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The Inn at Rose Harbor (Rose Harbor, Bk 1) (Large Print)
The Inn at Rose Harbor - Rose Harbor, Bk 1 - Large Print Author:Debbie Macomber Jo Marie Barlow 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... more » 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.« less
This is a continuation of the Cedar Cove series, with a twist, due to popular demand by Debbie's fans. It gives you a new main character to get to know, with visits to the bed and breakfast by some characters whose stories continue from previous books.
Although all Debbie's books can be read alone, this one will be more meaningful if you've completed the Cedar Cove series before reading it.
I've read several Debbie Macomber books over the years. Either I've outgrown her writing style or her books have just become more bland. The plot was okay, but the book seemed to be full of a lot of filler instead of substance. It could have easily been shortened by 100 pages. Every page seemed full of mundane details that contributed to the word count but didn't enhance the story. Macomber's books have definitely become more of inspirational reads than the earlier books, which fell more into women's fiction. I found the characters to be trite and quite predictable. There's nothing wrong with knowing what to expect from an author, and if easily resolved conflict and cookie-cutter characters are your comfort food, then this book will meet your expectations. I prefer passionate and diverse characters in the books I read; a little something to keep me on the edge of my seat. This book just didn't do it for me.