A Good Yarn
By Brooke Wills
May 15, 2005 - 1:30:00 PM

It has been a year since Lydia Hoffman opened A Good Yarn, and she couldn't be happier with its success.  The renovations that wreaked havoc on Blossom Street are nearly completed and they are wonderful.  Her personal life is terrific, too.  She and her sister, Margaret, are working together and getting along!  And then of course, there is Brad.  Wonderful, handsome, perfect Brad.  Lydia decides it is time to start a new class and this time the project will be socks.  Of course, it is doubtful that the new group of students will match those of her first class, but you never know!

Elise Beaumont had always looked forward to retirement.  Her plan had always been to buy a lovely piece of property and build her own home.  After years of saving she found the perfect spot, only to have the developer go bankrupt and her life-savings tied up in the courts.  With no place else to go, she moves in with her daughter's family.  It's not ideal but it's not so bad either.  That is until she finds out her ex-husband is coming for an extended visit and will be staying just down the hall!  A professional gambler, he stole her heart once.  She is not about to let him do it again.


Bethanne Hamlin is not sure she'll ever get over how her fairytale life changed in an instant one morning a little over a year ago.  It was Valentine's Day and her husband of twenty years announced he no longer loved her.  As if the news couldn't get any worse, Grant also told her about the other woman he'd been seeing for two years.  With her alimony about to end Bethanne knows she must find a job, but what is she qualified to do?  Her daughter signs her up for the knitting class, and during the coming weeks, Bethanne learns a lot more than just how to make socks!


Courtney Pulanski has moved from Chicago to spend her senior year with her grandmother.  She'd lost her mother a few years earlier, and now her father has taken a work assignment in Brazil for the year.  With both her siblings away at college, there is no place else for Courtney to stay.  As if starting a strange school weren't enough, Courtney has also put on the pounds the last few years.  She'd give anything to shred a few of them before school starts and maybe find a friend or two.  Neither goal seems likely when all she does is hang out with her grandmother's eighty-year-old cronies.  But then she signs up for a knitting class, and slowly everything begins to fall back into place!


A GOOD YARN, by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Debbie Macomber, is about four women who are afraid to take chances.  But little by little, as their socks change shapes during knitting class, so do their outlooks on life. You can almost hear the clicking of the knitting needles, smell the unique scent of the yarn and feel as if you are sitting in the corner of A Good Yarn listening in on class.  It is easy to see why Ms. Macomber is a perennial favorite:  she writes great books. A GOOD YARN picks up where THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET left off.  Even if you haven't had a chance to read the first book, you won't miss a beat, but you'd be cheating yourself out of a wonderful read if you don't pick it up, too.

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