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Blossom Street Brides: A Blossom Street Novel

de Debbie Macomber

Sèrie: Blossom Street (10)

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Does the perfect wedding make the perfect marriage? As three very different women meet in their local knitting store, they find strength in friendship to help them through their problems. After adopting a daughter, Lydia hoped her life would be complete, but traumatic memories from her daughter's past threaten to ruin their happiness. And Lauren has always yearned for marriage and a family of her own, but her long-term boyfriend just won't commit. Will a whirlwind romance with an unlikely stranger lead to the happily-ever-after she's always dreamed of?… (més)
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Three women's lives intersect in strange ways and they soon realize that love heals every heart and has surprises endings.
  SABC | Nov 18, 2020 |
The last few Blossom Street series have been hit or miss for me. I really liked her last one in the series, "Starting Now" though there was a big plot that I disliked intensely in that novel, "Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel."

With her latest, "Blossom Street Brides" Ms. Macomber returns to Blossom Street to catch up with fan favorites such as Lydia from "The Shop on Blossom Street" and Bethanne who is still running her party planning business and a new character, Lauren who works at a jewelry store on Blossom Street.

I really did love "A Good Yarn" where we are first introduced to Bethanne and her family where we follow up with them in "A Turn in the Road" I can honestly say that I did not like that novel at all. I though that Bethanne who went from this strong independent woman in "A Good Yarn" turned into a wishy washy indecisive woman. I also ended up disliking her daughter Annie and her former mother in law.

Now to turn to this novel. First I have to say that Ms. Macomber is writing the characters are three dimensional characters again which makes me happy. She actually has plots going on with the three women and we have peeks at former characters from the prior Blossom Street novels. We have Bethanne still adjusting to her 15 month marriage to her husband Max. Lydia still trying to run her store 'A Good Yarn', be there for her family, and deal with her mother's ongoing problems with Alzheimer's disease. Lauren is starting to realize that her two year relationship is going nowhere and that if she wants to be married with children she is going to have to take matters into her own hands.

My main reason for giving this four stars is that with that said I honestly didn't understand besides the one character what this had to do with Blossom Street Brides (notice the plural). It is pretty much stretching it to the story having two brides since one of the brides was a side character in another side character's story that readers don't lay eyes on until the epilogue.

I also thought that Ms. Macomber would have been better served by just focusing on Lauren and Bethanne's stories in this one. Those two characters plots were the strongest for me and I found myself skimming over Lydia's. Also the reveal of who is leaving the baskets all over town I figured out after the first two chapters.

I would recommend to fans of Debbie Macomber!

Please note I received this novel for free via the Amazon Vine Program. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
4.5 stars.

Blossom Street Brides is another warm and cozy addition to Debbie Macomber's charming Blossom Street series. In this installment, readers get the opportunity to revisit favorite couples and their families while a newcomer to the series unexpectedly finds love.

Blossom Street Brides provides in an in-depth and fascinating look into three very different relationships at very different stages in life. Lydia Goetz has been married the longest and while her marriage is rock solid, she has her hands full with an aging mother, a semi-troubled teenager and her struggling business. Bethanne and Max are also happily married, but their relationship is feeling the strain of their continued separation, Bethanne's manipulative ex and her unhappy daughter. When Lauren Elliott's sister announces her pregnancy, Lauren realizes her boyfriend of three years is never going to propose and after she ends their relationship, she falls for a man who is unlike anyone she has ever dated. Bonded through their love of knitting, the three women turn to another for comfort and the strength they need as they struggle to overcome life's various trials and tribulations.

Lydia's storyline is the most poignant of the three. Her mother's declining health coincides with adopted daughter Casey's recurring nightmares and Lydia is unable to help either of them. She is matter of fact about her mother's future and while she tries to help her daughter, Casey refuses to discuss what is haunting her. What stands out most is Lydia's patience with both of them and her willingness to give Casey the space she needs. Her husband Brad is a calming presence and they work together to come up with a solution for Casey. All in all, they are a normal family dealing with the typical ups and downs of family life.

Bethanne and Max's storyline has the most drama. Despite their long distance relationship, they remain deeply in love but both are growing increasingly unhappy with living apart. With two businesses at stake, they are at an impasse over which one should relocate. With Bethanne's ex-husband's latest shenanigans and her daughter's continued resistance to their marriage, Max is more than ready for them to make a decision about finding a way for them to permanently live together.

