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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes the first book in a new series set in the beloved Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove.
 
Also from Debbie Macomber: watch the new original series Cedar Cove on Hallmark Channel, Saturdays at 8:00/7:00c, starting July 20.

Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a fresh start. A young widow 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. 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. Jo Marie’s 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. And as Abby and Joshua try to heal from their pasts, and Jo Marie dreams of the possibilities before her, they all realize that life moves in only one direction—forward.

Praise for Debbie Macomber and The Inn at Rose Harbor

“No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as [Debbie] Macomber.”—Chicago Tribune

“Debbie Macomber is the reigning queen of women’s fiction.”—The Sacramento Bee
 
“Charming . . . warm and serene . . . a wonderful novel.”—Bookreporter

BONUS: This edition includes a The Inn at Rose Harbor discussion guide, excerpts from Debbie Macomber’s Starting Now and Rose Harbor in Bloom, and the short story When First They Met.
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Super easy read and very much a feel good kind of book. I accidentally read this one, as the cover resembled one on my TBR shelf. I decided to keep going with it once I realized my error and had an enjoyable afternoon wrapped in the story.

The story takes place in Cedar Cove, Washington where JoMarie Rose has just purchased a B&B. Still grieving for her husband who was killed in Afganistan, she is ready for the next challenge in her life. The story revolves around her settling in (and I anticipate will continue into multiple books with her), as well as the storylines of her guests.

The guests include Abby, who is filled with grief over being the driver in a car accident that took her best friend 15 years ago, and Josh, who comes at the end of his ailing stepfather who has always been harsh with him. Both stories are engaging as both of them come to face the issue that is truly in play in their lives.

Not a super deep read, but perfect for that break between heavy content books. Kind of a nice one to stumble upon.more
Pure fluff but I need a little fluff now and then.more
I always enjoy a Debbie Macomber story. This is the first in her new series, but still is in Cedar Cove but with different characters. Heartwarming story, however, a couple of places I felt it was a little extreme RE: dead people being able to communicate with us. Sorry, just my two cents. Otherwise, I enjoyed this book from front to back.more
Sappy story with a touch of ghosts talking to sappy unbelievable characters.more
I have been a Debbie Macomber fan for a long time, and have read just about all of her books. Was so happy to find out that this book takes place in Cedar Cove, how I loved that series, and old friends.When Jo Marie Rose buys the B&B at the Cove she changes the name to Rose Harbor Inn. Jo Marie is grieving the loss of her husband, and looking for a new start. So begins our new journey....we meet some of our beloved characters from before, but so far just a quick hello..hoping for more.We meet new characters who are visiting the inn, both have their own problems, needing healing and forgiveness. Both have come for different reasons, and both dreading their visits.We also meet the handyman, Mark, who comes to rescue, whether she wants him to or not, and he begrudgingly does so. He has a really gruff exterior, but keep wondering what is underneath, and if he is going to end up with Jo Marie. Guess will have to wait for the next book in this series.We find a lot of closure in this book, and self healing. Also we bring a wonderful Dog into this, welcome Rover! I enjoyed this, and hope you will find this a refreshing read.I got this book out of my Library, and the opinions are my own.more
Jo Marie Rose comes to Cedar Cove, Seattle, after the death of her husband while he was on active duty in Afghanistan. She was deeply in grief but when the government life insurance came, she felt that it was a message from her late husband, telling her it was OK to start over.She purchases a B&B and renames it the Rose Harbor Inn. Then, when she gets to meet her first two guests, she can tell that both are missing something in their lives.Joshua Weaver's reason for returning to Cedar Cove was because he was informed that his estranged step-father, Richard, was near death. Although Richard only shows disdain toward Josh, Josh's former high school friend and neighbor had been looking in after Richard and she is able to intercede.Abby Kincaid hadn't been back to Cedar Cove since a car accident in which she was driving, ended with the death of her best friend. She's had feelings of guilt for all of these years but now, her brother is getting married and she's in the wedding party.The story shows how all three people meet others who appreciate them for who they are and are sympathetic for things in their past.The author makes the reader care about the characters and it is a story that will linger in the reader's memory.more
