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What I’ve Been Reading #117

Friday, March 18, 2016


Another book that I got from my mom was Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber. I had read some of her books before and always found them relatively entertaining, easy reads. She tends to write about the same characters, and this book featured one that I remember reading about before, plus two others. I know that one of them was in a previous book, but I did not read that one.

“Lauren Elliott has waited years for her long-term boyfriend, Todd, to propose, yet he seems more focused on his career than their relationship. When Lauren learns that her younger sister is pregnant before she herself even has an engagement ring, she feels overjoyed yet disheartened. Knowing she can’t put her future on hold, Lauren prepares to make a bold choice—one that leads her to a man she never dreamed she’d meet. Newly married to her second husband, Max, Bethanne Scranton is blissfully in love. But with Max’s job in California and Bethanne’s in Seattle, their long-distance marriage is becoming difficult to maintain. To complicate matters, Bethanne’s cunning ex will do anything to win her back. Lydia Goetz, too, is wonderfully happy with her husband, Brad, though lately she worries about the future of A Good Yarn. As she considers how to bring in business, she discovers that someone has beaten her to the punch. Baskets of yarn are mysteriously popping up all over town, with instructions to knit a scarf for charity and bring it into Lydia’s store. Never before has her shop received so much attention, but who hatched this brilliant plan? As three women’s lives intersect in unexpected ways, Lydia, Lauren, and Bethanne realize that love heals every heart, and the best surprises still lay ahead.”

As I was reading, I was confused about the title, as the book’s focus isn’t so much on weddings or brides as much as mother / daughter relationships. Lauren’s story is one that relates to marriage, because she ends up breaking up with Todd and meeting a different man, with whom she falls in love. Bethanne and Lydia are both already married and Lydia doesn’t even have a story that focuses on her marriage at all. I suppose there is a comparison between the characters because Lauren is not married, Bethanne is pretty newly married, and Lydia has been married the longest. However, like I said, the book focuses more on mother / daughter relationships. Lauren doesn’t have a child, but her friend and co-worker has a daughter who she is having an issue with currently.

In any case, I still found this book to be a quick read with characters that are relatively enjoyable and fun to read about. I am not on a search for Debbie Macomber books in general, but I would read more of her books if I had the chance.

What have you been reading lately?