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The Shop on Blossom Street

(Blossom Street #1)

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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  28,611 ratings  ·  1,939 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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Andrea 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…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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Alaine
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
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BookLover
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
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Lisa
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 ...more
Remi
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
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Rachel
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.
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Paulette
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. ...more
Booklover
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
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Laura
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
Kirsten
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.
Gela
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 ;-)
Dee
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
Erica
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. ...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 ...more
Jennifer
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
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Jo
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.
Amy
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book(series) more than Debbie's Cedar Cove
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!
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 Debbies other books I enjoyed it very much. ...more
Sarah
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
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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
Jess
Jun 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
So the book only got 4 out 5 stars even though I frequently reread it. It was awesome for a feel good story. It's a romance book, but not a bodice ripper. The women are complex, have issues, and you can see why they made the choices that landed them in the position. The only thing that stopped it from getting 5 stars was that at times it seemed flat. Otherwise, it's a thoroughly good story to read when you want characters that you can enjoy and root for, and it not being all about making out or ...more
Wendy T
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and all the characters. I look forward the next book.
Elicia holly
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
one of the best books i have read! I love this book! every time i read it I want to break out my yarn and crochet! blossom street sounds like a amazing place to be!
Wendy Lohr
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
*This review can also be found on my blog, The Never-Ending TBR Pile: https://wendylohr.wordpress.com/2020/...

Hope. Relationships. Courage.

These themes are at the core of this feel good novel. Hope in the present and hope in the future played a large part in each woman's reaction and approach to various situations going on in her life. Relationships played an active role in each woman's life as well, whether it be a start of a new relationship, recapturing a lost desire for the person one was
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Elizabeth
Another beautiful healing and heartwarming book in the Blossom Street series. Thank you again for sending me this one, Jennifer!
beautywithbooks
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is a wonderful story about an eclectic group of four women who from an unexpected friendship in a knitting class. Thirty-year-old Lydia Hoffman is a two times cancer survivor. She opens a yarn shop on Blossom Street in Seattle, Washington. She undertakes this business as a reaffirmation of life and living. Knitting has helped her in coping up with her numerous cancer treatments. Along with selling yarn, she also offers a beginner's knitting class. Three women join her class, not because ...more
Margaret Chind
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Kim Miller
A couple years ago I was introduced to the writing of Debbie Macomber and surprised by how much I enjoyed it with a new-at-the-time novel, Hannah's List . What I didn't discover until recently is that it was the seventh book in a series. As the ninth book just released and my mom reviewed it I became interested in the rest of the series and sought it out. The series starts with this book, The Shop on Blossom Street.

I've been blessed with a copy of this from a publicist and have enjoyed reading
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Donna
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
The Shop on Blossom Street is the beginning of a new series I have started reading that Debbie Macomber wrote. I enjoyed it immensely and loved the characters in the book.

Four women brought together by knitting have become good friends. Lydia Hoffman, owner of A Good Yarn, a yarn store offered knitting classes when she opened her new store on Blossom St. Lydia, who had battled cancer a couple of times, decided it was time to get back into the mainstream of life and this is the course she chose.

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Rosie
Jul 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
I checked out The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber from the library because one of the girls in my knitting group is reading the series, and I was really curious about it since I have never read any novels where knitting plays a prominent role. Well, I really thought the story was kind of dumb and predictable. I think I understand why certain readers are into books like this and romances in general, but I don't think they are for me. I will probably read the next three books in the ...more
Jonel
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: print
The way that Macomber tells this story in the first person really makes you feel like youre hearing a story from a friend rather than reading a book. She unequivocally invites you into her world. She brings lifes highs and lows together in a way that warms your heart.

I learned a great deal about yarn and knitting throughout. It was built right into the story, intrinsic to the lives of the characters. I was astounded by the way this was so seamlessly worked into the tale. It definitely added
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of todays 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. Macombers novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times ...more

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Blossom Street (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • A Good Yarn (Blossom Street, #2)
  • Susannah's Garden (Blossom Street, #3)
  • Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #4)
  • Twenty Wishes (Blossom Street, #5)
  • Summer on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #6)
  • Hannah's List (Blossom Street, #7)
  • A Turn in the Road (Blossom Street, #8)
  • Starting Now (Blossom Street, #9)
  • Blossom Street Brides (Blossom Street #10)
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