Author: Debby MacomberPublished By: Ballantine BooksAge Recommended: 16+Reviewed By: Arlena DeanBlog For: GMTARating: 5Review:"The Inn at Rose Harbor" by Debby Macomber was a excellent book that I found a very enjoyable read that did present promise and hope. If you are one of Debbie Macomber's fans you will not be disappointed in this wonderful well written Cedar Cove series read. The novel deals with a woman named Jo Marie that has loss her husband and has purchased a Bed & Breakfast and two people will come to stay at this Inn ...one a woman who had loss her best friend and the other was a man (Josh) who had loss his mother and stepbrother...now his stepfather is dying. Will they be able to reconcile before it is too late? Now to truly understand this you will have to pick up this excellent read to see how Ms. Debbie Macomber is able to bring this altogether into a very delightful read. All three of these characters are looking to something in their life that will give them hope for the future and making peace with the past. If you are looking for a fun and eventful read you have come to the right place and I would recommend "The Inn at Rose Harbor" as a excellent novel to read.more
I immediately fell in live with the characters in this book. From the very first page, the characters had shape and life. The book centers around Jo Marie, who changes her life by buying a b&b after her husband is killed in the line of duty. The guests have their own stories and the theme of the book centers on healing, grief, forgiveness, and rebuilding. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an early reviewers copy.more
I never got into the first Debbie Macomber series (Cedar Cove), but she's a very popular author at our library and has just started a new series.The Inn at Rose Harbor, the first in a new series, was available via the audio download, so I grabbed it, loaded it on my MP3 and headed to the pool. This is a very cozy cozy. There are some interesting characters presented and a delightful sense of place. The plot is not brain-taxing, and since I haven't read any of the previous series, I can't tell if any of the story or inhabitants are carry-overs.Basically, this one is chick-lit without the steamy romance. Jo Marie Rose, a recent widow uses her inheritance to buy an old but well-managed inn in Cedar Cove Washington. In this first of what the author promises us are many stories set at the Inn, we are introduced to two troubled people, we meet the town librarian, the resident dog, and a potential romance - although I suspectt that won't bloom for at least 4-5 books. It was a pleasant read. It won't win any Pulitzers. I may give some people a sugar sweet overdose, but it will certainly be enjoyed by those who followed the first series. I'm at least willing to read the next two or three to see how the lives of these characters evolve.more
I enjoy Debbie Macomber's books and this one was no exception. Her characters are familiar and become like old friends after reading several of her other books. It's nice to have some of the names from the Cedar Cove series pop up in this book too. I would recommend this book for other fans of Debbie Macomber.more
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I won it in an early reviewers giveaway. The story was very nice and the characters likeable. I am happily anticipating the next book in the series.more
After the devastating lose of her husband, Jo Marie Rose wanted something new. Love at first sight with a Bed & Breakfast was just the move she was willing to make. Unknowing what she was getting into, she packed up what she had and moved across Puget Sound to Cedar Cove. Learning a new business was her first thought, and preparing for her first guests was her priority. Hoping to find the solace she needed to heal her heart, she dove head first into her new life. The only purpose that Josh had for returning to Cedar Cove was to put a close to a part of his life that he would rather forget. Reuniting with an old friend helped him to see things about his past and his past relationships that he hadn't realized before. The only thing that could have brought Abby back to Ceder Cove was the request of her brother. She would do anything to make them happy and if he wanted to get married in their old home town, she would do her best to be a part of it. Making the return trip was harder than even she expected when old memories and a ton of guilt were brought up fresh and new once again. Getting past herself and making peace with herself would be the most difficult part of the trip. Book 1 ..... I am one of the few of the Debbie Macomber fans that have not read her Cedar Cove series, I hear that some of the characters in this new series might be from that series but I don't know. While there were a few minor comments that had me wondering if that was part of something that had happened in a Cedar Cove book, they were few and far between. From my point of view on this book, there were a lot of characters that I hope to get to know better in the coming books. I really liked Jo Marie and the heart that she puts into the B&B. I am eager to read the next of this wonderful new series and maybe pick up the Cedar Cove series while I wait patiently for what I hope will be more of Rose Harbor Inn stories.more
