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Rose Harbor in Bloom: A Novel Hardcover – August 13, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 1,507 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Rose Harbor Series

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The second book in best-selling Macomber’s Rose Harbor series is set in Cedar Cove, the cozy Washington town on the Puget Sound that is the setting of many of her novels as well as that of a new Hallmark Network TV series. Jo Marie Rose, a recent war widow, has opened a bed-and-breakfast in Cedar Cove. She is testy with curmudgeonly Mark, the handyman who procrastinated in putting her rose garden in until too late for it to be ready for her big open house, when every room is filled. Mary Smith, frail, weak, and bald from fighting breast cancer, has a secret reason for wanting to be in Cedar Cove. The other guests are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Annie Newton’s grandparents. Annie, a party planner getting over a broken engagement, is aghast to run into her teenage nemesis—the first boy she ever kissed. Then Jo Marie learns that it isn’t certain that her soldier husband perished in a helicopter wreck. Macomber’s legions of fans will embrace this cozy, heartwarming read. --Diana Tixier Herald

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“Takes readers on personal journeys of first love, lost love and recaptured love.”Bookreporter

“A wonderful reading experience . . . as [the characters’] stories unfold, you almost feel they have become friends.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

“Readers will find the emotionally impactful storylines and sweet, redemptive character arcs for which the author is famous. Classic Macomber, which will please fans and keep them coming back for more.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Macomber’s legions of fans will embrace this cozy, heartwarming read.”Booklist
 
“Macomber uses warmth, humor and superb storytelling skills to deliver a tale that charms and entertains.”BookPage
 
“[Debbie Macomber] draws in threads of her earlier book in this series, The Inn at Rose Harbor, in what is likely to be just as comfortable a place for Macomber fans as for Jo Marie’s guests at the inn.”The Seattle Times
 
“Macomber is an institution in women’s fiction. Her principal talent lies in creating characters with a humble, familiar charm. They possess complex personalities, but it is their kinder qualities that are emphasized in the warm world of her novels—a world much like Rose Harbor Inn, in which one wants to curl up and stay.”Shelf Awareness
 
“Just the right blend of emotional turmoil and satisfying resolutions . . . For a feel-good indulgence, this book delivers.”RT Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • Series: Rose Harbor (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034552893X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345528933
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,507 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amy Leemon VINE VOICE on July 2, 2013
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My favorite characters in the Rose Harbor series are Jo Marie (the widow running the B & B ) and Mark Taylor (the prickly handyman). In each book the rose garden he has promised to help her with seems further away. This time around, he suffers a broken leg which puts them in closer contact than either wants.

The Rose Harbor books always have storylines involving guests staying at the inn. One of the storylines this time didn't really catch my interest but the one of the feuding couple celebrating their 50th anniversary made up for it.

There was also a sideline as to whether Jo Marie's husband could have survived the helicopter accident.

Some regulars from the Cedar Cove series showed up again - it was like meeting up with old friends.

And Debbie Macomber always leaves a hint as to who the next two guests will be. It makes you anxious for the next book, that's for sure.
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When I was considering how I would review this book, I was shocked to realize that I would give it 3 stars. I love, love, love, Debbie Macomber's books, but not this one so much.

In this book, it seems like she fell back to a formula - again and again: Woman has a major emotional problem; man pushes woman into relationship with him; they end up happy. And, whenever someone is emotional during a conversation, they whisper a reply. Every. Single. Time. It's a small thing, but it drove me crazy.

However, I read the entire book. I am not someone who feels compelled to read a book if I am not enjoying it. Life is too short and there are too many books. Despite the problems I had with the book, I still was drawn into the characters and the story lines. I like the main character Jo Marie Rose and the women who stay at her B&B are interesting. The men tend to be a little less well developed, more one-dimensional.

I am hoping that the next book in the series will be better. I seem to remember reacting like this to a book in her last Cedar Cove series and subsequent books were better.
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Debbie Macomber's Rose Harbor in Bloom is a warm and inviting story of love, healing, family, and friendship. This second outing in the Rose Harbor series brings readers back to the Rose Harbor Inn where B&B owner Jo Marie receives unexpected news and her guests make peace with their pasts and find love in the process.

Jo Marie has made significant progress dealing with her grief over her husband Paul's death but she continues to cling to the unrealistic hope that he might somehow still be alive. Just as her newest round of guests is arriving, her life is complicated by unsettling news that the Army is finally to retrieve the bodies of Paul and the servicemen who died with him in Afghanistan. Jo Marie has plenty to distract her from dwelling on the recovery effort as she goes about her B&B hosting duties.

Annie Newton and her family are staying at the Rose Harbor Inn as they celebrate her grandparents' fiftieth wedding anniversary. She is shocked by her grandparents' constant squabbling and she is dismayed by the appearance of her teenage crush, Oliver. Will her grandparents' renew their vows as planned? Will she set aside her animosity towards Oliver long enough to uncover the truth about his feelings for her?

As Mary Smith comes face to face with her mortality, she is plagued with regrets over her failed relationship with George Hudson. Unable to resist the pull of her past, Mary reconnects with George but will the secret she carries ruin their reunion?

Rose Harbor in Bloom takes place over a long weekend and each of the characters' stories are told in alternating chapters from their perspective. Jo Marie's point of view is first person and her conflict is the most vivid of the three.
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Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors. I love her books,especially her series.
Having said that,I was very disappointed in this book. Difficult to explain, but it's just not up to Debbie"s quality of writing.
The story is all over the place,the dialogue is stiff, and the book just abruptly ends.
Quite honestly, the writing is very poor.

It took me a long time to finish this book because I really didn't care about what happened and I felt no connection whatsoever to any of the characters. There's not much to like about any of the characters.

The dialogue with teenagers is very odd. I don't know teens who use the vocabulary or speak in the manner these characters do. It's like the book is set in the 1950s ( which would be fine....but it's present day).

The main character,the Inn Keeper, is 36 yo, but she talks and acts like she's 56.

Biggest pet peeve: most overused phrases....she whispered and he/she murmured.
Why do all these people whisper their answers?? Why do they murmur a comment or an answer??
Sorry,but it's driving me nuts. Debbie does this in many of her books but it's very obvious in this one!! People are whispering and murmuring every other page.

Three stars because I like Debbie and her series. I hope Debbie puts more effort in the next one.
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