The Inn at Rose Harbor (Rose Harbor Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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, an excerpt from Debbie Macomber’s Rose Harbor in Bloom, and the short story When First They Met.
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From the Publisher
“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
 
“An appealing milieu of townspeople and visitors.”—The Seattle Times
 
“[An] emotionally charged romance.”—Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews
Slow-paced, emotionally charged romance; the first in a planned series by best-selling genre novelist Macomber (1225 Christmas Tree Lane, 2011, etc.). Rose Harbor is sort of like Cabot Cove: beautiful, a touch staid, full of folk who look and act the part of locals. The difference is, there's no mayhem of the sort that would give Angela Lansbury reason to get up in the morning in Rose Harbor, which lies about due west from Cabot Cove and on the opposite coast. There, Jo Marie Rose has just moved to open a B&B. She had found romance late in life (well, in her late 30s, anyway) only to suffer the death of her husband in far-off Afghanistan, the victim of a chopper crash high in the mountains. That's a nice modern touch in a story that could essentially fit into the Nancy Drew line--if, that is, anything happened in Rose Harbor that involved action and not talk. The storyline about Jo Marie and the late Paul seems rushed and almost perfunctory, as if the author doesn't quite trust it as a dramatic element, but she gets on surer ground when she introduces another character whose life has been made unhappy thanks to a machinery mishap. Macomber's players are grief-ridden in different degrees and ways, and the saving grace of this book, full of explication and asides ("Josh had his own issues, his own scars. Richard seemed determined to leave matters as they were between them and to die alone"), is that the author recognizes that life is tough and that people need room to deal with that fact, dancing elaborately around one another and the issues until they get things figured out. And so it is in Rose Harbor, and if some of the narrative dashes the reader on mawkish shoals, at least there's some nice smooching in the end ("[Y]ou're an idiot, a very lovable idiot, but still an idiot"). There's also plenty of narrative room for the promised sequel for those who can't wait to find out what happens to Mary Smith, Kent Shivers and the rest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345535115
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: Rose Harbor Series , #1
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 712
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber, the author of A Turn in the Road, 1105 Yakima Street, Hannah’s List, and Twenty Wishes, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Seven of her novels have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, with three debuting at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly lists. Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle (2009) and Call Me Mrs. Miracle (2010) were Hallmark Channel’s top-watched movies for the year. Debbie has more than 160 million copies of her books in print 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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Chapter 1

Last night I dreamed of Paul.

He’s never far from my thoughts—not a day passes when he isn’t with me—but he hasn’t been in my dreams until now. It’s ironic, I suppose, that he should leave me, because before I close my eyes I fantasize about what it would feel like to have his arms wrapped around me. As I drift off to sleep I pretend that my head is resting on his shoulder. Unfortunately, I will never have the chance to be with my husband again, at least not in this lifetime.

Until last night, if I did happen to dream of Paul, those dreams were long forgotten by the time I woke. This dream, however, stayed with me, lingering in my mind, filling me with equal parts sadness and joy.

When I first learned that Paul had been killed, the grief had been all-consuming, and I didn’t think I would be able to go on. Yet life continues to move forward, and so have I, dragging from one day into the next until I found I could breathe normally.

I’m in my new home now, the bed-and-breakfast I bought less than a month ago on the Kitsap Peninsula in a cozy town on the water called Cedar Cove. I decided to name it Rose Harbor Inn. “Rose” for Paul Rose, my husband of less than a year; the man I will always love and for whom I will grieve for whatever remains of my own life. “Harbor” for the place I have set my anchor as the storms of loss batter me.

How melodramatic that sounds, and yet there’s no other way to say it. Although I am alive, functioning normally, at times I feel half dead. How Paul would hate hearing me say that, but it’s true. I died with Paul last April on some mountainside in a country half a world away as he fought for our nation’s security.

Life as I knew it was over in the space of a single heartbeat. My future as I dreamed it would be was stolen from me.

All the advice given to those who grieve said I should wait a year before making any major decisions. My friends told me I would regret quitting my job, leaving my Seattle home, and moving to a strange town.

What they didn’t understand was that I found no comfort in familiarity, no joy in routine. Because I valued their opinion, I gave it six months. In that time nothing helped, nothing changed. More and more I felt the urge to get away, to start life anew, certain that then and only then would I find peace, and this horrendous ache inside me ease.