I've read several Debbie Macomber books over the years. Either I've outgrown her writing style or her books have just become more bland. The plot was okay, but the book seemed to be full of a lot of filler instead of substance. It could have easily been shortened by 100 pages. Every page seemed full of mundane details that contributed to the word count but didn't enhance the story. Macomber's books have definitely become more of inspirational reads than the earlier books, which fell more into women's fiction. I found the characters to be trite and quite predictable. There's nothing wrong with knowing what to expect from an author, and if easily resolved conflict and cookie-cutter characters are your comfort food, then this book will meet your expectations. I prefer passionate and diverse characters in the books I read; a little something to keep me on the edge of my seat. This book just didn't do it for me.more
From the book synopsis: “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 to 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. A touching novel of life’s grand possibilities and the heart’s ability to heal, The Inn at Rose Harbor is a welcome introduction to an unforgettable set of friends.” I received an Advanced Reader’s Edition of this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. I’ve been a fan of Debbie Macomber’s books since discovering the Blossom Street series. This book didn’t let me down. Ms. Macomber has a way of making her characters feel like people you meet in everyday life. The theme of this book is healing and forgiveness as told through the eyes of the three main characters of the book: Jo Marie, Joshua, and Abby. Each character is working through grief that has occurred in their life and how they learn to let go. As a knitter, any book that contains knitting is a great book in my estimation. Unfortunately, my book, being an advanced reader’s edition, did not contain the knitting pattern that was included as a bonus in the back of the book. However, I was able to do a little searching around and found that this section contained a knit and crochet shawl inspired by the main character in this series, Jo Marie Rose. It’s my understanding that this is a spin-off of Ms. Macomber’s Cedar Cove series. I’ll be interested in reading more books from both of these series.more
I won a copy of The Inn at Rose Harbor in the early reviewers batch. I am usually a pretty bug fan of Debbie Macomber, but this time the book didn't quite do it for me. I found the story a little hard to follow with it switching back and forth between the 3 sets of characters. Every time I started to get into what was going on, it switched up on me. I kind of felt like I was reading 3 different books.more
Although I really enjoyed the other series about Cedar Cove, this I found a little bit too much of the same and the characters weren't as well developed.more
I loved Debbie's Cedar Cove series and this book will begin another venture in Cedar Cove. I don't think this will be quite as detailed with peoples lives, only those who stay at the bed and breakfast Jo Marie Rose took over.Jo Marie was recently married and soon after a widow. Her husband died serving his country. Jo Marie feels she must start over, so moves to Cedar Cove and purchases the Inn and renames it after her deceased husband. She is trying to mend her broken heart.In this book she purchases the Inn from an elderly couple and has her first two visitors: A young lady, Abby, and a man, Josh. Both have their own reasons for coming back to Cedar Cove and their own problems in life. As the book unravels both seem to come to terms with their problems and Jo Marie is happy to oblige.Jo Marie has another stranger, with a different personality, who helps her at one point, but seems to be an impossible soul. I wonder what will happen between these two as more books come out.I like how Debbie intertwines the characters from the Cedar Cove series into this book. So...we will read about the other characters in this new series. Great job! Can't wait for the next book to come out.This book was given to me by LibraryThing's Early Reviewers. I was not required to write a positive review. These opinions about this book are my own.more
First in a new series by Macomber. A few friends from Cedar Cove make an appearance.more
Another winner from Debbie Macomber. She deftly tells a new storyline while incorporating characters from her previous Cedar Cove collection.more
Perfect in so many ways. Life after loss and great people along the way. A wonderful story with wonderful people inhabiting it.more
As always another cozy romance, that gives solace to one's soul. Debbie Macomber eases you into her stories and they result in interesting characters and plots.more
