Blossom Street Brides: A Blossom Street Novel
About the Book:
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.
Fans of Macomber's Yarn Shop books will enjoy this newest installment to the long-running series. While this book and others in the series stand along better than the soap operaish Cedar Cover books, it is clearly part of a series. Picking up where A Turn in the Road (my review) leaves off, Blossom Street Brides follows Bethanne through the first months of marriage and dealing with the reality of sharing a family with an ex-husband who'd like to be a part of the family. It also follows the romance between Max's friend Rooster and Bethanne's friend Lauren. While this is not a Christian novel, the characters do not end up in bed until after marriage and we are left outside the bedroom door.
The part of the story I found most interesting was the thread about Lydia's adoptive daughter and her grandmother. That is a thread that looks like it will be carried over to the next book as there was no resolution and it is clear that something is going to happen.
In short, if you enjoy Macomber's sagas, this should be right up your alley, but I'd read A Turn in the Road first. I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via Edelweiss. Grade: B.