Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel by Debbie Macomber
This is the first book I have read of the Blossom Street series and the first book I have read by Debbie Macomber in a long time. I was not disappointed.
The book begins with the attorney, Libby Morgan, losing her job. Months later, she calls an old friend, Robin, to have lunch with her for a talk. After lunch her friend needed to go to A Good Yarn Shop to buy some yarn for her mother and Libby goes with her. While there, Libby sees two teenagers knitting, or one is learning to knit. Casey is teaching Ava. Libby mentioned she used to knit. They are knitting hats for the preemies at the hospital and encouraged Libby to try to knit again. After a visit to the hospital to help deliver the hats, Libby becomes a volunteer in the nursery rocking and singing to the babies.
This brings the story to Libby making friends at the yarn shop and the introduction to Dr. Philip Stone at the hospital. Phillip is a doctor for the young and infants with heart problems. He is known as the Dr. Heart of Stone because he will not date anyone at the hospital.
The book is based on friendship, romance, love, trials, caring, family and disappointments.
We follow Libby through months of no job, her love for Phillip and her new friendships. At times, as the reader, I wanted to wring her neck and tell her what she should do.
Debbie Macomber has done a good job of pulling the characters and story together. No sex or bad language.
This was a fast read for me and a page turner.
I won a copy of Starting Now in a contest. The opinions are my own.
I give this book a 5 star.
Some characters are:
Libby (Elizabeth) Morgan-One of the main characters, an unemployed attorney
Dr. Phillip Stone- Heart Doctor at the Seattle Hospital
Robin Hamlin- Best friend of Libby
Lydia Goetz- Owner of A Good Yarn Shop on Blossom Street
Brad Goetz- Husband of Lydia
Casey- Adopted daughter of Lydia and friend of Ava also 13 years old
Ava- A pregnant 13 year old who closely connects with Libby
Darlene Carmichael- Grandmother of Ava
Margaret- Sister of Lydia and works at the yarn shop
Roy Bollinger- A Judge that Robin who Robin really likes and more than as a friend
Mrs. Martha Reed- A client when Libby worked at the law office
Hershel Burkhart- Libby's old boss. When he let her go he told her this was a beginning and not an end.
Sarah- Paralegal who worked with Libby at the law office
Mollie Morgan- Mother of Libby who passed away when Libby was a teenager.
Joe Wilson- Ex-husband of Libby
Robert Morgan- Father of Libby
Charlene- Step-mother of Libby
Sharon Jennings- A nurse at the hospital