The characters I have grown to enjoy through the first three Cedar Cove books are all back and moving forward/backward in their lives. Opening the pages of this book was like going home to visit with these dear friends I've become very fond of. Debbie Macomber has not only given us another visit to this charming town and added new dimensions to the characters, but also provides us with a suspenseful resolution to the murder that occurred back in book one.
The focal point of this story is the home of Peggy and Bob Beldon who manage the Thyme and Tide B and B at 44 Cranberry Point. Nerves have been on edge with Peggy and Bob since a fellow Vietnam soldier, Max Russell, was found murdered at the inn. Bob, a recovering alcoholic, has the biggest challenge of his sober years when the need for a drink overtakes him. Will he manage to control himself or will he throw away all his hard work and good intentions?
In addition to the main characters, minor characters such as Rachel the nail tech, widower Bruce Peyton, Stanley Lockhart and others make appearances and propel the storyline, thanks in large part to a hilarious Dog and Bachelor auction which makes matches and mismatches aplenty.
Debbie Macomber has given us the perfect soap opera in book form and I eagerly look forward to each new installment. I would advise readers to begin at the beginning to eliminate any confusion in this multi-populated series.
Debbie Macomber is such a delightful author. Her stories are light and entertaining, but also touch that special place in the reader's heart. I can always relate to her stories--her characters are so real, her settings are vivid, the plot believable.
I picked this up after not reading her books for a while and remembered quickly how much I enjoyed Debbie Macomber's books. Her character development is good and you really feel like you can see the streets that are in Cedar Cove.
This book was OK. It was the first of her books I have read and I felt it just had too many characters. Not enough excitement going on in the story for me.
So far this has been my fav in the series. We still keep in contact with everyone from the first 3 books and again we are still learning more about various residents of Cedar Cove. I look foward to the next in the series.