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Rose Harbor in Bloom: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – July 15, 2014
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Rose Harbor Inn is a special place that draws in people who are facing difficult challenges in their lives. We have Jo Marie who deep downs doesn’t think her husband is dead and dreads the calls from his commanding officer about the recovery efforts for his body. We have Mary who is fighting breast cancer and wants to apologize to the love of her life for the decisions she made years ago. These stories and more are all woven around this beautiful inn located in Cedar Cove.
This book completely works as a standalone. I know this for a fact because I totally forgot to read the first book in this series. It didn’t seem to matter at all. I was able to step right into this world and become emotionally involved with these amazing characters. I will definitely read book one and be on the lookout for the next book in this beautiful series.
Jo Marie is the innkeeper who is expecting guests who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and some of their friends and family members and another woman with breast cancer who has unfinished business in the Seattle/Cedar Cove area.
In addition we see the return of the irascible but talented handyman, Mark. Jo Marie comes to his aid when he is pinned under a table in his shop.
For people who like romances, you will not be disappointed. If you are looking for explicit, thrust by thrust sex, you will need to look for another book. Personally, I liked this book. It did drag n some parts but overall, it was a very enjoyable read. Although this is a series, I think that the book could be read as a standalone without too much confusion on the part of the reader.
The relationship between Jo Marie and handyman Mark is interesting and it is assumed that at some point they will become a couple.
There are two visitor stories in this book.
Mary Smith (really?) is a cancer patient that comes to see the daughter that she gave up for adoption. She also contacts the child's father (George). This story has some interesting points and hopefully, in the next book we will find out how she survives.
Then there is a 50th anniversary couple, Kurt and Jane. Their granddaughter has planned a special party. This storyline is very predictable.
The book has a lot of page filler dialogue. It takes two paragraphs to describe people sitting down on a dock. It takes several sentences to describe opening a trunk and putting in luggage.
I am glad that I did not pay the hardcover price for this book. I will wait for the paperback when the next book comes out.
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