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The Shop on Blossom Street

by Debbie Macomber

Rating:  4 sheep (very good)

This book is one that I like to call a 'feel good' book. Keep this on your bookshelf and re-read it whenever you are down or not feeling well. There are many problems in the lives of its cast of characters, but they pretty much work them out.

The book opens with Lydia Hoffman who sinks all her savings into the purchase of a yarn shop. Lydia has twice survived bouts of cancer and has many issues as a result of this. She decides to give lessons as a way of luring customers to her new store. First we meet Jacqueline, a well to do matron, who is having family problems but decides to learn to knit to make a baby blanket for an expected grandchild. Carol Giraud joins the class to knit a baby blanket for a hoped for pregnancy. Alix Townsend comes into the learning class to knit a baby blanket for Project Linus as a way of fulfilling her Court ordered Community Service project. The interaction of these ladies and Lydia, and their developing common bond through knitting is the main theme of the novel.

Debbie Macomber's love and knowledge of knitting shines throughout the book and her understanding of how knitting is a great common denominator is very evident.

A big bonus of this book is the baby blanket pattern developed by Anne Norling for this book. An added bonus is that many chapters are introduced with quotations from well known knitters and add a degree of humor to it all. I liked this book and heartily recommend it and I intend to purchase the sequel.

Respectfully submitted, Hareth McNally

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