The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
- ISBN-13: 9780345528926
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Publication date: 8/14/2012
- 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.
Debbie Macomber always brings a complete and well written story. What I really liked about The Inn at Rose Harbor was that it is the story of three very different characters and the Inn is the way that they come together yet there are three different stories.
First is the story of Jo Marie Rose who recently lost her husband and man of her dreams in an military accident. Kind of on a whim she purchases the Bed and Breakfast in Cedar Cove and renames it The Inn at Rose Harbor in memory of her husband. She has her first two guests shortly after she takes ownership and those are the other two stories that happen in this book about Abby and Joshua, more about them later. Jo Marie is quickly taken in my the business community and suggestions are made. She has some interesting interactions with the local handyman about some work she needs done and then he shows up and chases off one of her late husband’s military coworkers when he come begging for money. I really like Jo Marie and felt her healing as the story moved along. Not to mention the amazing in!
Joshua comes to town when the neighbors notify him that his stepfather is in ill health. He really does not want to come back as there is no love lost between them since his step-father kicked him out of the house just shy of high school graduation and after his mother’s death over something that he did not do. Joshua believes that he will come to town get the few things of this mother’s that he wants and head out. What he does not expect is to be reconnected with the girl next door who has totally changed. He always figured that she was interested in step-brother but things click between them and he ends up staying in town despite his step-father’s demands that he leaves. Joshua begins realize that maybe he wants more roots in his life.
Abby has not returned to her hometown since she left after high school graduation and the death of her best friend that she has felt guilty about for all these years. Her brother just had to go and get married in their hometown bringing her back to this horrible place. What she does not expect is that her old friends really have missed her and are eager to take her in. She always figure that everyone blamed her like she blamed herself and her best friend’s parents. After all these years, she visits the grave for the first time and feels compelled to her friend’s parents. The visit does not start well but by the end things have turned around. After dreading to visit, Cedar Cove, Abby might finally be healed.
I love how all of these stories overlap each other and you get to know piece by piece what is going on in the lives of these outstanding and well developed characters.