Starting Now by Debbie Macomber
A Blossom Street Novel

73%

6 Critic Reviews

For the reader in the market for an enjoyable, undemanding melodrama, this latest novel from Ms. Macomber offers a pleasant afternoon’s diversion.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Debbie Macomber returns to Seattle’s beloved Blossom Street in this heartfelt tale of friendship, renewal, and discovering what’s truly important in life.

For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career—her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She’s been let go and must rebuild her entire life . . . starting now.

With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store. There she forms a close bond with Lydia, the sweet-natured shop owner; Lydia’s spirited teenage daughter, Casey; and Casey’s best friend, Ava, a shy yet troubled girl who will shape Libby’s future in surprising and profound ways.

As A Good Yarn becomes a second home—and the women a new kind of family—Libby relishes the different person she’s become. She even finds time for romance with a charming and handsome doctor who seems to be her perfect match. But just as everything is coming together, Libby must make a choice that could forever change the life she holds so dear.

Warmly told and richly textured, Starting Now is filled with the promise of new beginnings and the unending delights of companionship and love.

BONUS: This edition includes excerpts from Debbie Macomber's Last One Home and The Inn at Rose Harbor.

Praise for Starting Now
 
“Debbie Macomber is undoubtedly among America’s favorite authors [with] a masterful gift of creating tales that are both mesmerizing and inspiring. . . . Her Blossom Street characters seem as warm and caring as beloved friends.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News
 
“There is a reason that legions of Macomber fans ask for more Blossom Street books. They fully engage her readers as her characters discover happiness, purpose, and meaning in life.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“Macomber understands the often complex nature of a woman’s friendships, as well as the emotional language women use with their friends.”—New York Journal of Books

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Debbie Macomber’s Rose Harbor in Bloom.
 

About Debbie Macomber

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Debbie Macomber, with more than 170 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publishers Weekly. Visit her online at DebbieMacomber.com.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Ballantine Books. 354 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Apr 21 2013
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Critic reviews for Starting Now
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Jan 30 2013

Macomber’s writing and storytelling deliver what she’s famous for—a smooth, satisfying tale with characters her fans will cheer for and an arc that is cozy, heartwarming and ends with the expected happily-ever-after.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jan 07 2013

...Libby and Stone are archetypes who come with no surprises. Readers have read this story too many times.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Autumn Markus on Apr 02 2013

For the reader in the market for an enjoyable, undemanding melodrama, this latest novel from Ms. Macomber offers a pleasant afternoon’s diversion.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on Apr 05 2013

STARTING NOW combines Macomber’s winning elements of romance and friendship, along with a search for one woman's life's meaning --- all cozily bundled into a warmly satisfying story that is the very definition of "comfort reading."

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RT Book Reviews

Good

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.

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Red Room

Good
Reviewed by VIRGINIA CAMPBELL on May 11 2013

"Starting Now" includes a well-sketched cast of supporting characters who add depth to the story line, and old friends from Blossom Street are a welcome presence.

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