Debbie Macomber simply knows how to entertain her readers. This novel is beautiful, emotional, and still not kitschy or in any way too much. I am still in some sort of shock. There is so much heart, drama, and love in this novel and you can find on every page something you haven´t discovered yet. Right from the first page, you see the author´s beautiful and unique writing-style and in combination with her way to describe things, even the worst ones, this book is going right through your heart.

Silver Linings*
by Debbie Macomber
Rose Harbor Series #4
Publisher Ballantine Books on August 11, 2015
Genre Novel
Pages 352
Format Hardcover
Source Library

Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has grown closer to her handyman, Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friends – and are becoming something more – yet he still won´t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he´s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. Just when she is starting to open herself up again to love, she feels once more that she is losing the man she cares about. And as she discovers the secret behind Mark´s decision to leave, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers. Best friends Kellie Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy have returned to Cedar Cove for their ten-year high school reunion, looking to face down old hurts and find a sense of closure. Kellie, known as Coco, wants to finally confront the boy who callously broke her heart. Katie, however, wishes to reconnect with her old boyfriend, James – the man she still loves and the one who got away. As Katie hopes for a second chance, Coco discovers that people can change – and both look to the exciting possibilities ahead.
Jo Marie has to accept that Mark is going. She can´t understand why and he isn´t giving her any answers. And to know that she will now finally be completely on her own isn´t something she really wants. Through her two guests, Coco and Katie, she learns that not every goodbye in life really means goodbye. And those emotions, as overwhelming as they can sometimes be, are a beautiful thing and worth being treasured.

I love the way how Debbie Macomber lets her figures show their feelings. How she describes the wonderful landscape of the town, how she puts emotions into words. There is such a power in everything, even the bad scenes. And with the pictures in mind, I have from watching the Cedar Cove series, I sometimes wish I could be actually there. The author´s language is soft, sensitive, and yet with power. Bad things and drama happen all the time, that´s nothing new. But in Silver Linings, you can go through all this with the knowledge that love is an even more powerful thing and that if you are able to open up to it, you might be vulnerable but also in a magical way safe.

Good, sometimes I think Mark is an idiot. Yes, I admit it I´ll never understand how that man ticks. But after reading this book I start to believe that no matter what he does and how he does it, he has a damn good reason why he does everything this way. He has a heart though he´s not showing it very often, has a unique way to handle other people´s dramas, and to find a solution for it, but when it comes to Jo Marie and their relationship he is acting like a real moron. 

Jo Marie is nice, lovely and sweet as ever. Still thinking about her dead husband, still trying to get closer to Mark without having to leave her comfort zone. The talk she has with her mother about exactly that isn´t as good as she hoped it would be and the scene with Rich shows why. She is strong but still, has to find her new way.

I read this novel in one single swoop and was afterward in a state of shock. HOW can an author give such a beautiful novel such an end? Debbie Macomber, YOU ARE KILLING ME! I thought WTF when I turned the page and saw that there was nothing more …. Read!

Happy reading

*I read the German edition by Blanvalet on August 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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