Review: 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber

1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
Series: Cedar Cove (#12)
Publisher: MIRA
Release Date: Sept 27, 2011
Source: NetGalley

The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise.

But…someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she’s determined to place in good homes. That’s complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth’s ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads.

As always in life—and in Cedar Cove—there are surprises, too. More than one family’s going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending!

Review:  Reading and reviewing 1225 Christmas Tree Lane is rather bittersweet since this is the last book is Ms Macomber’s popular Cedar Cove series. Twelve books later, there are so many plots to wrap up much of this book is jumping from couple to couple to see them once more, checking in to see if their happily-ever-after is still in tact… or we’re watching that HEA finally come to fruition. I actually liked how Ms Macomber used the adoption of the abandoned puppies to revisit all the beloved families in Cedar Cove. And throughout the book, the reader is brought back to town, Beth Moorehouse, as she tries to adopt out those puppies and her own story is told.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Cedar Cove series and this one is no exception. I might have preferred one of the regulars to have their story be the focus, but all-in-all I was satisfied with the conclusion. I will miss visiting this town every year and hope that Ms Macomber may revisit them again in the future.

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