Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Review: The Inn at Rose Harbor

About the Book:
From #1 New York Times bestselling 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 twenty years, she almost wishes she hadn’t come, the picturesque town harboring 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.

A touching novel of life’s grand possibilities and the heart’s ability to heal, The Inn at Rose Harbor is a welcome introduction to an unforgettable set of friends.

My Comments:
Were you one of of the folks who were so disappointed when Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series ended?  Were you so upset that you'd never again get to have coffee with Grace and Olivia?  Did you think that you were never going to "see" your Cedar Cove "friends" again?  Well, cry no more; they are back, along with a whole new cast--kind of like a TV spinoff when the characters from the old show make cameo appearances but the real action is happening to the new characters in a new setting.  

The writing is typical Macomber--fluffy and sweet.  The romances are clean, kissing is as far as it goes.  While there was close to a resolution for two couples, there is one that I'm guessing will get together and the book ends with two new guests calling to book a stay at the Inn so I suspect we'll see Jo Marie again.  

One complaint I'll make is that the book includes a scene in a Catholic church.  Macomber refers to the area where people sit as the sanctuary.  While that nomenclature may be used in Protestant churches, in Catholic churches, the sanctuary is the area where the altar is, the area where the priest and those assisting him are, not the area for the congregation.  Also, she says that Jesus hanging on the cross was nowhere in sight, although a large crucifix dominated the area behind the altar.  Well, a crucifix by definition, has Jesus hanging on it.  

While not classified as religious fiction, the theme of forgiveness is strong, both forgiveness of others and forgiveness of self.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.  Grade:  B.

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1 comment:

  1. I could not have loved the setting more, being a Washingtonian myself, and I feel that I have been personally introduced to everyone in Cedar Grove and look forward to revisiting every resident someday soon. Thank you Ms. Macomber. I would like to make a reservation to stay at The Inn at Rose Harbor again very very soon.


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