Brianna from The Book Vixen is here today reviewing The Inn At Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Why I Read this Book: I’ve read two other books by this author; one I really enjoyed (Hannah’s List) and the other (One Night) was an okay read. Hannah’s List was a great, yet bittersweet, story and I sort of expected The Inn at Rose Harbor to be one as well. Part of the reason I like Debbie Macomber’s stories is because she possesses a quality similar to that of Nicholas Sparks, in that they both write emotional stories. They take readers through a whole range of emotions, from happiness to grief and mourning to moving forward. And that emotional connection with the characters is why I found myself picking up her novels.
What I Liked: The Inn at Rose Harbor is the first book in a new series that spins off from Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series. I have not read any of the books from the Cedar Cove series but it is my understanding that some of the characters from that series will make an appearance in this series, being that this series is set in Cedar Cove. That said, you do not have to have read any of the books in the Cedar Cove series to read and enjoy The Inn at Rose Harbor.
The book is told from Jo Marie’s point-of-view, in first person, and in third person narrative from both Josh’s and Abby’s POV. This allowed me to connect with Jo Marie’s character. She grieved, I grieved for her. She mourned, I mourned for her. And when she had a happy moment, I cheered for her. And while both Josh and Abby got conclusions to their stories, Jo Marie’s story will continue on with the next installment in this series and perhaps throughout the entire series.
Josh is in town because his stepfather, with whom he never got along with, is on his deathbed. Josh returns with one goal in mind and becomes a whole new man in the interim. He has a lot of built up angst towards his stepfather and Michelle, an acquaintance from high school, helps him through this tough time.
Abby has an incredible amount of guilt that’s been sitting on her shoulders for years and it’s been holding her back in life. She’s in town for her brother’s wedding and runs into a friend from high school. The time has come for Abby to face her demons.
What I Didn’t Like: I don’t read books with religious undertones and boy were they in this book! Had I known The Inn at Rose Harbor was heavily laced with them prior to actually reading it, I probably wouldn’t have read it. But having read the novel, I’m glad I didn’t know beforehand since I enjoyed the story and the religious context didn’t bother me too much.
Overall Impression: The Inn at Rose Harbor is a book that tells the story of three people who share a same commonality; they are each dealing with grief and trying to figure out how to move forward. There’s also a little thing called ‘love’ that finds each of them as well. There’s a little hint of what’s next to come in this series; two reservations for the Rose Harbor B&B are made and I can’t wait to see what’s brings these two guests to Cedar Cove.