Saturday, June 27, 2009

Summer on Blossom Street

Summer on Blossom Street is the latest in Debbie Macomber's Blossom Streets series. Reading it has been like a visit with old friends, and one I enjoyed. While it always takes me a bit of time to refresh myself on where I left off last, Macomber has created a cast of characters that are so likeable that it is enjoyable to visit them.
Lydia, the owner of A Good Yarn yarnshop and her husband Brad are ready to adopt an infant. Over the summer they take in Casey a twelve year old foster child who is in need of a home. Phoebe has just broken up for the final time with Clarke, her no good fiancee, after he was arrested for soliciting for a second time. She meets Hutch at a knitting class and the two hit it off, even though she initially deceived Hutch by telling him her fiancee died. Anne Marie and Ellen have just returned from their trip to France when Anne Marie has an unexpected visitor at her book store - a man who claims he may be Ellen's biological father. And Alix is busy trying to quit smoking so that she and her husband can start a family. A few other characters take a backseat in this book, but do make brief appearances as well. While this is not considered Christian fiction, it reminds me very much of Jan Karon's Mitford series, or Thomas Kinkade's Cape Light series. From time to time I feel that these books are too predictable, or too "nice" but sometimes it feels good to read a book where the characters are all good people and living ordinary lives.
Another exciting feature for me in this book is the quotes that begin most chapters are from various well known knitters. A personal friend of mine, Karen Thalacker, is quoted at one chapter's beginning. How exciting to see her words in print! Karen is also the author ot two childrens' knitting books.
I am sure Macomber is not finished with this Blossom Street series, and as always, I look forward to the next installment.
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