>> Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Series: #1 in the Rose Harbor Inn series
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2012
Source: e-galley provided by publisher through NetGalley
The Short Version:
A Bed and Breakfast in a small Washington town provides the setting for a series that readers of Macomber’s Cedar Cove series will like.
Why I Read It:
I liked Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series and her new series set in this now familiar town was something I just had to try.
From the publisher:
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.
The 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 from her past. And 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.
I have enjoyed both the Cedar Cove series and the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber. Her books are predictable but pleasant interludes to insert into my reading menu as a type of palate cleanser. When she ended the Cedar Cove series last year I was sorry to see it go but at the same time agreed that it was time. Over the years she had introduced a large number of characters and families to the Cedar Cove, Washington population and it was becoming hard to keep them all going and intertwined.
I like that she set this new series in the same familiar town and that familiar characters get to make guest appearances. It’s a fresh start and certainly can be read without any prior knowledge of the other series. There is a short story available called When They First Met that gives some background on Jo Marie. I heard about if from Mary at Bookfan in her review of this book. It’s nice but not necessary background.
I think the premise of this series is smart. Macomber will be able to have a small recurring cast with Jo Marie and the new and familiar residents of Cedar Cove but the guests at the B&B can provide varying storylines without needing to return in subsequent books.
It’s nice to visit Cedar Cove again and I enjoy the familiar and pleasant break from my usual mystery and thriller fare. I will be watching for the next in this series.