Publication Order of Blossom Street Books
|The Shop on Blossom Street||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Good Yarn||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Susannah's Garden||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Back on Blossom Street||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Twenty Wishes||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Summer on Blossom Street||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Hannah's List||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Turn in the Road||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Starting Now||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Blossom Street Kids Books
Publication Order of Blossom Street Non-Fiction Books
|Blossom Street Collection Book 1||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Blossom Street Collection Book 2||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Blossom Street Collection Book 3||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
About the Blossom Street Books:
The Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber consists of ten books centered around a fictional little shop in Seattle and its owner, Lydia Hoffman, who teaches knitting to beginners. Lydia opened the shop after surviving two bouts with cancer, and the storyline is focused on the daily lives and trials of her and those that come into her shop.
The stories presented in the Blossom Street series are messages of hope in the midst of adversity from women’s perspective, involving the reader in the plot as women face the trials of life and love, addressing real life issues faced by modern women.
The Shop on Blossom Street
In the first book in the series, ‘The Shop on Blossom Street’, three women join the knitting class. The first class teaches them how to make a baby blanket, and each of the women has their own story and reason for being there, and their stories evolve into lasting friendships.
Lydia’s story focuses on the realities of being a cancer survivor. She opens the shop as part of a personal renewed dedication to living every day to the fullest, and also as faith in a future that was previously not so certain. She also has relationship problems that arise from men’s inability to form a relationship with a cancer patient.
Jacqueline Donovan is a middle-aged woman, disillusioned with her marriage, who joins the class so she can learn how to knit something for her grandchild, hoping to make amends with her strained relationship with her daughter-in-law.
Carol Girard is a successful business woman who has desperately been trying to conceive, spending time and money and destroying her marriage in the process. She joins the group as a gesture of hope and faith that she will have a child.
Alix Townsend works at a video store. Because of was ordered by the court to knit the blanket and donate it to the Linus Project in order to satisfy her case worker as part of a community service project. Alix and Jacqueline start off on very rocky terms that threaten the success of the entire class, but as the story progresses changes bring about an evolution in their relationship.
All of these women have their own reasons for being there, and the dynamics between them and their differing perspectives makes for a delightfully varied and unexpected read as the reader delves into these four very different lives and discovers how they can resolve into lasting friendships.
A Good Yarn
The second book in the series, ‘A Good Yarn’ picks up Lydia’s story where ‘The Shop on Blossom Street’ leaves off, one year after she opened the shop. She finds her love life in trouble as her newfound love’s ex-wife enters the picture to threaten their relationship. Adding to her story is a new cast of knitters, as well as her sister Margaret who came to work in the shop with her. The characters all come with their own stories as unique and diverse as those from the first book.
Elsie Beaumont is a retiree that went through a difficult divorce with her gambling husband “Maverick”. She has lost her entire life savings and now lives with her daughter Aurora. Her ex works to re-enter Elsie’s life in order to renew his relationship with their daughter.
Bethanne Hamlin is very recently divorced. Her husband left her for a younger woman. Her children convinced her to join the knitting class as a step towards starting over. Her story evolves through her depression all the way to resolution and moving on.
Courtney Pulanski is an overweight teenager struggling with depression and over-eating following the death of her mother four years ago. Now a senior in high school, she has been forced to spend senior year far away from her friends and stay with her grandmother, who attempts to “help” by taking her to the knitting class and her senior swim sessions.
The book weaves in and out of these characters’ lives much in the same way as ‘The Shop on Blossom Street’. The diversity of character types and interest make this book (as well as the entire series) very engaging. ‘A Good Yarn’ is character narrated, and the direct perspective of each character comes out fully, bringing the reader into their lives, their struggles and hopes, and the resolutions at the end, presented in a very interesting and satisfying manner (no spoilers!).
Jacqueline (from ‘The Shop on Blossom Street’) also makes an appearance here in ‘ A Good Yarn ‘. Characters re-emerge throughout the series, adding true depth to the overall storyline of the Blossom Street series. The lives and stories over time evolve into an extremely realistic expression of life and love from a woman’s perspective.
As the series progresses, the reader really gets to know Lydia, as well as the other characters. Macomber’s excellent character development really gets readers into the fabric of the story. The books offer an excellent overall story throughout as well as stand alone stories in each individual novel, not always an easy task in series-based books. Any of these books can be read on their own, separate from the rest of the series.
Debbie Macomber is a very prolific writer and has a knack for character-driven storylines. While the Blossom Street books are a series, each one is very readable on its own, as Macomber skillfully fills in any blanks in the storyline without losing the interest of those that have read previous installments of the series. Her books are a truly insightful look into the mind and heart of female expression and values that deliver a message of hope and optimism even in trying times.
Macomber’s ability to write direct character perspective narration without confusing the reader is a hallmark of her writing style and makes for a very engaging read that women wait for impatiently between installments. Having written countless stand-alone novels as well as series-based books, she has really honed her craft for ten books that comprise the Blossom Street series.