I started my search for a new life on the Internet, looking in a number of areas, all across the United States. The surprise was finding exactly what I wanted in my own backyard.

The town of Cedar Cove sits on the other side of Puget Sound from Seattle. It’s a navy town, situated directly across from the Bremerton shipyard. The minute I found a property listing for this charming bed-and-breakfast that was up for sale, my heart started to beat at an accelerated rate. Me own a bed-and-breakfast? I hadn’t thought to take over a business, but instinctively I realized I would need something to fill my time. As a bonus, a confirmation, I’d always enjoyed having guests.

With its wraparound porch and incredible view of the cove—the house was breathtaking. In another life I could imagine Paul and me sitting on the porch after dinner, sipping hot coffee and discussing our day, our dreams. Surely the photograph posted on the Internet had been taken by a professional who’d cleverly masked its flaws. Nothing, it seemed, could be this perfect.

Not so. The moment I pulled into the driveway with the real estate agent, I was embraced by the inn’s appeal. Oh yes, with its bright natural light and large windows that overlooked the cove, this B&B felt like home already. It was the perfect place for starting my new life.

Although I dutifully let Jody McNeal, the agent, show me around, not a single question remained in my mind. I was meant to own this bed-and-breakfast; it was as if it’d sat on the market all these months waiting for me. It had eight guest rooms spread across the two upper floors, and on the bottom floor a large, modern kitchen was situated next to a spacious dining room. Originally built in the early 1900s, the house looked out on a stunning panorama of the water and marina. Cedar Cove was laid out below along Harbor Street, which wound through the town with small shops on both sides of the street. I felt the town’s appeal even before I had the opportunity to explore its neighborhoods.

What attracted me most about the inn was the sense of peace I experienced the moment I walked inside. The heartache that had been my constant companion seemed to lift. The grief that I’d carried with me all these months eased. In its place came serenity, a peace that’s difficult to describe.

Unfortunately, this contentment didn’t last long, my eyes suddenly flooding with tears and embarrassing me as we finished the tour. Paul would have loved this inn, too. But I would be managing the inn alone. Thankfully the real estate agent pretended not to notice the emotions I was struggling to disguise.

“Well, what do you think?” Jody asked expectantly as we walked out the front door.

I hadn’t said a word during the entire tour, nor had I asked a single question. “I’ll take it.”

Jody leaned closer as if she hadn’t heard me correctly. “I beg your pardon?”

“I’d like to make an offer.” I didn’t hesitate—by that time I had no doubts. The asking price was more than fair and I was ready to move forward.

Jody almost dropped a folder full of detailed information regarding the property. “You might want to think about it,” she suggested. “This is a major decision, Jo Marie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m eager to make the sale; it’s just that I’ve never had anyone make such an important decision so . . . quickly.”

“I’ll think about it overnight, if you want, but there’s no need. I knew right away that this is it.”

The instant my family heard that I intended to quit my job at Columbia Bank and buy the B&B, they all tried to talk me out of it, especially my brother, Todd, the engineer. I’d worked my way up to assistant manager of the Denny Way branch, and he feared I was throwing away a promising career. Todd knew that I would eventually be named manager. I had given almost fifteen years to the bank; had been a good employee, and my future in banking was bright

What the people around me failed to understand was that my life as I’d known it, as I’d wanted it, as I’d dreamed it, was over. The only way I could achieve fulfillment was to find myself a new one.

I signed the offer for the inn the next day and not for an instant did my resolve waiver. The Frelingers, who owned the B&B, gratefully accepted my offer, and within a matter of weeks—just before the holidays—we gathered together at the title company and signed all the tedious, necessary paperwork. I handed them the cashier’s check, and accepted the keys to the inn. The Frelingers had taken no reservations for the last couple of weeks in December as they intended to spend time with their children.

Leaving the title company I took a short detour to the courthouse and applied for a name change for the inn, christening it with its new name, The Rose Harbor Inn.

I returned to Seattle and the next day I gave Columbia Bank my notice. I spent the Christmas holiday packing up my Seattle condo and preparing for the move across Puget Sound. While I was only moving a few miles away, I might as well have been going halfway across the country. Cedar Cove was a whole other world—a quaint town on the Kitsap Peninsula away from the hectic world of the big city.

