Author: D ebbie Macomber
Series: Rose Harbor, #1.5
Published: July 2013, Ballantine Books
Format: E-book, 36 pages
Debbie Macomber’s heartwarming new series, set at the Rose Harbor Inn in picturesque Cedar Cove, displays the author’s signature talent for creating characters who feel like friends, and small towns that feel like home. In this original short story available exclusively as an eBook, Jo Marie Rose readies her inn for spring, turning to her new friends Grace and Olivia when she needs them most.***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.
Jo Marie has big plans for her bed-and-breakfast. With the help of handyman Mark Taylor, she intends to plant a beautiful rose garden in time for her upcoming open house. Jo Marie and Mark rarely see eye to eye—especially on matters of home improvement—but she knows he has her best interests at heart. After the two walk the grounds, Jo Marie realizes that her beloved rescue dog, Rover, is missing, and at a time when she most needs a friend, Mark abruptly leaves. Confused by Mark’s behavior and worried for Rover’s safety, Jo Marie searches for her precious pup all over Cedar Cove. Rover is on an adventure of his own—one that will lead to a delightful surprise for two unlikely people.
My thoughts: I'm really enjoying this second Cedar Cove series that Debbie Macomber has written. This is an in-between book that I actually read after having read book 3, but in this series, I don't think it really matters all that much. It really just helps set up the relationship between Jo Marie and Mark, which I find to be so sweet!
Rover, the rescue dog that Jo Marie has taken in, has run off and Jo Marie is in a panic! Little does she know that Rover is about to play cupid for two high school students who are about as different as night and day, yet secretly have crushes on each other. It's a corny, sweet little romance, yet Rover helps nudge them together.
This is what I love about Debbie Macomber's books - they are sweet, light romances that just make you smile!
Books in this series:
0.5 When First They Met
1. The Inn at Rose Harbor
1.5 Lost and Found in Cedar Cove
2. Rose Harbor in Bloom
3. Love Letters
3.5 Falling for Her
4. Silver Linings
5. Sweet Tomorrows - due out Aug 2016