Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2013
Genre: Women’s Fiction
My Rating: B+
For me it all began in 2004 when Debbie Macomber introduced The Shop on Blossom Street. The owner is Lydia Hoffman, a cancer survivor and an excellent knitter. In her new shop Lydia starts a class for begining knitters. It attracted women from different walks of life who somehow, over knitting, learned to be friends and to help each other in ways beyond the class.
Debbie Macomber has been sharing with us, her loyal readrers, the lives of all those who have come to Blossom Street ever since. I’ve followed them all as a fellow knitter and as a student of human nature.
Now in her eleventh Blossom Street novel, Ms. Macomber brings us the story of Libby Morgan. Libby, a corporate attorney, sacrificed everything in order to make partner. Instead of a partnership, Libby is let go.
With no job prospects in sight, Libby renews her friendship with Lydia and begins spending more time at the yarn shop. Libby gradually forms a familial bond with Lydia, her daughter and her daughter’s teenaged friend. It wouldn’t be a complete Debbie Macomber novel without a little romantic interest. A handsome doctor fills that role.
The most important thing Libby does in this new phase of her life is take the time to learn what’s really important in life. She learns the things she was too busy to learn when she was trying to become a partner. As is the case with most things learned, there will be a test. Libby has to make a decision about the direction her life will take now.
I’ve beren reading Ms. Macomber’s novels for over 20 years and she has yet to disappoint me. I also like her inspirational writings and her knitting books. I keep up to date with her work via a newsletter she sends monthly as well as her website.
I was very happy to learn via her newsletter just the other day that Starting Now came out as number one on the NY Times Best Seller list for hardcovers. I was so glad to hear that. It proves I’m not the only one who loves Macomber’s books. I recommend you give them a try.
Source: I won this book on Early Reviewers at Library Thing.