I knew my parents were disappointed that I didn’t spend much of the holidays with them in Hawaii, a family tradition. But I had so much to do to get ready for the move, including sorting through my things and Paul’s, packing, and selling my furniture. I needed to keep occupied—busywork helped keep my mind off this first Christmas without Paul.

I officially moved into the house on the Monday following New Year’s Day. Thankfully the Frelingers had sold the inn as a turnkey business. So all I needed to bring with me were a couple of chairs, a lamp that had belonged to my grandmother, and my personal items. Unpacking took only a few hours. I chose as my room the main floor bedroom suite the Frelingers had set aside as their own area; it had a fireplace and a small alcove that included a window seat overlooking the cove. The room was large enough for a bedroom set, as well as a small sofa that sat close to the fireplace. I particularly enjoyed the wallpaper, which was covered in white and lavender hydrangeas.

By the time night descended on the inn, I was exhausted. At eight, as rain pelted against the windows and the wind whistled through the tall evergreens that covered one side of the property, I made my way into the master bedroom on the main floor. The wild weather made it feel even cozier with a fire flickering in the fireplace. I experienced none of the strangeness of settling into a new place. I’d felt welcomed by this home from the moment I’d set foot in the front door.

The sheets were crisp and clean as I climbed into bed. I don’t remember falling asleep, but what so readily comes to mind is that dream of Paul, so vivid and real.

In grief counseling, I’d learned that dreams are important to the healing process. The counselor described two distinct types of dreams. The first and probably the most common are dreams about our loved ones—memories that come alive again.

The second type are called visitation dreams, when the loved one actually crosses the chasm between life and death to visit those he or she has left behind. We were told these are generally dreams of reassurance: the one who has passed reassures the living that he or she is happy and at peace.

It’d been eight months since I’d received word that Paul had been killed in a helicopter crash in the Hindu Kush, the mountain range that stretches between the center of Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. The army helicopter had been brought down by al-Qaeda or one of their Taliban allies; Paul and five of his fellow Airborne Rangers had been killed instantly. Because of the location of the crash it was impossible to recover their bodies. The news of his death was difficult enough, but to be deprived of burying his remains was even more cruel.

For days after I got the news, hope crowded my heart that Paul might have actually survived. I was convinced that somehow my husband would find a way back to me. That was not to be. Aerial photographs of the crash site soon confirmed that no one could have possibly survived. In the end, all that really mattered was that the man I loved and married was gone. He would never return to me, and as the weeks and months progressed I came to accept the news.

It’d taken me a long time to fall in love. Most of my friends had married in their twenties, and by the time they were in their mid-thirties, the majority had already started their families. I was a godmother six times over.

On the other hand, I had remained single well into my thirties. I had a busy, happy life and was involved in both my career and family. I’d never felt the need to rush into marriage or listen to my mother, who insisted I find a good man and quit being so picky. I dated plenty but there was never anyone I felt I could love for the rest of my life until I met Paul Rose.

Seeing that it’d taken me thirty-seven years to meet my match, I didn’t expect love to come to me twice. Frankly, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to fall in love again. Paul Rose was everything I’d ever hoped to find in a husband . . . and so much more.

We’d met at a Seahawks football game. The bank had given me tickets and I had brought along one of our more prominent clients and his wife. As we took our seats, I’d noticed two men with military haircuts sitting next to me. As the game progressed, Paul introduced himself and his army buddy and struck up a conversation. Paul told me he was stationed at Fort Lewis. Like me, he enjoyed football. My parents were keen Seahawks fans, and I’d grown up in Spokane watching the games on television after church on Sundays with them and my younger brother, Todd.

Paul asked me to have a beer with him as we left the game that afternoon, and we saw each other nearly every day after. We learned we shared much more than a love of football: we shared the same political inclinations, read many of the same authors, and loved Italian food. We even had a Sudoku addiction in common. We could talk for hours and often did. Two months after we met, he shipped out to Germany, but being separated did little to slow our budding relationship. Not a day passed that we weren’t in contact in one way or another—we emailed, texted, Skyped, tweeted, and used every other available means we could to stay in touch. Yes, we even wrote actual letters with pen and paper. I’d heard about people claiming to have experienced “love at first sight” and I had scoffed. I can’t say it was like that for Paul and me, but it was darn close. I knew a week after we met that he was the man I would marry. Paul said he felt the same way about me, although he claimed all it took was one date.

