I picked up a copy of The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber a long time ago, eager to read this first in a series that seems wildly popular. But then for one reason or another, it just sat there, waiting for my attention in a bookshelf already crowded with stiff competition. It was on my list for the Spring Reading Thing in 2010 and I never managed to get around to it so I added it to my Fall into Reading challenge this year, determined to finally pick it up. It took me awhile but I finally did it!
Here’s a description of the book from goodreads.com:
There’s a little yarn shop on Blossom Street in Seattle. It’s owned by Lydia Hoffman, and it represents her dream of a new life free from cancer. A life that offers a chance at love . . .
Lydia teaches knitting to beginners, and the first class is “How to Make a Baby Blanket.” Three women join. Jacqueline Donovan wants to knit something for her grandchild as a gesture of reconciliation with her daughter-in-law. Carol Girard feels that the baby blanket is a message of hope as she makes a final attempt to conceive. And Alix Townsend is knitting her blanket for a court-ordered community service project.
These four very different women, brought together by an age-old craft, make unexpected discoveries — about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to friendship and more . . .
Although it did feel a bit predictable and formulaic at times, I enjoyed reading this book and found myself rooting for each of the characters and their desired outcomes. It was a nice light read, despite some rather heavy material. This is not a work of amazing literature. You will probably figure out the twists and turns coming before the characters do, although sometimes I think that’s half the fun – feeling maybe a little proud of yourself for being one step ahead?
This book will make you think, will make you care for characters you didn’t like at first (clearly part of Macomber’s master plan) and you will probably blow through it quickly as you quickly become a bit addicted as the story goes on. I found it made for a quick enjoyable read and I’ll likely pick up another of her books at some point in the future.
Have you read any of Macomber’s books? What do you think of them?