|From beloved bestselling author Macomber comes a new novel in her heartwarming Blossom Street series. Three generations of women--Bethanne Hamlin, her daughter Annie, and her former mother-in-law Ruth--drive from Seattle to Florida. They have their maps and directions, but this is a trip that could change their lives forever.|
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Three women--Bethanne Hamlin, her daughter Annie and her former mother-in-law Ruth--go on a road trip across the country, in an adventure that changes all of their lives as they each contemplate taking different paths in their romantic lives. Reprint.Sometimes, where you think you're going isn't where you end up?
In the middle of the year, in the middle of her life, Bethanne Hamlin takes a road trip with her daughter, Annie, and her former mother-in-law, Ruth.
They're driving to Florida for Ruth's 50th high school reunion. A longtime widow, Ruth would like to reconnect with Royce, the love of her teenage life. She's heard he's alone, too.?
Bethanne needs time to reflect on a decision she has to make?whether or not to reconcile with her ex-husband, Grant, her children's father.
Meanwhile, Annie's out to prove to her onetime boyfriend that she can live a brilliant life without him!
So there they are, three women driving across America. They have their maps and their directions?but even the best-planned journey can take you to a turn in the road. Or lead to an unexpected encounter?like the day Bethanne meets a man named Max.?
Debbie Macomber crafts an engaging story of three woman of different generations setting off on a road trip with the hope of healing their hearts. Ruth is in her 50's, and she wants to reconnect with an old flame. Bethanne is trying to decide if she should reconcile with her ex, and young Annie just wants to get over her last boyfriend. The women settle in for a wild ride--and find their journey to be full of surprises.
With more than 150 novels to her credit and dozens of appearances on the bestseller lists, Debbie Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in the country. Unlike many prolific writers, Macomber, who was born in Yakima, Washington, was not an avid reader as a child. Suffering from an undiagnosed learning disability, she did not learn to read fluently until she was in the fifth grade. After graduating from high school, she married and had four children. Money was always in short supply, but with her husband's encouragement, Macomber, who had become a fan of romance novels, rented a typewriter and began writing her own love stories. She scrimped one year to attend a convention for aspiring romance writers, but she became devastated when an editor there brutally critiqued her manuscript, advising her to throw it in the garbage. Shaken, she decided to send the book to one of the editor's competitors. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber has recalled. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time." It was a wise investment; the novel, HEARTSONG, was published in 1982 and became one of the first romances to be reviewed in the book-industry magazine Publishers Weekly. Macomber has since become known for her many series, including the Cedar Cove books, which take place in a small town in Washington State, and her Blossom Street books, which focus on a group of women who frequent a cozy Seattle yarn shop. (An avid knitter, Macomber owns her own yarn store in Washington State.) Macomber, who has won a lifetime achievement award from the Romance Writers of America, is deeply religious and intensely devoted to her many grandchildren. She told one journalist, "I'm a people person, and love talking with readers, knitters, friends, family, people I meet while standing in line at the grocery store--wherever I am. We all come with different attitudes, personal histories, family connections, and more. All these are an endless source inspiration and imagination."
"[H]eartwarming....Themes of forgiving old hurts and finding new love will resonate with readers in search of a gently romantic tale."