Thursday, May 8, 2014

REVIEW: Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber

Title: Blossom Street Brides
Series: Blossom Street #10
Author: Debbie Macomber
Published Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 336
ISBN: 0345528840
Copy provided by: NetGalley
Genre: romantic fiction
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Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Debbie Macomber has won the hearts of millions of readers with her moving and inspiring stories. Now wedding bells are ringing in the tight-knit community that gathers around A Good Yarn, a store in a pretty Seattle neighborhood. Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love.
Lauren Elliott has waited years for her long-term boyfriend, Todd, to propose, yet he seems more focused on his career than their relationship. When Lauren learns that her younger sister is pregnant before she herself even has an engagement ring, she feels overjoyed yet disheartened. Knowing she can’t put her future on hold, Lauren prepares to make a bold choice—one that leads her to a man she never dreamed she’d meet.
Newly married to her second husband, Max, Bethanne Scranton is blissfully in love. But with Max’s job in California and Bethanne’s in Seattle, their long-distance marriage is becoming difficult to maintain. To complicate matters, Bethanne’s cunning ex will do anything to win her back.
Lydia Goetz, too, is wonderfully happy with her husband, Brad, though lately she worries about the future of A Good Yarn. As she considers how to bring in business, she discovers that someone has beaten her to the punch. Baskets of yarn are mysteriously popping up all over town, with instructions to knit a scarf for charity and bring it into Lydia’s store. Never before has her shop received so much attention, but who hatched this brilliant plan?
As three women’s lives intersect in unexpected ways, Lydia, Lauren, and Bethanne realize that love heals every heart, and the best surprises still lay ahead.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
I've only read one other of Debbie Macomber's books and while this is part of a very long series, Blossom Street, enough background was put into it where I didn't feel completely lost in the subplots. And there were a lot of subplots. At first it took me a bit to remember who each different character was because the author would jump from one to the other. At the end though, everything tied up nicely
The three main characters of Lydia, Lauren, and Bethanee were wonderfully written and I could truly fall in love with their stories, become emotionally invested in them. Every single character in there has some sort of problem and that makes them so much more realistic. I find her books much better than the romance novels where the hero is always handsome, always stinking rich, and always perfect with rough edges. These characters in the book were so realistic, it was as if I were reading about my co-workers, or people off the street.
Whenever I need a quick, easy read with a wholesome, heartwarming story, these are the books I will go to from now on.

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