Anniversary Spotlight & Contest: Debbie Macomber

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DMDeborahFeingoldIt’s day five of our anniversary celebration and what better way to celebrate Contemporary Week and Independence Day than to welcome the incomparable Debbie Macomber to Romancing the Book.  As her newest installation of her Rose Harbor series releases this month, she’s giving us a look at the series and one lucky reader will win a copy of Love Letters.

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of these novels hitting the number one spot. She lives in Port Orchard, WA with her husband, Wayne.

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The Inn at Rose Harbor

Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a fresh start. A young widow 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. 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. Jo Marie’s 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. And as Abby and Joshua try to heal from their pasts, and Jo Marie dreams of the possibilities before her, they all realize that life moves in only one direction—forward.

 

Rose Harbor in Bloom

Since moving to Cedar Cove, Jo Marie Rose has truly started to feel at home, and her neighbors have become her closest friends. Now it’s springtime, and Jo Marie is eager to finish the most recent addition to her inn. In memory of her late husband, Paul, she has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property and enlisted handyman Mark Taylor to help realize it. She and Mark don’t always see eye-to-eye—and at times he seems far removed—yet deep down, Jo Marie 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 healing journeys.

Annie Newton arrives in town to orchestrate her grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration. While Annie is excited for the festivities, she’s struggling to move on from her broken engagement, and her grandparents themselves seem to be having trouble getting along. Worse, Annie is forced to see Oliver Sutton, with whom she grew up and who has always mercilessly teased her. But the best parties end with a surprise, and Annie is in for the biggest one of all.

High-powered businesswoman Mary Smith, another Rose Harbor Inn guest, has achieved incredible success in her field, yet serious illness has led her to face her sole, lingering regret. Almost nineteen years ago, she ended her relationship with her true love, George Hudson, and now she’s returned to Cedar Cove to make amends.

Compassion and joy await Jo Marie, Annie, and Mary as they make peace with their pasts and look boldly toward their futures. Rose Harbor in Bloom is Debbie Macomber at her heartwarming best.

 

Love Letters

Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks’ good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark’s life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She’s determined to learn more about his past, but first she must face her own—and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths.

Twenty-three-year-old Ellie Reynolds is taking a leap of faith. She’s come to Cedar Cove to meet Tom, a man she’s been corresponding with for months, and with whom she might even be falling in love. Ellie’s overprotective mother disapproves of her trip, but Ellie is determined to spread her wings.

Maggie and Roy Porter are next to arrive at the inn. They are taking their first vacation alone since their children were born. In the wake of past mistakes, they hope to rekindle the spark in their marriage—and to win back each other’s trust. But Maggie must make one last confession that could forever tear them apart.

For each of these characters, it will ultimately be a moment when someone wore their heart on their sleeve—and took pen to paper—that makes all the difference. Debbie Macomber’s moving novel reveals the courage it takes to be vulnerable, accepting, and open to love.

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25 thoughts on “Anniversary Spotlight & Contest: Debbie Macomber

  1. Oh yes! A few years ago some of my friends and I would exchange letters just for the fun of it. Receiving a handwritten letter in the mail is magic in and of itself! It was a good way to keep in touch and have something to look forward to.

  2. Brenda Rumsey says:

    I’ve not read this series yet, but have heard so many good things about them. Hoping to get started on them soon.

    I love receiving mail and often receive encouraging notes and thank you cards, but very seldom do I get a long letter. I would love to see it change back to people writing, but it is just so easy for people to send an email or post on facebook and talk to several people at once……I think it will be a while before people re-learn what a joy it can be..

  3. JoAnne_W says:

    I write some thank you’s by hand – others are done through email or an attachment to an email I also write notes in birthday cards or cards that I send gifts in i.e. gift cards. I think it should be resurrected. When my son was younger he had to write a thank you note for every gift received. Now that he’s an adult he’d rather call or thank someone in person.

    I have several special letters that I’ve kept. One from my dad that he wrote to me when I was grown. It was many pages and in long hand. Now that he’s gone it’s especially nice to have. I also have kept some cards/notes from my in laws – especially the ones my father in law did in calligraphy. He was a “renaissance” man before it was in and he and my mother in law have been gone many years now so they are nice keepsakes.

  4. Rita Wray says:

    When my mother was alive in Australia we always wrote letters to each other. I have a big box of letters I kept and now that she is no longer with me they are very special. I also kept letters my sister wrote.
    I do miss getting letters in the mail. Email is just not the same.

  5. Kate S says:

    I would write my mom, the phone wasn’t as good a communications device in her later years due to her hearing loss even with hearing aids. And she would write back…

  6. Leanna says:

    I hand write birthday card, fathers day and mothers day to my parents and I just send an engagement card with a note to my brother. I probably do that more often now that I live 1200 miles away from my family. I also mail my dad and brother cookies because I love to bake for them and I love getting a package in the mail. I also text with my mother daily.

  7. Annette N says:

    I do write hand written letters and notes. I always send thank you notes when appropriate. And I have several family members and friends who are ill so about every month or two I send a short note letting them know I am thinking of them, they are in my prayers and I love them. I remember what a joy it was when I got hand written letters and notes.

  8. I hate to say this, but I never was a letter writer. I loved getting letters as a child, but I seldom responded. I communicate so much more often now that we have emails and text. The exception to that is in sending out thank you cards or condolences. If we went back to hand writing letters I would probably lose contact with everyone. I’m not lazy, I don’t like writing things out long hand.

  9. Dawn says:

    I send cards to my friends’ kids and my godson on their birthdays and all special holidays. I want them to remember me even if I’m not there to help them celebrate.

  10. Lynn Griffin says:

    I love to send thank you notes and cards for birthdays etc. As for letters I don’t write much any more because with my cell phone I can call without having to do long and talking to a friend is so much better. But I do send cards because I love to receive them!

  11. BookLady says:

    I still write thank you notes and notes in birthday and Christmas cards. I think it adds a personal touch and is appreciated by the receiver.

  12. Diane Sallans says:

    I write notes in Birthday cards and other gift cards, but haven’t written a real letter in a long time.

  13. Kristy Petree says:

    I’ve never been much of a letter writer, even before the digital age. I’m a terrible penpal! Thanks 🙂

  14. Crystal says:

    Every year at Christmas I exchanged a christmas letter with my first grade teacher. She passed away in Feb of this year. She was a wonderful lady. I know I am going to miss that yearly newsy letter and miss her very much.

  15. Casie Boland says:

    I still try to write letters by hand, it is more personal that way and would mean a lot more to the person receiving it. it means that you took the time to sit down and write something.

  16. Emma says:

    I write notes in Birthday cards and other gift cards..Most of my letters are done by email .I am looking forward to reading Love Letters.Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy reading your books.

  17. Kimberley Coover says:

    I have to admit that I have let the art of letter writing fall to the wayside. In my younger days, I would send note cards and letters at regular intervals to family and friends. Two of my most treasured childhood keepsakes are a letter and card that my Daddy sent while serving in Viet Nam in 1967. Even today (almost 20 years after he passed) holding and reading these make me feel closer to him.

    I look forward to this next book from Debbie Macomber. I have collected her books since she started writing, these books are treasured friends!

  18. Darlene Holley says:

    I still do write letters home. I live in California and my mom and dad are in Massachusetts. My dad is 80 now and I have kept letters that he sent me from when I was in the service and I have been keeping all the letters that he sends me now. They are very special to me.

  19. Zanna Dobbs says:

    I have had the progress of meeting Debra at a writer s conference in New Mexico. She is a wonderful writer.I am a big fan.

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