Review: The Inn At Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber

The Inn At Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Series: Rose Harbor (# 1)
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
Pages: 352
Source:  NetGalley

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes a heartwarming new series based in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, where a charming cast of characters finds love, forgiveness, and renewal behind the doors of the cozy Rose Harbor Inn.

Jo Marie Rose 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 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.

A touching novel of life’s grand possibilities and the heart’s ability to heal, The Inn at Rose Harbor is a welcome introduction to an unforgettable set of friends.

 

Review:  Ms. Macomber does it ones again with her newest book The Inn at Rose Harbor. In this new start to a series we find a whole new cast of characters only to fall in love with them. Who says authors don’t listen to their readers/fan base?

I fell in love with Jo Marie right from the start. A woman trying to put her life back together after she loses her husband to the war. What makes it harder is that his body was never found and brought back for her to put to rest. I feel that this has got to be just heart wrenching for those that have actually lost someone in this way. As Ms. Macomber’s has a way of doing she brings Jo Marie to a place to heal meeting new people along the way that help her as she helps them.

The idea of opening a B&B has always been a dream of mine. I want to retire to a nice warm weather, take in guests meet new people and write. I found myself a little envious of Jo. She became a friend as most of the characters in Ms. Macomber’s books often do.

Jo’s first two guests arrive. Josh Weaver comes back to town because his stepfather is dying. After his mother died things happened. Let me just say that sometimes you find love and a chance to make things right at times when you least expect them. I could relate to Josh as his issues with a step parent are close to home for me. I would like to think that someday… Well, Ms. Macomber’s shows that it could be possible to make peace.

Abby Kincaid the second guest is also running from her past but she finds out that running brings her full circle only to face that past to find she didn’t have to run after all. That she had what she needed to heal right in her own backyard. I sound as if I just watched the Wizard of Oz. But, isn’t it true that we sometimes find coming back to town in Abby’s case for her brother’s wedding; you run into someone that reminds you that true friends are there for you no matter what.

It seems as if this Inn of Jo’s is a place to heal…oh to find such a place?  This heartwarming book lets us see that there are places to go to heal from the broken world we live in. Sometimes those places end up being our own home. Or in Jo’s case a fresh start somewhere new. Where we can let the past rest and move on to a new adventure.

As I cried, laughed and fell in love I couldn’t help but think how nice it would be to book a room at the ‘Inn at Rose Harbor’ to heal and have a cozy chat with Jo. So sit back, grab a glass of wine or a cup of tea and visit with Jo and some of the old gang from across the way at ‘Cedar Cove’.

This is one person who is waiting rather impatiently for the next story. Maybe I’ll have to drive up to Rose Harbor and find the Inn…