Saturday, May 11, 2013

REVIEW: "Starting Now" by Debbie Macomber--starting here, starting now, reach out for life, love, and happiness!

Starting Now (Blossom Street, #9)

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.
Author Debbie Macomber returns to her beloved "Blossom Street" series with the inspiring and heartwarming story of a woman who thought she lost it all, only to find her world to be much larger than she could have ever imagined. In "Starting Now", we meet career-driven attorney Libby Morgan, who receives a shock to the system when she is called "into the office" and, instead of her much-anticipated promotion, she is given a termination of employment. Ironically, her boss tells her to take losing her job as a chance for a new lease on life--"starting now". The recession which affected the law firm where she worked has Libby still seeking employment months after she lost her job. As a teenager, Libby had lost her mother to cancer, further distancing her relationship with her father. Libby's younger brother had been killed by a drunk driver, and her father had not been the same since the accident. He had later remarried a woman with whom Libby had a pleasant relationship, but no one could take the place of Libby's mother. With time on her hands, and an ache in her heart, Libby slowly reaches out for new experiences, starting with joining a gym to lose the weight she has gained from late-night ice cream binges. Joining a friend on a visit to a yarn-shop, Libby remembers the fun she had knitting with her mother, and she once again picks up needles and yarn. Knitting little warming caps for hospital preemies leads to volunteering as a "rocker" for the tiny babes who need a soothing and nurturing touch. At the hospital, she makes the acquaintance of Dr. Phillip Stone, the handsome man she had seen working out at her gym. His abrupt, remote manner is off-putting, but the more time she spends around him, the more she realizes that he is a kind and caring person. Both of them have known disappointment in love, but as their friendship grows closer, so does their awareness of each other. A surprise chance at regaining her former career threatens the new happiness she finds with Phillip. Can Libby have it all? Will she be able to balance love, legal cases, and life? "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. Libby and her story had a special resonance for me. I have been unemployed through no fault of my own more than once in my life. The last time was the worst--losing my job in the middle of the global recession was something from which I will never fully recover. The consequences have been monumental and lasting. However, like Libby, I did eventually reach out to keep from losing my grip on life. In my case, I made a return to the world of all things books, and here I still reside.
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Debbie Macomber
With more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Debbie Macomber 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. Drawing on her own experiences and observations, Debbie writes heartwarming tales about small-town life, home and family and enduring friendships. Every book features the delightful sense of humor that readers around the world clamor for.

Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (55 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 63 times) and Publishers Weekly (23 times to date). She is the first-ever recipient of the "readers' choice" Quill Award for Romance Fiction, for 44 Cranberry Point, the fourth book in her highly popular Cedar Cove series. Debbie has also been honored with a RITA® Award, a Romantic Times BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award and is a multiple winner of both the Holt Medallion and the B. Dalton Award. Her recent books include 92 Pacific Boulevard, 8 Sandpiper Way, 74 Seaside Avenue and Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook, as well as Twenty Wishes, A Cedar Cove Christmas, Summer on Blossom Street and The Perfect Christmas.
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