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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373093229
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 6/28/1986

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber
When Debbie Macomber started out, she was a young, dyslexic mother of four who wrote in her kitchen on a rented typewriter. Years later, she's the blockbuster bestselling author of dozens of heartwarming novels that celebrate love, laughter, and the bonds of family and friendship.

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 February 23, 2014

    Fun and a quick reac

    I've read a few of Ms. Macombers books, and like her style. Characters and situations are relatable, found myself chuckling/laughing outright at times. I see it all n my mind as I read, and that's one of the reasons I enjoyed her books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Not a typical Debbie Macomber page turner

    Okay, I know this was a bargain book but with the author name of Debbie Macomber I thought it would be a good read. I am sad to report my assumption was wrong. Debbie's story line was okay but it was a very slow read and very little plot. Most of the text was made up of the character's thoughts of what they should or should not say or do between characters, with very little action. I became bored and started have flash backs of high school boy-girl drama scenarios. Sorry Debbie, I've got to rate this read One star.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Very good book, but much too short!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Tommy

    Laughs

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Buck

    The dog walks in

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Rosa

    Gross lace

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Lace's Bio

    Description- petite, with dark wavy hair, creamy skin, and big brown eyes. She has a flat tummy, and the sleek, elegant body of a dancer. 36 DD boobs, a tight round ass, and shaved pu*sy
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    Single-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Not worth the money

    Not worth the money!

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite writers. I have enjoyed reading some of her old classics of which this is one of them. You need to read this.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Lacey

    Go to next result.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Keeliana

    Walks in and sits alone no one to talk to

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Random person

    Yep

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Quinn

    Flipped her bangs out of her face

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Elise

    "STOP SAYING HIS NAME!!!!! CHU ARE CUSSING!!!!"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Amber

    Chup.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Quote

    She laughs silently, not making a sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    I do not recommend ths one. Not like any Debbie Macomber book I have ever read.

    I have read most of her books and loved them.
    This one just doesn't seem to be one she wrote at all.
    I had a hard time finishing it and I have never had that experience with her other books.
    I would still read her new books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    A girl

    Sat down in a field crying slightly

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Lace andprromises

    Very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    gak Gak

    Idiotic characters

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