I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber
Series: Blossom Street #10
Published by Random House Audio on 3/25/2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber has won the hearts of millions of readers with her moving and inspiring stories. Now wedding bells are ringing in the tight-knit community that gathers around A Good Yarn, a store in a pretty Seattle neighborhood. Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love.\r\n\r\nLauren 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.\r\n\r\nNewly 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.\r\n\r\nLydia 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?\r\n\r\nAs 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.
“April showers bring May flowers!” “It’s June.”
A lot of readers swear up, down and sideways by Debbie Macomber books. I’ve never read her before Blossom Street Brides and now I know why. I need my books to have some snark and comedy in them. Even Nora Roberts has a little bit of that in her books at least. And don’t get me wrong, Debbie Macomber is not a bad writer. It’s just that her storytelling is so sugary-sweet, I think I got a cavity listening to it. Blossom Street Brides follows the lives of several different main characters: Lauren, Bethann, and Lydia. Each woman is facing a particular drama in their life: Lauren wants to find a husband; Bethann is struggling with the consequences of her marriage to her new husband and what that means to her family; and Lydia is dealing with the mystery of her yarn store and also how to best care for her adopted teenaged daughter Casey. I think the largest issue for me (besides the story being too sweet) was that there were three plots to follow, plus several sub-plots with a bunch of supporting characters whom I didn’t really care about. My favorite plotline was the one with Bethann and her marriage to Max, plus the fallout from that with her daughter, Annie. That felt realistic and not so wholesome, which I identified with a lot more than the rest. I never really connected with these characters though, and it’s not really a fault of the author. I’m just the wrong demographic for this story. I think people who like sweet romances will really like this book, honestly. It just wasn’t for me.
UGH!!!! Her over enunciation drove me bonkers! I also had a hard time differentiating between the characters. But the enunciation really killed it for me. It was like listening to my grandmother read or something. Awful, just awful.