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A Good Yarn
by Debbie Macomber

Category: Fiction / General
352 pages; ISBN: 0778321444

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

A Good Yarn
Debbie Macomber
Mira, May 2005, $19.95, 352 pp.
ISBN: 0778321444

When Lydia Hoffman was a teen she conquered breast cancer but though chemo helped, it was the woman in the next treatment chair who gave her the needed edge; she learned to knit. Eventually, she opened up a shop A GOOD YARN about a year ago that has done well and has met a man Brad Goetz she likes, but his former wife is back in town.

One of Lydia’s students, retired librarian Elise Beaumont lives with her daughter Aurora as her ex husband gambler Marvin the "Maverick” lost everything they possessed. The two women battle over whether Aurora should allow her father into her life.

Another pupil Bethanne Hamlin faces a midlife crisis since her spouse left her and their teens for another woman. Her confidence is shattered.

Finally overweight teen Courtney Pulanski is depressed that her grandmother intercedes in her life by dragging her to senior citizen events like knitting. She wants nothing to do with the old losers in the class.

The sequel to THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET is A GOOD YARN that contemporary women’s fiction readers will appreciate. The characters are fully developed so that the audience feels their pain and fear as they go through the phases of a group until they “perform” by helping each other gain self esteem by the high regard they begin to display to one another. Though the viewpoint between the four prime characters can be difficult to follow, readers will observe their differences and commonality as Debbie Macomber returns to Seattle with an uplifting inspirational yarn.

Harriet Klausner

 

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