Macomber’s latest Blossom Street novel is a sweet story that tugs on the heartstrings and hits on the joy of family, friends and knitting, as readers have come to expect. But don’t worry that those new to the series will feel lost: This novel stands on its own, with characters from previous books playing only secondary roles. Non-Macomber readers, however, could find the storytelling a little too precious and predictable.
When high-powered attorney Libby Morgan is laid off, her life and career are turned upside down. She assumes she’ll get a job immediately. That doesn’t happen and Libby must find ways to fill her days, which is how she rediscovers the knitting that she learned from her late mother. Through that one action, she’s put into the path of a motherless young teen whom she mentors and hunky Dr. Phillip Stone. As she forges relationships with them, along with the women at the yarn shop and a fellow attorney, Libby begins to see that her future is changing, too. But habits die hard and she nearly loses everything when she gets sucked back into her old high-powered life. (BALLANTINE, Apr., 352 pp., $26.00)