Monday, October 13, 2014

"love letters" by debbie macomber

Take a return trip to Cedar Cove in this captivating novel by Debbie Macomber.

In this enchanting novel set at Cedar Cove’s cozy Rose Harbor Inn, Debbie Macomber celebrates the power of love—and a well-timed love letter—to inspire hope and mend a broken heart.

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.

After reading Mr. Miracle, I'd pretty much written off Debbie Macomber. Sure, I loved her stories, but I was pretty confident that her writing style wasn't for me. But I'd already requested Love Letters for review, so I knew I'd have to suffer through it. Well, I was wrong. Love Letters is a beautiful, fun, compelling novel, and I couldn't put it down.

Love Letters is the third book in Macomber's Rose Harbor novels set at the Rose Harbor Inn in Cedar Cove and takes place over one weekend. Innkeeper Jo Marie is still mourning the death of her husband Paul, but she's also slowly moving toward a relationship with handyman Mark Taylor. Inn guest Ellie has come to Cedar Cove to meet Tom, a man she connected with online, despite her mother's loud protestations. And married parents Maggie and Roy hope that a weekend at the inn will help them get past the problems in their relationship and rekindle their romance.

While I did think that Maggie and Roy's story resolved a little too conveniently, I completely loved everything else about the novel, and I cannot wait to find out where Jo Marie and Mark's story goes from here. (I literally yelled, "That's it?!?" as I read the last page. Way to make me want to come back for more, Ms. Macomber ...)

Jo Marie's story is the only one that weaves through all the novels in the series, while the other stories are fully resolved in each novel. You could probably read each novel as a stand alone if you wanted to, but I would recommend reading them all to get Jo Marie's full story! 4-1/2 stars.

Content note: There are a few mild swear words.

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of Macomber's Rose Harbor in Bloom and Mr. Miracle.

Debbie Macomber is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Eight of her novels have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, with three debuting at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly lists. In 2009 and 2010, Mrs. Miracle and Call Me Mrs. Miracle were Hallmark Channel’s top-watched movies for the year. In 2013, Hallmark Channel produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove. She has more than 160 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

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