Fiction Book Club The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber Buy book: $12.57
In her signature warm and compelling style, Debbie Macomber tells the story of a small town yarn store owner and cancer survivor who shares life-affirming lessons with her customers through knitting classes.
I have read "the shop on blossom street" and let me tell you, your
readers are in for a "very special treat". My daughter and I read that
book and we absolutely loved it. It is a very different type of
reading. Makes you feel very warm inside reading it. This is
definitely a "cuddle up with warm blanket on cold day" type of book.
I have only read the first two chapters but this sounds like my kind of book. Any book that makes me appreciate life and live it as the precious gift it is, is my kind of read. A book and a blanket are just the thing is this cold weather!
I can't wait to go and buy this book. I have looked at it several times in the store and have passed it up, but after reading the 1st part, now just might be the time to go ahead and live a little. Looks like a winner
I have already decided that I must buy this book. Debbie Macomber writes such heart-warming stories and have read many of her books. This book has a special meaning for me. My mother died of breast cancer at the age of 57 and my husband died of brain tumors at the age of 43. I have just learned to knit a couple of months ago and am loving it! So I will definitely be reading this book. Thanks, Suzanne, for another wonderful read!
I've been wanting to read this book forever. I've been waiting for it to come out in paperback. I'm thrilled to get the chance to get a start and see if it's as good as I've anticipated.
I love to knit and have read The Knitting Sutra about a knitting fanatic diagnosed with breast cancer (non-fiction). I've enjoyed the beginning tremendously.
Thanks for opening this book to us.
I am NOT a subscriber to the Fiction Genre but I like to look at the books that garner a lot of comments, whether they are good or bad. To me, any comment means someone is interested. This book has generated a lot of feedback in just two days. Consequently, it is now on my list of books to purchase next time I hit the bookstore.
Your opinions do matter....good or bad. It is sad when a book goes the entire week with no comments at all.
This book caught my attention from the first day. Cancer has been a personal fear of mine, as I have learned to live with chronic pain issues. I enjoy reading personal, "real life" stories! I look forward to learning from this character, and curious to know how she looks at life differently with having cancer. I surely will be purchasing this book the next time I am at the book store. Thanks Suzanne!
Working in a library, I have seen this book many times. Debbie Macomber is not a author I read just because there are many books to choose from. But while reading our book club selection I am enjoying this book and will try to read something else of hers. But you know the saying Too many books not enough time. Thanks Susan for the push.
This is a great read. I am going to buy the book. A dear friend of mine had a bout with 2 different types of cancer in 2003. I like needlecrafts (crocheting and knitting). I think we will both appreciate this book.
I just started reading this book and I cannot wait to read the next chapter.
This is my first time reading Mary M. Morris and I am very pleased with her writing style.
A book has to really catch me in the first few pages, and she has done that. Great pick!!
Knitting and Unlikely Friendships - You Gotta Love It!
January 27 2005, 2:55 AM
I am both an an avid knitter (Knitter's Review Forum member) as well as reader. I learned to knit as a child and knit throughout my teen years, then put knitting down for a while in my twenties and thirties. About three years ago, I took it up again - after joining a knit shop knitting group, similar to the one in Debbie's novel.
In my particular knitting group, we had about 6-8 "regulars." It's really funny how close bonds of friendship form between women of different ages/circumstances. Somehow when the knitting needles fly, walls just come down and make it easier to "get real" with one another.
Like Janet Evanivich (author of the Stephanie Plum series), Debbie Macomber has written literally dozens and dozens of category romance books before launching her mainstream fiction career. I'm not as fond of her romances, but this novel, as well as an earlier novel focusing on a group of woman in a book club, are quite fun reads. The name of her other book, I believe, was called THURSDAYS AT EIGHT by Debbie Macomber. So if you liked this one, you might like that one too.
The combination of knitting and friendship was just a winning combination for me, so this book was a keeper! Chelle
I love this read! But what is it about sisters? I love my sister, too, but it is a VERY complex relationship, just as I've seen so far in this book. I don't know if this continues throughout the book, but I know I will continue reading to find out!
I am loving this book - I am not a knitter, but this makes me want to learn how! I am mainly enjoying the book for the characters and the story though - you don't have to be interested in knitting to enjoy this book. I can't wait to get it so I can finish reading it!
I really loved the first part of this, but now my interest has faded.
It's not the subject, it's the way it's written. It just reads so much like non-fiction, and that is a turn-off to me when I'm looking to get into a novel.
Just my opinion as a reader, but I think I would like this book much more if it were written in a more active voice, less narrative. The writing would allow me to "be there", instead of just describing all this to me from a distance.
Hi Carol! Aren't we readers a funny bunch? I was loving this book for the same reason you didn't love it, lol! I love a 1st person narrative and it sounded so real to me. I admit that me being an RN probably peeked my interest in her cancer experience. The 5th installment seemed very fictiony to me and I was almost losing interest, lol. My only complaint (and it's not really a complaint, more of a comment) is the characters seem too 'fluffy'.....I enjoy pages and pages of character development more than the light stuff but luckily there are always other books out there for each of us! I am going to read this though....I do like the Seattle setting.
Happy reading :)
Suzanne, I had already commented that I am enjoying this book but I do want to say another thank you for this pick. I work in a wellness center and recently one of my coworkers started a crocheting group with some of her water arthritis class members. They crochet for an hour before they swim. I've popped into their groups a few time and it's like this very book in real life. I've overheard snippets of all that is going on in their lives. Naturally I had to butt in and promote this book. They were all very excited. Now all I have to do is track down a copy to show them. PLUS, they each wanted to be included in THIS book club b'c all are avid readers. You just never know, do you!
My sister and I have read the excerpts together, and had a good chuckle when we both recognized the Margaret in our lives! I really enjoy Debbie's style of writing - she writes her characters with a depth of believable emotion that touches the heart. Now, all I have to do is wait for the book from my library!
This is a great "cozy" book. I just finished reading it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am looking forward to the sequel (A Good Yarn) and plan to read more of D.M.'s books. Thanks Suzanne, for introducing me to a new favorite author!
Different strokes for different folks. Most seem to love this book and the excerpts I read were promising enough to make me want to read the rest of the book. I borrowed my mom's copy and was glad I hadn't bought it. The story was enjoyable enough but I personally don't care for books that switch back and forth from first to third person. Also, some of the events and interactions were a bit too contrived and convenient to be believable. If you want to read a really good book about interesting and unlikely relationships between vastly different people read "Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett- it is excellent!
I agree, Karen. I didn't mind the style so much, but the plot was pretty transparent. This was an "easy" read, but I'm not rushing out to find other offerings by this author. And you are right about BEL CANTO, a wonderful study of human interaction.
I collected a copy of this book from the library on Saturday morning , and by Sunday evening I had finished it.I just couldn't put it down! I know that it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I am a very keen knitter, so it really appealed to me.