6 Rainier Drive (Cedar Cove Series #6)

6 Rainier Drive (Cedar Cove Series #6)

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6 Rainier Drive (Cedar Cove Series #6) by Debbie Macomber, Sandra Burr

Olivia Lockhart-Griffin Cedar Cove, Washington

Dear Reader,

As you may have heard, we've recently had quite a shock. My daughter, Justine, and her husband, Seth, lost their business, The Lighthouse restaurant—to arson. The investigation continues. The prime suspect is a young ex-employee named Anson Butler, who disappeared right after the fire.

So Justine and Seth are trying to make plans and sort out their future. (And let me tell you, that kind of crisis is hard on a marriage!) Thankfully, they have a lot of good things in their lives, including Leif, my adorable grandson, and their lovely house at 6 Rainier Drive.

In the meantime, life goes on for everyone in Cedar Cove—with marriages, births, reunions and even the occasional scandal. One of the most interesting pieces of recent news is that Cal, who works for Cliff Harding, is off rescuing wild mustangs in Montana.

Let's talk soon and I'll fill you in on everything that's happening in town!

Olivia

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480590441
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Series: Cedar Cove Series , #6
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times), and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at www.DebbieMacomber.com.

Hometown:

Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington

Education:

Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

Read an Excerpt

One

Justine Gunderson woke suddenly from a deep sleep, with the vague sense that something was wrong. A moment later, she remembered, and an intense sadness pressed down upon her. Lying on her back, she stared up at the dark ceiling as the realization hit her yet again. The Lighthouse, the restaurant she and Seth had poured their lives into, was gone. Gone. It had burned to the ground a week ago, in a blazing fire that lit up the night sky for miles around Cedar Cove. A fire started by an unidentified arsonist.

Without bothering to look, Justine knew her husband wasn’t in bed with her. Only a week had passed since the fire, but it felt like a month, a year, a lifetime. She didn’t think Seth had slept more than three or four hours at a stretch since that shocking phone call.

Folding back the sheet, she climbed slowly out of bed. It was barely four, according to the digital readout on the clock radio. Moonlight filtered through a gap in the curtains, creating patterns on the bedroom walls. Justine slipped her arms into the sleeves of her robe and went in search of her husband.

As she’d suspected, she found him in the living room, pacing. He moved ceaselessly, his angry strides taking him from the fireplace to the window and back. When he saw her, he continued to walk, looking away as though he couldn’t face her. She could tell he didn’t want her near him. She barely recognized this man her husband had become since news of the fire.

"Can’t you sleep?" she asked, whispering for fear of waking their four-year-old son. Leif was a light sleeper and although he was too young to understand what had happened, the child intuitively knew his parents were upset.

"I want to find out who did this and why." Fists clenched, Seth turned on her as if she should be able to tell him.

Tucking her long, straight hair behind her ears, Justine sank into the rocker in which she’d once nursed their son. "I do, too," she told him. She’d never seen Seth this restless. Her strikingly blond husband was of Norwegian extraction, a big man, nearly six-six, with broad shoulders to match. He’d been a commercial fisherman until soon after their marriage. That was when they’d decided to open the restaurant. The Lighthouse had been Seth’s dream, and with financial assistance from his parents, he’d invested everything -- his skill, his emotions, their finances -- in this venture. Justine had been at his side every step of the way.

In the beginning, while Leif was an infant, she’d kept the books and handled the payroll. When their son grew old enough for preschool, she’d assumed a more active role, working as hostess and filling in where needed.

"Who would do this?" he demanded again.

The answer eluded her just as it did him. Why anyone would want to hurt them was beyond her comprehension. They had no enemies that she knew of and no serious rivals. It was hard to believe they’d been the target of a random firebug, but maybe that was the case. So far, there’d been little real progress in tracking down the arsonist.

"Seth," she whispered gently, stretching her hand toward him. "You can’t go on like this."

He didn’t respond, and Justine realized he hadn’t heard her. She longed to ease his mind, to reassure him. Her fear was that the fire had destroyed more than the restaurant. It had stolen Seth’s peace of mind, his purpose and, in some ways, his innocence. He’d lost faith in the goodness of others and confidence in his own abilities.

