If you are looking for a novel filled with emotions, happy ends, and a bit tension, then this is definitely your book. I never thought that the author could come up with such an intense and at the same time soft novel and that without being kitschy at all. For every fan of Debbie Macomber. Again, a sweet to read a novel about the people of Cedar Cove. Jo Marie goes into another round with her bed & breakfast and some turmoil and drama, as well as romance,  is brought to the reader´s eye. And what drama and romance that was. Phew. Cancer is never good, but here in combination with lost love and a child that wasn´t supposed to be born, this plot is strong stuff – so to speak.

Rose Harbor In Bloom
by Debbie Macomber
Rose Harbor Series #2
Publisher Ballantine Books on June 23, 2015
Genre Novel
Pages 384
Format Paperback
Source Library

Since moving to Cedar Cove, Jo Marie Rose has truly started to feel at home, and her neighbors have become her closest friends. Now it´s springtime, and Jo Marie is eager to finish the most recent addition to her inn. In memory of her late husband, Paul, she has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property and enlisted handyman Mark Taylor to help realize it. She and Mark don´t always see eye-to-eye – and at times he seems far removed – yet deep down, Jo Marie finds great comfort in his company. And while she still seeks a sense of closure, she welcomes her latest guests, who are on their own healing journeys. Annie Newton arrives in town to orchestrate the anniversary celebration. While Annie is excited for the festivities, she´s struggling to move on from her broken engagement, and her grandparents themselves seem to be having trouble getting along. Worse, Annie is forced to see Oliver Sutton, with whom she grew up and who has always mercilessly teased her. But the best parties end with a surprise, and Annie is in for the biggest one of all. High-powered businessman Mary Smith, another Rose Harbor Inn guest, has achieved incredible success in her field, yet serious illness has led her to face her sole, lingering regret. Almost nineteen years ago, she ended her relationship with her true love, George Hudson, and now she´s returned to Cedar Cove to make amends. 
Jo Marie runs her bed & breakfast with all her heart. But she still misses her late husband dearly and the fact that there is no coffin yet for her that she can bury, she still struggles with his death. A little piece of hope is still inside her and with that hope, she goes through her days. Mary is forced to change her life completely. Her cancer is the only thing that can force her to actually stop, take a breath, and start to rethink and reconsider all the decisions she´s made throughout her entire life. In Cedar Cove, she hopes to see one person she only met as a baby and to come to terms with everything. 

In a soft written tone and with a sensitive feeling for the drama Debbie Macomber brings another story to Cedar Cove and the Rose Harbor Inn. This time the novel is during some pages very moving and the little tension you can feel between some lines is absolutely touching and brings you close to tears.

A career woman who left her one true love to get what she wants from her job, a young woman who believes that the marriage of her grandparents is the one thing she wants, too and a widow how struggles with the sudden death of her husband. And of course, the handyman who turns out to be a complete idiot. 

Yes, Mark is a special man. His behavior sometimes is really something and I could have easily kicked his ass because of his rude behavior towards Jo Marie. What kind of guy do such things? And his working morale is quite astonishing. He comes and goes as he pleases and does everything as fast as a slug. 

In the end, I shed some tears and was totally emotional. Again, the author managed to get me with her wonderful story about love, remorse, and forgiveness. And again this was an over-night-read when I actually was supposed to get some sleep *smile*

Happy reading

Cover of the German edition by Blanvalet published on February 15, 2016 

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber ©Dan Gregory Meyer

Debbie Macomber is the owner of the Victorian Tea Room and the yarn shop A Good Yarn, which was named after the store in her successful book Blossom Street. She is the author of Sweet Tomorrows, among many other books, and a leading voice in women´s fiction. Ten of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber´s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber´s Cedar Cove books. She has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Debbie Macomber, who likes to be a grandmother, lives with her husband Wayne in Port Orchard, Washington, where her novels play and spends the winter in Florida. 


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