I will admit this: love changed me. I was happier than I could ever remember being. And everyone noticed.

At Christmastime a year ago, Paul flew back to Seattle on leave and asked me to be his wife. He even talked to my parents first. We were crazy in love. I’d waited a long time and when I gave him my heart, it was for forever.
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Interviews & Essays

THE AUTHOR WHO SUFFERED
by
Debbie Macomber

I have a theory about authors. We can be categorized into three separate groups. First there's the natural born writer. You know the ones I mean. These are the gifted writers who are able to paint a vivid picture with words so beautiful they take your breath away. Almost always these writers get caught up in the beauty of their words and forget the book needs a plot. In fact, plotting is difficult for them. When their plotting skills match their writing ability, they sell.

The second kind of writer is the natural born storyteller. That's me. I'm dyslexic and didn't learn to read until I was in the fifth grade. I struggled all through school. Words frustrated me then, and they frustrate me now so you can understand why I struggled with basic English. In essence, I had to learn to be a writer. Once my writing skills were equal to my storytelling ability, I sold.

The third kind of writer is the kind that is so incredibly gifted that he or she possesses the ability to write and tell an amazing story. They generally sell quickly. I like to say this third type of writer just hasn't suffered enough.

I've suffered. It took me five years and four completed manuscripts to sell my first book. (Eventually all four books sold after major rewrites because the stories were basically good, but I had to mature as a writer to the point they were worthy of print.)

Now the real challenge for me is deciding which story I should develop. I get way too many ideas. Over the years I've come up with a set of guidelines. I chose five words against which I gauge my plot premise. If the storyline stands up to the scrutiny of these words then I consider it book worthy.

The words are:

1. Provocative—I want the reader to think. It's not necessary to hit them over the head but to subtly give them a question to think about. In The Inn at Rose Harbor the question I want the readers to ask themselves is how they would handle a major loss.

2. Relevant—the idea has to be relevant to my reader's life. Research has shown that my audience is comprised of women from their early twenties to their eighties. That's why women of all ages are part of my storylines.

3. Creative—I want to tell the story in the most creative, imaginative way possible. This challenges me as an author and helps me to dig deeper and to think, adding unexpected twists and turns along the way.

4. Realistic—the story has to ring true, especially the ending. It's simply not good enough to tie everything up with a bright red bow on the last page. I have to make the reader believe this could actually have happened and that the outcome is true to life.

5. Entertaining—one of my goals as an author is for the reader to finish the book, and then sigh with satisfaction, thinking that was probably one of the best books they've ever read.

There you have it in a nutshell. I'm a storyteller. I suffered before I sold my first book while I learned my craft, and I feel privileged to be able to publish books readers enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Debbies writing is easy and you can feel the emotion behind what

    Debbies writing is easy and you can feel the emotion behind what she writes. The summary makes me want to get a copy of this book and follow through and find out what actually happens in this new widows life. Story is up to date, in the present time, and can be related to the events of today. Being a widow, and in my 60's, I can appreciate what women experience when that moment of aloneness descends upon them. First I grieved, but in six months time I knew life moves forward and I had to move forward with it. As in this story, my major change was to leave - everything. Packed my little doggie, Abby, a Bichon Frise, and headed to Florida, 1,055 miles away. The computer helped me at least know which area I wanted to move. Sometimes you need to change the 'first life' and take up a whole new challenge for a ' second life'. I haven't been sorry, but these past 6 years of my life could write a few good and unbelievable stories. It has been challenging, but no matter what situation I somehow found myself, I was aware of God putting me there. I moved for my happiness, but my happiness happened through the people I have met and helped along my journey. Debbies books are very comforting and some might say 'oh life isn't really like that', but it is if you believe and have faith. One must be open to life and what is happening all around us. I think Debbie is one of those women and that's why her books are always a great read. Thank you. Lynda Kacicz

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

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    New series set in the Northwest Debbie Macomber has begun anothe

    New series set in the Northwest
    Debbie Macomber has begun another northwest Pacific series with her new book The Inn at Rose Harbor. Jo Marie Rose never married until in her thirties, then had only brief months with husband Paul before his death in Afghanistan. Despite warnings that the bereaved should make no monumental life changes while grieving, Jo Marie feels Paul is guiding her decision to buy a B and B. She renames the place Rose Harbor Inn and sets to preparing the place for her first guests, Josh Weaver and Abby Kincaid.