Justine’s innocence had been devastated one bright summer afternoon in 1986, when her twin brother, Jordan, had drowned. Justine had held his lifeless body in her arms until the paramedics arrived. She’d been in shock, unable to grasp that her brother, her twin, was gone. He’d broken his neck after a careless dive off a floating dock.

Her entire world had forever changed that day. Her parents divorced shortly afterward and her father had quickly remarried. To all outward appearances, Justine had adjusted to the upheaval in her life. She’d graduated from high school, finished college and found employment at First National Bank, then risen to branch manager. Although she’d had no intention of ever marrying, she’d been dating Warren Saget, a local builder who was the same age as her mother. Then she’d met Seth Gunderson at their ten-year high-school reunion.

Seth had been her brother’s best friend. She’d always felt that if Seth had been with Jordan that day, her brother might still be alive, and her own life would’ve been different -- although she wasn’t sure exactly how. It was ridiculous to entertain such thoughts; she recognized that on a conscious level. And yet . . . it was what she believed.

All through high school she’d barely spoken to Seth. He was the football hero, the class jock. She was the class brain. And never the twain had met until that night nearly six years ago, when she’d run into him at the reunion planning meeting. Seth had casually mentioned that he’d had a crush on her during their high-school days. The look in his eyes told her he’d found her beautiful then and even more so now.

They hadn’t experienced an easy courtship. Warren Saget hadn’t wanted to lose her and made a concerted effort to pressure her into marrying him. He’d instinctively understood that Seth was a major threat. Warren bought Justine the largest diamond she’d ever seen, promising a life of luxury and social prominence if she agreed to be his wife.

All Seth had to offer Justine was a twenty-year old live-aboard sailboat -- and his love. By that time, she was so head-over-heels crazy about him that she could scarcely breathe. Still, she struggled, unwilling to listen to her own heart. Then, one day, she couldn’t resist him anymore . . .

"I’m calling the fire marshal this morning," Seth muttered, breaking into her thoughts. "I want answers."

"Seth," she tried again. "Honey, why--"

"Don’t honey me," he snapped.

Justine flinched at the rage in his voice.

"It’s been a full week. They should have some information by now, only they’re not telling us. There’s something they don’t want me to know and I’m going to find out what. If I have to bring Roy McAfee in, I will!" He looked directly at her then, probably for the first time since she’d entered the room.

"Seth, I like and trust Roy," she said, referring to the town’s only private investigator, "but the fire department’s already investigating. So is the insurance company. Let them do their jobs," Justine said in a soft voice. "Let the sheriff do his."

Splaying his fingers though his hair, he released a slow breath. "I’m sorry, I don’t mean to take my frustration out on you."

"I know." Justine got up and walked into his arms, pressing her body against his, urging him to relax. "Come back to bed and try to sleep," she said.

He shook his head. "I can’t. Every time I close my eyes, all I can see is The Lighthouse going up in smoke."

Seth had arrived a few minutes after the fire trucks and stood by helplessly as the restaurant, engulfed in flames, had quickly become a lost cause.

"I can’t believe it was Anson Butler," Justine said, thinking out loud. She’d liked the boy and had trusted him -- which, according to her friends and neighbors, had been a mistake.

"You don’t want to believe it’s him," her husband returned, the anger back in the clipped harshness of his words.

That was true. Seth had hired Anson several months earlier. The teenager was paying off court expenses because of a fire he’d set in the city park. He’d had no explanation for why he’d burned down the toolshed. All Justine really knew were the few details Seth had divulged at the time he’d taken the boy on.

To his credit, Anson had turned himself in to the authorities and accepted full responsibility for his actions. That had impressed her husband, and on the recommendation of their accountant and friend, Zachary Cox, who’d become something of a mentor to the boy, Seth had agreed to give Anson a job.

At first the teenager had made an effort to prove his worth. He’d shown up early for his shifts and put in extra hours, eager to please his employer. Then within a few weeks, everything had fallen apart. Tony, another dishwasher, had taken a dislike to Anson and the two had exchanged words. From what she understood, they’d also gotten into a shoving match once or twice. As a result of their animosity, the tension in the kitchen had increased. Seth had talked it over with Justine and she’d suggested they separate the two boys. Seth decided to make Anson a prep cook. Tony didn’t like the idea of Anson getting a promotion, while he’d been on staff longer and remained a dishwasher.