I've had the joy and the pleasure of reading some of Debbie Macomber's other works before receiving this book as an early review copy, so I hope you wont mind if I complare this story to some of her other books. I've noticed that with authors who write as many books as this one, the author tends to develop a very predictible pattern of plots. However, if Debbie Macomber has a one-size-fits-all pattern for her books, I haven't found it yet. Instead I've noticed she has varying degrees of depth for which I am introduced to the characters and their story. For example, Family Affair was a very short, but very loveable story in which we barely scratched the surface of the characters. It was an incredibly charming tale, that was light-hearted and easy to read. This was important to me as a lot was going on in my life and I didn't want to become too engrossed in a book when I had enough of my own drama. The story kept me feeling light and was very appropriate.Other stories I've found, put you in just the right mood. For example, her Christmas novels envoke a sense of magic and wonder that never fail to put me in teh mood for the holidays.The Inn at Rose Harbor, however, digs deeper into the characters and their back story that makes this an irristable read. This is the kind of book you curl up with and get lost in the pages. The Cedar Cove world once again unfolds around me with new intrigue and more heart than ever before. If you've never read a Cedar Cove novel before, or if you've read the entire series, The Inn at Rose Harbor stands out for its insight into loss and learning to love all over again. Three characters are presented in this story who have all been hurt by the loss of someone dear to them: a spouse, a friend and a family member. I think their stories are all very relatable and it was easy to find yourself in their shoes wondering how to move forward. While i don't want to spoil the ending, I will say that Debbie Macomber manages to bring her characters into a new sense of comfort and healing in a way only she can write. I'd like to say this will become a permanent book on my shelf, but some stories are just too good to keep to yourself. I hope you enjoy this book and many others from Debbie Macomber.more
I received my first book to review and was so pleased it was one of Debbie Macomber's, The Inn at Rose Harbor-I love reading about all the different people, they act like real people in the world. It is a nice community to feel like I am a part of, at least for a little while. Keep it up!more
I received this book as an early reviewers. I am a fan of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series and was not sure if I would enjoy the new version of this book. I was very pleased that the old characters would be making appearances in this new story line. This new series will have one main character, Jo Marie Rose, and the visitors to hr Inn. I must say this I really did love this book and looking forward to the new visitors to the Inn and the friendships Jo Marie will make with the people of Cedar Cove. I recommend this bookmore
Jo Marie Rose's husband of less than a year is killed in Afghanistan. Devastated, she decides that she needs a major change in her life and buys a B&B in Cedar Cove, WA. Renaming the property the Rose Harbor Inn to honor her husband, her first guests are two individuals with troubles of their own.Abby Kincaid has been carrying around the guilt of being the driver when her best friend was killed in an auto accident. Josh Weaver was kicked out of the home that he grew up in by a stepfather who always felt that Josh didn't belong. Now dying, the stepfather has no one and Josh is called back. Each of these central characters came to Cedar Cove with issues - Abby felt people would still blame her, Josh was still angry for the treatment he had received as a teenager, and Jo Marie wasn't sure how to go on without her husband.The heartwarming acceptance and forgiveness that is threaded throughout this book brought through by the magnificent writing of Debbie Macomber will definitely make this one of my top reads of the year. Thank you LT for sending this book to me. Funny I don't remember requesting it, but I'm sure glad I got it. I've never read a Debbie Macomber book before, but I definitely will again.more
I have enjoyed Debbie Macomber books in the past, this one just didn't do it for me. It was a pleasant enough read, but very predictable (even for a romance), and I felt it bounced around too much among the three couples. I never developed a particular attachment to any of the characters.more
I always enjoy a Debbie Macomber book and was very happy to receive this book just before a long airplane trip. Jo Marie Rose, a widow, decides that she needs a change and finds a bed and breakfast inn to purchase. She buys the inn lock, stock, and barrel and begins to have guests right away. The first two guests she has each have a big problem of their own. The book moves among the three main characters, Jo, Joshua, and Abby and very predictably each situation resolves itself for the good. I was interested in the stories, but there were times that I found things a bit unbelievable. I did enjoy the book. It was enough to keep my interest and make the time pass quickly.more
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Super easy read and very much a feel good kind of book. I accidentally read this one, as the cover resembled one on my TBR shelf. I decided to keep going with it once I realized my error and had an enjoyable afternoon wrapped in the story.

