From number-one New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber comes a heartwarming new series based in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, where a charming cast of characters finds love, forgiveness, and renewal behind the doors of the cozy Rose Harbor Inn.
Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. 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. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine.
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. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua's high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it's least expected.
The other guest is Abby Kincaid, who has returned to Cedar Cove to attend her brother's wedding. Back for the first time in 20 years, she almost wishes she hadn't come; the picturesque town harbors painful memories from her past. And while Abby reconnects with family and old friends, she realizes she can only move on if she truly allows herself to let go.
The Inn at Rose Harbor is a welcome introduction to an unforgettable set of friends.
©2012 Debbie Macomber (P)2012 Random House Audio
The book seemed be at the top of many list, so I tried it. I wish I had tried the print version so that I could have skimmed to find out it was a thoroughly tedious read faster. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen and it never did.
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I have listened to all of the original Ceder Cove series with great enjoyment. I wasn't sure Debbie could create another series , set in the same location but with new characters, that I could enjoy as much. She has done it! The new start to the series not only stands on its own, but minimally includes characters from the original series. Therefore, I felt I had the best of both worlds. The new characters are just as interesting and warm as the old ones were. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series.
Characters felt false. In one case (semi-spoiler alerts), emotion swung from 15 years of bitter hatred to forgiveness in 30-60 minutes. In another, from near complete indifference to total devotion in about the same amount of time. The one bad guy that was interesting due to Rover the dog, never showed up again. Dialogue was awkward and didn't feel natural. Overall, very disappointing for the cost of one credit. Definitely would not recommend.
Rough. Decent attempt.
Reconciliation between Abbey and the Whites. Fakey loving turnaround by Josh.
The innkeeper and dog were the most interesting characters. Others REALLY didn't feel natural.
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!!
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Sounded like the narrator was the one to whom it actually happened. It had happy endings.
The pancake restaurant gathering with the high school classmates.
I definitely laughed at some of the eccentric characters and humorous situations. And I did cry both for sadness and happiness!
This is a lovely story about a young woman who finds a way to put her broken life back together and achieve happiness while also being the innkeeper who houses 2 other people who also find ways to put their own lives back together and find happiness. I really enjoyed it. Nothing particularly significant about the book- just a nice, feel-good story.
I could relate to the story line and it was touching.
The cemetery part of the story when the best friends were able to put things in perspective
This was my first Debbie Macomber book and I'm so hooked! Looking forward to start the Cedar Cove series.
Touching, Fun, wonderful
The fact that it wasn't a syrupy love story but a life story
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
My first book to this author, and I had fallen in love with her! I felt so peaceful listening to this book. Smooth and emotional. And the narration was just perfect. I had bought all her books and will be listening to them one after the other :) and it's a U listen, you can listen to it with your younger siblings or offspring. It's CLEAN.
The development of the characters was great and the occasional "Cedar Cove" character was nice but you didn't need to read the Cedar Cove books first.
She flows through her books effortlessly. I love listening to everything she reads.
I travel to and from Arizona and Santa Clarita every month. We listen to audible books in the car from our IPod.
Debbie successfully painted Rose Harbor in my mind! The story had a strong message and well played to the end. We immediately went to the second book to continue our fantasy.
Her tone set the pace and comes across clear.
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