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Subject: Questions for Macomber series readers...
Date Posted: 10/16/2009 4:15 PM ET
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My mom is ill and I've started getting her some of these as she enjoyed Jan Karon and I thought she might like these. I've managed to get all but 2 of the Cedar Cove series so far and she's enjoying them, so I started to accumulate the Blossom Street series. This one has me puzzled as PBS's numbering doesn't jive with anything I've seen elsewhere and seems to include Susanna's Garden? Is that book really part of the series? Sorry if these questions are dumb...I don't read much of this type of fiction.

I thought about the Angel series next. Would that be a good choice? I don't know if it matters, but my mom is 70+...

Thanks for any insight! 

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Date Posted: 10/16/2009 4:57 PM ET
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I always go to Fantastic Fiction when searching out a series. Here is the link to Debbie Macomber's page.   http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/debbie-macomber/  and here is the list for the Knitting books

Knitting Books
1. The Shop on Blossom Street (2004)
2. A Good Yarn (2005)
3. Susannah's Garden (2006)
aka Old Boyfriends
4. Back On Blossom Street (2007)
aka Wednesdays at Four
4. Christmas Letters (2007) (in Christmas Wishes)
5. Twenty Wishes (2008)
6. Summer On Blossom Street (2009)

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 5:23 PM ET
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I've read Susannah's Garden and it barely ties in..it can be read along but it's pretty good! her flower shop is mentioned in some of the books which is why I recognized it as 'part of the series' but when the book starts she doesn't own a flower shop - she's dealing with a mom who has alzheimer's and is getting worse and also dealing with finding an old flame and wondering if things would've been diffrent if she'd stayed with him, etc. but I dont' recall anyone from the yarn shop showing up in Susannah's Garden.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 6:24 PM ET
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Thanks so much. I think that's what threw me, because Debbie Macomber's website itself only shows 5 Blossom Street books (it doesn't include Susanna's Garden or Christmas Letters) and shows no related books, so the numbering here was getting me confused, especially as it wasn't new, but from 2006. The Cedar Cove series shows 9, with 2 "related books."  I'd printed the series list for my mom so she'd know the order to read them, and for me so I'd know which ones I still needed for her.

Any opinions on Angels?

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 10:39 PM ET
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I'm not familiar with the Angels books sorry. I did enjoy one of her romances - Morning Comes Softly I think is the title..it's a sweet 'mail order bride' type romance with ahint of suspense. much 'sweeter' than the women's fiction t ype books like the blossom street ones. she also wrote tons of romances for harlequin..you have to be careful with her 'new releases' because a ton of them are reprints from back when.

if she likes the low-sex romance she might enjoy Curtiss Ann Matlock's series set in Oklahoma - driving lessons and open highways go together(not sure which is first) then several years later 3 more take place - cold tea on a hot day, at the corner of love and heartache, recipes for easy living.

a womens' fiction I just read is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society(letter  format set after WWII) it was very good and kept my attention with a slight romance near the end.

another romance series that builds on a small community is Robyn Carr's Virgin River. these are preceded by a trilogy set in Grace Valley (these read similar to Mitford but more problems) then Virgin River is a bit edgier with more sex but some humor and just a great couple you follow through other romances. My favorites are the first 2 couples but they've all been good reads but need to be read in order.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 11:20 PM ET
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Jodi~ I have read most of the Angel series..( I think all of them, but I would have to doublecheck because I wasnt making a list

of books read...when I read the Angel series of books by Debbie Macomber )  :)  Ive been collecting her books for a long time..and I think

that the Angel books are what got me "hooked" on Debbie Macomber.  There is a Trio of Angels, that are very helpful and "playful".

There names are Shirley, Goodness and Mercy~

They come down to earth, to help out different situations, young couples, older couples, and all kinds of fun!

I think you and your Mother would REALLY enjoy all of the Angel Series! 

( I got this list from Debbie Macombers website..  http://debbiemacomber.com/index.cfm  click books..then click Angels for more information

on her Angel series..)

A Season Of Angels

The Trouble With Angels

Touched By Angels

Christmas Angels
Touched by Angels
The Trouble With Angels
A Season of Angels

Shirley, Goodness and Mercy
 MIRA Hardcover -  1999

A Gift to Last
Can This Be Christmas
Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy
 MIRA Paperback - 2001

Angels Everywhere
A Season Of Angels, Touched By Angels
 Harper/Avon Paperback -  2002

Those Christmas Angels
Harlequin SuperRomance
November 2003

Where Angels Go
MIRA Hardcover
October 2007

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Date Posted: 10/17/2009 8:05 AM ET
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Thanks, Melissa for the Angels information. I'll start working on accumulating those as well.

Thanks too, Susanna, for the additional ideas! I've made notes of them all and  it sounds as if the Robin Carr books will be on my list soon as well.

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 3:21 PM ET
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Your welcome Jodi!

Would love to hear what you and your Mom think of the Angel Series!  I think the Angel Trio would help your Mom smile!  :)