The story takes place in Cedar Cove, Washington where JoMarie Rose has just purchased a B&B. Still grieving for her husband who was killed in Afganistan, she is ready for the next challenge in her life. The story revolves around her settling in (and I anticipate will continue into multiple books with her), as well as the storylines of her guests.

The guests include Abby, who is filled with grief over being the driver in a car accident that took her best friend 15 years ago, and Josh, who comes at the end of his ailing stepfather who has always been harsh with him. Both stories are engaging as both of them come to face the issue that is truly in play in their lives.

Not a super deep read, but perfect for that break between heavy content books. Kind of a nice one to stumble upon.more
Pure fluff but I need a little fluff now and then.more
I always enjoy a Debbie Macomber story. This is the first in her new series, but still is in Cedar Cove but with different characters. Heartwarming story, however, a couple of places I felt it was a little extreme RE: dead people being able to communicate with us. Sorry, just my two cents. Otherwise, I enjoyed this book from front to back.more
Sappy story with a touch of ghosts talking to sappy unbelievable characters.more
I have been a Debbie Macomber fan for a long time, and have read just about all of her books. Was so happy to find out that this book takes place in Cedar Cove, how I loved that series, and old friends.When Jo Marie Rose buys the B&B at the Cove she changes the name to Rose Harbor Inn. Jo Marie is grieving the loss of her husband, and looking for a new start. So begins our new journey....we meet some of our beloved characters from before, but so far just a quick hello..hoping for more.We meet new characters who are visiting the inn, both have their own problems, needing healing and forgiveness. Both have come for different reasons, and both dreading their visits.We also meet the handyman, Mark, who comes to rescue, whether she wants him to or not, and he begrudgingly does so. He has a really gruff exterior, but keep wondering what is underneath, and if he is going to end up with Jo Marie. Guess will have to wait for the next book in this series.We find a lot of closure in this book, and self healing. Also we bring a wonderful Dog into this, welcome Rover! I enjoyed this, and hope you will find this a refreshing read.I got this book out of my Library, and the opinions are my own.more
Jo Marie Rose comes to Cedar Cove, Seattle, after the death of her husband while he was on active duty in Afghanistan. She was deeply in grief but when the government life insurance came, she felt that it was a message from her late husband, telling her it was OK to start over.She purchases a B&B and renames it the Rose Harbor Inn. Then, when she gets to meet her first two guests, she can tell that both are missing something in their lives.Joshua Weaver's reason for returning to Cedar Cove was because he was informed that his estranged step-father, Richard, was near death. Although Richard only shows disdain toward Josh, Josh's former high school friend and neighbor had been looking in after Richard and she is able to intercede.Abby Kincaid hadn't been back to Cedar Cove since a car accident in which she was driving, ended with the death of her best friend. She's had feelings of guilt for all of these years but now, her brother is getting married and she's in the wedding party.The story shows how all three people meet others who appreciate them for who they are and are sympathetic for things in their past.The author makes the reader care about the characters and it is a story that will linger in the reader's memory.more
Author: Debby MacomberPublished By: Ballantine BooksAge Recommended: 16+Reviewed By: Arlena DeanBlog For: GMTARating: 5Review:"The Inn at Rose Harbor" by Debby Macomber was a excellent book that I found a very enjoyable read that did present promise and hope. If you are one of Debbie Macomber's fans you will not be disappointed in this wonderful well written Cedar Cove series read. The novel deals with a woman named Jo Marie that has loss her husband and has purchased a Bed & Breakfast and two people will come to stay at this Inn ...one a woman who had loss her best friend and the other was a man (Josh) who had loss his mother and stepbrother...now his stepfather is dying. Will they be able to reconcile before it is too late? Now to truly understand this you will have to pick up this excellent read to see how Ms. Debbie Macomber is able to bring this altogether into a very delightful read. All three of these characters are looking to something in their life that will give them hope for the future and making peace with the past. If you are looking for a fun and eventful read you have come to the right place and I would recommend "The Inn at Rose Harbor" as a excellent novel to read.more
