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Starting Now

(Blossom Street #9)

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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  9,589 ratings  ·  1,118 reviews
For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her careerher friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: Shes been let go and must rebuild her ...more
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Published April 16th 2013 by Random House (first published 2013)
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Kathy
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I drink soda. It's bad for me, I know, but there are bubbles and it is sweet and it is very mildly wicked.

Flat soda, however, is another matter entirely. When I was three I came across a broken bottle with an inch or so left in it of flat, sweet soda.

I still have a scar beside my mouth.

And it didn't taste all that good with the bubbles gone.

Sadly the bubbles are gone from this new Blossom Street novel. Yes, we have all the elements we learned to love: a woman seeking her true path, a h
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Joelle
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To start off, let me admit that if I'd seen this book in a grocery store (I was given a free copy for an honest review), I would never have brought it home. The flowers, the ball of yarn, the pastel colors- this doesn't make me think I'll be interested in a book. I prefer graphic covers, naked bodies, promises of detailed sex scenes. However, within the first chapter, Debbie's writing style and her main character Libby had already won me over. Her job loss and the withered plant by her late moth ...more
Amy
Apr 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Kaylie
I forced myself through every word. I now cannot think of any words clean enough to deserve recording here. A mediocre read that jumped right onto my "hate" list by having a stereotypical attorney as the main character and tackling questions about career and motherhood with a heavy-handed horribleness that left me wanting to go work more billable hours.
Awkward and overdone and all the romances sucked.
Annette
Starting Now is a new addition to the Blossom Street Novels and if you enjoy that series, this one will also warm your heart. If you haven't experienced Macomber's books, she can really wrap you up in her characters. You should give her a try -- it's not necessary to read this series in order.

That's what these books are -- heartwarming. I couldn't read books like Starting Now every day, but they are wonderful change of pace for me.

Libby is a divorced, hard-working attorney that has sacrificed al
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NinaReader
It's my 1st read (or listen) for this author and it was ok. It's what I figured it'd be...a bit cheesy and no heat. But i expected that. What I didn't like was how frustrating the main character was. She drove me nuts a bit and then she finally got her act together and there was only a few minutes of audio left. I was left wanting...
Jennifer Anderson
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
As a woman who loves both romance novels and knitting, I was delighted to come upon the Blossom Street novels by Debbie Macomber. I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Starting Now as an advance reader's edition and once I picked the book up, I couldn't put it down.

Starting Now is the story of an attorney named Libby Morgan who, instead of making partner earlier than she expected at the Seattle law firm where she's employed, is laid off due to hard economic times caused by the recession. W
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Wendy T
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I another good addition to the Blossom Street series.
Nancy
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always love her books. Uplifting. Makes me feel good for the rest of the day. Love happy endings. This book does not disappoint.

For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career—her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She’s been let go and must rebuild
...more
Amanda
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of Debbie Macomber's books over the years, and one thing that hasn't changed is the audience that she primarily writes for: Christian grandmothers. That being said, Starting Now is not a bad book. It's predictable but sweet and interesting. The main character, Libby, has lost her job and now has way too much free time on her hands, which results in her spending time knitting and volunteering at the hospital rocking premature babies. This gives her a chance to meet new people, str ...more
Vanessa Montês
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meu
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Todas as personagens deste livro são exploradas de uma forma ou de outra, acabando todas por terem os seus problemas que acabam por ser resolvidos devido a um sentido de unidade que existe em toda esta história. Um sentido de unidade que é a grande lição que existe neste livro. Um livro que gostei imenso de ler, pela sua escrita divertida, fluída, verdadeira e tão próxima da realidade do dia a dia o que possibilita com que nos liguemos às personagens como se estas fossem nós próprios.

Aconse
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Glenda L
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Debbie MaComber's books, and this was a good one. I have read all the books in the Blossom Street series. They are all heartwarming and tell stories of friendship and everything that is important in life. Reading her books just make you feel better.
Josefina Wagner
Debbie Macomber 'in eserleri edebiyat harikasi olmasa da eglenceli aile iliskilerini ele alan kendine göre tarziyla bir sinderalla hikayesi seklinde surup gider. begeniyorum arada diger kitaplarin arasinda okumak beni rahatlatiyor.Fazla dusundurmeyen germeyen romanlar cogu.Bizim dunyamiza ait olmasa da bunu dusunmeyi ertelemek guzel bence...
Barbara ★
Typical chick lit from Debbie Macomber. An enjoyable tale with a moral to the story. I enjoyed the ride but admit I wanted to smack Libby towards the end. I guess it took losing all to realize what's really important.
Mary
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Barbara Reiff, Ruth Groves King
Recommended to Mary by: I read a review on it
I love the Blossom Street Books. Each one is different, but they do have some of the same characters and of course, all of the stores on Blossom Street. Libby Morgan is an attorney with a large law firm in Seattle. It is Monday Morning and she gets called in to one of the partners' office. She is hoping to be made a partner. But everything falls apart when Hershel, (the partner) lays her off.

