Last August, Walmart gave me the opportunity to review Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber before it was released to the public. Though her work is not a genre that I'd typically seek out on my own, I enjoyed the book very much. So when Walmart asked if I'd be interested I reading Blossom Street Brides, the latest in her Blossom Street series, I happily accepted.
The main story in Blossom Street Brides follows the lives of three women living in the Seattle area. Lauren Elliott decides that she's tired of waiting for her long-time boyfriend to propose and that it's time to start searching for a man that has all the qualities she'd like in a husband.
Bethanne Scranton is newly married to husband Max but is struggling with their current long-distance living arrangements, as well as the complications that a blended family situation can bring. And Lydia Goetz is struggling to make ends meet with her yarn shop, A Good Yarn, when she starts hearing tales of baskets of yarn from her store popping up all over town, encouraging women to knit scarves for charity.
The women's lives intersect and intertwine in various ways throughout the book, which draws an interesting parallel to the many short passages on knitting.
Though I had a bit of trouble keeping everyone straight when I first started reading, I quickly figured it out. I've not read any of the prior books in this series, but Debbie Macomber does a great job of weaving in the backstory for each character, so I wasn't left confused in any way.
I did wonder at one point if a series fan might find it annoying to rehash the details from previous book, but I later came to the conclusion that it wasn't over the top and would be helpful to even a longtime reader. I know I often forget some of the details by the time the next book in a series comes out...
Overall, I enjoyed reading Blossom Street Brides. It's one of those heartwarming quick reads that would be perfect to tuck into your tote when heading to the beach or pool this summer!
If you're interested in picking up Blossom Street Brides, it's available online now and at your local Walmart store. Walmart is currently offering it at over 30% off the publisher's list price -- pick it up in stores for $17.97 or online for just $15.28!
If you have friends or family members that are getting married soon, you'll want to encourage them to enter this awesome Walmart giveaway hosted by Debbie Macomber! How awesome would it be for them to start their new lives together by winning a $3,000 Walmart gift card?!? Visit www.debbiemacomber.com to enter through 5/25/14. A winner will be chosen on 6/1/14. Good luck!