Lauren's storyline is the most romantic. She meets a man that she falls head over heels for, enters into a whirlwind courtship and eventually makes an impetuous decision that she may come to regret. With a little determination and a lot of love, the couple attempts to sort through their complicated issues.

Blossom Street Brides is a fast-paced and entertaining read that is sure to be a hit with old and new fans of Debbie Macomber's heartwarming and engaging Blossom Street series. The characters are down to earth and life-like and the issues they are dealing with are believable. The romances are quite sweet with love scenes taking place behind closed doors. The dialogue is realistic with no strong language. All of the various story arcs combine into a richly layered novel about love, family and friendship that I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Lydia and Brad Goetz's adopted daughter, Casey, is having nightmares she doesn't want to talk about, while an anonymous person is leaving baskets of knitting around Seattle with instructions telling knitters to bring the finished scarves to A Good Yarn for donation to charity. Bethanne and Max Scranton are feeling the strain of their long-distance marriage, while Bethanne's ex, Grant, is trying to break them up, and her daughter Anne is angry and resentful that Bethanne is not falling for it. Lauren Elliott breaks up with tv news reporter Todd and is falling for Max's friend and partner Rooster Wayne, while her employers at John Michael Jewelry, Elisa and Garry Lippincott, are coping with the fact that their nineteen-year-old daughter Katie is pregnant and intending to marry her boyfriend.

It's a time of changes and stresses on Blossom Street, and many old friends from previous books make greater or lesser appearances. The story here is all about relationships, and the growing and maturing of relationships and individuals through time and experience. This is a gentle read, not without its emotional challenges, but the reader is secure in the knowledge that the characters we love have solid values and kind hearts. They won't ultimately do the wrong thing.

There is obviously a fair amount of back story, but I think the essential facts are included seamlessly enough that a new reader can start here with enjoyment and without undue frustration.


I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
This was just okay for me. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either. This isn't normally the kind of book that I would pick up but I added it to my so be read list several years ago largely because of my mother. When this book was being released, my mother was undergoing chemotherapy during her third battle with breast cancer. I took her to all of her doctor appointments and chemo treatments so we spent a lot of time together and she loves Debbie Macomber's writing. I added this book to my review pile due to my mother's recommendation but I accept full responsibility for letting it linger there for years. I did like the book and am glad that I finally picked it up.

This is one of those books that tells several somewhat connected stories. I don't always care for this method of storytelling because I often like one of the plot threads more than the others and the book's momentum seems to slow down with the focus is switched. I had those issues with this book and think that I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if one of the stories would have been the primary focus of the book.

Lydia, Lauren, and Bethanne all share a love of knitting and know each other through their hobby. Lydia runs the local yarn store and is dealing with some issues in personal life with her adopted daughter and her mother's health. She is also trying to solve the mystery of the knitting baskets showing up all over town tied to her store. Lauren is ready for a long term relationship and decides to move on from her boyfriend and then quickly meets Rooster and finds that he may be the man she needs in her life. Bethanne and her husband live in different states due to work obligations but are deeply in love. Bethanne's daughter and ex-husband are adding an extra set of challenges but they are determines to make things work.

I liked all three of the stories but the book as a whole just felt too sweet. It really shouldn't have been a surprise that the book read like a Hallmark movie since several of her books actually are Hallmark movies. As I worked my way through this book, some of the characters just seemed unrealistically nice and conversations didn't always feel authentic because everyone was just a little too perfect. There were a few characters that were causing problems and being difficult but the overly sweet tone of the book never seemed to subside.

I have listened to Cassandra Campbell's narration in the past and have always enjoyed her work. She had a pretty large cast of characters to deal with in this book and I thought she did a great job of it. There were times that I thought that the narration was a little too saccharine but I really think that this was due to the dialogue more than anything else. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to Cassandra Campbell again in the future.

I would recommend this book to readers that like a sweet and clean story. I did want to see everything work out for the characters and liked the book overall. I don't think that there is anything ground breaking in this book but it was a nice story.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from the library via Overdrive. ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | Jul 1, 2018 |
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Does the perfect wedding make the perfect marriage? As three very different women meet in their local knitting store, they find strength in friendship to help them through their problems. After adopting a daughter, Lydia hoped her life would be complete, but traumatic memories from her daughter's past threaten to ruin their happiness. And Lauren has always yearned for marriage and a family of her own, but her long-term boyfriend just won't commit. Will a whirlwind romance with an unlikely stranger lead to the happily-ever-after she's always dreamed of?

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