Welcome to the Rose Harbor Inn, where every room has an inspiring new view, and every guest finds a second chance..
Jo Marie has started to feel at home running the Rose Harbor Inn. Now it’s springtime, and in memory of her late husband, Paul, Jo Marie has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property and enlisted handyman Mark Taylor to help make it happen. Jo Marie and Mark don’t always see eye-to-eye but deep down, she finds great comfort in his company. And while she still seeks a sense of closure, she welcomes her latest guests, who are on their own journeys.
Annie arrives in town to organise her grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration. But she’s struggling to move on from her broken engagement, and her grandparents themselves seem to be having trouble getting along. But all the best parties end with a surprise, and Annie is in for the biggest one of all.
Mary has achieved incredible success in business, yet serious illness has led her to face her sole regret in life. Almost nineteen years ago, she ended her relationship with her true love, George, and now she has returned to Cedar Cove to make amends.
Together, the women discover that sometimes you have to travel far from home to find the place where you really belong.
While I was on holiday earlier in the summer I read Debbie Macomber’s short story, When First They Met which introduces us to Jo Marie, the lead character in Debbie’s latest Cedar Cove novel, Rose Harbor in Bloom. I loved Debbie’s easygoing and honest style of writing and I really want to find out what happened next to Jo Marie so when I was given the chance to review this book and be part of Debbie’s blog tour, I was very excited!
I’ve probably gone about my introduction to Debbie’s lovely Cedar Cove series in a slightly strange way as this book is actually the second to visit the Rose Harbor Inn and I haven’t read The Inn at Rose Harbor, but I have to say that it didn’t matter. This novel stands perfectly well on it’s own with a number of self contained stories in it and any references to the previous book and Jo Marie’s earlier life are fully explained. Having said that, there are some updates on characters encountered in book one of the series and I do plan to go back and read the first book as I really enjoyed this one.
I don’t know if it’s because Jo Marie owns an Inn or because Debbie has captured the community charm so well but this book reminded me a little of my cherished Gilmore Girls with the small town setting where the community works together and everyone knows everyone else. As I entered the world of Cedar Cove I felt myself relax and settle in, excited to get to know the characters and beautiful setting. Reading this book was like having a good nosy around the town and getting all the gossip!
The Inn at Rose Harbour is a wonderfully gentle read that is perfect for curling up and escaping with. I loved the charm of the close knit community of characters and the different threads of the story that kept me intrigued as I read. As well as focussing on Jo Marie’s story as she tries to come to terms with the death of her husband Paul, we meet new characters Annie and Mary who are guests at the Inn for the duration of the novel.
Annie has organised a fiftieth wedding anniversary party for the grandparents whose relationship she so admires but encounters stormy waters as she tries to come to terms with the break up of her own relationship and her loved-up grandparents seem to have fallen out. Throw in the reappearance of childhood friend and tease Oliver and the scene is set for some emotional ups and downs for Annie.
Lone guest at the Inn, Mary is facing up to her past and wondering about her future as she arrives in Cedar Cove to see if she can salvage the relationships she left behind. Although all three of the female leads in Rose Harbor in Bloom go on an emotional journey throughout the book, I found Mary’s most poignant. Yet, despite heartbreak and sorrow along the way, the story remains positive, romantic and uplifting and I love the idea that each of the guests that visit the Inn get a second chance in some way.
Although the pace is gentle, there are some brilliant twists to the story and Debbie puts some tantalising cliffhanger endings to her chapters which had me turning the pages as quickly as I could to find out what would happen next. As the story ended, there was plenty of scope for the next instalment and I left Jo Marie having thoroughly enjoyed my visit to her Inn and Cedar Cove. This is a series that I will definitely revisit and I’m looking forward to reading more from Debbie soon.
I’m delighted to be part of Debbie’s blog tour today to celebrate the launch of Rose Harbor in Bloom. Please do check out the other stops on the tour and visit Debbie’s website at: http://www.debbiemacomber.com/