    Like Jo Marie, both Josh and Abby bear the scars of grief. Josh has returned to his hometown only once in the twelve years since his graduation. That was for his step-brother’s Dylan’s funeral. At that time, even grief could not reconcile Josh with his emotionally distant step-father. Now his step-father Richard is cancer’s last stages. With no family except Josh, Richard is refusing help from neighbors and hospice. Not even sure he wants to be there, how can Josh help ease Richard’s physical pain, and perhaps re-establish an emotional connection. After his first night at the inn, Josh apprehensively meets Michelle, a former neighbor who he remembers as always having a crush on Dylan. Hopefully she can be the needed buffer between Richard and Josh.

    Abby Kincaid is also cautiously returning to the childhood home she fled years after a tragic accident took her best friend’s life and forever changed her own. Living as far as possible from Oregon, she has been able to build a career, but remains cautiously distant from family and friends. Now she has returned for her only brother’s wedding. Wanting to be part of the happy day, but needing to give herself personal distance and seclusion, she has decided to stay at the inn instead of the large hotel which will be site of the wedding. Abby believes that a chance meeting with a former classmate will ignite old memories and renew accusations of blame, but could it possibly be an opening for new beginnings?

    It may seem depressing that all three main characters are dealing with the after effects of death, and Josh is facing another death, but this is a hopeful book. Jo Marie begins a new life while honoring her husband’s memory. I am sure she is a cornerstone to the series and her story will continue in future books. Josh and Richard are forced to look at their past mistakes and the emotional hurts both have buried rather than share. Abby will be given the opportunity to forgive her youthful self and to face those who still blame her for the accident. Like most Macomber books, readers will like the main characters and the story will flow. However, weaving multiple stories in this type of novel always means characters are lightly sketched, not deeply developed. Macomber devotees may not select this as their all-time favorite, but they will be pleased that there is a new series with its promise of upcoming additions.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Another great read!!!

    Looking forward to the next book in this new series.. Debbie didn't disappoint.. if anything it's deeper.. ifnthat makes any sense.. Thank you, Debbie!!!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

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    The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber Love this book just fo

    The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
    Love this book just for the knitting mentioned and how I can totally relate to having more than 3 projects going at one time.
    Jo Marie had relocated to run the existing B&B after her husband Paul passes away in the war.
    The book follows her life and interactions with other local people and protectors.
    Josh Weaver is a guest at the inn and is in town for just a few short days to reclaim things his stepdad has kept at the family house. He is on his deathbed and a nearby neighbor has watched out for him for months.
    He just wants his letterman jacket and his mom's bible.
    Abby Kincaid is back in town after leaving when her girlfriend dies in a car crash that she was the driver. Her brother is getting married and her parents and aunts and uncles will also be at the wedding. She has a few chores, left undone to complete.
    Seems as if Jo Marie will return for more guests. It's a house that leaves one in peace, all that cross its door.
    Look visiting again with just a few locals-a little at a time so as not to be become confused. It's at a nice easy pace but moves along.
    Comes with extra things at the end of the book.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Debbie Macomer Loyal Reader

    I am so excited reading this new series..It is great to bring some of the characters from previous series visit and update us on their lives. As always , loved the book, easy read, and anxious for the second book in this series..Definately will preorder again, Debbie Macomer never disappoints her readers,

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

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    Very good and typical Debbie! I've enjoyed this and being a Ch

    Very good and typical Debbie! I've enjoyed this and being a Christian
    always love how her books are SO CLEAN and not filled with smut. Special
    MC brings it home with an emotional conclusion. Nicely done! I really
    enjoyed this so much. I also recommend another book, "THE
    CHATEAU" by C D Swanson. Another clean book with morales.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Get your tissues ready.

