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Christmas in Cedar Cove: 5-B Poppy Lane/A Cedar Cove Christmas

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  • ISBN-13: 9781441892850
  • Publisher: Findaway World
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Series: Playaway Adult Fiction Series
  • Format: Other
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is a leading voice in women’s fiction worldwide and the author of the number one New York Times bestsellers 74 Seaside Avenue and 8 Sandpiper Way, as well as A Cedar Cove Christmas, Summer on Blossom Street, Twenty Wishes and many other novels. Her work has appeared on every major bestseller list, including those of the New York Times, USA TODAY, Publishers Weekly and Entertainment Weekly. She is a multiple award winner and won the 2005 Quill Award for Best Romance. There are more than 75 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2010

    Disapointed - A reprint of a 2006 and a 2008 book

    Imagine my disappointment. I had just finished reading 1022 Evergreen Place anxious to read Christmas in Cedar Cove to discover that it's two books I've already read, in 2006 and 2008. If you're a new commer to the series, it's a nice way to get to know the characters. However, if you're a fan and wait each September for the next book in the series, you'll be disappointed. Shame on me for not checking the inside page for the publish dates, shame on you for not being upfront that it's reprinted books with a couple pages of new material.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Same book different cover and title

    This is VERY misleading!! If you have read "A Cedar Cove Christmas" do not buy this book. It is the same story that is at the end of this book, but titled "Christmas in Cedar Cove". I thought this was a continuation of the other story, it's not. Very disappointed and a big waste of money.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Not worth the money.

    First off let me say I hate having to buy a book twice. I enjoyed reading A Cedar Cove Christmas but I had purchased it by itself as well it should be, not tacked on to some other purchase.

    As for 5-B Poppy Lane, if I had wanted a history lesson I would go back to school and get my degree. Not enough of a "feel good" story here even with the happy ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    Love It!!

    I love how Debbie turned the story of Jesus' birth into a real life story of today. Jesus had 3 Wise men...this story has 3 Wyse men....very creative. I love this part of the sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Two delightful tales

    5-B Poppy Lane". In Cedar Cove, Washington, anti-war protester Ruth Shelton has been exchanging letters and email with USMC Sergeant Paul Gordon. However, he is coming home from Afghanistan on leave and wants to meet her in person. She has doubts because of his occupation. Adding a new prologue and epilogue to frame 5-B Poppy Lane (originally part of the Hearts Divided anthology), this is a terrific Washington State novella starring a heroic Marine and a realistic woman with doubts about a relationship with a soldier.

    "A Cedar Cove Christmas". On Christmas Eve, pregnant Mary Jo Wyse comes to Cedar Cove, Washington seeking the father of her unborn David Rhodes. There are no commercial accommodations available in town, but Grace and Cliff Harding allow Mary Jo to sleep in the loft of their stable. When Mary Jo goes into labor, paramedic Mack McAfee attends to her. The three Wyse men, (bumbling brothers Linc, Mel and Ned) arrive to help their sister. Meanwhile Mary Jo has decided that instead of confronting David, who she has not found, she would prefer to be held by kindhearted Mack. However she doubts even this nice EMT would want to get involved with a woman who has just given birth. A Cedar Cove Christmas is an amusing and angst account of the Christmas saga with Puget Sound serving as the locale instead of Bethlehem; as a stable is a stable when it comes to hospitality for a pregnant woman. The cast is solid but it is the visitor Mary Jo who provides the anxiety, focus and equilibrium to a very Merry Christmas romp.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Poppybreeze

    Igtg soon. Im waiting for the bus rite now. And i hve my instument so that makes it hard. Its kinda weighty.)) She smiled and purred happily. "I always wanted you ya know." She said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Injured she

    *groans* Wolves... attack... NO DON'T EAT ME! HELP! HELP! *thrashes stuck in a nightmare*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Creekkit

    Hiya. *she yawned.* Im kinda sleepy. Gnite.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Loveheart

    U know u have siblings iv ebeen waiting for u too meet them until u werent shy so u wouldnt get scared of them i carry u and take u too rpt first result

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Not so great...

    Didn't love this one just because it is mostly excerpts from a couple other books in the series with only a minimal amount of pages of something new ... I just thought it would be its own thing...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Tear jerker.

    Really enjoyed 5-B Poppy Lane. I have always enjoyed stories with history involved because it brings stories to life.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    New Characters

    This was an interesting way to introduce someone into the Cedar Cove family. I found the three brothers to be unrealistically bumbling, but the story line was refreshing. This is the way to get two books for one.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    My mom gave me this for Christmas and what a great gift! I thoro

    My mom gave me this for Christmas and what a great gift! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Another wonderful book

    Heart warming as usual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Check it out - don' miss this one.

    great author; have read almost all of her books; the rest are waiting their turn on my bookshelves.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Highly recommended

    Fast moving and enjoyable Christmas 'tale'.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    heart warming

    feel good read you will want to finish in one sitting. set the crock pot and enjoy

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

    Heart Warming Story

    This was a light heart waming read. Nice story for the holiday season.

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    Posted June 23, 2011

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