Since I´ve seen the Cedar Cove series, based on the author´s Cedar Cove books, I am a huge fan of her. And when I discovered this book I couldn´t resist. Sometimes you just need a little something that isn´t the usual stuff to get another perspective. And how perfect this novel was for me. A nice and sweet read without being kitschy and with a setting I could literally see before my own eyes. If you´re in for a wonderful, sensitive novel with a little spiritual touch brought into it in a very lovely way, I suggest you start reading this.

The Inn At Rose Harbor*
by Debbie Macomber
Rose Harbor Series #1
Publisher Ballantine Books on March 25, 2014
Genre Novel
Pages 384
Format Paperback
Source Library

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 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.
Jo Marie has lost her husband very early after they got married. Now she wants to start over again and uses his legacy to purchase a bed and breakfast in Cedar Cove. And there it is where she feels that she is not only healing but also at home. And closer to Paul than ever before. Her guests have their own things to deal with and when Rover, a dog from the street, comes into her life, she knows that she will never be alone.

Debbie Macomber uses a soft, sensitive, and very simple writing style and tone in her novels. And if you are familiar with her Cedar Cove series, with Olivia and Grace, you will probably be more than happy to see them again in this novel. The author has a very lovely way to bring you in touch and closer to her figures. The sorrows and worries they have, their life in general that some of us have a heavier burden to carry than others. All that is brought to the reader in the great landscape and setting of a beautiful little town in Washington, where people care about each other and help each other in every way possible. And for Jo, that means that she is offered every help she needs to start and run her business in a successful way with the help of the people of the town.

No matter what happens in this book, the author writes about it with dignity. Whether it is the dying of an old grumpy man full of hate for the rest of the world, or the quiet suffering of a young woman who believes that she is the reason why her best friend had to die over twenty years ago. She gives all of them their own voice and lets them speak in their own way. So, yes you will hear some rude tones, but always with style and great to read.

Her figures are normal people like you and me, who have suffered a lot or still do. There is a strength in the characters, a lovely side that comes out after a while, that you will start to love. Jo was married only a couple of months when she got the devastating news of the death of her husband. She decides to move and leave her old life behind her, feeling that this would be the only way for her to survive this horrible tragedy and to get on with her life as best as possible. In Cedar Cove, she feels from the first moment that there is a special connection between her and the bed and breakfast she is walking through. Her discreet personality, her way to see things, to act and to speak with her guests and the people in town is wonderful to watch and so beautiful, I kind of fell in love with her.

After reading this novel, I had tears in my eyes. This was heartbreaking, heartwarming, sensitive, and very touching. And the style the author has, with heart, emotions, and such great tactfulness is just something you sometimes need. I recommend this to anyone who needs and wants a bit of romance, troubled past, and a happy ending in his daily life.

Happy reading

Cover of the German edition by Blanvalet published on October 19, 2015

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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