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The Shop on Blossom Street

Narrated by: Linda Emond
Series: Blossom Street (abridged), Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Summary

There's a little shop on Blossom Street in Seattle called A Good Yarn. You go there to buy knitting supplies and patterns, and now it's offering a knitting class. The first lesson: how to knit a baby blanket.

For owner Lydia Hoffman, the shop represents her dream of beginning a new life free from the cancer that has ravaged her twice. A life that offers a chance at love, and maybe marriage.

Jacqueline Donovan is stuck in a marriage that has dwindled into an arrangement of separate rooms and separate lives. She disapproves of the woman married to her only son, but if she knits a baby blanket, she can at least pretend to like her pregnant daughter-in-law.

For Carol Girard, the baby blanket brings a message of hope as she and her husband make a final attempt at in vitro pregnancy.

And tense-looking Alix Townsend, that's Alix with an "i", is learning to knit her blanket for her court-ordered community service project.

Brought together by an age-old craft, these four women make unexpected discoveries, about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to love, to friendship and acceptance, to laughter and dreams.

©2004 Debbie Macomber (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Clearly capturing each woman as she supports the others and searches for the answers to her own troubles, Emond outdoes herself in portraying counterculture proponent Alix....The warmth of Emond's voice so embodies the tenacious characters as to deliver a worthwhile story of change and hope." ( AudioFile)

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A feel good book. Simple plot, some people with problems all of which get resolved by the end. Lovely.

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Lovely story, awful narrator!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shop on Blossom Street?

There were many. Very well written story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is always THE most important ingredient of an audiobook. This one almost failed miserably for me, however, the subject and storyline just about saved it. I'm glad I persevered.
Very disappointed in the narrator.
However, I won't be getting anymore of the series, if this narrator runs through them.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Uplifting storyline despite covering difficult subjects.

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable story about real women and their lives. With another narrator, I would continue the series.

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  • Christine
  • 30-07-05

Shop on Blossom Street

I have read this book in print before. But, the abridgment takes away a lot. If the full book were here, I would give it four stars, but the abridgement rates only one star.

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  • Reba
  • 29-01-19

Doing it again

I started listening to audio books 12 years ago. Blossom Street was one of the first series I listened too. Sometimes I just get in the mood for a series of stories I enjoy, thus the Blossom Street series where the most unlikely small group of women meet in a new yarn shop learning to knit a baby blanket. Each women has a distinct personality and life circumstances unlike any other in this small group, but learning to knit together ends up knitting them together. If you need a soft relaxing story then this one is for you. My life is very stressfull so I need a nice enjoyable story. Debbie always provides that.

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  • Lynn Carpenter
  • 13-06-20

The Shop on Blossom Street

Good heart warming story. Ladies with different backgrounds show friendships come from the heart and stay together by choice

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  • denise
  • 07-05-20

Nice story line

Love all of the characters lots of twist and turns. happy and sad. Great read

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  • carolak
  • 03-04-20

Refreshing

the kind of story that is comforting in these times on crisis. nicely done, relaxing.

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  • Lady K
  • 09-10-19

Lives Intertwined

This was a wonderful book. I could relate with this book on different levels. I currently attend a Knitting Group (Stitch Angels) on Fridays. We are just women that came together to knit/crochet for charity.I listened to this in one sitting while crocheting a Mobius Infinite Wrap for my Pastor's wife who is currently undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. The storyline was wonderful. I loved the characters' growth, and interactions. Some real life situations intertwined with somewhat realistic endings. I love Debbie Macomber's writing, and Linda Emond's performance. I highly recommend this story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-18

Great story

What a wonderful story loved the way it began and loved the ending.Debbie Macomber did it again

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  • Rose Miller
  • 25-09-17

loved it! a real FEEL GOOD book!

looking forward to the sequel, love Debbie macomber books! thank you very much!!!! buh bye

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  • Beverley Harvey
  • 14-03-16

A wonderful story

A truly wonderful story that was very well read.
The characters were interesting and varied. I cannot wait to listen to the next one. most enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-15

Inspired me to take up a new craft

I'm normally a slow reader but this story kept my attention and I wanted more. It also led to find my own local knitting group and started knitting. I've met great people and patronize a few of my local businesses.