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A good yarn is an invention for women. I picked up the book because I saw the image of a twine basket that suggested warmth, or my mother, who used to be a knitter. I never knit well even though I learned two knitting, knitting and knitting, and managed to find some baby items for my children. As I read this book, I longed for knitting again.
However, the story is not about knitting but about friendship, although knitting is used as a prop. The main character, Lydia Hoffman, has successfully fought cancer and opened a shop, "A Good Yarn," to sell yarn. In the shop she also teaches some groups in knitting. Brad Goetz, Lydia's love interest, is the UPS driver who delivers supplies. Brad has a little girl who loves Lydia. For the sake of her daughter, and to the dismay of Lydia, Brad makes amends with his disloyal wife to change course later.
I found the minor characters very interesting and almost as close to the main characters in the strength of their portraits. The rigid and prudish Elise Beaumont, the retired librarian, and her ex-husband and professional player Maverick are an interesting couple whose passion and conflicts arouse the reader's interest.
My favorite character is Bethanne Hamlin, who starts after a hurtful divorce in the knit class and emerges with magic from Macomber's writing license as the winner of the party planning. Bethanne's wayward daughter is joined by another knitter, Courtney Pulanski, a depressed and overweight teenage girl who falls in love with Bethanne's son.
A little fairy dust at the end leaves the reader a positive note with the celebration of female power and success. The plot is even and the reader is happy to read this book.
As a happy and gentle story, A Good Yarn is not at all frivolous or banal. Each character is very well developed and everyone learns to deal with life under different conditions.
The author Debbie Macomber with more than 100 books of contemporary women's literature has received several awards. Some of her other books include: Cedar Cove, The Shop on Blossom Street, Heart of Texas, Return to Promise, Promise, Navy Woman, Buffalo Valley, Dakota Born, Orchard Valley Trilogy, Almost Paradise, These Manning Men, Moon Over Water , Angels everywhere, touched by angels, 5-B Poppy Place, this issue of marriage, the morning is quiet, somehow wonderful.
The book is hardcover and has 352 pages with ISBN-10: 0778321444 and ISBN-13:
Although the end of the story is more like wishful thinking than real life, the friendship between the knitters is tender and poignant, making "A Good Yarn" a pleasure to read.