Her world is crushed, everything that she has been working for 6 years has come to an end. What will she
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Maggie61
I always wait anxiously when a new Debbie macomber book is released and I have to say I was a little disappointed with this one.
I especially like the blossom street series, and love to read the books with knitting as the theme but this one to me seemed really cheesy, and harlequinlike.
I loved the story line. Libby, a high priced lawyer whose life has become all work and no play is laid off by the prestigious firm she expected to become partner with. This turns out to be a blessing for her as s
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Kathy
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable Debbie Macomber book. As with all her books after you're 50 pages into it you have a very good guess as to how it's going to end. However, the journey to the ending is always entertaining. This story centers on Libby Morgan, a workaholic young lawyer who has made her job her whole life. She gets fired and with time on her hands she slowly starts to build a private life for herself. It starts at A Good Yarn, the knitting shop on Blossom St. where Lydia, the owner becomes one of h ...more
Cathy Daniel
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is seriously the best series ever!
Loved this one too!
Nélia Rosa
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um livro que pretende nos relembrar do que é importante na vida...
Bree T
Libby Morgan has never really gotten over losing her mother to cancer when she was just a teenager. She’s made her whole life about her mother’s wishes for her – work hard, be the best you can be. Now Libby is an attorney for a well respected law firm and she works all the hours under the sun. When she’s called in for a meeting with one of the partners, Libby is thrilled. She expects to be told that she’s being made a partner…but instead Libby is informed that times are tough and she is being la ...more
Baiba
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pilna skaudru notikumu.
Leona
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel by Debbie Macomber
This is the first book I have read of the Blossom Street series and the first book I have read by Debbie Macomber in a long time. I was not disappointed.
The book begins with the attorney, Libby Morgan, losing her job. Months later, she calls an old friend,Robin, to have lunch with her for a talk. After lunch her friend needed to got to A Good Yarn Shop to buy some yarn for her mother and Libby goes with her. While there, Libby sees two teen
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WifeMomKnitter
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the book synopsis:

"For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career—her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She’s been let go and must rebuild her entire life . . . starting now.

With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends an
...more
Suzanne
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relationships, arc
Libby Morgan is working very diligently in a high pressure law firm. She is working so hard that being made partner in the firm will tell her life is worth living.

One sunny day, her boss summons her into his office. She is ecstatic and is ready to celebrate that evening on her new position. Imagine her surprise when she hears that although she is working diligently, she is not marking partner at this time. In fact, due to the economy, she is being laid off!! Libby is very distraught and does no
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Amanda R
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, romance, series
I received this book as an ARC.

I've been waiting for a new Blossom Street novel to come out, I had almost given up hope but then I saw this one and was so excited and then I got even more excited to be able to read it sooner than later!

Libby is down on her luck and needs to start over. After a good while of wallowing in self pity she decides she's going to start making her life better instead of worse. Her clothes are starting to fit tightly so she starts working out at a local gym. She finds
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Dale Harcombe
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this book the opening seemed a little familiar and I wondered had I read it before, but couldn’t remember the character of Libby Morgan. As it went on I discovered I had not and I became more interested in Libby after she lost her job in the law firm where she had expected to make partner.
Suddenly she is confronted with trying to build a new life. But in the process of furthering her career she has let slide friendships and chances of any lasting relationship. She d
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Pam
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starting Now is another hit by Debbie Macomber. Blossom Street is alive and well. The yarn shop keeps gaining friends and knitters.
Little does Libby Morgan know how her life is going to change as she enters her boss’s office thinking she is going to be made partner in the law firm. Her hopes are completely dashed when instead, she is terminated due to downsizing. Although she is a fantastic lawyer and has many billable hours, she hasn’t brought in any new clients. She has devoted her life to h
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Dianne
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance fans
Attorney Libby Morgan thinks she is on track for partner when her boss lets her go. He gives her one piece of advice. Get a life. For Libby, who has given up everything but her obsessive need to excel in her career, this is monumental, but she is a strong character and eventually sets out to rediscover life and herself.

With the help of friends, a pregnant teenager,and Dr. Phillip Stone, Libby finds that full life and likes the person she has become, but when her old boss calls and offers her jo
...more
Ionia
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can always count on Debbie Macomber to provide her readers with a reason to love her, and this book was no exception. It was good to see some familiar characters again, and even if you aren't familiar, this book could be a standalone without any issues.

What fascinated me about this, and I feel relatively comfortable saying this as I have literally read every Debbie Macomber book I have been able to get my hands on, is that she strayed a little from her usual formula. There actually is a ver
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Debbie Heaton
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Macomber’s romance novel, Libby Morgan is a high-powered estate attorney who willingly sacrificed everything for her career. After investing six years of her life to one firm, she finds herself laid off because of both the recession and the fact that she hasn’t managed to pull in a major client of her own. Shocked at her current situation, she stumbles through one interview after another unsuccessfully. In an attempt to find a means of starting over, she finds her way to Blossom Street and A ...more
Cathleen
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I had this book on my hold list with my local library. I downloaded it this morning and haven't been able to put it down. I just finished reading it a few minutes ago.

Another exceptional story and in her usual style Debbie Macomber pulls you into the lives of the people between the covers. The story centers around Libby a young woman, a work-a-holic and attorney who is laid off. She starts out spending all her time and energy trying to find a position with another law firm. Along the way she rea
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