always strike up a conversation with one who knits.
Love that this book is actually 3 different stories from 3 different authors, who also happen to knit.

The Twenty First Wish by Debbie Macomber
After the book 'Twenty Wishes' this follows along the same lines, like a bucket list of sorts.
Helen has her own 20 wishes book and shares it with her mother: Ann Marie knows Tim is still recovering
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
Sep 30, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing
Great stories!!!!!
Sep 19, 2016 SmartBitches rated it really liked it
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

For me, knitting is a comfort activity. It stimulates me creatively, but the repetitive motions of knitting and purling are incredibly soothing. I don’t knit as much in the summer, but now that fall is upon us (at least, it is here), I want the cozy feeling of curling up with a movie and my latest knitting project.

When I picked up The Knitting Diaries, I was hoping for the same feeling of coziness. Normally I don’t read a lot of sweet contemporaries, but
Amanda Griggs
Oct 06, 2016 Amanda Griggs rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, short-story
Very cute, all of them had a cozy feeling. The second one by Susan Mallery was my favorite, though like most romance short stories, I wish it were longer so the payoff felt more earned. The ending came about a little abruptly for me.

Still, a pretty decent fall read. I give it three and a half fuzzy blankets.
Sep 19, 2016 Alexandria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book with three stories. In the "Twenty-First Wish" I connected with Anne Marie as she described life in terms of knitting. It was also what would calm her. Given how stressful her life is with her daughter, her daughter's father and the guy she is dating.

"Coming Unraveled" was probably my favorite. When Robyn goes home after trying to make it New York, you can feel the love she and her grandmother share. Throw in a cute man who knits and it's the perfect story.

"Return to Summe
Sep 20, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it
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Mary Ellen
Sep 26, 2016 Mary Ellen rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I had always heard about Debbie Macomber and thought I should read something by her. Susan Mallery was another author I had heard of, so when I saw this collection I thought it would be a good way to try out both authors and another one I'd never heard of before. I was very disappointed in all three stories. I know they are short stories, and therefore the plot, and character development tends to be minimal. But what bothered me was the low level of writing skills. The dialogue was simplistic, a ...more
Ann Boytim
Oct 21, 2016 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it
Three cute stories and if you are a knitter three patterns. Debbie Macomber acknowledges characters from her Blossom Street books for her story.
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