>> Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber
Series: #2 in the Rose Harbor series
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2013
Source: e-galley provided by publisher
The Short Version:
Cedar Cove, Washington’s Rose Harbor Inn welcomes another groups of guests.
Why I Read It:
I liked the first in this series enough to continue it. It was good to return to the familiar setting.
In this installment of the series the guests at the Rose Harbor Inn include a cancer survivor who regrets leaving the only man she ever truly loved and the family of a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary.
Mary Smith’s return to Washington was sparked by her cancer diagnosis. She has some personal issues to put to rest.
Annie Newton has used the planning of her grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary party to keep her mind off her recently broken engagement. As the family gathers for the party she is faced with both an unwanted guest and evidence that her grandparent’s relationship may not be the blissful loving relationship she thought it was.
In the meantime B&B owner Jo Marie Rose has to deal with her cranky handyman and the stress of an upcoming open house for tallow local business owners.
I had enjoyed Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series but ending it when she did was a good move. This new series takes place in a B&B in Cedar cove which allows for new characters along with cameo appearances by familiar folks from her earlier series.
The story of Jo Marie Rose is really the only ongoing storyline in this series. The other stories are episodic. It’s a lot like the old TV show The Love Boat only in a B&B in a small town in Washington and without the cheesy theme song. Mostly it’s a light and enjoyable change of pace for me. I’ve become familiar with Cedar Cove and the Rose Harbor Inn is a nice addition to town. It’s Debbie Macomber so you know it’s all going to work out OK.
I don’t read a lot of this type of book but I do enjoy visiting my friends in Cedar Cove. It’s like sitting down for tea with old friends. It's pleasant but not exciting or surprising.