Mar 4, 2010

Annotation #4 Women’s Lives

Posted by Kirsten at 3/04/2010 04:13:00 PM


The Shop on Blossom Street

By Debbie Macomber

Lydia Hoffman is a two time survivor of cancer. She’s been living her life afraid to experience life since her first diagnosis at the age of 16. When other girls were out dating boys and worrying about prom, she was worrying about brain surgery and chemotherapy. Knitting was one of the only things she could control. It brought her a sense of peace and accomplishment that could be accomplished even from her hospital bed.

Now, its been ten years since Lydia’s last battle with cancer and in an attempt to embrace life, she has opened "A GOOD YARN”, a small yarn shop located in Seattle. Lydia’s yarn shop, located on Blossom Street is the central location for this tale featuring Lydia and her very first class. Lydia has decided to teach others “How to make a baby blanket”.  Between her new shop, her adversarial sister and the “Hot” UPS guy Lydia has a lot on her plate. Three very different women, each with their own set of problems sign up for Lydia’s class.

There’s Jacqueline Donovan, the rich family matriarch, wants to make peace with her daughter-in-law. Of course, she’ll have to get past the idea that she’s some hillbilly her son picked up on a trip if that’s ever to happen. Jacqueline is also positive that her husband has been cheating on her for years and doesn’t think she can handle it anymore. She joins Lydia's class to make a baby blanket for her soon to be grandchild in the hopes that she can make peace with her daughter-in–law.

Carol Girard was a business woman. She brought home the majority of the bacon in her marriage. More than anything else, she wants to have a child. So after gladly quitting her job she and her husband are doing everything they can to make their dreams a reality. She joins Lydia’s class to make a blanket for the child she hopes to have.

Then there's Alix Townsend,  a fairly young, tough chick, who is only knitting her blanket to fulfill court ordered community service. When she meets up with the guy she had a crush on in 6th grade se can’t help but wonder if she’s good enough for him.

Each of these four ladies, brought together by a common purpose, bring changes and teach each other, through love and hate, that there's more to people than what appears on the surface. The question that has to be asked however, is whether or not their newfound friendships and self-awareness will help them when they each encounter hardship and troubles of their own.

I really enjoyed reading the first of Debbie Macomber’s five Blossom Street books. She does a really good job of drawing her readers into the lives of the characters. I felt, while reading, that I actually new all of the characters and became invested in the outcome of each of their storylines. I laughed, cried and rejoiced along with each of the characters.  While I haven’t had some of the issues faced by each of the characters it was easy to relate to their problems and for me to walk a mile in their shoes.

Adding to the value of this book, at least to me, was the fact that the baby blanket pattern being made by the characters was included in the book so that the reader, if inclined to do so, could, in effect, participate in Lydia’s class along with the characters.

While it was not a difficult or even remotely complex read, I would recommend that anyone searching for a book about real women with real problems and real solutions pick this book up and give it a chance. I would even recommend it to reader’s jumping into this genre of fiction for the first time. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series…again!

Just for those who want to know, here are the books in the rest of the series. Take a look!

A good yarn

Back on Blossom Street

Twenty wishes

Summer on Blossom Street


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