Series: Rose Harbour #3
Author: Debbie Macomber
Published: Aug 12/14 by Ballantine Books
Format: hard cover
Genre: contemporary romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
I love how Macomber weaves the lives of many characters together in this novel. Although you do have a primary couple, the novel is about so much more than simply their relationship. She flips from writing in the first person while writing about the main character, to the third person while writing about the secondary couples in this tale. I appreciate the way that you get to know each of them individually, as couples, and as part of a larger whole. It makes for some very intriguing interactions.
And my final thought? I can’t wait to see what Mark does next. He’s an enigma that we’re slowly getting closer to understanding, but his parting words have me dying for more from this beautiful series.