    Very emotional book. I laughed, smiled and yes cried while reading yet another wonderful book by Debbie. I loved the Cedar Cove series so i am happy to see some of my favorite characters spill over into this series.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    Jo Marie Rose has come to Cedar Cove to start her new life by op

    Jo Marie Rose has come to Cedar Cove to start her new life by opening a
    Bed and Breakfast where she hope to find healing, return to joy, and
    most of all PEACE.  After less than a year of marriage to her true soul
    mate, she finds herself widowed by the war in Afghanistan, and her grief
    from this loss has been all consuming.   Her husband, Paul, left her
    with an insurance policy that allows her to start this new endeavor, but
    much more importantly, Paul has come to her in a dream to encourage her
    on this new path of 'healing' for herself and all who come to her Inn.
    Her first two guests arrive and Jo Marie is excited to begin her own
    healing process as she provides a beautiful place of comfort,
    hospitality, and a listening ear for these two wounded souls.  Abby
    hasn't been back to her home town in many years.  Though she had a
    beautiful life growing up in Cedar Cove, she has not been able to bare
    having any connections to this place or people since the accident when
    her best friend, Angelia, was killed in the car accident when Abby
    crashed her car on an icy road as the girls were returning home from one
    of their 'best friends' outings. Her guilt of surviving when Angelia did
    not has overwhelmed all her life decisions since then.  Now her
    brother's wedding has forced her unwanted return. Josh has also
    avoided Cedar Cove since he was thrown out of his house in his last year
    of high school by his step-father, Richard, after his Mom died. Now Josh
    has been called back by the social worker who says Richard needs Josh
    because Richard is dying.  Josh's need to retrieve some of his Mother's
    'heart treasures' has given him no choice but overcome his hatred for
    Richard for a few days in Cedar Cove again. For readers of Debbie
    Macomber's Cedar Cove books, this will be a welcome return to a lovely
    community and beloved friends.  For those newcomers to Cedar Grove, this
    book will introduce you to new community through Jo Marie and her new
    Inn at Rose Harbor, where healing and peace will hopefully be found for
    the unsuspecting guests who take lodging for a few days with Jo
    Marie.  As with all of Macomber's books, this book is also peopled with
    characters who will draw you into their lives before you realize what
    has happened.  Ah, and just wait till you meet, Rover, the dog who
    adopts Jo Marie from the animal shelter. Yes, I said that right--he
    adopts her! Many different forms of grief are portrayed so well in this
    book. And as we all have been in grief or known those in grief, the
    process of healing, and new found peace and joys found in this book will
    make every reader want to take up residency for a while in THE INN AT
    ROSE HARBOR!  As with all those loyal fans of the Cedar Grove books, I
    suspect there will be many more fans who will want to become part of
    this little community after they read this book.  And, never fear, if
    you are new to Cedar Grove, this Rose Harbor Inn book will introduce you
    to everyone just as any newcomer to an area is welcomed into great
    community. In fact, for newcomers who, like me, are always impatient for
    a favorite authors 'next book' , you can start the Cedar Grove series
    with 16 LIGHTHOUSE RD and become part of the community to welcome the
    Rose Harbor Inn guests when Debbie Macomber's new books are published! A
    terrific read all around!!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Back to cedar cove

    Great book cannot wait until the next one especially liked how the characters from the cedar cove series were interwoven into the book so glad debbie macomber started another series of books

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

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    Clean and so enjoyable!

    Very good and typical Debbie! I've enjoyed this and being a Christian always love how her books are SO CLEAN and not filled with smut. Special MC brings it home with an emotional conclusion. Nicely done! I really enjoyed this so much.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    An Absolutely, Wonderful Book

    I have read almost everything that Debbie Macomber has written. I have never been disappointed. Some authors have the special ability to keep writing great works and she is one of them. I absolutely loved this book! The plot is a great one. Jo Marie is destined to be a good inn keeper. She is a person that listens, respects and is very kind to people. Plus, this lady can cook and bake. Her story is so sad but she turns it into positive happenings. All of her guests have their own stories. She never knows who will cross her doorstep and how they will affect her life. It was so good to catch up with some people from the Cedar Cove series. The other new characters we meet from Cedar Cove are very interesting. I do think Rover, the dog, needs a new name! I can't wait for the next book of the series!
    Please pray for, praise and thank our service men and women and their families!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    The Inn at Rose Harbor is a beautiful book of healing and findin

