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The Shop on Blossom Street

(Blossom Street #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  30,126 ratings  ·  2,052 reviews
Bestselling romance author and ardent knitter Debbie Macomber combines both her skills in this novel about a newly opened Seattle yarn shop and the knitting class that brings four women together to make baby blankets. The owner of the shop and her three students produce more than blankets, knitting together bonds of solidarity, friendship, love, hope, and renewal. The book ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Mira Books (first published April 27th 2003)
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iloveromance I just finished the first book "The Shop On Blossom Street" and I started with that book because I want to read the whole series in order. However at …moreI just finished the first book "The Shop On Blossom Street" and I started with that book because I want to read the whole series in order. However at the end of "Shop", there is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of "A Good Yarn" and I honestly felt like I was re-reading "Shop" because Lydia (the main character of "Shop" begins the chapter by reiterating the story almost verbatum from the book. Until I actually read "Good Yarn", I can't say for sure, but I'm guessing that you could start pretty much anywhere in the series and you'd get enough backstory to understand without having to read in order. "Yarn" feels like it's picking up literally where "Shop" left off, so I'm glad that I decided to read them in order. I'm going to do the same with "Cedar Cove" and "Blossom" When I get around to reading those. I'm hoping that with "Cedar Cove", watching the series will a quaint me enough with the characters that I can watch the Hallmark Series on DVD. Hope I didn't bore you with my long-winded answer! =)(less)
Suzanne Yes .. there is no swearing and any romantic scenes leave you outside the bedroom door. They are definitely more about building a committed loving rel…moreYes .. there is no swearing and any romantic scenes leave you outside the bedroom door. They are definitely more about building a committed loving relationship than sex. Hope this helps ..(less)

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Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book from the first time in 2007 when I was trying to get pregnant and starting to see a doctor about it. I picked this book out because it had a character in it that was having trouble getting pregnant. I loved that book the first time I read it. It was also the first Debbie Macomber book I read, but now she is my favorite author.

In, 2020 I re-read it. This book about a group of woman that all goes into a yarn store for learn to Knit, and they where all for different walks of
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Perhaps this is the longest time I took in deciding the rating of this romance book. I mean, any book. I read it in 3 days. But each time I picked it up I had to adjust to feel comfy with the genre of said book.

I was indeed caught, surprised, by the twists in the novel. I feel that I'm underrating this writer. Her book helped me to come out of my reading slump.

Some might say that this book has a happy ending too sweet. But I have seen books that had a similar ending but with an actual body count
Oct 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful story about an eclectic group of women who form an unexpected friendship at a knitting class. It had me smiling and crying (a lot), I slipped easily into the emotion of each woman. Honestly I had left this book sitting on my TBR pile for so long because I thought it was about a knitting shop. I was wrong, the Yarn shop was simply the place that the women met.
This book tells the story of four women and the difficulties each of them are facing in their lives. It reminds you that y
Interesting read for me. Not the type of book I thought I would like but this author has been on my to-read list forever so I decided to give it a go.

Was the story told mostly on the surface? Yes. Other than the facts being given about each of the characters, did I get a super insightful look into who they were and what made them tick? No, but without making the book super long, it would have been difficult given all of the different characters and sub-plots. Did the problems in the book get wra
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think Debbie Macomber is my Fairy God-author. She seems to have come along just when I was in need of her cozy, comforting stories about relate-able female characters that you actually want to root for. Her prose is easy and smooth, and along with her warm-hearted but un-Pollyanna-like stories, results in a unique style that is soothing and unpretentious. In other words, I find Debbie Macomber's writing to be likable, lovable, and just what the doctor ordered to zap those over-extended mommy b ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
nothing earth-shattering and yet such a readable and feelgood read I couldn't stop reading
the perfect book to pick up if you are looking for old school HEA romance book
3,5 stars
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: if you like harlequin novels you'll like this one!
Shelves: reviews-by-remi
I will use the same preface I did for the other knitting book I reviewed:
I knit and have been knitting for a long time (well since 2003 or 2004) ....and my projects range from simple to increasingly difficult.....This preface is going somewhere I swear....I started knitting b/c I like being crafty and I like doing something with my hands while watching tv other than snacking. That's it. And its just so damn cool to make my own clothing and such.

