LOVE LETTERS A Rose Harbor Novel and Cedar Cove Series book by Debbie Macomber, (c) 2014. Sometimes authors re-title a book and try to see it off as a new one. This book makes no claim as that but the story sure does sound familiar. The Innkeeper a yound widow named Jo Marie has a friendship with the handyman renovating her Inn and he refuses to tell anyone anything about himself. Keeping to himself like a closed book. He won’t reveal much about himself to the town. Now that story line sounds very familiar to me… Did Debbie write a similar novel and just update it and make it more modern with Facebook and texting etc? The other characters are a married couple Maggie and Roy who have two small children. They just aren’t getting along. The husband has a emotional affair with a young single woman he met during work. Maggie is heartbroken of course and wanted the weekend at Rose Harbor Inn to get their marriage back on track. But Maggie has a secret of her own.. as you will find out. The other couple in the story is a young sheltered woman named Ellie who travels from Oregon to Seattle and is staying at the Inn where she plans on meeting her romantic interest Tom whom she met in a chat-room and ‘friended’ on FaceBook. They make an attractive couple. Well I’m only on page 93 and I don’t want to give away too much of the story. Enjoy the book, I am.
WYOMING BRIDES by Debbie Macomber (c) 2009. This is the double novel. The first tale is about Letty Ellison who returns to her hometown as a single mother with a daughter named Cricket and in dire need of open heart surgery to repair a hole in her heart. There she meets her old true love Chase Brown. You can guess what happens next can’t you?
The second story is about her stubborn older brother Lonny Ellison who refuses to admit he’s in love with the equally stubborn Joy Fuller.. Will they ever get together? Well you know..it IS a Debbie Macomber story after all.. Need I say more?
ONE NIGHT by Debbie Macomber, (1994/2010). Okay this is an OLDIE but a goodie. You know when a character reminds you of yourself? Well that’s what has happened here, this woman reminds me of my own uncensored self. Carrie Jamison is a morning DJ at KUTE radio station. She doesn’t get along with the news anchor Kyle Harris, and they will both be fired if they don’t start getting along. Carries is a laid back girl and Kyle is an uptight man in a suit. Here’s how Kyle and Carrie describe each other in the beginning of the story as they are having lunch to discuss ways to get along and keep their jobs. They agree they respect each other professionally but it goes downhill from there when Carrie suggests;
“I might be putting my foot in my mouth by saying this but it seems to me it’d help if you learned to relax.” Carrie says. “You know Let your hair down once in a while and stop being so serious.” Meanwhile Kyle’s ears are turning red, then his face and neck as he gets angry.
Kyle replies with “Perhaps you should look at yourself before throwing stones.” But Carries tells him to go ahead and speak his mind. So he does; “You don’t think before you speak. You say whatever comes to your mind, without censoring the thought. And while we’re on the subject–” He stopped abruptly and she urged him to go on. “You’re immature and stubborn as a two year old,” he continued, “and you haven’t got a sensible thought in your head.” Carrie goes on the point out Kyle’s arrogance.
Well to make a long story short. They agree to go to a Radio Broadcaster’s convention together to make more of an effort to get along, and they spend one passion filled night together, and now Kyle feels obliged to make an honest woman of her.
NOTE: Does that mean Carrie got pregnant? I’m not sure. LOL I always did enjoy Debbie Macomber’s books and this one certainly has a different theme.
BUFFALO VALLEY by Debbie Macomber, (2010). Buffalo Valley is a nice little small town located in North Dakota. Vaughn Kyle was hired by a conglomerate which had plans to move in and upset the laid back lifestyle of the sleepy little town. Vaughn wanted to meet the woman who’s son he was named after Hassie Knight, the owner of the pharmacy. Once he arrives he meets Carrie Hendrickson the pharmacy intern and he falls in love. Meanwhile he also falls in love with the little town and ends up trying to save it from ruination by the conglomerate he works for. Doesn’t it sound like a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie?
NOTE: Guess what? I read this book a long time ago. Like most of Debbie Macomber books it’s very predictable, but it’s a nice little story. I am opting out of rereading it right now.