Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber

Genre: General Fiction, Romance
Series: Blossom Street Book 2
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 400

Lydia Hoffman owns the shop on Blossom Street. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived -- and so has Lydia.

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. Three women join Lydia's newest class. Elisa Beaumont, retired and bitterly divorced, learns that her onetime husband is reentering her life. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a much more recent divorce. And Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager, whose grandmother's idea of helping her is to drag her to seniors' swim sessions -- and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn.

A Good Yarn follows on from The Shop on Blossom Street and I really liked both these books. Light, entertaining reads with a story and characters you can connect with without having to think too much; the perfect comfort read for recovering from surgery :-)

If you're a stickler for reading a series in order, don't panic, the first chapter of A Good Yarn recaps The Shop on Blossom Street almost in its entirety (slight exaggeration, but you get the idea.) The original characters/customers from book one; Alix, Jacqueline & Carol make an appearance in A Good Yarn and I loved that continuity. In this installment Lydia's new sock knitting class brings in another 3 regular customers, Elise, Bethanne & Courtney and once again I found myself drawn in to the ordinary every day lives of this diverse group of women who become the unlikeliest of friends.

If you like the premise of ordinary women bonding, sharing, and establishing lasting friendships through a common interest in knitting, then this may be a series for you. At another time I may not have enjoyed this book as much as I did but right now it was exactly what I needed, heart warming, feel-good and unchallenging. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.

The Shop On Blossom Street
A Good Yarn
Back On Blossom Street
Twenty Wishes
Summer on Blossom Street

Debbie Macomber has a wonderful website packed full of information on her books, knitting patterns, recipes and other fun stuff. Check it out here.

To celebrate blogging friendships & my birthday two lucky readers can take their pick from a choice of 6 books in my Dec/Jan giveaway. Check this blog post for details. International entrants welcome.


  1. One can never go wrong with a Debbie Macomber. I simply love her books. Loved the review

  2. The book sounds engaging to me.Thanks for the review Sheree.. =)

  3. I read the first one in this series and absolutely loved it. I really need to get hold of the second one too.

  4. hi teddyree...
    nice review there... I love romance. my favorite author is cecelia Ahern.... may this one suit me also...=)

    my blog update:

  5. I like Debbie Macomber a lot. I have several of her books including the Blossom Street books.

    btw... I gave you a shoutout on my blog today.

  6. I have The Shop on Blossom Street on my shelf and hope to read it soon. Macomber knows how to write a satisfying book!

  7. Have always had my eye on these as I am an avid knitter, but wasn't sure it I would like them. Your review has made me decide to read them! Thanks! :0)

  8. This looks really good. I have looked at this author's books before, and I've always thought they looked like great reads -- they seem like they might be literary comfort food. :-)

  9. Yay, you did another review! I've got this one on my list for this year. It's a good thing there is a recap at the beginning because I'll need it!

  10. I am so with you in regards to your thoughts on this series!! I love it and can't get enough of them!!!

  11. Debbie Macomber is a wonderful author. I have read several of her books and she just has a sweet rhythm to her writing. This one sounds good too!

  12. Shweta ~ these really are comfort reads

    dArLyN ~ You're welcome, thanks for popping in :-)

    Vivienne ~ I'm sure you'll love this one too.

    cj ~ I love Cecelia Ahern too, Macomber's books are probably a little sweeter!

    justpeachy ~ thanks will try and pop by your blog soon.

    stacy ~ hope you get to it soon!

    Lisa ~ I'm glad :-) if you're after a comfort read then I'm sure you'll enjoy this series!

  13. Stephanie ~ you're right, literary comfort food is exactly what they are!

    Alaine ~ never fear, the recap will bring it all back :-)

    Staci ~ like lollies LOL

    Sheila ~ I think I'd like to read her Cedar Cove series. Have you read any of them?


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