Merry and Bright

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Macomber, Debbie. Merry and Bright. New York, USA: Ballantine Books. 2017.

SUMMARY:
Merry took the temporary office position in hopes of it eventually becoming a permanent position. Known in the office as “Mary” (vs. the correct spelling of “Merry”), Merry accepts her family’s gift of a membership in an online dating service. Hooking up with Jayson online, much to her chagrin, Merry soon realizes she knows Jayson in another area of her life but with a different character than he appears to be online. Realizing she has done the same, Merry/ Mary must come clean but at a cost. With humor, heart, heartache and hearth, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Debbie Macomber, delights with another tradition, her newest annual Christmas book, Merry and Bright.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
So looking forward to this author’s Christmas story each year, I enjoyed the cleverness of this one as well as the sweetness, sadness, and sauciness. Clean, quick and light for this time of year, Debbie Macomber satisfies again. As a favorite author of mine, I enjoy both her Christmas books and certain series of her books. Perfect for a cozy evening of hot chocolate, a snuggly blanket, a sleepy puppy and this seasonal story, I am now more ready for the upcoming season. Let it snow!

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

 

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Sweet Tomorrows

Macomber, Debbie. Sweet Tomorrows: Rose Harbor Inn Series- Book 5. New York, USA: Ballantine Books. 2016.

Sweet Tomorrows

SUMMARY:
Jo Marie Rose, owner of Rose Harbor Inn, still believes in the relationship magic of her beloved Inn, even is she is struggling with her own heart. While Rose Harbor Inn handyman, Mark Taylor, deals with his own past haunts, Jo Marie enters into another relationship while grieving her most recent lose. With her longer-term tenant, Emily Gaffney, hesitant to unlock her twice-broken heart, Jo Marie befriends and hopes the Inn will change Emily’s thoughts and ideas on love. With visiting characters and references to past healed relationships, the many guests at Rose Harbor Inn are revisited and cherished one last time…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
So sad…this is the final chapter in the Rose Harbor Inn series by a favorite author, Debbie Macomber. Most likely with a new series already in the works, I enjoyed this final book and relished the visit with the characters one last time. As always with this series, Sweet Tomorrows is full of forgiveness, compassion, joyfulness and life as well as a gorgeous cover. Just as I had expected and hoped, this latest novel was true to form from this author, delivering a dynamic storyline with it’s final salute to a beautiful series.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

Sweet Tomorrows

Silver Linings

Macomber, Debbie. Silver Linings: A Rose Harbor Novel #4. New York, NY: USA: Ballantine Books. 2015.

SUMMARY:
roseharbor#4With increased guests staying at her bed-and-breakfast, Rose Harbor Inn, owner Jo Marie Rose is busy yet still grieving her late husband, Paul. With a twist in her friendship with her handyman, Mark, Jo Marie must reevaluate her thoughts, feelings, and heart just as she learns a hidden truth.  Meanwhile, Coco and Katie visit Rose Harbor Inn during their high-school reunion, only to relive their teenage years of first-loves, youthful mistakes, and forgotten friendships. Known as the place of healing, Rose Harbor Inn may have trouble producing this time…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Reading most of author Debbie Macomber’s newer books, I have read every book in her newest series, Rose Harbor. I enjoy revisiting characters I met in previous novels, as well as the guests currently staying at the Inn. Told with compassion, kindness, warmth and just enough mystery to keep the pages turning, I am already looking forward to the next book in the series (which I truly hope is in the process already). A beautiful cover and winner of a 2015 Favorite-Cover accolade from Prismatic Prospects (https://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/favorite-covers-2015/), Silver Linings was a beautifully written and delightfully enjoyed novel.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

Dashing Through the Snow

Macomber, Debbie. Dashing Through the Snow. NY, USA: Ballantine Books. 2015.

SUMMARY:
dashingthroughthesnowWanting to get home to Seattle to surprise her mother for Christmas, Ashley Davison appears down on her luck with no rental car, no airline ticket and only a bit of cash. Needing to arrive in Seattle for a job interview, Dash Sutherland takes the last rental car, appears in a hurry and has the means to obtain what he is after…and has a conscious which allows him to include Ashley in his plans. Through a snow storm, an orphaned puppy, a rental car issue, blowing snow, complete embarrassment, security problems and an affected heart, Dash and Ashley may be set up for the adventure of their lives…all in time for Christmas.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
What a perfect time for another Christmas story. Fun, humorous, heartfelt and seasonal, Dashing Through the Snow delivers a quick, light read for a busy time. From New York Times and USA Bestselling author, Debbie Macomber, this Christmas novel includes a bit of a mystery, humorous banter, a sweet adopted puppy, and a fast-paced romance. As a stand-alone shorter book, it was just not quite what I expected though from a favorite author.  (A few minor words and inferences may be offensive to some.)

RATING:
3.5 (out of 5) pennies

Love Letters

Macomber, Debbie. Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel. New York: Ballantine Books. 2014.

SUMMARY:
lovelettersBook 3 in the Rose Harbor Inn series, Love Letters finds the Rose Harbor Inn proprietor, Jo Marie Rose, busy with her summer guests as well as the elusive handyman, Mark Taylor. Convincing herself and her family that he is just a friend may prove more difficult than originally thought though. Summer at the Inn also finds Bed-and-Breakfast guest Ellie Reynolds in town to meet a man she has been corresponding with for months, much to her over-protective mother’s chagrin. Also visiting are Maggie and Roy Porter, a couple whose marriage is on the rocks after serious past mistakes. All involved find love letters which could provide the answers and hope deeply needed…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a fan of Debbie Macomber, I so enjoy her recent novels surrounding Rose Harbor Inn. A place of warmth and healing, the Inn is the perfect backdrop for relationships, forgiveness, happiness, growth and understanding to take place. A moving story with heartfelt characters and storylines, I enjoyed and quickly finished it. Leaving the door open for the next book in the series, I am already looking forward to the continuation. Though a series, this book works well as a stand-alone though some of the information about the Inn owner may not be known.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

Last One Home

Macomber, Debbie. Last one Home. NY: Ballantine Books. 2015.

SUMMARY:
lastonehomeGrowing up, Cassie, Karen and Nichole were close as sisters. Unfortunately, a few life choices had consequences which could have lasted a lifetime. Through tears, struggles, faith, circumstances and forgiveness, the three sisters realize family is important, even if you are the last one home…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a fan of Debbie Macomber, I looked forward to this book’s release, especially due to the eye-catching cover. Usually writing in series, this book is a stand-alone though could be continued. With compassion, strong characters, real-life situations, interesting relationships, and second chances,  Last One Home is a well-written story about an everyday family, with strong messages interwoven. I look forward to reading more from Debbie Macomber as she does not disappoint.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

Starry Night

Macomber, Debbie. Starry Night. Ballantine Books. 2013

SUMMARY:
starrynightCarrie Slayton, a journalist stuck in a position of writing the society page, longs to further her career. To have that chance though, she must gain an interview with best-selling author, Finn Dalton. The interview proves to be almost impossible as Finn lives in the remote Alaskan wilderness, refuses to do an interview with the press and plans to keep his bitter past to himself. Throughout the Christmas season, both Carrie and Finn must make decisions regarding careers, family and ultimately their hearts.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having read most of Debbie Macomber’s Christmas novels, this book was a must on my reading list. Though not as witty as some of her other seasonal books (Angels at the Table, Mrs. Miracle), this was a delightfully engaging, spirited and feel-good book. Consider curling up in front of the fire with a warm blanket while you relish the beginning of the Christmas season with this story. Starry Night was perfectly named.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies