Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blossom Street Brides (Blossom Street #10), by Debbie Macomber

Ballentine Books, ISBN 9780345528841, March 2014

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.

Recommended.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.