    The Inn at Rose Harbor is a beautiful book of healing and finding peace,
    not only within yourself, but with others. I am thrilled I received an
    advanced reader copy. Jo Marie Rose is recently widowed and just
    getting back into life. She moves to Cedar Cove and purchases a bed
    & breakfast in her husband’s memory. Her first two guests, Abby and
    Josh, are back in town after leaving years ago. Both are there for
    different reasons and filled with dread at having to be there. Abby,
    because it’s the site of painful memories – the night her best friend
    tragically died, and Josh, to confront the dying stepfather who kicked
    him out of the house in high school. While the three people don’t
    interact much, except at the inn, they each are finding their own paths
    to peace and healing. I have been a Debbie Macomber fan for many
    years, and this is now one of my favorite books. It was wonderful
    visiting Cedar Cove again, and seeing familiar faces in the town. I
    love the added twist of intervention from beyond the grave that the
    author has added, and I hope she continues to do so in future books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    I always love a feel-good story and Debbie Macomber never fails.

    I always love a feel-good story and Debbie Macomber never fails.
    However, I will admit that I have not read any of the original Cedar
    Cove books and Rose Harbor has peaked my curiosity, so I will probably
    do a catch-up marathon :) This was an early review book and it had more
    typos and grammatical errors than most other early review books that I
    have read. Hope they fixed all of those before release.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

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    Debbie Macomber takes us back to Cedar Cove, Washington for her

    Debbie Macomber takes us back to Cedar Cove, Washington for her brand new series. This series features Jo Marie Rose. She has came to Cedar Cove to make a fresh start after the death of her husband. She has purchased the local Bed & Breakfast and renamed it Rose Harbor Inn. Her surname may be Rose but there is not a single rose bush on the property, but there will be a rose being planted very soon.

    Her first guest is Joshua Weaver. He has come to Cedar Cove after receiving a call from his stepfather's neighbor telling him that the man was very ill. There is no love lost between Josh and his stepfather. The man kicked him out of the house before he even graduated high school. A friend of Josh's from high school reenters his life. She hopes that with her help these two men can reconcile before it is too late.

    Abby Kincaid arrives in town for her brother's wedding. She hasn't been back to Cedar Cove for twenty years. The town holds so many painful memories, she is almost wishing she had stayed in Florida. She runs into an old high school friend who suggests a lunch with all her old Cedar Cove friends. Abby agrees when her mother is invited too. This lunch is going to be a monumental event for Abby. Is she ready to face her past and try to move forward?

    I am thrilled the Debbie Macomber is not done with Cedar Cove but taking the stories in a different direction. I loved it when characters from the previous series drop by the inn to introduce themselves to Jo Marie.

    Like other books from this author the books are full of flawed characters who learn to forgive and fall in love again. This one had some real tearjerker moments so keep a tissue handy.

    Jo Marie's story is one many women are living today as their spouse doesn't come home from Afghanistan and women have gone through forever back in time. Buying the inn to help her through her grief and feeling her husband's presence in very special ways is so moving.

    This series promises to be quite inspiring as Jo Marie is effected by guests and the way the guests are effected by Jo Marie and the folks of Cedar Cove. Macomber fans will love this and don't worry if you haven't read any of her books this is a great story to start your journey with Debbie Macomber.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    I loved the characters! I like the small town setting. The way

    I loved the characters! I like the small town setting. The way the author tells the story, I can picture each character, and their surroundings. Enjoyed it a lot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Predictable, Boring, Could Have Been Written by a High School Student

    This is my first book by this author. I was expecting more -- a lot more -- than this very simple storytelling. Lots of good description, but amateur psychological analyses and no depth. And the conversations are unnatural and formal. No one talks like these characters. I feel like I wasted my money on this Nook book. Disappointing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    disappointed, not a typical Cedar Cove story!

    Really enjoyed The Cedar Cove series. Was looking forward to a continuation, with more interaction of old and new residents of Cedar Cove.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Another Wonderful Novel

    I really enjoyed Debbie Macomber's new book and it was nice to see old characters from the Cedar Cove series. I especially like Jo Marie's character and look forward to seeing new guest at The Inn of Rose Harbor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    Good read

    Glad you brought back some of the people from the Blossom Series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Another Series Winner

    I really enjoyed the first installment of this new series and it was great to see a few familiar faces along the way. Good job, Debbie Macomber, now get back to work on book two!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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