Then money had gone missing from the office and, although others had access to the money box, both Tony and Anson had been seen entering the room. When questioned, Anson claimed he’d been looking for Seth because a supplier had a problem. Tony insisted he needed to talk to Seth about his schedule. Both boys were suspects, so Seth felt he had no choice but to lay them both off. The money was never recovered. Seth blamed himself because he’d left the safe open, lockbox inside, while he was briefly out of the office.

A week later, The Lighthouse had burned to the ground.

"We don’t have any proof it was Anson," Justine reminded her husband.

"We’ll get proof. Whether he’s the culprit or somebody else is. We’ll find whoever did this." Seth’s hard mouth was set with determination and his body tensed.

"Try to sleep," she urged again. Despite his reluctance, she led him back to their bedroom.

Together they slipped under the sheets and she moved her body close to his. Seth lay on his back, eyes open, as she slid her leg over his and draped her arm across his powerful chest. He held her tight, as if she were the only solid thing left in a world that had started to crumble. Kissing his neck, Justine purred in his ear, hoping that if they made love, the restlessness in him would ease and he’d be able to relax. But Seth shook his head, rejecting her subtle offer. She swallowed down the hurt and tried not to take it personally. All of this would be over soon, she told herself; soon everything would be back to normal. Justine had to believe it. Without that hope, despair would encroach, which was something she had to avoid at any cost. She fought to maintain a positive outlook, for her husband’s sake and for the sake of her marriage.

When Justine woke again, it was morning and Leif was climbing onto her bed, wanting breakfast. Penny, their cocker spaniel-poodle mix, followed him, eyeing the bed.

"Where’s Daddy?" she asked, sitting upright, rubbing her hand tiredly over her face.

Her son dragged his teddy bear onto the bed, blue eyes soulful. "In his office."

That wasn’t a good sign.

"It’s time we got you ready for school," Justine said briskly, glancing at the clock. Quarter to eight already. Leif’s preschool class was held every morning, and even though their own schedules had fallen apart, Justine and Seth had done their best to keep Leif’s timetable consistent.

"Daddy’s mad again," the four-year-old whispered.

Justine sighed. This was almost a daily occurrence, and she worried about the effect of so much tension on their son, who couldn’t possibly understand why Daddy was mad or Mommy sometimes cried.

"Did he growl at you?" Justine asked, then roared like a grizzly bear, shaping her hands into make-believe claws. With Penny barking cheerfully, she crawled across the mattress after her son, distracting him from worries about his father.

Leif shrieked and scrambled off the bed, racing for his bedroom. Justine followed and laughingly cornered the boy. Leif’s eyes flashed with delight as she set out his clothes. He insisted on getting dressed on his own these days, so she let him.

After saying a perfunctory goodbye to her husband, Justine delivered Leif to preschool. When she pulled back into the driveway, Seth came out the door to greet her. The April sky was overcast, and rain was imminent. The weather was a perfect reflection of their mood, Justine thought. A sunny day would’ve seemed incongruous when they both felt so fearful and angry.

"I talked to the fire marshal," her husband announced as she got out of her car.

"Did he have any news?"

Seth’s frown darkened. "Nothing he was willing to tell me. The insurance adjuster’s taking his own sweet time, too."

"Seth, these things require patience." She needed answers as much as he did, but she certainly didn’t want the fire marshal to rush the investigation.

"Don’t you start on me," he flared. "We’re losing ground every day. How are we supposed to live without the restaurant?"

"The insurance--"

"I know about the insurance money," he said, cutting her off. "But we won’t get anything for at least a month. And it isn’t going to keep our employees from seeking other jobs. It isn’t going to pay back my parents’ investment. They put their trust in me."

Reading Group Guide

READER QUESTIONS

1. Did you believe in Anson’s innocence or did you think he was guilty of arson? Why or why not? Allison Cox wavered between believing the evidence (based on his disappearance, the missing money, his supposed history of arson) and maintaining her faith in him. Did you share her feelings and reactions –and, like her, did you find yourself doubting him at various points in the story? Have you ever had an experience in which faith and evidence seemed to be at odds?

