Debbie Macomber returns to Seattle’s beloved Blossom Street in this heartfelt tale of friendship, renewal, and discovering what’s truly important in life.
For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career—her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She’s been let go and must rebuild her entire life . . . starting now.
With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store. There she forms a close bond with Lydia, the sweet-natured shop owner; Lydia’s spirited teenage daughter, Casey; and Casey’s best friend, Ava, a shy yet troubled girl who will shape Libby’s future in surprising and profound ways.
As A Good Yarn becomes a second home—and the women a new kind of family—Libby relishes the different person she’s become. She even finds time for romance with a charming and handsome doctor who seems to be her perfect match. But just as everything is coming together, Libby must make a choice that could forever change the life she holds so dear.
Warmly told and richly textured, Starting Now is filled with the promise of new beginnings and the unending delights of companionship and love.
Praise for Starting Now
“Debbie Macomber is undoubtedly among America’s favorite authors [with] a masterful gift of creating tales that are both mesmerizing and inspiring. . . . Her Blossom Street characters seem as warm and caring as beloved friends.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News
“There is a reason that legions of Macomber fans ask for more Blossom Street books. They fully engage her readers as her characters discover happiness, purpose, and meaning in life.”—Booklist(starred review)
“Macomber understands the often complex nature of a woman’s friendships, as well as the emotional language women use with their friends.”—New York Journal of Books
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I have read a few of Debbie Macomber's novel and have come to the conclusion that I am not a natural fit for her fiction. Having stated that, I know that her works are very popular and she has a huge following. For those of us who like women's fiction with more of a bite, there are many other authors out there that fit that category. Someone once likened reading Ms Macomber's novels to getting a warm hug from your grandmother, and I think that is a good way to frame this review. It is a very sweet book with a predictable ending, and with characters that will not stay with you for more than a few hours after you finish the novel. The most edgy, and believable, part came when Libby, the laid-off workaholic attorney, decides to get a tatoo after having a few drinks at a bar with one of her friends. There are several stories intertwined in this book, including a possibly - pregnant thirteen year old girl. The novel is part of a series, "Blossom Street," involving knitting, but it can...
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Just how far would a workaholic go to get the promotion she wants, to be partner. Libby Morgan has ended a marriage and lost most of her friends to achieve the ultimate goal as a lawyer to make partner. The only problem is when she is called into the office it is not to tell her she made partner but to let her go.
Libby is stunned as she really has no life and no friends and does not know what to do next. She assumes she will have no problem getting a job in another firm but times are rough and many large companies are downsizing and just like she was let go so have many other lawyers have been let go also and there are no jobs to be found.
Alone and not sure what to do she decides to join a health club as she is packing on weight staying home and eating ice cream (something she never had time to do before). She then calls her friend Robin, who works as a prosecutor, for the City of Seattle and gets her to join the health club also.
The Blossom Street series has been a favorite of mine and I looked forward to this new edition. As it is, however, this latest novel fell far short of my anticipation. Although the others have had substance and charm, this reads as if it were written for and by a fifteen year old. The characters were underdeveloped and there was little or no plot, just a very predictable and sugary sweet ending. I missed the characters who came together to knit and share their heartaches and dreams at "A Good Yarn". Sadly, this book, although pleasant enough, just does not belong on Blossom Street. What a big disappointment! I just can't understand all the five star reviews!!
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