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Debbie Macomber’s 'Blossom Street Brides,' a wonderful, love-affirming marvel

Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street Brides
Courtesy Ballantine Books

Beloved author Debbie Macomber affectionately spins a genial magic creating wonderful communities that are populated by endearing individuals worth caring about. Her gift is telling a compelling story about characters who are striving to navigate life with the simple desire to experience happiness, to find love, or, in some cases, to just make things a little better. She is a master of depicting human interaction and revealing powerful, moving emotions through dialogue. Her remarkable insight and understanding of people is what has blessed this prolific author with over 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

Debbie’s latest book, the next installment in her Blossom Street series, hits a new high. Infused with an unshakable faith in true love, Blossom Street Brides glows with a marvelous warmth. Macomber has managed to capture that heart-enlivening tingle that evokes tears of profound joy. Blossom Street Brides is Debbie at her best, deftly intertwining the lives of three women to create one extraordinary tale.

“I have to tell you this little side bar because it’s so wonderful!” Debbie expressed, her tone still glittering with eye-sparkling delight even though the event had transpired nearly a year ago. “My maiden name is the German word for ‘eagle’ and when my daughter, Jody, was getting married on the beach — Jody was very close to both of my parents who are gone now — she and Greg were exchanging their vows and two eagles swooped down and circled over them . . .” Macomber took a breath to compose herself. “That was such an amazing moment. That was my parents, I just know it!”

It is this recognition of life’s little miracles that imbues her writing with such grace and beauty.

Blossom Street Brides is such a special story because it has such a special connection in my life with my own daughter getting married,” the author noted. As Debbie spoke, her voice carried many of the same engaging qualities found in her books. She is vibrant, friendly, genuine, and just a real treat to be around.

“I never intended on these books becoming a series!” she confessed. “When I wrote The Shop On Blossom Street, it was a standalone book, but there was such a powerful response to it! The readers were the ones who said, ‘Hey, we want more!’ And, the readers have been the guiding force of my career from day one.”

Blossom Street Brides bristles with fresh, exciting directions for long-familiar characters. Lauren and Todd are careening towards an impasse in their seemingly stalled, three-year, relationship when a series of events causes Lauren to consider surprising, new options. Bethanne and Max are deeply in love, but their long-distance marriage is starting to feel the strain of the miles, especially when Bethanne’s scheming ex-husband makes an appearance. Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn, finds herself embroiled in a mystery as some unknown individual has been leaving baskets of yarn throughout town with no explanation, just an intriguing note.

“The book is about three different brides in three different situations,” she explained. “I’ve been in a romance-y kind of mood lately and this book has more romance than I normally write, so I’m really anxious to see how the readers react.”

Blossom Street Brides (Ballantine Hardcover, available March 25, 2014) is a wonderful, love-affirming novel of hard choices and heart-driven purpose. Debbie Macomber has penned an engaging, emotionally fulfilling story that clearly shows why she is a peerless storyteller.

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