First to join is Phoebe Rylander. She recently ended her engagement to a man who doesn't know the meaning of faithful, and she's trying to get over him. Then there's Alix Turner. She and her husband, Jordan, want a baby, which means she has to quit smoking. And Bryan Hutchinson joins the class because he needs a way to deal with the stress of running his family's business - not to mention the lawsuit brought against him by an unscrupulous lawyer.
Life can be as complicated as a knitting pattern. Just ask Anne Marie Roche. She and her adopted daughter, Ellen, finally have the happiness they wished for. And then a stranger comes to her bookstore asking questions.
Or ask Lydia herself. Not only is she coping with her increasingly frail mother, but she and Brad have unexpectedly become foster parents to an angry, defiant 12-year-old.
But as Lydia already knows, when life gets difficult and your stitches are snarled, your friends can always help!
©2009 Debbie Macomber; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I've listened to all the Blossom St. books and enjoyed them. From now on though I will pay closer attention to who's reading. Delilah just didn't do it for me.
I have enjoyed Debbie Macomber's books and I really like Delilah as a radio host, but she needs to stick to that and not try to read books to adults!
While I enjoyed the book itself, I found the poor quality of the reader very distracting. Specifically the reader cannot seem to pronounce "d" as in husban(d) or "ed" as in ask(ed) or as(ked) - so instead of saying "she asked" the reader would say "she ass" or "she ask". She also continually pronounced "she would" or "he would" as sh'd or hid, or he had as "h'd". This poor pronounciation drove me nuts.
I love the story, but Delilah has NO BUSINESS being a narrator. She is loud, she reads too fast, she is just plane obnoxious to listen to.
This is such a wonderful story about so many lives that touch each other..sadly the narrator was so horrible it was all ruined. The narrator rushed reading the book in places it was hard to follow.
I love the book but the narration was stiff and unnatural. The narrator's voice inflection was erratic and it was difficult following which character was speaking at times.
I plan to eventually read all of Debbie Macomber books, but will avoid any more books that are read by this particular narrator. She really does a poor job of following the story with her voice.
Eby Sirois did an excellent job with a Debbie Macomber book.
Through the beginning of the book, I wasn't pulled into the storylines. About halfway through I started to connect. I wish more would have been written on Alix. A shame to include a character and not write much about her. I really enjoyed the ending and at that point was really involved in the storylines. I couldn't stand Delilah as the narrator. I love her on the radio, but horrible as a narrator. Everybody had the same voice and expressions. It ruined a lot of the book for me. Overall, I liked the book though.
I especially enjoy historical mysteries. I don't like to know how things end before I begin.
The story or rather multiple stories are told episodically like a soap opera. The characters are thin and the dialogue is hackneyed but I stuck with it you probably will to because you want to see how things turn out. Foster care , adoption , infertility due to cancer treatment and illegitimate birth form sub themes of this novel much as they do on afternoon soaps
"A Little predictable"
I found this ok, easy listening but predictable in how it would all turn out. I'm sorry to say but I really did not enjoy the reader's voice at all and that spoiled it for me a little. She placed great emphasis on bits of sentences where no emphasis was needed and I found her voice a bit harsh and grating.
"Good already heart warming"
One of a series though there is information in each book to re introduce how each character fits into the story. Pleasant reads with characters most people could relate to. Light hearted, flows well building in more people who inter relate as the books move on. A recommended read
"A pleasant summer read"
I was not expecting much of this book, as I have only read Debbie Macomber as a Mills and Boon author I thought that it would be a light predictable romance. But it was cheap and it was the summer so "why not?" I decided. I was quite wrong. It is an endearing tale of the struggles and relationship pains of a number of couples/families. I found it hard to sort out one story from another in th first chapter or so because I really was underestimating the amount of attention it would need but once it got rolling I really started to get drawn in. I found the American narrator a little irritating at first but she also grew on me and by the end of the book I was thoroughly pleased with my purchase.
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