I immediately fell in live with the characters in this book. From the very first page, the characters had shape and life. The book centers around Jo Marie, who changes her life by buying a b&b after her husband is killed in the line of duty. The guests have their own stories and the theme of the book centers on healing, grief, forgiveness, and rebuilding. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an early reviewers copy.more
I never got into the first Debbie Macomber series (Cedar Cove), but she's a very popular author at our library and has just started a new series.The Inn at Rose Harbor, the first in a new series, was available via the audio download, so I grabbed it, loaded it on my MP3 and headed to the pool. This is a very cozy cozy. There are some interesting characters presented and a delightful sense of place. The plot is not brain-taxing, and since I haven't read any of the previous series, I can't tell if any of the story or inhabitants are carry-overs.Basically, this one is chick-lit without the steamy romance. Jo Marie Rose, a recent widow uses her inheritance to buy an old but well-managed inn in Cedar Cove Washington. In this first of what the author promises us are many stories set at the Inn, we are introduced to two troubled people, we meet the town librarian, the resident dog, and a potential romance - although I suspectt that won't bloom for at least 4-5 books. It was a pleasant read. It won't win any Pulitzers. I may give some people a sugar sweet overdose, but it will certainly be enjoyed by those who followed the first series. I'm at least willing to read the next two or three to see how the lives of these characters evolve.more
I enjoy Debbie Macomber's books and this one was no exception. Her characters are familiar and become like old friends after reading several of her other books. It's nice to have some of the names from the Cedar Cove series pop up in this book too. I would recommend this book for other fans of Debbie Macomber.more
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I won it in an early reviewers giveaway. The story was very nice and the characters likeable. I am happily anticipating the next book in the series.more
After the devastating lose of her husband, Jo Marie Rose wanted something new. Love at first sight with a Bed & Breakfast was just the move she was willing to make. Unknowing what she was getting into, she packed up what she had and moved across Puget Sound to Cedar Cove. Learning a new business was her first thought, and preparing for her first guests was her priority. Hoping to find the solace she needed to heal her heart, she dove head first into her new life. The only purpose that Josh had for returning to Cedar Cove was to put a close to a part of his life that he would rather forget. Reuniting with an old friend helped him to see things about his past and his past relationships that he hadn't realized before. The only thing that could have brought Abby back to Ceder Cove was the request of her brother. She would do anything to make them happy and if he wanted to get married in their old home town, she would do her best to be a part of it. Making the return trip was harder than even she expected when old memories and a ton of guilt were brought up fresh and new once again. Getting past herself and making peace with herself would be the most difficult part of the trip. Book 1 ..... I am one of the few of the Debbie Macomber fans that have not read her Cedar Cove series, I hear that some of the characters in this new series might be from that series but I don't know. While there were a few minor comments that had me wondering if that was part of something that had happened in a Cedar Cove book, they were few and far between. From my point of view on this book, there were a lot of characters that I hope to get to know better in the coming books. I really liked Jo Marie and the heart that she puts into the B&B. I am eager to read the next of this wonderful new series and maybe pick up the Cedar Cove series while I wait patiently for what I hope will be more of Rose Harbor Inn stories.more
I've read several Debbie Macomber books over the years. Either I've outgrown her writing style or her books have just become more bland. The plot was okay, but the book seemed to be full of a lot of filler instead of substance. It could have easily been shortened by 100 pages. Every page seemed full of mundane details that contributed to the word count but didn't enhance the story. Macomber's books have definitely become more of inspirational reads than the earlier books, which fell more into women's fiction. I found the characters to be trite and quite predictable. There's nothing wrong with knowing what to expect from an author, and if easily resolved conflict and cookie-cutter characters are your comfort food, then this book will meet your expectations. I prefer passionate and diverse characters in the books I read; a little something to keep me on the edge of my seat. This book just didn't do it for me.more
