The Inn at Rose Harbor is the first book in Debbie Macomber’s new series set in Cedar Cove. It is the story of a young woman who overcomes grief and starts on a new course in life. Welcome to the Inn at Rose Harbor.
The author seems to like double barrel names, or whatever they are called. There was a brief mention of ‘Alison Marie’, the 4 day old baby who dies in one of the early Cedar Cove books. Rose Harbor brings us Jo Marie. Jo Marie is the consummate finance professional who briefly tastes marital bliss. After the shocking death of her husband in a copter crash, she is plunged in gloom. She makes a bold decision and uses her inheritance to buy a bed and breakfast in the picturesque town of Cedar Cove. She names it Rose Harbor Inn after her husband and plans to put in an elaborate rose garden.
While her grief is still raw, her first two guests seem to have some trouble of their own. Josh has come to meet his ailing stepfather who threw him out as a kid, just out of a sense of duty. Abby was involved in a horrible accident and she is still carrying the burden of it after fifteen years. This is the story of how these tormented souls let go of their prejudices, inhibitions, guilt and suppressed feelings and breathe freely again.
Debbie Macomber is famous for her emotional stories. I like that there are very few characters here, unlike in a typical Cedar Cove book. They are so much easier to keep track of, making it easier to get involved in their stories. Cedar Cove natives Grace Harding and Judge Olivia make a brief appearance. The grouchy handyman looks like he will be a recurring character, and possibly will get closer to Jo Marie. There is another surprising element and I am curious to find out if that will be a recurring theme too. Remember Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay books, anyone?
I enjoyed The Inn at Rose Harbor– a bit high on grief and emotion I think. This is certainly not my kind of escapist romance. It is the kind that brings a tear or two to your eye. But a very promising start for a new series.