Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Book Review: The Inn at Rose Harbor

The Inn at Rose Harbor
by Debbie Macomber
New York: Random House, 2012

It is a great delight to discover the start of a new series of books and fall in love with it. Over the years, I’ve read an occasional book by bestselling author Debbie Macomber and enjoyed them, but The Inn at Rose Harbor truly grabbed me and kept me blissfully reading until the final page.  

Macomber previously composed thirteen books centered on the fictional town of Cedar Cove and readers begged her to write more. She wanted to please her readership, but at the same time was ready to move on to a new set of characters. The Inn at Rose Harbor is her solution. Still set in Cedar Cove, the story centers on Jo Marie, a recent war widow in her thirties, who sets out to create a new life for herself by buying a bed and breakfast. Each book in this series will focus both on Jo Marie and on the particular guests who have come to stay with her. 

Her two guests in this installment are Josh Weaver, who has returned to Cedar Cove to deal with the impending death of his estranged step-father, and Abby Kincaid who has come back to attend her brother’s wedding. She left town fifteen years earlier after she was blamed for the death of her best friend. 

Macomber is in fine form with this story. The format allows for the exploration of the three story lines (Jo Marie speaks in the first person; the others are told in third person) and they tie together in the theme of forgiveness and moving forward in life. 

The Inn at Rose Harbor is such an enjoyable read. I highly recommend it. The second book in the series, Rose Harbor in Bloom: A Novel, is already available and I have requested it from the library. I'm looking forward to it!



Chris said...

Thanks for the rec! I'm clicking to the lib site to reserve it now.

Have never read her but this looks good!

Hope all is well!

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur said...

Hope you enjoy it!

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