From the book synopsis: “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 to 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. A touching novel of life’s grand possibilities and the heart’s ability to heal, The Inn at Rose Harbor is a welcome introduction to an unforgettable set of friends.” I received an Advanced Reader’s Edition of this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. I’ve been a fan of Debbie Macomber’s books since discovering the Blossom Street series. This book didn’t let me down. Ms. Macomber has a way of making her characters feel like people you meet in everyday life. The theme of this book is healing and forgiveness as told through the eyes of the three main characters of the book: Jo Marie, Joshua, and Abby. Each character is working through grief that has occurred in their life and how they learn to let go. As a knitter, any book that contains knitting is a great book in my estimation. Unfortunately, my book, being an advanced reader’s edition, did not contain the knitting pattern that was included as a bonus in the back of the book. However, I was able to do a little searching around and found that this section contained a knit and crochet shawl inspired by the main character in this series, Jo Marie Rose. It’s my understanding that this is a spin-off of Ms. Macomber’s Cedar Cove series. I’ll be interested in reading more books from both of these series.more
I won a copy of The Inn at Rose Harbor in the early reviewers batch. I am usually a pretty bug fan of Debbie Macomber, but this time the book didn't quite do it for me. I found the story a little hard to follow with it switching back and forth between the 3 sets of characters. Every time I started to get into what was going on, it switched up on me. I kind of felt like I was reading 3 different books.more
Although I really enjoyed the other series about Cedar Cove, this I found a little bit too much of the same and the characters weren't as well developed.more
I loved Debbie's Cedar Cove series and this book will begin another venture in Cedar Cove. I don't think this will be quite as detailed with peoples lives, only those who stay at the bed and breakfast Jo Marie Rose took over.Jo Marie was recently married and soon after a widow. Her husband died serving his country. Jo Marie feels she must start over, so moves to Cedar Cove and purchases the Inn and renames it after her deceased husband. She is trying to mend her broken heart.In this book she purchases the Inn from an elderly couple and has her first two visitors: A young lady, Abby, and a man, Josh. Both have their own reasons for coming back to Cedar Cove and their own problems in life. As the book unravels both seem to come to terms with their problems and Jo Marie is happy to oblige.Jo Marie has another stranger, with a different personality, who helps her at one point, but seems to be an impossible soul. I wonder what will happen between these two as more books come out.I like how Debbie intertwines the characters from the Cedar Cove series into this book. So...we will read about the other characters in this new series. Great job! Can't wait for the next book to come out.This book was given to me by LibraryThing's Early Reviewers. I was not required to write a positive review. These opinions about this book are my own.more
First in a new series by Macomber. A few friends from Cedar Cove make an appearance.more
Another winner from Debbie Macomber. She deftly tells a new storyline while incorporating characters from her previous Cedar Cove collection.more
Perfect in so many ways. Life after loss and great people along the way. A wonderful story with wonderful people inhabiting it.more
As always another cozy romance, that gives solace to one's soul. Debbie Macomber eases you into her stories and they result in interesting characters and plots.more
