Starting Now by Debbie Macomber

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Starting Now by Debbie Macomber
A Blossom Street Novel
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (338 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

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.

Libby is a driven woman. She’s an excellent lawyer, has had a lot of success with her cases and fully expects to be a partner in the business soon. She gets called into her boss’ office and is fully imagining herself as a partner two years earlier than normal. She can’t believe her ears when she’s told she’s being laid off…

Debbie Macomber has been writing for years and her romances have always been interesting, sweet, and filled with personal problems her characters must resolve to live happily ever after. This contemporary love story is the same. While it is set on Blossom Street, it can be read separately from the rest of the series. Some of the characters are the same but it is a stand-alone story.

Libby is lost without her job. She had no life except her life as an attorney. No one is hiring currently and she is adrift in the sea of life with no rudder. When she finds the local yarn shop, she wanders in mostly because she has nothing else to do. Soon she is knitting preemie hats and making friends with the women and young adults she meets there. And, somehow, she ends up holding babies at the hospital and calming them down. It calms her down, too.

Libby hasn’t been good at love. Her career has been first in her life and she hasn’t adjusted to having a balanced life. She and one of the doctors spark an interest between them, but they both have baggage. His wife died; her ex-husband left her because he wanted a family. There is a lot of give and take between them and Ms. Macomber made me wonder whether she would ever give Libby the shove necessary to move on with her life. Part of what makes this author’s books so good to read is that they are realistic. No one gets love without some risk, not everyone finds love, and not all love is good for us. She adds that quantity in her stories.

This is a sad/glad story that has a good viable ending. Whether you’re a fan of Ms. Macomber’s books or you are just reading her work for the first time, I think you’ll enjoy this book. I’m glad that Libby finally got her head on straight!

Comments

  1. Rita Wray says:

    I have read many Debbie Macomber books, in fact I have them in my bookcase. Starting Now will be added to my collection.

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