Saturday night, I stayed up to finish reading Debbie Macomber’s Love Letters, the new third novel in her “Inn at Rose Harbor” series, also set in Cedar Cove. Mostly, I really wanted to see what happened to the characters. I got really involved in their stories. The second reason was more practical. My eBook borrowing period was about to expire, and I didn’t want to renew it or put it on hold. Before I knew it, the time had flown to 3:15 a.m.! But it was worth it. I can’t wait for the next installment! And I didn’t even peek at the ending–a bad habit of mine.
My first experience with Debbie Macomber’s books was when I read Summer on Blossom Street. I admit that the cover painting grabbed me. Baxter the Yorkie–owned by Anne Marie Roche, was on the front cover, and looked so cute. The rest is history…
So I kept looking for more of her titles. I haven’t read them all yet, but I will. There is no hurry. (Her early work has also been reissued, which is nice to see.) The only one I still can’t get through is Susannah’s Garden. Susannah, who owns the flower shop on Blossom Street, soon realizes that her mom is experiencing significant memory problems. Cuts a little too close to the bone. Maybe I can manage it one day. But I’m not promising myself anything.
Ironically, I have read few romance novels; however, these are worth reading because of the down-to-earth characters, the plots, the sense of community, and the quality of her writing. Even when bad things happen to the characters, there is still a sense of hope. The stories set in Washington state make me curious about that part of the country. Interestingly, without meaning to, I’ve discovered other authors and works about Washington state and the western part of the country.. It sounds so beautiful.
Many of her characters are good at homemaking and crafting skills…mainly knitting. That’s not me, but I love the stories anyway.
Don’t be afraid to get comfy with a cup of coffee or tea, and curl up and read Debbie Macomber. You won’t regret it.