In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived and so has Lydia Hoffman, the owner. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad's ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness.
Elise Beaumont joins one of Lydia's popular knitting classes. Living with her daughter, Aurora, Elise learns that her onetime husband plans to visit and that Aurora wants a relationship with her father, regardless of how Elise feels about him.
Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a divorce and joins the knitting class as the first step in her effort to recover a sense of dignity and hope.
Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager. She's staying with her grandmother, who's trying to help by taking her to the knitting class at A Good Yarn.
Four women, brought together by the craft of knitting, find companionship and comfort in each other. Who would've thought that knitting socks could change your life?
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"An unbreakable bond is formed among the knitters in this sweet and poignant story of real women with real problems becoming real friends." (Booklist)
A really fun book. Visiting old friends and making new friends. It is a feel-good book. Want to listen until the last page!! And then wonder how long before the next installment.
Old Broad with Keyboard
Although I'm usually the Thriller type, I got this book because of the knitting content - yes, I knit socks!!! A nice, pleasant story with nothing to offend anyone & a happy ending too!! I would recommend this book to readers of light fiction who just want to relax & be entertained.
Debbie Macomber is very skilled at drawing in the reader into the plots by creating great characters. This book is no exception. It was a perfectly created yarn!
I really enjoyed this second installment in the Blossom Street series. The characters are pretty realistic and seem like old friends. I especially enjoyed the knitting tidbits.
Macomber' Blossom Street is about as realistic as a purple unicorn, yet the characters are likable, everyone ends up happy, and challenges are overcome. If you can suspend your desire for anything approaching realism, you'll enjoy this happy, feel-good book.
Linda Emond does a passable job, but her character voices are sometimes weak and indistinguishable. Her reading was adequate and not in any way irritating (as some are), yet there was little about it that brought the book to life for me. Just okay.
The book, like all of Debbie Macomber's, was wonderful. I'm not sure why a previous reviewer thought it didn't have a happy ending ... it did, but the end was not unrealistic or sappy.
However, the narrator left a lot to be desired. Inflections and emphasis seemed to be off.
Late middle-aged constant reader who greatly prefers Audible "reads" to radio. I love all books -- Audible, eReader and print editions.
The equivalent of easy listening music, this pleasant story is engaging and enjoyable. The plot is not complicated, the characters are somewhat two dimensional, and you know the conclusion is coming from a mile away. If you like to knit, all the better!
This book was good if you like knitting, but it wasn't a happy book, there was no happy ending. It did use knitting terminology a lot.
"As good as the first book"
I absolutely loved Alix from book one, and interesting as the new characters are, none appeals me like Alix. She and the other characters from book one are back as guests in book two, but we have three new main characters.
Elise is a retired librarian, and struggling to fill the hours. Bethanne is struggling with her recent divorce and teenaged daughter. Courtney is struggling with her weight and being the new girl in town. And Lydia and her family have a new set of problems.
We know from the beginning that they will all find their solutions in each other and in knitting, but it's nice to travel the journey with them.
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