I also knit during down times at my hospital job
Mar 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-pre-12-07, owned

Predictable, sappy, WAY too focused on traditional gender roles... Should I go on? I should've guessed all this from the back of the book, but it was about a knitting shop, and I knit, so I picked it up. Oh well.
I decided to try this book, because we have tons of Debbie Macomber fans that shop at my bookstore. Something that popular couldn't be all bad, right? Right??

The writing wasn't bad per se, but the characters were two-dimensional and I figured out how everyone's plotline would end about 30 pages into the book. Lydia Hoffman is a two-time cancer survivor who invests her life savings into opening a yarn shop. She offers a beginners class on knitting, with the ultimate goal of making a baby blanket.
Mrs. Garza
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I like to knit....when I can. I like to read...all the time. Debbie Macomber is a great author of good wholesome fun fiction. She incorporates the lives of the women outside of the knitting realm. Topics like family relationships, cancer, self esteem, ect. add to the realism of her characters. Her follow up novel " A Good Yarn" wasn't as impressive as this first book [The Shop on Blossom Street] in her knitting series. I also found she has a companion book each of these titles at craft stores. T ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved it so much at page 300 that I went to the book store and bought A Good Yarn & Susannah's Garden. Yes, that sums up my review ;-) ...more
This was a good read,It is a story of 4 woman who suffer pain and have issues,how they finally accept n find happiness

Carol-She n her husband Doug want to have child but they have infertility problem they have undergone 2 IVF which failed Carol miscarried and now third is scheduled and this is the last chance to conceive if again she miscarries then they will have get emlisted for adoption which might more 4-5 years,in between these her brother Rick wants his ex-wife back but he is a cheater he
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose I am a bit of a literary snob. I have avoided reading books by this prolific author and others like her precisely because they are on book stands everywhere. I guess what I failed to recognize is the fact that in order for them to be so readily available, they are very competent writers with a large readership. I now understand why Ms.Macomber is so popular with her readers. The shop on Blossom Street is in Seattle, Washington. It's a yarn shop that has been opened by Lydia Hoffman, a ...more
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two-haiku review:

Knitting class of four
Each one with different problems
Friends help each other

Four different stories
Knitted together with love
Very nicely done
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm a little bit embarrassed that I read this book at all; I enjoyed a later book in the series (which I found on Amazon's Kindle Prime Lending Library, where the pickings can be slim) and was looking for an easy airplane read. The plot sounded like it would be predictable but entertaining enough - four women, knitting, relationships / babies / etc. That part was fine, and Macomber is a vivid and fluent writer. But this book is just so... naive. Deeply conservative in a completely unaware way. T ...more
Oct 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
This wasn't at all what I was hoping it would be. I'd hoped for a gentle book based around knitting in the same vein as the Elm Creek Quilts book, but instead found it to be trashy, over-sexualised, and badly written. Had to give up reading it after about 80 pages as I simply couldn't bear it any longer - and I almost never give up on books, especially when I've had to pay to get them. I've only added it here in case I ever forget and decide to try these books again. ...more
Adrie Schutte
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was the ultimate comfort food for my soul!!!!

Some books are like spicy mexican food, or fancy french cuisine, but this book is like good old South African "pannekoek" on a rainy day!! Its comfort to its core!!

When i was done I felt like i had 4 new girlfriends and warm on the inside and that is why this gets a 5 star from me.

Every woman who had trouble conceiving, has trouble with a family member, went through rough patch in marriage had an illness can relate to all 4 these girls.

Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who don't like surprises
I read this because I knit and will read anything that has to do with knitting. (Obsessed much? Who me?) It is the story of four stereotypes women who have nothing in common but bond in a knitting shop making the same baby blanket for different reasons.

