Sunday, March 8, 2015

Love Letters and When They First Met Book Review

I got the next book in the series out of the library of the series that I was reading.  Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel by Debbie Macomber was the next in the Rose Harbor series and I was excited to start it right after finishing the last one.  Now I am a little eager to go and check to see if there is another one already published for this series or whether I am caught up already.  I love getting into series after they already have a few books out because that gives me a lot more to read but if I remember correctly, this is the last that is currently published so I think that I am on to a new series now for a little bit!!

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. 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 online, and with whom she might even be falling in love. They met through their love of books and became quick friends.  Ellie’s overprotective mother disapproves of her trip, but Ellie is determined to spread her wings and meet this new friend.

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. Things are going well until Maggie must make one last confession that could forever tear them apart. You have to pick up the book to see what happens with all of the visitors to the inn and I know that you will be as surprised as I was!

I loved it!!  As always, the writing and characters are amazing.  The stories of the people that are staying at the inn really bring you into the life of the inn keeper.  It is fun to see how Jo Marie grows with the other people and they help her heal while she is helping them.  The small town and all the great people in it are also wonderful.  The more you read of the series, the more characters you get to meet and small characters pop up from previous books.  I have really enjoyed this series and the cliff hanger at the end has me wishing that there was another book for me to pick up and I can't wait for the next in the series to find out what happens!!

I enjoyed the book so much that I looked up the short story that started the series.  I checked it out to read on the computer from the library.  It was a quick and easy read.  I am glad that they had it at the library because it really isn't worth its own review because it was so short.  I enjoyed reading it and getting a little more of the characters involved in the series that I have finished.  If you want to check out When First They Met (Short Story) (Rose Harbor) by Debbie Macomber but it is only available as a e-reader and in the end of some of the books in this series (but not in the one that I got).

From the moment Jo Marie sits next to Paul inside the Seattle Seahawks’ stadium, she feels a spark. Paul’s striking blue eyes and kind smile tell her that he’s someone special—different from any man she’s met before. When they strike up a conversation, Jo Marie and Paul realize how much they have in common, yet there’s one thing keeping them from a fairy-tale ending: Paul is in the military and will ship out of Seattle within the next six weeks. As Jo Marie wonders if she should once again open her heart, she decides that, no matter the stakes, she can’t forgo her chance at true love.

If you want to see how the couple first met that you learn all about in the series, read this short story to hold you over until the next book is released in the series.  I hope that you enjoy the book and the short story!  I did and I hope that they have them at your local library or bookstore so that you can read them too.

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