Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review: The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbic Macomber

The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Ballantine Books
August 2012
Format: Hardcover, 330 pages

First line: Last night I dreamed of Paul.

From the inside cover: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes a heartwarming new series based in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, where a charming cast of characters finds love, forgiveness, and renewal behind the doors of the cozy Rose Harbor Inn.

Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. Coping with the death of her husband, she purchases a local bed-and-breakfast—the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn—ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine.

Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile their differences. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua’s high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it’s least expected.  

Jo Marie's other guest is Abby Kincaid, who has returned to Cedar Cove to attend her brother’s wedding. Back for the first time in twenty years, she almost wishes she hadn’t come, the picturesque town harboring painful memories. While Abby reconnects with family and old friends, she realizes she can only move on if she truly allows herself to let go.

A touching novel of life’s grand possibilities and the heart’s ability to heal, The Inn at Rose Harbor is a welcome introduction to an unforgettable set of friends.

My thoughts: This is the first in Debbie Macomber's newest series, Rose Harbor Inn and I think it was a great beginning to what I am hoping will be another wonderful series. The series takes us back to our beloved Cedar Cove (for those of us who have read and loved her Cedar Cove series) where we meet a new cast of characters, but also get updates on some of those characters we came to love from the Cedar Cove series.

The Inn at Rose Harbor is a story about loss and grief and how to accept what's happened and try to move forward. Jo Marie Rose is recently widowed and starting to live life again. She moves to Cedar Cove and purchases a bed & breakfast. Her first two guests, Abby and Josh, are back in town after leaving years ago. Both are there for different reasons and filled with dread at having to be there. While these three don’t have much interaction, except at the inn, they each are finding their own paths to peace and healing.

The chapters alternate from one character's point of view to the others and you quickly find yourself completely wrapped up each character's story. I love Jo Marie and look forward to getting to know her better as the series continues. There's also Mark, the handyman that Jo Marie is told to call if she needs help. He's an interesting man and I have a feeling we will be seeing more of him as the series unfolds.

I think the Rose Harbor Inn series is going to become a favorite of mine and I cannot wait until the next book comes out! Have you tried this series out? 

(I borrowed this book from the library.)

Books in this series:

       1.  Inn at Rose Harbor

8 comments:

  1. I've heard so many good things about this book and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for a great review.

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    1. It was really good - I think we will be meeting some interesting characters.

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  2. I have it on my Kindle, but have yet to get to it! Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. It's a good one!!! Did you read the prequel?

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  3. I have enjoyed several of Macomber's books, and this one seems to promise a great new series. Thank for your review.

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    1. I think it will be a great series, too! I love the character of Mary Jo!

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  4. I enjoyed this one too, I love her Blossom Street series so hopefully this one will prove just as delightful! Lovely review Kristin

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    1. It was good, wasn't it? I have loved all her series - Cedar Cove, Blossom Street, the Dakota series, etc.

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