I quite liked Debbie Macomber’s Between Friends, and when I saw her book The Shop On Blossom Street priced at a throwaway rate on a random visit to a book store, I just could not resist buying it. It turned to be a nice, light, cosy read just like Between Friends, loaded with the feel-good factor and mush. I would classify The Shop On Blossom Street into chick lit, being the breezy and comfortable book that it is. The Shop On Blossom Street is the story of Lydia, a 30-year-old who has had cancer twice and survived it, and who loves knitting. Knitting is her way of getting away from the pains and miseries of her life. As a reaffirmation of her faith in life, Lydia opens a yarn shop on the busy Blossom Street, and also decides to conduct knitting classes.
Three women join the classes – Carol, Alix and Jacqueline – each one vastly different in personality from the other. Carol is the wife of a rich and loving husband Doug, and all the efforts they have put into having a biological child of their own has put them to great pain. A baby is all that Carol wants from God, and she joins the knitting class when she sees that the first project they will be working on is a baby blanket. Jacqueline is the snooty , pampered and spoilt wife of the rich contractor Reese, whose marriage is slowly dying, and who absolutely hates Tammie Lee, the girl that her precious son got married to. Jacqueline joins the knitting class to learn how to make a baby blanket for Tammie Lee, as an attempt to patch up with her. Alix is a softie beneath her punk clothing and hair, and joins the class to serve time for a court sentence that she has gotten by mistake.
Carol, Jacqueline and Alix do not really get off to a good start, but their friendship grows with time. The three ladies – and Lydia – begin sharing the woes of their lives, and grow much, much closer than where they started from. Throughout all this, Lydia’s relationship with her sister Margaret, which hasn’t always been great, goes through a sea change.
Some moments in the story are beautifully written, but I found some parts very fairytale-ish. Had they been different, more realistic, I would have loved this book a whole lot more. What I mean to say is that I enjoyed reading the book, but I found nothing different. However, it is a nice read for those who are looking for just an easy read and nothing more.
Have you read this book? How did you like it?