I've had the joy and the pleasure of reading some of Debbie Macomber's other works before receiving this book as an early review copy, so I hope you wont mind if I complare this story to some of her other books. I've noticed that with authors who write as many books as this one, the author tends to develop a very predictible pattern of plots. However, if Debbie Macomber has a one-size-fits-all pattern for her books, I haven't found it yet. Instead I've noticed she has varying degrees of depth for which I am introduced to the characters and their story. For example, Family Affair was a very short, but very loveable story in which we barely scratched the surface of the characters. It was an incredibly charming tale, that was light-hearted and easy to read. This was important to me as a lot was going on in my life and I didn't want to become too engrossed in a book when I had enough of my own drama. The story kept me feeling light and was very appropriate.Other stories I've found, put you in just the right mood. For example, her Christmas novels envoke a sense of magic and wonder that never fail to put me in teh mood for the holidays.The Inn at Rose Harbor, however, digs deeper into the characters and their back story that makes this an irristable read. This is the kind of book you curl up with and get lost in the pages. The Cedar Cove world once again unfolds around me with new intrigue and more heart than ever before. If you've never read a Cedar Cove novel before, or if you've read the entire series, The Inn at Rose Harbor stands out for its insight into loss and learning to love all over again. Three characters are presented in this story who have all been hurt by the loss of someone dear to them: a spouse, a friend and a family member. I think their stories are all very relatable and it was easy to find yourself in their shoes wondering how to move forward. While i don't want to spoil the ending, I will say that Debbie Macomber manages to bring her characters into a new sense of comfort and healing in a way only she can write. I'd like to say this will become a permanent book on my shelf, but some stories are just too good to keep to yourself. I hope you enjoy this book and many others from Debbie Macomber.more
I received my first book to review and was so pleased it was one of Debbie Macomber's, The Inn at Rose Harbor-I love reading about all the different people, they act like real people in the world. It is a nice community to feel like I am a part of, at least for a little while. Keep it up!more
I received this book as an early reviewers. I am a fan of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series and was not sure if I would enjoy the new version of this book. I was very pleased that the old characters would be making appearances in this new story line. This new series will have one main character, Jo Marie Rose, and the visitors to hr Inn. I must say this I really did love this book and looking forward to the new visitors to the Inn and the friendships Jo Marie will make with the people of Cedar Cove. I recommend this bookmore
Jo Marie Rose's husband of less than a year is killed in Afghanistan. Devastated, she decides that she needs a major change in her life and buys a B&B in Cedar Cove, WA. Renaming the property the Rose Harbor Inn to honor her husband, her first guests are two individuals with troubles of their own.Abby Kincaid has been carrying around the guilt of being the driver when her best friend was killed in an auto accident. Josh Weaver was kicked out of the home that he grew up in by a stepfather who always felt that Josh didn't belong. Now dying, the stepfather has no one and Josh is called back. Each of these central characters came to Cedar Cove with issues - Abby felt people would still blame her, Josh was still angry for the treatment he had received as a teenager, and Jo Marie wasn't sure how to go on without her husband.The heartwarming acceptance and forgiveness that is threaded throughout this book brought through by the magnificent writing of Debbie Macomber will definitely make this one of my top reads of the year. Thank you LT for sending this book to me. Funny I don't remember requesting it, but I'm sure glad I got it. I've never read a Debbie Macomber book before, but I definitely will again.more
I have enjoyed Debbie Macomber books in the past, this one just didn't do it for me. It was a pleasant enough read, but very predictable (even for a romance), and I felt it bounced around too much among the three couples. I never developed a particular attachment to any of the characters.more
I always enjoy a Debbie Macomber book and was very happy to receive this book just before a long airplane trip. Jo Marie Rose, a widow, decides that she needs a change and finds a bed and breakfast inn to purchase. She buys the inn lock, stock, and barrel and begins to have guests right away. The first two guests she has each have a big problem of their own. The book moves among the three main characters, Jo, Joshua, and Abby and very predictably each situation resolves itself for the good. I was interested in the stories, but there were times that I found things a bit unbelievable. I did enjoy the book. It was enough to keep my interest and make the time pass quickly.more
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