Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Can you judge a book by its cover?  In this case you can.  The image of an old-fashioned suitcase, a sensible suitcase and a trendy suitcase set atop a car parked along a winding road captures perfectly the story of three generations of women off on a journey, both in the literal and metaphysical  sense. 


Book Title: A Turn in the Road (
Blossom Street
Series #8)
Author:  Debbie Macomber                  
Genre:  Women’s Fiction/Romance
Setting:  Road Trip between Washington State to Florida
Format:  Hardcover
Pages:  333
Publication date: March, 2011 
Publisher:  MIRA
Favorite Passage: 

Beach Read Rating:  4 out of 5 Beach Umbrellas

Review: I didn’t realize this was part of the continuing
Blossom Street
series (which I haven’t read yet…for lack of time, not lack of desire) and in that regard I didn’t get a good sense of the characters of previous books mentioned.  Obviously knitting played a big role and that was all lost on me. 
          But as far as a stand alone book goes, this one had three generations of characters all grappling with an age old problem—relationships.  It’s the universal theme and interesting to see how each of the three women dealt with the men—or lack thereof—in their lives.  I do think it got a bit repetitive with Annie always nagging Bethanne to get reuinte with Greg.  But other than that, I found it a perfectly enjoyable read.
I do plan on going back and read the others in the
Blossom Street
series, starting at one—I’m just a tad OCD that way. 

Cover blurb:  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…and, well, she's curious. Maybe even hopeful.
Bethanne herself needs time to reflect, to ponder a decision she has to make. Her ex-husband, Grant—her children's father—wants to reconcile now that his second marriage has failed. Bethanne's considering it….
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 you to an unexpected encounter—like the day Bethanne meets a man named Max who really is a hero on a Harley. That's when Bethanne's decision becomes a lot harder. Because Grant wants her back, but now there's Max….
From Seattle's
Blossom Street
to the other end of the country, this is a trip that could change three women's lives.


Patricia said...

Hi Jayne! I've been a Debbie M. fan for years and I read this book and loved it. I'm a fan of her Cedar Cove series which just ended and I love her Blossom Street novels as well.
Thanks for this post. I never see anyone in the groups I belong to refer to her ever and I don't know why. She's VERY popular and I love her.

Jayne Ormerod... said...


I've started reading Debbie's books back when she wrote Silhouette Romances! She can really tell a nice story! She hits the NYT Bestseller list regularly so she must have a lot of fans!