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Summer on Blossom Street    by Debbie Macomber order for
Summer on Blossom Street
by Debbie Macomber
Order:  USA  Can
Mira, 2009 (2009)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella

Lydia Goetz starts a new class at her knitting store that she is calling Knit to Quit. It is about endings and new beginnings, for people who want to quit something and move on with their lives. In Lydia's own case, she and her husband have decided to adopt a baby - after her bout with cancer, pregnancy is out of the question for her.

Phoebe Rylander finds the Knit to Quit class when she is walking by A Good Yarn. She loves the idea of it and it fits her present lifestyle perfectly since she broke up with her fiancÚ after finding out that he was arrested for hiring a prostitute. She knows it has happened before and it will happen again. She wants a clean break and to start over.

Alix Turner and her pastor husband Jordan want a baby but she has to quit smoking first. Alix joins the class thinking it will take her mind off her need for a cigarette.

Bryan Hutchinson just took over the operations of his family's chocolate business and the stress is putting him on the edge. When he seeks medical advice for a thumb injury that is taking time to heal, his doctor suggests that he take a knitting class not only to relieve stress but also to rebuild the muscles in his thumb.

Anne Marie and Ellen Roche are back from their trip to Paris. They have settled in nicely after Anne Marie adopted Ellen when her grandmother died, but now a man wants to speak with Anne Marie about a private matter. When she meets with him, her world is shattered as he tells her he is Ellen's biological father and only recently learned of her existence.

Summer on Blossom Street brings back old friends and introduces readers to new ones. Debbie Macomber always has a tender story to tell and this one is no different. Her characters come alive off the pages and transport readers into the world of Blossom Street.

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