By Debbie Macomber
Mira Books; $24.95
Summertime in Seattle always seems to bring out the best in people, especially the folks along Blossom Street. Lydia Goetz, owner of “A Good Yarn” knitting shop, sees the season as a good time for hosting a beginner’s class on knitting for folks who need a fresh start. Called “Knit to Quit,” the class is designed to help people quit a bad habit, or a bad situation. Little did she realize that the good folks on Blossom Street needed this class more than they imagined.
In Debbie Macomber’s new book, “Summer on Blossom Street,” readers are reacquainted with the lively residents of this peaceful neighborhood and the everyday problems they help each other with. Enjoying Macomber’s trademark wholesome and lively style of writing, fans of her work will be thrilled with this latest installment.
Putting together her newest knitting class, Lydia Goetz is happy in her relationship with new husband Brad and his young son, Cody. There had even been discussion on starting adding a new family member, with Lydia looking into the adoption process. When a social worker calls asking them to take in a young girl for a short period of time, Lydia and Brad agree, not realizing that their young guest would be Casey, a defiant twelve-year old with the weight of the world on her shoulders.
As Lydia works on getting through to Casey, the other members of her new class are coping with problems of their own. Newcomer Phoebe Rylander is struggling to rid herself of an overly obsessive boyfriend. Book store owner Anne Marie Roche and her new daughter, Ellen, have just returned from a dream-come-true trip to Paris to find a stranger trying to enter their lives. Pastry chef Alix Turner is trying to quit smoking for the umpteenth time so she and her husband can try to have a baby. And businessman Brian Hutchinson, the lone male in the class, has been prescribed the knitting class to lower his blood pressure, as well as the stress in his life brought on by a frivolous but potentially shattering lawsuit.
As each of the class members work on their knitting skills, they also band together to help each other unravel their problems, providing support and advice to each other, each finding love and comfort along the way.
Debbie Macomber’s books are always the most anticipated releases of the season, and “Summer on Blossom Street” promises to be the hit of the summer beach reads.