Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber

Macomber, Debbie. The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Novel. New York: Ballantine Books, 2012.

Jo Marie Rose leaves her promising career as a Seattle banker and purchases a bed and breakfast in nearby Cedar Cove with insurance monies left by her late military husband. Her first guest is Josh Weaver, a former resident of Cedar Cove, who left town after being kicked out of the house by his step-father weeks before his high school graduation. A former neighbor has called him and told him his step-father is dying. He wants to recover a few things which had belonged to his mother as well as a few personal items he had been unable to take when he left the house. Her second guest is Abby Kincaid, who has been carrying a load of guilt around since being the driver of the car that killed her best friend during her freshmen year of college on a road just outside Cedar Grove where they had grown up. The occasion of her visit is her brother's wedding. Both had been avoiding Cedar Cove for years. Both guests as well as Jo Marie are in need of healing. It's a lovely story with some budding romances. Readers are certain to shed a tear or two before the end of the book. This is the first in a series of novels to be set at this inn.  Apparently readers were not happy that she had concluded her Cedar Cove series. In an opening letter to readers, she explained her reasons for concluding it and expressed hope that this new series set in Cedar Cove would make readers happy. In the advance reader's edition, there are a few spelling errors which appear to be words which spell-check did not catch because they are real words. It is hoped that an editor will have caught and corrected those errors before it went to mass publication. There was a space for a knitting pattern and acknowledgements in the back, but these sections were blank in the advance reader's edition. This review is based on an uncorrected proof received through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program with an expectation that a review would be written.

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