Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Book Review: "Starting Now" by Debbie Macomber

Book Description:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns to Seattle?s beloved Blossom Street in this heartfelt tale of friendship, renewal, and discovering what?s truly important in life. — For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career?her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She?s been let go and must rebuild her entire life . . . starting now.

With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store. There she forms a close bond with Lydia, the sweet-natured shop owner; Lydia?s spirited teenage daughter, Casey; and Casey?s best friend, Ava, a shy yet troubled girl who will shape Libby?s future in surprising and profound ways.

As A Good Yarn becomes a second home?and the women a new kind of family?Libby relishes the different person she?s become. She even finds time for romance with a charming and handsome doctor who seems to be her perfect match. But just as everything is coming together, Libby must make a choice that could forever change the life she holds so dear.

Warmly told and richly textured, Starting Now is filled with the promise of new beginnings and the unending delights of companionship and love.

My thoughts:

This is the latest book in the "Blossom Street" series.  This has been my second favorite series by Debbie Macomber.  The first being "Cedar Cove."  This one did not disappoint.  I couldn't put down the book.  Even though the author moves on with new characters she has a great way to bring back the original characters.

I loved Libby - I felt like I had to keep reading to see what happened next.  I 'watched' her grow as a person - loved it.  

The one thing I didn't like was the secondary plot with Ava - just wasn't my cup of tea, but it certainly did not take away from my thoughts from the book. 

If you haven't tried this series - give it a try.  The books in the series are:
"The Shop on Blossom Street"
"A Good Yarn"
Susannah's Garden"
"Back on Blossom Street"
"Twenty Wishes"
"Summer on Blossom Street"
"Hannah's List" (didn't really have to read)
"A Turn in the Road"

Happy Reading!

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