Monday, May 26, 2014

Blossom Street Brides

Title: Blossom Street Brides
Author: Debbie Macomber
Published: March 25th 2014 by Ballantine Books
Format: Hardcover; Pgs 336
Genre: Romance
Series: Blossom Street #10

By the end of the book, I thought that Macomber had titled the book wrong. Instead of Blossom Street Brides (plural), it should have been named Blossom Street Mothers and Daughters.

You had one mother stressing over her daughter who she felt was marrying too young, but that story line was secondary to another plot points that involve a woman who is losing her mother to Alzheimer’s, one mother losing her relationship with a daughter that was siding with her father after a divorce, and one mother that is trying to help an adopted daughter through nightmares and fears of being returned.

All wrapped around the main story line of a woman realizing that holding out for one man was wrong when the right one walked in the door. Granted, this was the spontaneous wedding, hence the bride, but still, there were multiple story lines and only one main wedding.

The Blossom Street books are woven around the women and businesses of Blossom Street in Seattle. The yarn shop is where they all have met and from this starting point, Macomber has branched out and introduced new characters while bringing back the ladies and their lives that have been introduced previously. The books within the series are long and winding and a little on the overly dramatic side, but they are romances so you should be prepared for relationship angst and theatrics.

I do not know why I keep coming back to this series. It is sweet, it is sappy, and even in their difficulties her characters all seem to have perfect lives where working in a jewelry store can pay well enough to purchase a condominium in Seattle and afford spontaneous travel. I guess that is the point of Macomber’s books, for a short time, they take you out of your reality and place you into the perfect world of Blossom Street.

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