Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Published by Harlequin, MIRA Pages: 368
Also by this author: Blossom Street Brides, Twelve Days of Christmas, Merry and Bright
Cedar Cove, Washington
If you've been to Cedar Cove before, you've probably met my friend Grace Sherman. You can usually find her at home she lives at 204 Rosewood Lane or at the public library, where she works. Like me, she grew up in this town and she's raised two daughters here. But did you hear that about six months ago, her husband disappeared? Just disappeared. Where's Dan? Why did he go? Who's he with? Will Grace ever find out?
I hope that all of us, her family and friends, are bringing her comfort during this difficult time. Comfort and a sense of shelter. I'm continually reminded that life can and does go on. For instance, everyone's been discussing weddings and babies lately. Justine, my daughter, rather impulsively got married a little while ago. Grace's daughter Kelly recently had a baby. Unfortunately, she refuses to accept that Dan might not return to see his first grandchild. Grace's older daughter, Maryellen, is more realistic. Grace thinks she's seeing a new man but for some reason won't say who it is.
Then there's Jack Griffin, our local newspaper editor, the man I've been seeing. And well, I have lots to tell you. Come on over and we'll talk!
Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. Her romances are sweet and homey and when I need a good escape from other genres I read, her books are my good to books. I just recently got into her Cedar Cove series as you can tell since this is only the second one. I watched the first season of the show on Hallmark and it just made me want to read the books even more.
The Cedar Cove books are not just about romance but about family and life in a small town. It’s a place were everyone seems to know everyone and they take care of each other. Olivia is the town Judge and she grew up in Cedar Cove with her friend Grace. Grace has been going through a hard time because in the first book you find out that her husband goes missing. She isn’t sure what happened to him but she thought he was having an affair and we find out what really happens within this book. We also get to see the romance blossom a little bit between Grace and Cliff Harding. (I love Cliff he seems so sweet and just perfect for Grace.)
Olivia and Jack are sort of having some ups and downs as Stan, Olivia’s ex-husband keeps making an appearance, and Jack isn’t stupid he knows that Stan wants Olivia back. His jealous of this is really standing in his way, but in a way I don’t blame him. Olivia isn’t really taking in how having Stan around looks through Jacks eyes, especially when she lets Stan stay the night.
Justine and Seth are really making a good go of their marriage and bought a restaurant. They are also having a baby which is one of the things that brings Olivia and Stan together even if it’s just on friendly terms.
Maryellen, can’t get over her past and it’s stopping her from having a future. Jon Bowman really likes her and wants a relationship but she doesn’t. The only thing is she did give into one night of passion and the result is a pregnancy and she doesn’t want Jon to know. So when he finds out it makes for some really interesting confrontations. If she would only just give the guy a chance!
Some other interesting things happen throughout the book to weave a down home story about love, life and relationships and it’s that homey feeling that makes you just want to keep on reading these novels. Some might think it’s to hard to keep up with all the different POV’s, but I don’t find it hard at all. Though I admit sometimes I want one story to keep going when it breaks into other person’s story, but I still enjoy ever minute of it.
I recommend anyone who loves sweet down home contemporary romance novels and you really need to start with the first novel to enjoy all these books have to offer.