2. Did Justine’s reasons for resuming a relationship with Warren make sense to you? What do you think she got out of it? And do you feel Seth is being unreasonable in his objections to her relationship with Warren - or not?

3. What do you see as the reason for Cal’s break-up with Linnette? Do you agree with her brother that she was “smothering” Cal? What do you think of her reaction to the break-up? Chad accuses her of running away - do you agree?

4. Rachel has two men in her life - Nate and Bruce. Which one do you think is right for her?

5. Teri Miller and Bobby Polgar seem, on the surface, to be completely mismatched. Do you believe this is a case of “opposites attract”? Sociologists say that most successful marriages are between people of similar backgrounds. Does this relationship have the potential to be a lasting one, considering the vast differences in personality, outlook and experience between these two people?

6. Olivia is concerned about the effect that her brother Will’s moving to Cedar Cove will have on Grace. Why, in your view, is Will planning to go back to Cedar Cove? How should Olivia and Grace handle his return, if he does return? Olivia seems ultimately to decide that her loyalties should be with her friend, not her brother. Do you agree with that choice? Have you ever been in a situation like this, where loyalties are divided?

7. Both Charlotte and Ben are disappointed in one of their children—Will and David, respectively. Is there anything you feel they can do, any advice you’d give them? Is there a point at which a parent ever stops being a parent?

8. Seth’s unrelenting anger shows Justine - and the reader - a new side of his personality. Were you surprised by his anger? How would you deal with an unexpected injustice in your own life or that of someone you love?

9. Is Maryellen right or wrong in trying to effect a reconciliation between Jon and his parents? It’s often said that forgiveness benefits the person doing the forgiving almost more than the person receiving it. Do you think that’s true in this case?

10. Were you surprised by the identity of the arsonist? Why or why not? And if you were, who did you think it would turn out to be?

11. Now that Ian and Cecilia are being transferred, she’ll be moving away from a place that’s brought her comfort - and from her baby’s grave. Do you feel she’s moved on to a new stage in the process of grieving? If so, how did that come about?

12. What do you think of Justine’s plan to open a tea room?

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6 Rainier Drive (Cedar Cove Series #6) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 127 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
If you like the other books by Debbie Macomber, you will love this book. Can only recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader, I love to read Series. Debbie Macombers "Cedar Cove Series" is wonderful. You get into the book easy, and then feel like you belong in all the characters lives. The characters are so real and demonstrate everyday life as we live it. It takes you into a variety of situations that could be your own one day.It is easy to read and keeps your interest throughout.
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Averill-Park-Reader More than 1 year ago
This was my first book to read in the Cedar Cove series. Now I am hooked to read #1-5. The characters become your friends and you cant wait to find out what happens to them. A cliff hanger at the end leads you into #7 book. But, you also have the satisfaction of knowing the endings of some of the story lines. Macomber's books are fairly quick reads that introduce you to people who very well could be your neighbors. I recommend all her series books to those who want to feel good at the end of the book, with a little intrigue left to pick up the next.
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RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Great book and series!!  Recommend this book and series very highly!!
Cida More than 1 year ago
I bought this item in the beginning of November and up to now I have not received it. However, the payment was already made! Today is December 11th, 2013.
BarbKC More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful chapter of this series. Be sure to read next chapter and watch it on Hallmark Channel on Saturday evenings.
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Debbie Macomber visits a small town in the Northwest of our country in her books centered around the towns people of Cedar Cove. Each story is an interesting tale of the lives and loves of the town Judge and her family and friends. Each is interesting and at times a little mystery is involved making them hard to put town. I recommend these books which give a great flavor of the Northwest to all.
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bboup More than 1 year ago
This is a great book in that it carries on the story and you are already acquainted with the characters. I have read the whole series and hope she writes another one.
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Nette49 More than 1 year ago
Halfway through the series, I am enjoying Cedar Cove! I love the people (well, most of them) and getting to know them. This is a "down home" kind of feel book, but always with twists and turns. It has many ups and downs in the lives of the locals. I recommend this to readers who like clean reading, and not too much gore. It's one of Macomber's best writing. Will be starting #7 soon.
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