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Back on Blossom Street    by Debbie Macomber order for
Back on Blossom Street
by Debbie Macomber
Order:  USA  Can
Mira, 2007 (2007)
Hardcover, Audio, CD
*   Reviewed by Lori Waddington

Lydia Goetz, who we previously met in The Shop On Blossom Street and A Good Yarn, has a very full life. She is happily married and owns a knitting store called A Good Yarn. However, the rest of her family is not faring quite as well. Lydia's sister Margaret has a sixteen-year-old daughter who was recently involved in a carjacking, and Lydia and Margaret are also attempting to deal with their mother's declining health.

Another returning character is Alix Townsend, who is engaged to a wonderful man by the name of Jordan Turner. While Alix can't wait to be married, she is less than thrilled about the huge wedding being planned by Jordan's mother along with Alix's dear friend Jacqueline. Neither woman seems to be interested in what the bride really wants, and Alix finds herself dreading her wedding day.

New to this series is recently widowed Colette Blake, who has just discovered that she is pregnant as a result of a one-night stand with her former boss. She is convinced that the father of her child is better off not knowing about the baby, but Colette's former boss has other ideas.

When these three women meet in a knitting class taught by Lydia, they realize that their problems are much easier to deal with when shared with someone else. Each woman eventually discovers that they are stronger than they thought possible.

In Back On Blossom Street, Debbie Macomber has once again created characters who seem so real that I found myself wanting to join them for a cup of coffee. I did feel, however, that each woman's story dragged on a bit too long; I think this novel could have been about fifty pages shorter.

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