Christmas in Cedar Cove: 5-B Poppy Lane / A Cedar Cove Christmas (Cedar Cove)
Christmas in Cedar Cove 5-B Poppy Lane / A Cedar Cove Christmas - Cedar Cove Author:Debbie Macomber You're invited to Cedar Cove this Christmas! — First, drop in at 5-B Poppy Lane, where you'll get a chance to visit with Helen Shelton, her granddaughter Ruth and Ruth's husband, Paul. They'll offer you a cup of mulled cider and the story of how they met—and they'll share Helen's bre... more »athtaking adventures during the Second World War.
Then drive out to Grace and Cliff Harding's place. They have a small horse ranch not far from Cedar Cove. Mary Jo Wyse and her little girl, Noelle, will be there, too. Join them in reliving their memories of the Christmas Mary Jo came to Cedar Cove, pregnant and alone, and had her baby in the Hardings' stable (well, actually the apartment above it). That's the night firefighter Mack McAfee began to fall for Mary Jo and the idea of a family—with her.« less
Very impressed with this book. I am not a huge Macomber fan. I find that I either hate or love her stories. This book is definitely on the love side.
"5-B Poppy Lane" is the best Macomber story I have read so far. I loved the story within the story. I think Ruth and Paul's story was very well done and so sweet. Many times in romances, conflict is forced to try to make the story interesting. Characters act foolishly and the story doesn't make sense. This story was nothing like that. Ruth and Paul had legitimate issues to resolve and their reactions were believable. Woven into their story was Helen's (Ruth's grandmother) story of her life during WWII detailing her lost and ultimate return to life. Absolutely beautiful and a must read.
"A Cedar Cove Christmas" was a cute rewrite of the birth of Jesus. If you have never read Macomber, know that she is very Christian. The story was okay. I have to say Mary Jo's brothers (the Wyse brothers) got a little bit annoying with their Three Stooges antics. Macomber also hammered it a little too hard to let the readers know this is Nativity story just in case we are completely dense. It was sweet and I always appreciate that Macomber writes the best and most realistic home birth scenes. Decent read but the first story was so much better.
I was hesitant to read this book because I had just finished another two story combination Macomber book that I wasn't too fond of, but I'm very glad I read this one.