Monday, June 27, 2016

ROSE HARBOR IN BLOOM by Debbie Macomber


Series:  Rose Harbor #2

Author:  Debbie Macomber

Publish Date:   08.13.13

Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books

Category:  Romance

Received from:  Simon & Schuster via

Goodreads:  Rose Harbor in Bloom

Date completed: 09.06.13


Description from the publisher:

Hailed as “the reigning queen of women’s fiction” (The Sacramento Bee), #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is renowned for her novels of love, friendship, and the promise of fresh starts.  Now Macomber returns to the charming Rose Harbor Inn, where each guest finds a second chance and every room comes with an inspiring new view.

Since moving to Cedar Cove, Jo Marie Rose has truly started to feel at home, and her neighbors have become her closest friends.  Now it’s springtime, and Jo Marie is eager to finish the most recent addition to her inn.  In memory of her late husband, Paul, she has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property and enlisted handyman Mark Taylor to help realize it.  She and Mark don’t always see eye-to-eye—and at times he seems far removed—yet deep down, Jo Marie finds great comfort in his company.  And while she still seeks a sense of closure, she welcomes her latest guests, who are on their own healing journeys.

Annie Newton arrives in town to orchestrate her grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration.  While Annie is excited for the festivities, she’s struggling to move on from her broken engagement, and her grandparents themselves seem to be having trouble getting along.  Worse, Annie is forced to see Oliver Sutton, with whom she grew up and who has always mercilessly teased her.  But the best parties end with a surprise, and Annie is in for the biggest one of all.

High-powered businesswoman Mary Smith, another Rose Harbor Inn guest, has achieved incredible success in her field, yet serious illness has led her to face her sole, lingering regret.  Almost nineteen years ago, she ended her relationship with her true love, George Hudson, and now she’s returned to Cedar Cove to make amends.

Compassion and joy await Jo Marie, Annie, and Mary as they make peace with their pasts and look boldly toward their futures.  Rose Harbor in Bloom is Debbie Macomber at her heartwarming best.



Jo Marie Rose has come to Cedar Cove to grieve and to heal.  After losing her soldier husband in battle, she has purchased the Rose Harbor Inn.  Her B&B is to be a place of healing, not just for herself, but for her guests as well.  This week she is playing hostess to Annie Newton, a young lady whose engagement ended six months ago.  Annie is a party planner and she has planned the perfect celebration for her grandparents, Kent and Julie Shivers, fiftieth wedding anniversary.  Annie's greatest hope is to find someone to make fifty years of happiness a possibility for her too.  Now if she could just get the ex, Lenny, and her teenage crush, Oliver, to leave her alone long enough to find that perfect man!  In addition to Annie, Oliver, Kent, and Julie, Mary Smith is also visiting Cedar Cove and staying at the Rose Harbor Inn.  She has a special occasion to celebrate as well, but it will take a special gift of love to make her celebration a reality.


I found this to be a light, easy read with a lot of heart and enough realism to keep it from being sugar-sweet.  I laughed and cried with these characters.  I couldn't tell you how many times I held my breath waiting for the next "awww" and Ms. Macomber did not fail, though not all HEA are the ones you expect.


The Rose Harbor series is set in Cedar Cove, so a lot of old familiar friends from that series appear here as well.  I have been a long time fan of Ms. Macomber and especially love all of my friends in Cedar Cove.  I have gifted books from the Cedar Cove Series before and it looks like I have another series to read and gift!


 Other books in the Rose Harbor series:

  1. When First They Met
  2. The Inn at Rose Harbor
  3. Lost and Found in Cedar Cove
  4. Rose Harbor in Bloom

Other Books from this Author: a full list by series is available at:



Originally posted 09.10.2013 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books


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