Debbie Macomber knows how to create characters who endear themselves to you with stories that touch your heart. I empathized with Jo Marie as she picked up the pieces of her life after losing her husband in the war and tried to make a fresh start at Rose Harbor Inn. I ached for the battered relationship between Josh and his step-father, wanting desperately for them to reconcile before Josh’s step-father passed away. I could feel the weight of guilt that guest, Abby, wore on her shoulders and heart and hoped she could release it and be at peace. All these characters were experiencing barriers that kept them from living a full, meaningful, life; a life that could be rich in happiness. Dog-lover that I am, I adored spunky Rover, and I can’t help but wonder if surly Mark will become a bit sweet on Jo Marie in future books. Yes, I’m hooked!
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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 Barlow 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.