The shops owner is Lydia and she opened the store because she fought Cancer and realized you have to live life while you have it. Jacqueline is the snobby older woman who is judgemental and cold because her marriage is a hollowed out shell. Carol
I love this story. This is the fourth time I've read it but I guess I'm old enough now that stories will always be new each time. I love to knit myself and so I was drawn to this story because each book has a knitting pattern in the front. Lydia is a 2-time cancer survivor that opens a yarn store as an affirmation of life. She offers a knitting class and three women sign up. These women couldn't be more different in personality and even though they bump heads in the beginning they end up forging ...more
Diana Donnelly
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a joy to read. I used to be an avid knitter, but these days I'm interested in line dancing, reading, and quilting. This story is about a young woman who decides to open a knitting store. She has had two bouts of cancer and a tough beginning for her 30 years. Along with her shop she offers knitting classes and two have been with the same three participants. These three women have nothing in common except their interest in learning to knit. The author does a beautiful job showing how folk ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read this book some years ago, and decided to listen to the audio because I needed a stress-free book, and Debbie always delivers a happily ever after ending. Lydia, a 2 time cancer survivor, finds love and friendship when she opens her yarn shop. Linda Edmond was the perfect narrator.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book(series) more than Debbie's Cedar Cove ...more
Claire Moss
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put this one down :) although a tad predictable I loved the characters and more than one story line to follow that kept me reading :) very heartwarming! ...more
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber is the first of the Blossom Street series, and I know I read in the past when I was in the mood for knitting books, but I looked both here and on another site, and I couldn't find my previous review. The truth is, I don't remember when I read the book, but I know I liked the same way I do this time. I remembered the whole story, and I felt like rewatching a good rom-com movie again.
The four main characters are Lydia, Carol, Jaquiline, and Alix. They
Amber Scaife
Three women with very different lives and problems meet and become unlikely friends through a knitting class at a new local yarn shop.
Part sweet (not at all racy) romance, part girl-friends-being-strong-for-each-other feel-good story, this was a comfy, easy read and a re-read for me. I would have liked...more? most aspect of the book: each woman's story could have been fleshed out better, the endings all seemed a little too pat. And also in some places I would have liked a little less, most
Lisa Houston
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I done it backwards read book 2 and 4 in the series but was good to go back to the beginning where it all began. As with Debbie’s other books I enjoyed it very much.
Feb 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2006
Cancer survivor Lydia Hoffman opens a yarn shop on Blossom Street. In order to attract customers, she decides to hold knitting classes, with a baby blanket being the first project. Three people sign up, all with different reasons for being there. Unhappily married Jacqueline Donovan dislikes her new pregnant daughter-in-law, Tammie Lee, but decides to knit the baby blanket to show her son she is making an effort to accept his new wife. Carol Girard desperately wants a baby, but has been unable t ...more
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Debbie Macomber! She is an excellent writer with an uncanny ability to really feel the character and know how to portray that person and his or her emotions and personality. Every character came alive for me in this series. I found myself laughing, crying, rejoicing, getting angry, and hurting along with the characters as they went through their different private struggles.

Lydia Hoffman opens her yarn shop as a way to make a living AND a way to heal after beating cancer. The lives of thre
Tricia B.
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
2 stars or 3, I couldn't decide. It was a fine book. Pretty much what you'd expect out of a book of this style--good enough characters, good enough plot, fairly predictable, some parts that flowed well while others felt forced plus some plot points that don't actually work. Still, it was a fine book and I don't feel like I wasted my time on it. I actually listened to it on Overdrive before bed and it was good for that purpose of a light story that was easy to listen to. If I find others in this ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really like Debbie Macomber books they're filled with great characters it's always an entertaining story and it's a good quick read. I generally read historical fiction, but sometimes I like a nice quick read that's good and entertaining, done by an author who knows how to write and gets it right just about every time. The Shop on Blossom Street is one of those books. Good setting, well described I felt as though I were walking down the street shopping. The characters were real and could be pe ...more
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Time ...more

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