Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review of Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber

Synopsis: "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 her grandparents’ fiftieth wedding 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 businesswoman 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.

Compassion and joy await Jo Marie, Annie, and Mary as they make peace with their pasts and look boldly toward their futures. Rose Harbor in Bloom is Debbie Macomber at her heartwarming best."

My Review: I love this series so much and this book continued to make that love grow. Macomber definitely keeps your emotions on shakey ground. You never know if you are going to cry tears of joy or sadness. I find it really interesting that throughout the series, the main character seems to easily step aside and take the sideline to the other sub plot lines that come up during each new book in the series. You really fall in love with each of the characters and you want the absolute best for each of them but don't seem to mind if things don't work out quite the way you want, or if there isn't really a clear resolution or ending. I can't wait for the next book to come out (one thing to keep in mind the characters from previous books do come up again in later books in this series so it might be helpful to read them close together).
My Rating: Another great book in this series, though I must admit that the span between the books allowed me to forget the significance of previous events and characters.  I give it a rating of Four Paws.

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