Apr 092013
 

STARTING NOW

Starting Now:
A Blossom Street Novel

9th Book in Series
Contemporary Fiction/Romance
Ballantine Books (April 2, 2013)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0345528810
E-Book File Size: 1144 KB
ASIN: B005O1BGRQ

Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel (Blossom Street #9)

Libby Morgan has sacrificed everything for her career, family, friends, her marriage. She has been on the partner track at her law firm for six years. When her boss calls her to his office she just knows it is going to be fantastic news. She is going to make partner ahead of her schedule. But the economy has been bad, she hasn’t brought in enough high profile clients and her boss has no choice but to let her go.

Devastated and with no job on the horizon she finds herself at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store. She immediately becomes friends with Lydia, the owner, and her daughter Casey. She also meets Casey’s friend Eva. Eva’s life is about to change and it will change Libby’s life as well.

Libby starts to understand what she has been missing by putting her career before everything else. She even meets a handsome doctor. When things start to finally be moving forward in her life she is forced to make a choice that could change everything again.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It is so easy to escape into a Debbie Macomber book. They are always inspiring and have the ability to uplift the reader. She has created rich and warm characters and given them stories that are heartfelt.

We all suffer losses in our lifetimes, be it losing our jobs or losing someone important to us and what counts is how we deal with that loss. Libby did have a nice severance package that allowed her time to start over but Starting Now really presents a feeling of hope. Hope of a successful career, hope of someone to love, hopes for friends and family.

While this book is part of a series it still reads well as a stand alone. It is not my favorite Blossom Street story but I sure did enjoy it. Libby makes a wonderful addition to the Blossom Street cast.

just you and a friend 4 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Aug 102012
 

The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Novel
Brand New Series
Ballantine Books (August 14, 2012)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0345528926

The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Novel


Debbie Macomber takes us back to Cedar Cove, Washington for her brand new series. This series features Jo Marie Rose. She has came to Cedar Cove to make a fresh start after the death of her husband. She has purchased the local Bed & Breakfast and renamed it Rose Harbor Inn. Her surname may be Rose but there is not a single rose bush on the property, but there will be a rose being planted very soon.

Her first guest is Joshua Weaver. He has come to Cedar Cove after receiving a call from his stepfather’s neighbor telling him that the man was very ill. There is no love lost between Josh and his stepfather. The man kicked him out of the house before he even graduated high school. A friend of Josh’s from high school reenters his life. She hopes that with her help these two men can reconcile before it is too late.

Abby Kincaid arrives in town for her brother’s wedding. She hasn’t been back to Cedar Cove for twenty years. The town holds so many painful memories, she is almost wishing she had stayed in Florida. She runs into an old high school friend who suggests a lunch with all her old Cedar Cove friends. Abby agrees when her mother is invited too. This lunch is going to be a monumental event for Abby. Is she ready to face her past and try to move forward?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am thrilled the Debbie Macomber is not done with Cedar Cove but taking the stories in a different direction. I loved it when characters from the previous series drop by the inn to introduce themselves to Jo Marie.

Like other books from this author the books are full of flawed characters who learn to forgive and fall in love again. This one had some real tearjerker moments so keep a tissue handy.

Jo Marie’s story is one many women are living today as their spouse doesn’t come home from Afghanistan and women have gone through forever back in time. Buying the inn to help her through her grief and feeling her husband’s presence in very special ways is so moving.

This series promises to be quite inspiring as Jo Marie is effected by guests and the way the guests are effected by Jo Marie and the folks of Cedar Cove. Macomber fans will love this and don’t worry if you haven’t read any of her books this is a great story to start your journey with Debbie Macomber.

 

Dollycas

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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