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Back on Blossom Street (The Knitting Books #3)
by Debbie Macomber | Romance
Registered by AnglersRest of Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Thursday, July 19, 2007
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Katisha50): reserved


6 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Thursday, July 19, 2007

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From Publishers Weekly
Women who share a love of knitting support each other through the vicissitudes of life in Macomber's unsurprising third novel set on Seattle's fictional Blossom Street. Lydia Goetz, the proprietor of the knitting store (and series anchor) A Good Yarn, has begun teaching a new knitting class on prayer shawls. Fellow knitters include Colette Blake, a 31-year-old widow who rents the apartment above the shop and whose grief over her dead husband is being supplemented by confusion about her relationship with former boss and possible criminal Christian Dempsey. Also casting on is Alix Townsend, the daughter of a family of miscreants and now engaged to the Rev. Jordan Turner and so stressed over wedding planning that she wonders if she's pastor's wife material. Closer to home, Lydia's niece Julia is the victim of a carjacking and an ineffectual justice system, and Lydia is feeling bereft because, thanks to her history of cancer, she may never give birth to her own child. Readers will get exactly what they expect: a litany of feel-good, unassailable instances of the benefits of friendship, tolerance and knitting; happy endings for all; and simple if saccharine prose. Readers who already cherish life à la Blossom Street will welcome this slight variation on the theme. (

From Booklist
Macomber's latest Blossom Street tale begins with a new knitting class at the shop Lydia Goetz owns in downtown Seattle. Lydia's business is doing well, and in attendance are Susannah, who runs the flower shop next door; Colette, a young widow who lives upstairs; and Alix Townsend, a baker and former hoodlum engaged to a future minister. Lydia always tries to encourage friendship among her pupils, but this group is none too warm. Colette's reticence is attributed to grief, but she is actually in hiding. Alix is trying her best to please her future in-laws, but as the wedding draws near, worries mount. These involving stories along with Macomber's familiar characters continue the Blossom Street themes of friendship and personal growth that readers find so moving. 


Journal Entry 2 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Sunday, July 22, 2007

10 out of 10

Another fabulous book following the lives, loves and tribulations of the residents & workers of Blossom Street. Linda's knitting shop embarks on another class, this time knitting a prayer shawl, with a mixture of new and old students - Alix now a baker and about to marry Jordan, Susannah who owns the flower shop next door and Colette who works for Susannah.

Colette is also lives above A Good Yarn, having moved in when Linda married Brad and moved out. Margaret, Linda's sister doesn't trust Colette believing that she has something to hide, which she does, but not is all as it first appears.

I wonder if there will be anymore in the series about Blossom Street, perhaps about the bookshop? - I do hope so!

Debbie Macomber, has a real gift for writing in such a genuine fashion and manages to fully encompass the emotions of the characters. 


Journal Entry 3 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Sunday, July 22, 2007

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Opened as a Book Ring - this is a hardback edition, so UK ONLY

nordie
LyzzyBee
scotsbookie
LindyB28
....Back to AnglersRest into permenant collection.


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Journal Entry 4 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 01, 2007

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In the post to Nordie. Hope you enjoy it. 


Journal Entry 5 by nordie from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, August 04, 2007

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Arrived in the post this morning, thanks! 


Journal Entry 6 by nordie from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, August 06, 2007

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Another easy read from Macomber, I demolished this in a day. I think I''ve missed the middle book in this series, but no huge loss, as it''s virtually a standalone.

I like the pattern in the front, but wouldn''t dare to attempt to stitch it!

Waiting to hear from Lyzzebee to see how I can hand it over. 


Journal Entry 7 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, August 19, 2007

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Received from nordie today via Katisha50. I have the 2nd one (Sorcha, I''ll lend it to you once Audrey''s read it or you can get it for £1 in The Bad Bookshop at the moment) and am going to send this and that one to Scotsbookie once I''ve read this. Can''t think it''ll be long till I start it...!!! 


Journal Entry 8 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, August 24, 2007

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Another lovely book in the Blossom Street series. We meet the ladies from the Flower shop (Julie/Audrey haven't you just bought one with the Flower shop in the title - is it part of this series?) and struggle with Alix as she deals with her wedding being taken over. The Colette story didn't ring as true, but was still fine.

Ready to send off with Book 2 to Audrey, who will then be in official Debbie Macomber mini-bookring heaven! 


Journal Entry 9 by LyzzyBee at Sent to another BookCrosser in Controlled Release, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases on Friday, August 24, 2007

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Posting to Scotsbookie on Saturday. 


Journal Entry 10 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Friday, August 24, 2007

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LyzzyBee I do have the next one - Susannah's Garden. The Journal Entry is here

I should get to that one within the next week or so. Does anyone want to read it when I'm done? I can send out on another mini ring. 


Journal Entry 11 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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Arrived safely yesterday, I have to read the first 2 books in the series first but I'll get to this as soon as I can, then maybe I'll be looking for Susannah's Garden :)Glutton for ring punishment I am!!!!

Thank you to LyzzyBee for sending & AnglersRest for ringing the book. 


Journal Entry 12 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, October 04, 2007

9 out of 10

Another warming read in the series. I enjoyed meeting new knitters to the shop & catching up with old friends.

Thank you AnglersRest for letting me read the book. I'll be sending it on to LindyB28 soon, but I'll wait until the postal strike is over. 


Journal Entry 13 by scotsbookie at Mailed to a fellow bookcrosser in Post Office, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, October 10, 2007

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On it's way to LindyB28 


Journal Entry 14 by LindyB28 from Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 13, 2007

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Arrived this morning :-)
Such an exciting addition to TBR !! 


Journal Entry 15 by LindyB28 from Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Friday, October 19, 2007

8 out of 10

Initially, I didn't enjoy this as much as the two previous knitting novels. I think a larger gap between reading would have meant I was less aware of the repetitions of storylines and the (dare I say it?) formulaic set-up of the 'three women whose stories coincide because of a knitting class'. Colette's backstory in particular was laid out in her first chapter when narrative tension might have been increased if we'd been given the information about Christian, the IRS, the baby, etc over the course of a longer more sustained narrative.

However, the final third of the book completely restored my faith in the series, and I was unable to put the book down. Thanks to all those who've made this ring possible, especially Julie and Audrey. 


Journal Entry 16 by wingKatisha50wing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, September 17, 2011

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This book was passed to me recently in a consignment for wild releasing. I think Linda hadn't noticed that it was to go back to Julie for her PC. I'll send it off as soon as I can. 




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