Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber

When I tear up over a book, it usually isn't in the first twelve pages. Well, darn. We all know I'm mushy. But, Debbie Macomber's The Inn at Rose Harbor managed to make me tear up a couple times. Macomber launches what appears to be a new series set in Cedar Cove, one that features people in need of healing, as many of her books do.

Jo Marie Rose bought a bed-and-breakfast in Cedar Cove, Washington, when she herself needed healing. Her husband, Paul, was an Airborne Ranger killed when his helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. Once she moved into the cozy inn, she felt as if Paul had guided her there. She felt a sense of peace that she hadn't felt in the six months after his death. She named the inn after her husband, Rose Harbor Inn, and prepared to welcome her first guests.

Both of Jo Marie's guests returned reluctantly to Cedar Cove. Josh Weaver responded to a call that his stepfather, Richard, was dying. Josh had only been back to town once since his graduation. After Josh's mother died, Richard kicked Josh out of the house even before his high school graduation. Resentful and still angry, Josh only came to town to retrieve a few possessions that belonged to his mother. He and his stepfather had nothing good to say to each other.

For ten years, Abby Kincaid had avoided returning to her hometown. She couldn't refuse to come back this time, though, because she was there for her brother's wedding. As much as she loved him, Abby was afraid she wasn't going to be good company to the rest of the wedding guests. For fifteen years, she had lived with the guilty knowledge that she caused the death of her best friend. She couldn't forgive herself, so why would anyone in Cedar Cove forgive her or want to see her?

Macomber allows each of these three injured people to tell their stories, stories of loss and healing. It's the theme that will continue in this series. It's easy to see where each storyline is going, and it's easy to see the roles people such as Mark Taylor, the mysterious handyman, will play in future books. Although familiar characters from previous Cedar Cove books show up, this series belongs to Jo Marie Rose and her inn. The Inn at Rose Harbor is a comforting book, one that will welcome readers just as Jo Marie and her inn welcome guests.

Debbie Macomber's website is www.debbiemacomber.com

The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber. Ballantine Books. 2012. ISBN 9780345528926 (hardcover), 340p.

*****
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14 comments:

Kay said...

I love Debbie Macomber's books and was glad to see that this new series was also set in Cedar Cove. I still haven't completely finished the Cedar Cover series, but I will eventually. I'm assuming I could pick this one up anyway.

Lesa said...

Oh, you definitely can pick his one up, Kay. It introduces the new character & setting, and really has nothing to do with previous books, just a few characters to add a feeling of continuity.

Rosemary Kaye said...

I enjoy Debbie Macomber too - they're great books to read in between more 'meaty' reads, and although it's always obvious where the plot's going, I find that quite comforting at times. And I do remember her characters.

I'll look out for this one - thanks Lesa.

Rosemary

Carol N Wong said...

I loved her Blossom Street Series so much but had trouble with Cedar Cove. I had to read the books jumping around in the series, there were two many characters for me to keep track of. I am so glad that you loved this book (any book that makes me tear up is great1). Thank you for your review.

Carol

Karen B said...

I've read both her Cedar Cove
and Blossom Street series and am looking forward to her latest. My copy is sitting by my chair to be read when I finish Ocean Beach, which I'm reading right after 10 Beach Road (which you must read!)

Lesa said...

If you're fans, you're all going to want to read this one. Carol, There won't be a problem with skipping around in this one. The series is centered around the inn, and she introduces two guests and their stories. From the ending of this one, it appears that will be the pattern for the next as well. So, not too many characters to keep track of. Karen, I'll try to get back to 10 Beach Road. I do own it. Thanks, Rosemary! That's just what I like, a lighter book in the middle of the others.

Karen C said...

I have read any of Debbie Macomber's books in a long time. I had heard about The Inn at Rose Harbor and was interested - on the list.

Beth Hoffman said...

I've not read any of Macomber's books, but I think I'll give her a try. This one sounds like a relaxing and light summer read.

Lesa said...

Glad it's on your list, Karen!

Lesa said...

Beth,

This one is a good one to start with since it kicks off a new series. It is a relaxing book for the summer. And, with its theme of healing, I think you'll like it.

Hugs, Beth!

Jane R said...

I have never read any of Debbie Macomber's books (hanging my head in shame). I do need to and your review has jump-started me. I'll be on the lookout the next time I'm at the library.

Lesa said...

No, no, no, Jane! Never apologize for your reading taste or what you haven't read! The First Law of Reading is "Never Apologize for Your Reading Taste." I added that second part. You'd be amazed at what I've never read, and I may never read. Fine, if you want to read Debbie Macomber, but don't feel guilty for not having read her. Do you know how many years it was before I read my first Ed McBain?

Ingrid King said...

Like Carol, I loved the Blossom Street series, but couldn't get into the Cedar Cove series. Thank you for this review - I think I'm going to like this one.

Lesa said...

One of my staff members just brought it back, Ingrid, and she liked it, too. I think readers will like this one even if they didn't care for the Cedar Cove series.