Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again. At 38, her life’s not what she’d expected—she’s childless and a recent widow. She owns a successful bookstore in Seattle, but there’s still a feeling of emptiness.
On Valentine’s Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together and each begins a list of twenty wishes, things they always wanted to do but never did.
Anne Marie’s list starts with: Find one good thing about life. It includes learning to knit, doing good for someone else, falling in love again. When she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. It’s a relationship that becomes far more than Anne Marie intended. It also becomes more important than she ever imagined.
As Ellen helps Anne Marie complete her list of wishes, they both learn that wishes can come true—but not necessarily in the way you expect.
Summer on Blossom Street
Knitting and life. They’re both about beginnings—and endings. That’s why Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn in Seattle, offers a class called Knit to Quit. It’s for people who want to quit something—or someone!—and start a new phase of their lives.
There’s Phoebe Rylander, who recently ended her engagement to a man who doesn’t know the meaning of faithful, and she’s trying to get over him. Then there’s Alix Turner. She and her husband want a baby, which means she has to quit smoking. And Bryan Hutchinson joins the class as a way to deal with the stress of running his family’s business—not to mention the lawsuit brought against him.
Life can be as complicated as a knitting pattern. Just ask Anne Marie Roche. She and her adopted daughter, Ellen, finally have the happiness they wished for. And then a stranger comes to her bookstore asking questions.
Or ask Lydia herself. Not only is she coping with her frail mother, but she and Brad have unexpectedly become foster parents to an angry, defiant twelve-year-old. But as Lydia already knows, when life gets difficult and your stitches are snarled, your friends can always help!