The Inn at Rose Harbor (Rose Harbor Inn #1)
by Debbie Macomber (Goodreads Author)
Jo Marie Rose 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
I loved this story! The main character of Jo Marie is a strong women who isn't afriad to take chances and make hard decisions. She goes after what she wants. While she is getting over the death of her husband she helps other get over their issues. I love the way she subtly helps her guests through their problems without them realizing it.
I also like the pairing of Josh & Michelle. What a patience and loving women she is. I love how she guides Josh into reconcilling with his step-father and makes him think that it is his idea! Richard, the step father was quite a grouch but she got through to him with her constant love and no nosense attitude. Such a smart women. I was so happy when Josh decided to give the relationship with Michelle a chance instead of going back to his ways of throwing himself into his work.
Abby, Abby, Abby. She let fear over run her life and that has caused her to be stuck mentally in the past. Thank goodness for good friends! I was worried that when she went to her lunch meeting with her friends that they would still hold a grudge against her but the accepted her with open arms. Her friends were so fun! I think there is a lesson in there for all of us, that we make the past out to be way more then it is, where others have moved on we keep ourselves stuff in the past.
I would have like to see the relationship between Jo Marie and Mark be develope a little more. Jo Marie has a way of getting under Mark's skin and brings a caring aspect out in him that I don't think he knows how to deal with.
This was an overall good, wholesome book to read. It kept me interested but at the same time didn't really have any twists or turns to throw you off.
4 out of 5 stars
To buy on Amazon: The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Novel