This time around the novel reveals to us the lives of Anne Marie, Elise, Lillie and her daughter Barbie and little Ellen. Anne Marie is a recent widow and feels like she’ll never be able to feel happy again. Lillie and Barbie, having lost their husbands, join Anne Marie for little get togethers of the widows. Also in this group is Elise who we’ve met before in the previous Blossom Street books. Anne Marie decides she’s going to make up a list of Twenty Wishes-things she’d like to do with her life. All of the women think this is a fantastic idea and become very excited with their lists and making their wishes reality.
For Anne Marie her list started with: find one good thing about life. Others are learning to knit, falling in love again and doing good for someone else. Elise convinces her that volunteering at the school as a Lunch Buddy would be a great idea and that’s where Ellen comes into the picture. She’s 8 years old and has had a rough go of life so far. From this point on the story takes off as Anne Marie continues to add things to her list and other things start becoming reality. What’s most important is that they both come to find that wishes can indeed come true-sometimes in ways you didn’t imagine or expect.
I love the ability that Debbie Macomber’s novels have of making me laugh one minute and cry the next. Her books are a bit like an emotional roller coaster and I think that’s what makes them so good. The reader is always able to easily relate the story to real life and it brings out true feelings. You feel emotionally attached to the characters-they are brought alive so vividly. The Blossom Street series is a definite must read and what I really liked about this one is it still brought in characters from the other books like Lydia, Alix and Susannah.
Besides what could be better than Anne Marie with her book store and Lydia with her knitting store. Two things I love! This is a book I would most definitely recommend!