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Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
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Jun 20, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009
Read in July, 2009

Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn, is offering a new knitting class - Knit to Quit. She has three students: Phoebe Rylander who is trying to get over her ex-fiancée; Alix Turner who wants to quit smoking in order to try and have a baby; and Bryan "Hutch" Hutchinson who needs to find a way to deal with the stress of running the family business. As Lydia tries to teach them to knit, she also has her problems as she is struggling not only with caring for her aging mother but with being a foster mother to an angry 12 year old girl. And then there's Anne Marie Roche, adjusting to life with her recently adopted daughter Ellen. They seem to be settling in nicely until a stranger appears and threatens their happiness. It may be Summer on Blossom Street but life there is never easy.

"Summer on Blossom Street" is another good book in Debbie Macomber's soap opera like Blossom Street series. Fans of the Blossom Street books will be glad to see old favorites like Lydia, Alix, and Anne Marie while meeting new characters like Phoebe and Hutch. It's easy to see from the beginning what direction the Phoebe/Hutch story is going in, but it is fun to sit back and enjoy the ride, even if Phoebe does find it a tad too easy to get over Clark. Macomber throws a few contemporary references into the plotline (for example a frivolous lawsuit) and a few twists, but the story isn't all that deep. Alix gets a little shortchanged in the plotline, although her conversations with Casey are some of the highlights in the book. Lydia's plotline is a little deeper as she struggles not only with an aging mother but an unruly foster child (of course readers will also know where that plotline is going). Anne Marie's plotline is the strongest - as she is the deepest character, showing some real flaws as she deals with an unexpected and unwelcome visitor.

Debbie Macomber isn't the best writer in the world - it is easy to see where her plot lines are going and she tends to not only repeat herself in writing, but also her plot lines (the adopting an older child plotline, while a good one, is wearing thin after being featured in back to back books). But Macomber's strong point is her story telling - she continues to create characters that readers care about and want to revisit time and time again to see how they are doing. "Summer on Blossom Street" is no exception.

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