The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I was sad to see the Ceder Cove series end, but I understand Debbie's reasons (shared in a note to readers in this book) and I think it was wise. Too often I find that an author seems to just push out books in a series and the stories end up stale. While I was sad, I was also happy to see that this book was set in Ceder Cove, a nod to her long time readers, Debbie heard our requests to still be kept up to date with the characters we've grown to love (again mentioned in the note to readers).
From the first book it looks like the series will focus on the individuals who come to stay at the Rose Harbor Inn. The book also sets up to follow Jo Marie as she deals with the changes life has dealt her and her new start in Ceder Cove. The first two guests, Josh and Abby, are both returning to Ceder Cove to face their pasts.
There were some near paranormal events, but they didn't seem out of place. Jo Marie's husband was killed overseas and she has some "encounters" that she attributed to him and his presence. I can say that I believed it, my mother has had the kinds of dreams the Jo Marie describes and I can say the year following his death we also felt his presence around and felt as if he was still influencing our lives. I think these aspects touched me and connected me to the book.
I can't wait for the next book...as always there's a hint towards what awaits us.
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