“The Shop on Blossom Street” begins Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street series. Then comes “A Good Yarn,” “Susannah’s Garden,” “Christmas Letters” and “Back on Blossom Street.” Next is “Twenty Wishes,” “Summer on Blossom Street” and “Hannah’s List,” as well as “A Turn in the Road,” “Starting Now” and “Blossom Street Brides.”
The Blossom Street series tells the story of the main character, Lydia Hoffman, who is a two-time cancer survivor. Each book is set in Seattle at her small shop where she offers a beginner's knitting class. Supporting characters enter the story by joining the knitting circle. Lydia's battle and recovery from cancer plays a large part in the storyline. She has a renewed sense of purpose and living life to the fullest extent, yet she encounters troubles with men who are unwilling to commit due to their feelings about her cancer. She works through these issues with other female characters in the book, and lasting friendships are established.
Each book in the series focuses on adversity through the eyes of many different women. Topics include divorce, infertility, eating disorders and depression. As each character's story unfolds, other characters provide support and guidance to one another. Written in first-person narrative, readers are drawn in by the real-life issues each character faces.
Debbie Macomber, a New York Times bestselling novelist, has written more than 150 romance and contemporary fiction novels. Over 170 million of her novels are in print, which includes 15 book series. Four of her novels are made-for-TV movies and her Cedar Cove series is the first original series produced by the Hallmark Channel.
For her romance novels, Macomber is the 2005 winner of the fan-voted Quill Award. She is a Romance Writers of America lifetime achievement award winner, as well as a recipient of the organization’s RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction.
Debbie Macomber also writes children’s books and nonfiction cooking, inspiration and knitting books. In addition to writing, Macomber owns a tea room and a yarn store, which is named A Good Yarn, after the second book in her Blossom Street series. She lives in Port Orchard, Washington, which is the inspiration for the namesake town in her Cedar Cove series.