Today’s cozy read is by a prolific author whose name is extremely familiar to me and yet this is only the second book I’ve ever read by Debbie Macomber. Summer on Blossom Street is part of a series and seems to come in about the middle. It tells the stories of several people who work on Blossom Street near Lydia Goetz’ wool store, A Good Yarn and people they know, meet, and love. Lydia runs the store with the help of her sister Margaret and together they’re hosting a special night class called Knit to Quit for people have something or someone they need to relegate to the past. It’s a catchy idea and catch on it does.
Anne Marie owns Blossom Street Books and, while she would like to attend the class, because of her adopted 9-year-old daughter, Ellen, thinks she will do the knit project at home. Her husband died about two years ago and maybe it’s time for a bit of romance to come into her life. When Ellen’s biological father turns up, Anne Marie will need more than knitting to reduce the stress.
Phoebe Rylander is a physiotherapist who has just ended an engagement with a charming, manipulative, and philandering lawyer whom she loved very much. But now she needs to focus on something that will help her get over him despite their two families trying to push them back together.
Alix Turner is the baker at the French Café across the street from A Good Yarn. Alix is trying to give up smoking so that she and her husband, Jordan, can start a family. Because of her dysfunctional formative years passed from foster home to foster home, she’s not convinced she’ll make a good mother despite the fact that she wants it more than anything.
“Hutch” Hutchinson’s doctor has warned him to get fit and do something besides work 10 hours a day and worry about the looming court case where he’s being sued by a woman who claims to have lost her employment value because she’s become obese as a result of eating the chocolates his company produces. He joins a fitness club and the Knit to Fit class to reduce his stress.
Lydia, too, needs to reduce her stress levels as many things complicate her life. She and her husband, Brad, want to adopt a baby since she can’t have children of her own. Her step-son, Cody, is all in favour. But when their social worker calls them in desperation to foster a 12-year-old girl, Casey, for “just a few days” and it begins to turn into the whole summer, their family is totally disrupted. Add to that caring for her aging mother and Cody’s total dislike of Casey, and she’s going to need lots of knitting projects to reduce the stress.
The various stories are told in separate chapters and I have to admit I was tempted to skip ahead and read a particular person’s story (not saying which one) straight through. But I didn’t. Lydia narrates her own story but the others are told in the 3rd person. There is an element of faith running through the stories without being pushy or overwhelming. All of them are well-told and well-paced and the book moves along very quickly. It’s easy to see why Macomber is so often at the top of the best seller lists. In addition to the Blossom Street series, she has many Christmas novels, and a series called Cedar Cove which appeal to me but several other series as well — something for everyone. Very fast read. * * * *