The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But... someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she’s determined to place in good homes. That’s complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth’s ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads.
As always in life - and in Cedar Cove - there are surprises, too. More than one family’s going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending! What would the holidays be without a new Christmas story from Debbie Macomber?
Spend some more time in Cedar Cove.
©2011 Debbie Macomber (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I enjoyed hearing the untold ends of the other characters of this series culminating at Christmas where all are friends or family and of coarse there is the main family group with match making to reunite the divorced parents I liked for a continued listen to a long running series
I have read other books of Debbie Macomber and enjoyed them. This book would have been bearable if you had read the others in this series. This should have been mentioned as prerequisite for this book. Without them, this was a summary of a whole lot of people's lives, summed up in a neat little package. The happy ever afters of everyone's lives and the Mayberry style of life on Christmas tree Lane made this book very unbelievable.
The wishy washy dialogue, the sappy story lines and the sickening sweet way everyone talked to each other was a little hard to take.
The whiny, sappy way of delivery. Very unnatural way of talking in todays world.. Almost gave up on the book a few times, but only continued because I am a sucker for Christmas stories, so stuck it out till the bitter end.
I would cut and ONE character...one was just as unbelievable as the next. The book did not leave me with ANY desire to go back and read any other books from this series.
I need a PEPTO to settle my stomach after all those sweets!
I couldn't put it down for even a second. I would recommend the story to everyone.
This is definitely comparable to Sandra Burr's other performances. She's quickly become one of my favorite narrators.
This was a brilliant Christmas story as well as a brilliant story in general. I was completely wrapped up in this story and couldn’t put it down, even for a second. Macomber’s brilliant descriptions pop, wrapping you completely up in the story. You can visualise each and every aspect of the story, becoming part of it.
I love the large number of characters who are all uniquely and individually developed. In essence you’re reading about, no, welcomed into, an entire community. There is a main couple; however, everyone is always important. As a reader you almost feel like you’re a part of this community. It’s a brilliant feeling.
Say something about yourself!
An example of how poor narration can ruin a mediocre book. I felt like a kindergarten teacher was reading to me. The story was somewhat interesting - only somewhat - but honestly, decent narration could have made it much better. Listen to the sample and rest assured it is a horrible throughout. I won't be listening again, and will probably return.
Apparently the seemingly random history lessons on the local people was to make up for those who had not read the series, and this book could have been just fine without them.
I would never subject myself again to this narrator.
Boring story and very boring read aloud.
Add more description to the characters and setting, it was hard to visualize it based on the little descriptions given. Story was also very predictable.
Very booooring, monitone.
Saw a Debbie Macomber movie on Hallmark Channel, thought it would be fun to check out one of her books. And although I didn't have high hopes, this book disappointed.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This is my third listen in this series, although the book is actually book twelve, (the last) in the series. I didn't have any trouble "keeping up" though. I love this book. It has all the elements of a wonderful Christmas story . . . forgiveness, family, reconciliation, babies, and even puppies. The first book in this series felt like "light fare". This one doesn't. Your heart will swell and you will root for these precious folks, ordinary people who have made some bad choices, who have hurt one another, and who are trying to work up the courage to make it right.
I have not read the series, but the book's description lured me into what I thought would be a short holiday-inspired book. However I was very lost in the first few chapters because it is assumed you are already familiar with the characters. There were only brief snippets that are hard to hold onto especially in audio form. I thought the story would draw me in but I just couldn't get into it. This is the first audiobook I could not finish. Maybe someday I'll come back to it, but certainly not now.
This book was a conglomeration of follow-ups to many previous books in the series. I didn't realize it wasn't a stand-alone book.
Very predictable and hokey. It really didn't hold my interest. She went on and on about the adopting out of a litter of puppies between the main characters and other characters obviously from previous books in the series. It was just too over the top.
The narration was so slow and drawn out. It really made the characters sound like they were all mentally delayed, especially the grown adult children. It was so disturbing that I plan to avoid this narrator in the future.
The main storyline (not including the puppies) was interesting, I just felt like I needed to forward through all the other "follow-up stories" of the other Cedar Cove residents.
I might have felt differently if I had read the previous 11 books, but really it was like a huge epilogue to the series.
It was so confusing! It isn't so much a story as an update on a hundred different stories. If you haven't read the other books in the series it doesn't make any sense at all. Little updates on people I have never heard of. I can't even keep listening.
Make it clear that the other books are a prerequisite to this one.
Her performance was good.
There are at least a hundred. Who know!
This story was a nice conclusion to the series.
Although every book in a series is supposed to be a stand alone, you'd be hard pressed to understand and relate to most of this one as she brought series readers up to date on the lives of so many others unless you'd read all the books. The main story played out well with a nice twist. I give DM credit, weaving a tale that wraps up all those characters with a pretty bow had to be a challenge and as usual, she did in a prefect package.
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