>> Friday, October 14, 2011
1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
Series: #12 in the Cedar Cove Series
Publication Date: 2011
Source: Copy provided by publisher through NetGalley
The Short Version:
The final book in the Cedar Cove series is both a nice holiday book and a fitting finale to a series.
Why I Read It:
I have been a loyal reader of this and the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber over the years and wanted to spend one last visit with the folks I’ve gotten to know in Cedar Cove.
The Cedar Cove series has followed several families of characters over the years. This time around the main focus of the story is Beth Morehouse.
From the Publisher:
The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise.
But…someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she’s determined to place in good homes. That’s complication #1. And #2 is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth’s long-divorced husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads.
As always in life-and in Cedar Cove-there are surprises, too. More than one family’s going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending!
I felt this was a fitting finale to this series. I know that Debbie Macomber likes to do a Christmas themed book every year and I liked that she ended this series with one. Of course I knew going in that it would all turn out for the best for everyone involved but it was a great revisit and wrap up of the series.
The basketful of abandoned puppies were a great way to visit all of the families and characters that have been part of the previous books in the series. As each of the puppies is adopted by a now familiar Cedar Cove family, it provides a chance to catch up and reflect back on the events that were part of whatever book in which they were the focus.
Sure it’s contrived and hokey but it fits with this series and gives a nice way to virtually take a tour through town and see what’s up with old friends.
Aside from the puppy adoptions there is also Beth’s story.While the outcome of her college aged daughters attempts to reunite their parents is totally predictable, there are some humorous moments along the way.
It’s a pleasant combination of feel good holiday story and final tour and check in with some favorite characters. It’s a series I’ve enjoyed and some characters that I’ll miss.